Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Tradition…

Wisdom from Common Prayer this morning: Twentieth-century Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac wrote, “The finest and boldest Christian effort, the freshest and most enduring, has always flourished from the roots of tradition.” Prayer: Lord, we mark time with hours, days, months, and years. You mark time in ways we cannot comprehend. Help us learn to …

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Mepkin Abbey Resources

One of the joys of my life was spending a week with a building team on the South Carolina coast after a hurricane.  I took a group of men from the parish I was serving to live in a firehouse and work long days in the heat.  During the free evenings, I would take a …

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Have mercy…

The Psalm for Passion Sunday is a portion of Psalm 31.  As I have come to the end of the week, I have begun focusing on the passion narrative for Sunday.  The Psalm sums up the mood of the later readings.  Lord, have mercy. Psalm 31:9-16 In te, Domine, speravi 9 Have mercy on me, LORD, …

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Amos the Prophet

Today in Common Prayer, they are remembering Amos the Prophet from the Hebrew Scriptures.  He is an interesting character to contemplate for the day: Unlike other Old Testament messengers, Amos was not a professional prophet; he had no special training, nor was he related to any other prophets. He was a peasant farmer and sheep …

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Thinking about Palms

As I prepare for this Sunday, the first reading of the day will be the Palm Sunday narrative.  The service will conclude with the reading of the Passion narrative.  On a Tuesday, it is easier to focus on the celebration and joy of the first reading, than the pain and suffering of the other. May …

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The Annunciation

Christians across the world are celebrating The Annunciation today.  Nine months from now we will be celebrating the Nativity.  The celebration is usually on March 25th, but when that day falls on  a Sunday, they move it to Monday. Scriptures for the Day- Isaiah 7:10-14  Psalm 45 or Psalm 40:5-11 or Canticle 3 or 15 Hebrews 10:4-10  Luke 1:26-38  Prayer- …

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