Monthly Archives: August, 2011

Bernard of Clairvaux

A day to remember another monastic.  Bernard was born in 1090 and died on this day in 1153. On the bright side, he was known for establishing over 60 Cistercian monasteries across Europe.  On the dark side, the Pope ordered him to preach the Second Crusade in 1144,and it resulted in hundreds of thousands of …

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Isaiah 55:6-11

This reading from Isaiah is also known as Canticle 10 (The Second Song of Isaiah) in the Book of Common Prayer. The Canticles are generally used in Morning and Evening Prayer, and there is a table in the back of the BCP that gives a suggested pattern of rotation for the collection of canticles in …

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William Porcher Dubose

Today on the Episcopal calendar, they recognize William Porcher Dubose.  Speak his name in front of any graduate of the seminary at Sewanee and their face lights up.  I can truthfully say that he is not well known among my United Methodist colleagues. James Kiefer writes this about him: William Porcher DuBose is a serious …

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Psalm 123

One of the three Psalms suggested for the day in the Daily Office is Psalm 123. I enjoy ancient verse, and sometimes I need to hear it in that form: Psalm 123 Ad te levavi oculos meos Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, even as the …

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Mary the Virgin

Today on the Anglican Calendar is the remembrance of Mary the Mother of Jesus. In the ancient creeds we use in worship, there are only two humans besides Jesus that are mentioned; one was the one who gave birth to Jesus, the other was the one who sentenced him to death. Her story is one …

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Thoughts on the Lessons (Aug 14, 2011)

Today, Russell Smith, our deacon at St. Andrew’s, gave the sermon.  He preaches a few times a year, and they are usually worth waiting for.  He is a retired rheumatologist from Alabama and comes with wit and wisdom by the bushel. He did not disappoint, bringing a couple of Alabama references in.  He mentioned that …

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