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Poetry: Opus Viridis

May 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.).
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Article – Jesus: The Prayer (The Episcopal New Yorker, Spring 2016)

April 25, 2016What’s in a Name? What’s in a name? Do names have power? Well, the U.S. Supreme Court certainly believes so—ruling in 2002, and again in 2010, that people’s “Miranda” Rights do not include the right to withhold their names. There’s much information in a name, and the justices recognized that it is the key to its owner’s legal history: Our names can tell a lot about us—not only who we are, but also where we’re from, and even what we’ve done. Names do indeed have power. The Prayer’s History For centuries in the Church, especially in Orthodox Christianity, there has...
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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

March 25, 2016IV The wounded surgeon plies the steel That questions the distempered part; Beneath the bleeding hands we feel The sharp compassion of the healer’s art Resolving the enigma of the fever chart. Our only health is the disease If we obey the dying nurse Whose constant care is not to please But to remind of our, and Adam’s curse, And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse. The whole earth is our hospital Endowed by the ruined millionaire, Wherein, if we do well, we shall Die of the absolute paternal care That will not leave us, but prevents us...
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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

March 18, 2016“Question from [a monk, who was also a priest, in the community of Seridos] to the Other Old Man (John): When I give to my body more than is necessary, it does not help me during the Liturgy; and if I give it less, I am afraid it will collapse completely. What should I do about this? And in regard to Holy Communion, since I want to partake of this every day, is it a burden to me that I approach Holy Communion as a sinner or should I continue to partake of it? And, again, how can I protect my...
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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

March 11, 2016“I shall never forget the tormenting feeling that I experienced on the day I received communion for the first time in many years. The service, the priest, the rules of prayer, were all something I could understand, and created in me a joyful realization that the meaning of life was being revealed. The communion itself I interpreted as an act performed in memory of Christ, signifying the purification of sin and the full acceptance of Christ’s teachings. If this explanation was artificial, I failed to notice its falsity. As I bowed down and humbled myself before the confessor, a simple,...
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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

March 4, 2016“John’s gospel is haunted by the idea of the ‘time’ or the ‘hour’ for which Jesus waits….The ‘hour’ is the time of humiliation, betrayal, and murder: as John puts it, this is the time at which the world is judged, when its fears and its lies are dragged into the open. In the betrayal and slaughter of Jesus, we are shown what it is we do to one another and ourselves in our self-justifying, self-defending terror, our refusal to penetrate to and face out inner divisions and their destructive effects….The judgment is beginning, then: the painful glory of the mercy...
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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

February 26, 2016“When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feasts of Feasts.”…Is it necessary to explain that Easter is much more than one of the feasts, more than a yearly commemoration of a past event? Anyone who has, be it only once, taken part in that night which is “brighter than day,” who has tasted of the unique joy, knows it. But what is that joy all about? Why can we sing, as we do during the Paschal liturgy: “today...
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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

February 19, 2016“The dark night is God’s attack on religion. If you genuinely desire union with the unspeakable love of God, then you must be prepared to have your ‘religious’ world shattered. If you think devotional practices, theological insights, even charitable actions give you some sort of purchase on God, you are still playing games.” — Rowan Williams, A Ray of Darkness
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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

February 12, 2016“The word for ‘confession’ in Greek (exomologesis) suggests something more than simply accepting, acknowledging and bearing witness to an event of act. More than a matter of admitting a hitherto unacknowledged sin, to confess means to accept and submit to the divine Logos (ex-omo-logesis) who is beyond and above the nature and condition of humanity. It is this Logos, the Word of God, in whom the repentant soul seeks salvation. To repent and confess is not so much to recognize and expose a failure as it is to respond from within to the call of God in whose image and...
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Sins I’m Giving Up for Lent: None!

February 10, 2016I recently did a “thought experiment” on my Facebook page.  I asked the question (to my 1000+ “friends”), “What sins are you giving up for Lent?” In parentheses I added the qualification, “trick question.” I really did not think that many people would “fall for it,” or “take the bate.” Frankly, I thought that folks would (rightly) object to such a public display of a personal, spiritual matter. Now I won’t list for you the various answers, but suffice to say that folks chimed right in with a battery of sins, some of which you could guess. Think with me,...

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New Patristics Web-Resource

February 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!  
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2016 Hulsean Lectures: Professor Lord Rowan Williams

February 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.
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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,...
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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.
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The Un-Moral Life

December 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...
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The Way of the Pilgrim

December 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.
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Former ABC Rowan Williams on Advent (Video)

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Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

April 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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Lancelot Andrewes: Works

March 25, 2014Lancelot Andrewes was a seventeenth century Anglican who not only was involved in the King James translation, but was one of the early post-Reformation mystical-thinking theologians in the tradition.  Here’s volume one of his Works where a good amount of his mystical theology, especially theosis, is thought through.  Lancelot Andrewes, Works: Sermons, Volume 1
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Florovsky: Collected Works, Vol. 2

March 18, 2014Here’s volume two of Georges Florovsky’s Collected Works.  This volume is entitled Christianity and Culture.

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