Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (VII)March 24, 2017“The sight of his mother, the aid of Simon the Cyrene, and Veronica’s comfort have helped Jesus walk a little farther. But nothing can sustain the strength of the doomed prisoner for long…Jesus knows the way he is walking is irrevocable now. It is the way to his death. Even though Simon of Cyrene is carrying the cross, Jesus’ energy is running out. His time is running out.” THE SEVENTH STATION “Jesus falls a second time” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Surely he has...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (VI)March 24, 2017“From her home on the street, a woman sees Jesus approaching. In her compassion for his pain and suffering, she quickly dampens a towel and darts out of her house. Going between the guard, she wipes and cools his ravaged face. Later she will discover an icon of that face marvelously imprinted on her towel; she will come to be known as Veronica. The word Veronica means ‘true icon,’ and icon means “image.” God has sent his Son, the exact likeness (icon) of his own being.” THE SIXTH STATION “A woman wipes the face of Jesus” We adore you,...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (V)March 17, 2017“Jesus is still unable to get to his feet, so the officer in charge of the execution detail orders an African visitor to Jerusalem, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the crossbeam for him. Have you ever stopped to realize that the Scriptures are color-blind?…We accept the invitation to turn upside down the value systems on which much of society is based. This station is another example of the divine reversal. The Scripture is color-blind; all we know is that an African helped Jesus. May we remember that we are all created in the image of God and surrender our own...
Wednesday & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (IV)March 15, 2017“Jesus has fallen, and now he finds his mother coming forward to help him. This is the one station at which we all have something in common, because we all have been mothered. At the other stations we may have similar concerns, but at this station our relationships with our own mothers provide a bond with Jesus as we reflect on his meeting his mother….Jesus is met by his mother at this station, and her heart is one with his in knowing that his death is to be a sacrifice to bring forgiveness. She knows that in his death he...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (III)March 10, 2017“Jesus falls three times during his walk to Calvary. God falls. God is not supposed to fall, but God does fall. Like the crown of thorns, this is a divine reversal. Everything we hold to be important–power, physical strength–is turned upside down. God becomes weak, no longer the all-powerful, but one who can fall, one who can dieGod becomes human in the person of Jesus and [in the third station] we confront the humanity of God in the act of Jesus falling.” The Third Station “Jesus falls the first time” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the CrossMarch 9, 2017“As we walk the stations today, let us think about [the road Jesus trod]. Every single millimeter, every single inch of dirt on which we walk includes the dust from the shoes and the tears from the eyes of pilgrims. They–we–weep for the prisoner condemned as The King of the Jews, ‘despised and rejected,’ carrying so much more than a heavy, bruising, rough beam of wood. He is ‘enduring the suffering that should have been ours, the pain we should have borne.” “Jesus takes up his Cross” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the CrossMarch 3, 2017As we come to the First Station of the Cross we are confronted head-on with a divine reversal. God turns everything we hold so precious upside down. All the things we hold so dear—wealth, power, security—are replaced by a crown of thorns. It is here at the First Station of the Cross that we see the divine reversal as God’s Son wears a crown of thorns. We will ask ourselves during these fourteen Stations of the Cross whether we are willing to be disciples of Jesus. How willing are we to wear a crown of thorns? ~ John Peterson, A...
Sermon: “The New Law and the Spirit of Love” (Audio)February 25, 2017
For 2017: Quit Resolutions, Develop a Rule of Life and PrayerJanuary 1, 2017So You’ve Never Kept a Single New Year’s Resolution. Why? It began just over a month ago on Thanksgiving in November, the gorging, the loosening of the belt after dinner, the “just one more” mentality. You said to yourself, “On January 1, I’m cutting calories, reducing the number of libations I sip or switching to lite beer and going back to the gym. You said all this knowing that the feasting would continue through the month of December: Christmas parties at the office, at church and at friend’s places. This would obviously continue on Christmas Eve (especially if you’re of Italian...
Poetry: Opus ViridisMay 17, 2016“Opus Viridis” ©2013 Matthew Paul Buccheri Shades of verdant Crayola in a lengthy season Prompt us like the hands of a Grandfather Where will the sun rise this week? Torches atop the draped marble, east-facing Curlicues of gold thread weave about Like a circulatory system, only more handsome to the eye Yes! Sanctus Paulus patiently we awaited you: How now to live after being raised and deified? He reminds us: continue the trek over the steep hilly summer meadow Originally published in The Anglican: A Journal of Anglican Identity, (Pentecost 2014, Volume 42, No. 1.).
Collect of the Day: Fourth Sunday in LentMarch 26, 2017Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 219)
Collect of the Day: The AnnunciationMarch 25, 2017Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 240)
Collect of the Day: Saint Joseph (Transferred)March 20, 2017O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 239)
Collect of the Day: Third Sunday in LentMarch 19, 2017Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 218)
Collect of the Day: Second Sunday in LentMarch 12, 2017O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 218)
Collect of the Day: First Sunday in LentMarch 5, 2017Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 218)
Collect of the Day: Ash WednesdayMarch 1, 2017Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 217)
Collect of the Day: Last Sunday after the Epiphany (Transfiguration Sunday)February 26, 2017O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 217)
Collect of the Day: Saint MatthiasFebruary 24, 2017Almighty God, who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve: Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 239)
Collect of the Day: Seventh Sunday after the EpiphanyFebruary 19, 2017O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing; Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 216)
Collect of the Day: Sixth Sunday after the EpiphanyFebruary 12, 2017O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 216)
Collect of the Day: Fifth Sunday after the EpiphanyFebruary 5, 2017Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 216)
Collect of the Day: The Presentation (Candlemas)February 2, 2017Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 239)
Collect of the Day: Fourth Sunday after the EpiphanyJanuary 29, 2017Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 215)
Austin Farrer: “The Glass of Vision” (Free eBook)March 7, 2017“Austin Farrer’s Bampton Lectures published as The Glass of Vision in 1948. Farrer was an interdisciplinary genius who made original contributions to philosophy, theology, and biblical studies, as well as to our understanding of the role of imagination in human thought and Christian doctrine. According to Farrer, the three primary themes of these lectures are ‘scripture, metaphysics, and poetry,’ individually and in relation to each other. The lectures defend his famous theory of divine revelation through images rather than propositions or events, a provocative account of the place of metaphysical reasoning in theology, and a literary approach to the Biblical...
Web-Resource: The Book of CeremoniesJanuary 21, 2017Published in 1943, The Book of Ceremonies by Rev. Laurence J. O’Connell brings to light the Western Rite with all of its rubrical intricacies. A classic resource for Catholics and Anglo-Catholics alike.
New Patristics Web-ResourceFebruary 25, 2016I recently stumbled on a new web-resource dedicated to patristics study, monasticism and hagiography. The image below describes the vision of their site. Enjoy!
2016 Hulsean Lectures: Professor Lord Rowan WilliamsFebruary 16, 2016Professor Lord Williams of Oystermouth (the former Archbishop of Canterbury) is delivering the 2016 Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge. His topic:”Christ and the Logic of Creation.” You can find the five part series here.
Anglo-Saxon “Our Father” (Trans. from Old English)January 12, 2015Father of humankind, I ask for favor, Holy Chieftain, you, who dwell in Heaven May it be made holy, firmly set up— Your name, that is, Christ, rescuer— Firmly planted in our soul-locker. May your kingdom, wielder of might, Come to us people, right-wise Judge, And your love also, in the day of life, And in our selves in deep-dwelling brightness. And may your will be well-wrought Among us upon earth through earth’s realms, As it is far away in the heaven-glory, Blessed in joys from this world forward. Give us today, Chieftain among your people,...
John Henry Newman (Free eBooks)December 21, 2014Not many Anglican theologians have left the mega-size footprint on the Church that John Henry Newman has. As one of the founders of the Oxford Movement, Newman helped the Church of England in particular and the Anglican Communion in general uncover and rediscover a deeper catholicity in their doctrine and worship. A good number of his works (in bBook form) are collected here.
The Un-Moral LifeDecember 18, 2014By Fr. Stephen Freeman. Original published on the Ancient Faith blog. In recent articles I have challenged the place of contemporary morality in the Christian life. Some have had difficulty with this, wondering how we should then think about the commandments that are directed towards our behavior. Others have suggested that my challenge is merely semantic. There are certainly semantic distinctions being made here – but the reason for them is important and goes beyond mere words. But if it is not proper to think of ourselves as “moral” beings, how should we think? How do we confess our sins if morality is...
The Way of the PilgrimDecember 9, 2014The Way of the Pilgrim is a 19th century Russian work translated into English. The story is about the journey of a begging wanderer who treks across Russia, and while on that journey, practices the “Jesus Prayer.” This form of prayer is also known as inner prayer or prayer of the heart. It employs the short, repeated invocation, over and over: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of god, have mercy on me, a sinner” (or some variation thereof). You can find a free eBook here.
Former ABC Rowan Williams on Advent (Video)December 1, 2014
Mysticism by Evelyn UnderhillApril 1, 2014Thomas Merton, Padre Pio and…? Read a classic work by a great 20th century Anglican mystic: Evelyn Underhill’s, Mysticism.
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