Monthly Archives: September, 2011

Holy Cross Day

This is one of those “red letter” days on the Church Calendar. It is a day of special significance and if you had a Church Publishing Calendar in front of you, it would tell you to replace the green paraments with red today. You might guess, today is a day to reflect on the meaning …

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St. John Chrysostom

Today is an interesting day on the calendar.  My usual resource says that today’s commemoration is for Cyprian, a Bishop and Martyr of the 3rd century.  Holy Women, Holy Men has September 13th as the remembrance of St. John Chrysostom of the 5th century.  The Roman Catholics also remember John Chrysostom on this day. Over …

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Jesus in the Wilderness

The Gospel reading fo the day in the Daily Office is Matthew 4:1-11. This is a story that we generally read after Jesus is baptized, and at the beginning of Lent, when we are following the Revised Common Lectionary.  Jesus is tempted by the devil after going into the wilderness for 40 days to prepare …

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Prayers for the Day

Today we remembered the events of 9/11 in several ways: Hymns and music had peace, reconciliation and forgiveness in common. The scripture texts from the lectionary, especially the Gospel, were very appropriate today: Exodus 14:19-31 Psalm 114 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 The message today was to the point.  We have been forgiven and reconciled with …

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For the Good Use of Leisure

O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This is a collect …

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A Prayer from the Iona Community

I happened across this prayer on the St. Louis University Prayerbook called A Time for God.  This is a Jesuit school and they draw from an eclectic group of resources.  The Iona Community is  Christian community with ancient roots in early Celtic Christianity, and has a contemporary presence in Scotland and through the world. You …

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