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Collect of the Day: Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty 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)

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Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

“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

“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!

I 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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Bishop to Bike 2000 Miles

From ACNS [Diocese of Salisbury] The Bishop of Ramsbury normally drives 1500 miles a month for work – but is giving up his car for the six weeks of Lent! The Right Revd Dr Edward Condry mainly looks after churches in Wiltshire, and the majority of them are in villages, so public transport is limited and he’ll often be dependent on pedal power. Bishop Edward will continue to work full-time in a period when he expects to cover well over 2000 miles for work. Some might think it impossible, but Edward is committed to playing his part in tackling climate…