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.).
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...
Fridays in Lent: Quote of the DayMarch 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...
Fridays in Lent: Quote of the DayMarch 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...
Fridays in Lent: Quote of the DayMarch 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,...
Fridays in Lent: Quote of the DayMarch 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...
Fridays in Lent: Quote of the DayFebruary 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...
Fridays in Lent: Quote of the DayFebruary 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
Fridays in Lent: Quote of the DayFebruary 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...
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,...
Collect of the Day: Feast of St. JamesJuly 25, 2016O gracious God, we remember before you today your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that you will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 242)
Collect of the Day: Proper 12July 24, 2016O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 231) Image: Christ Pantocrator mosaic in Byzantine style from the Cefalù Cathedral, Sicily.
Collect of the Day: Feast of St. Mary MagdaleneJuly 22, 2016Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 242)
Collect of the Day: Proper 11July 17, 2016Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 231)
Collect of the Day: Proper 7June 19, 2016O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 230)
Collect of the Day: Proper 6June 12, 2016Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 230)
Collect of the Day: Proper 5June 5, 2016O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 229)
Collect of the Day: The Feast of the VisitationMay 31, 2016Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 240-241)
Collect of the Day: Proper 4May 29, 2016O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP. 229)
Collect of the Day: The Feast of St. Augustine of CanterburyMay 26, 2016O Lord our God, who by your Son Jesus Christ called your apostles and sent them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations: We bless your holy name for your servant Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, whose labors in propagating your Church among the English people we commemorate today; and we pray that all whom you call and send may do your will, and bide your time, and see your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 265)
Collect of the Day: Proper 3May 23, 2016Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 229)
Collect of the Day: First Sunday after Pentecost – Trinity SundayMay 22, 2016Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 228)
Collect of the Day: The Day of Pentecost – WhitsundayMay 15, 2016Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. or this O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right...
Collect of the Day: Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension DayMay 8, 2016O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. (BCP, 226)
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.
Lancelot Andrewes: WorksMarch 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
Florovsky: Collected Works, Vol. 2March 18, 2014Here’s volume two of Georges Florovsky’s Collected Works. This volume is entitled Christianity and Culture.
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