Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Word for the Day- Manifest

For the past few years I have been a member of the Fellowship of Saint John.  This is a collection of dispersed Christians who are associated with the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a Benedictine monastery located in Boston and affiliated with the Episcopal Church. We live a simple rule of life and have …

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The Lord’s Prayer- The Message

Today in Common Prayer, there is an ancient quote that references the Lord’s Prayer: Cyprian of Carthage, a third-century North African bishop, wrote, “The Lord has given us a pattern of prayer, instructing us on how we are to pray. He has made it easy for us to be heard as we pray to the …

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Preparing for Baptism of the Lord

Tomorrow on the Liturgical Calendar is Baptism of the Lord. I have been reading the lectionary texts all week long, and though I am focusing on the Gospel lesson for my sermon, I could not get away from the reading from Acts; Acts 19:1-7 1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul took a route through the …

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The Epiphany

Today is the celebration of The Epiphany.  It is the final day of the Christmas season and is the transition to the season after the Epiphany. Long after most of the world has packed up the Christmas ornaments and turned off the lights, the Church stubbornly keeps a different calendar. This day marks the visit …

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The Eve of The Epiphany

Today is the 11th day of Christmas (this evening is known as “Twelfth Night”), and we are almost to the end of the Christmas Season. In the Orthodox world, this is the eve of their great celebration of the season.  I am told in these mountain coves where I live, “Old Christmas,” which is January …

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Fear No Danger

The Psalm today in Daily Prayer is a familiar one. Here it is in the Common English Bible translation: Psalm 23 A psalm of David 1 The LORD is my shepherd. I lack nothing. 2 He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; 3 he keeps me alive. He guides me in proper …

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