Morning Prayer: December 3rd

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Psalm(s): 71
Old Testament: Ezra 7:11-26
New Testament: Revelation 14:1-13

Today is the feast day of Richard Hooker; an intellectual giant of the English Reformation.  His eight volume work entitled Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity was originally commissioned as a defence against the Puritan and Calvinist movements. His careful examination of natural law, Sacraments, and the role of Scripture, Reason and Tradition helped shape the roots of what we now know as Anglicanism

I have been like a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all day long (Psalm 71:7-8)

What if I told you were a role-model to the world??? I know, it’s unfair…some of us don’t want to be taken seriously in the public sphere. And yet, the truth is….no matter how much we may want to remain hidden and behind the scenes……we are a portent (window) to somebody.

As long as we are living, we cannot be invisible….we must emerge from our homes and apartments to pick up groceries, to grab money from the ATM, to pay bills at the bank, and any other myriad of activities.

No matter how menial the task….people see us……and sometimes we are judged harshly based on our appearance, demeanour, or attitudes. The Good News is that there is at least three persons who see as as we truly are. The Trinity. 🙂

We don’t need to worry about what other people think, but we do need to pay attention to our relationship with God. Are we angry with Him? Are we struggling to find Him in the world? Are we trying to discern what to do in a difficult moral situation?? Do we feel alienated from our heavenly Father?

Whatever our internal relationship with the Divine is what we will project to the world. The question for today is not whether we will be portents….but rather whether we are windows which will let the light pass through.

Either one is OK I promise you….God knows our hearts and we will all go through times when we wander in the wilderness….and he will constantly call to us. 🙂

But take it from my experience, it is far more enjoyable to welcome the light of Grace and mercy into your soul than to let the darkness persist. Be blessed today and always, knowing that–as a baptized Christian–you are a child of the Light that never fades. As they say in Firefly…Shiny! 😉 +

Evening Prayer: Feast of All Souls (Nov. 2nd)

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Psalm: 119:73-96
Gospel: Matthew 13:53-58
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a book by St. Ambrose on the death of his brother (scroll down to Reading II)

Tonight I’m going to post what is called a litany….in this case one directed to the saints.

This is a very ancient practice and is one that is popular for All Saints and All Souls, two feast days which are very closely connected. In this form of prayer….the whole church dead and living ask for intercession, mercy, and forgiveness.

If you’ll notice, the way that litanies are structured are designed to again bring us to the contemplation of Christ , The saints who are listed are arranged according to their proximity to our Lord.

We start with Mary, the Theotokos (who is above the cherubim and seraphim), then angels, then apostles, then martyrs, then virgins, then theologians.

After recognizing those who have gone before, the whole church then adds petitions for themselves and for the world. Again asking that the whole world come to know Jesus

These litanies to God are not empty rituals….but an act of remembering the community we are a part of. A family that stretches across all times and places for the glory of God.

I hope you are able to get something out of this exercise, and–on this Feast of All Souls–may you with confidence find a place for yourself in the company of the blessed.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy

Holy Mary Mother of God.
Pray for us
St. Michael (Archangel)
Pray for us
Holy angels of God
Pray for us
St. John Baptist
Pray for us
St. Joseph (stepfather of Jesus)
Pray for us
SS Peter & Paul
Pray for us
St. Andrew
Pray for us
St. John
Pray for us
Mary Magdalene
Pray for us
St. Stephen
Pray for us
St. Ignatius
Pray for us
St. Lawerence
Pray for us
St. Perpetua and Felicity
Pray for us
St. Agnes
Pray for us
St.Gregory
Pray for us
St. Augustine
Pray for us
St. Cecila
Pray for us
Holy men and women
Pray for us

Lord be merciful
Lord Save your people
From all evil
Lord save your people
From every sin
Lord save your people
From everlasting death
Lord save your people
By your coming as man
Lord save your people
By your death and rising to new life
Lord save your people
By the gift of your Holy Spirt
Lord save your people

Be merciful to us sinners
Lord hear our prayer.
Grant to all the souls of the departed eternal rest.
Lord hear our prayer.

Jesus son of the living God
Lord hear our prayer

Christ hear us
Christ hear us
Lord Jesus hear our prayer
Lord Jesus hear our prayer +

Morning Prayer: September 2nd

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Psalm: 31
Old Testament: 1 Kings 11:26-43
New Testament: James 4:13-5:6

Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin. (James 4:17)

While hearing this Scripture read at the Cathedral this morning I was immediately reminded of the 2nd Murder’s speech from Shakespeare’s Richard III:

Skip ahead to 6:35 ff. to hear the speech and subsequent dialogue

When debating whether to kill the Duke of Clarence and collect their fee from Richard, the assassin proclaims that he won’t meddle with conscience because it only leads to guilt, trouble and inability to do what we wish.

If only turning off that still small voice was so easy.  Our conscience is what helps us to determine the will of God and the road of sin.  Without it, there can be no living in holiness…nor is there anything  to keep us from living in chaos.

I would love to be able to be fun and fancy free…..and yet….I am entirely too human…and conscience indeed comes into play…especially if I do something bad.

The warning from James–although directed to the rich who squander wealth–speaks to us all.  As much as a guilty conscience can convict us, a clear conscience can enable us to live with joy and peace.

I pray that this day we find peace in our souls…..and if we are restless….that the Spirit will move us to repent and be healed by the Great Physician which heals all malady and makes hearts of cold stone into beating hearts of flesh with the power to love +

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