Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Bless the Lord (Ps. 41:13)

The Psalm for the day in Common Prayer is Psalm 41:1-3, 13: 1 Those who pay close attention to the poor are truly happy! The LORD rescues them during troubling times. 2 The LORD protects them and keeps them alive; they are widely regarded throughout the land as happy people. Yout won’t hand them over to the will …

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Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

Today, Christians throughout the world celebrate this as the Feast Day for Saint Nicholas. He lived in the 4th century CE and was a native of the area that is sometimes call Asia Minor, which we know today as Turkey.  He was a beloved Bishop of the church and there are many stories of his …

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The Widow’s Penny

In Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, the Gospel reading for the morning is Luke 20:41-21:4. The story that caught my interest today was the last 4 verses of the reading… Luke 21 A poor widow’s offering 1 Looking up, Jesus saw rich people throwing their gifts into the collection box for the temple treasury.2 He …

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Isaiah 40:1-11

The first lesson in the lectionary today is Isaiah 40:1-11.  Words of comfort for a people who are returning from exile.  It carries the familiar Advent theme: Prepare the Way of the Lord! Who are you preparing for this season?  Do your preparations match the significance of the One coming? 1 Comfort, comfort my people! says …

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Intercessions from Taize

The daily prayer at Taize stuck to themes of Advent…here are the intercessions for the day: O Wisdom, coming from the mouth of the Most High! You reign over all things from one end of the earth to the other; come and teach us the way of wisdom. —Lord Jesus, come soon! O Lord and …

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Psalm 8

In Common Prayer today, the responsive Psalm takes a section of Psalm 8 (verses 4-7) for a text with the responsory- May we cry the gospel from the rooftops : both with our words and with our lives. 1 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth! You made your glory higher than …

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