Meditations Based on the Lord’s Prayer

  • Food Evelyn Underhill
    In the first part of the Lord’s Prayer, we are wholly concerned with God’s glory.  We pray with angelic spirits; creatures whose purposes are completely harmonized with the Creative Will.  In the second part, we turn from the Eternal Splendor to our Earthly limitations, and bring before God the burden, neediness, and sinfulness of our state.  Give us this day our daily bread.  With the proclamation of our utter dependence, the presentation before God of the simplest and most [...]
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JESUS: Living Message, by Mark G. Boyer

Scripture:When the leaders of the Jews heard the things about which Stephen spoke, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen.  But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into Heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”  But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.  Then they dragged him [...]

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Easter reflections

  • Unstoppable Mission Mark G. Boyer
      Scripture:Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison.  But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out and said, [...]

Sermon for the Ascension

  • Why Stand There Looking Up Toward Heaven? C. S. Song
    From And Their Eyes Are Opened So when they [the disciples] had come together, they asked him [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. [...]


  • Congregational Worship And The Psalms Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    In many churches the Psalms are read or sung every Sunday, or even daily, in succession.  These churches have preserved a priceless treasure, for only with daily use does one appropriate this divine prayerbook.  When read only occasionally, these prayers are too overwhelming in design and power and tend to turn us back to more palatable fare.  But whoever has begun to pray the Psalter seriously and regularly will soon give a vacation to other little devotional prayers and say: “Ah, [...]

Poetry on the Psalms

  • Stanzas On The Psalms Thomas Warton the Elder
    Not the songs that nobly tell, How Troy was sacked, and Rome began, Not the numbers that reveal The wars of Heaven to falling man; Can boast that true celestial fire, That equal strength and ease, Or with such various charms conspire, To move, to teach, to please. Those complaints how sadly sweet, White weeping seraphim repeat; Those prayers how happily preferred, Which God himself inspired and heard. Ye partial wits no longer boast Of Pindar’s fire in David’s lost! Who to the [...]

Poetry for the Ascension

  • Ascension John Donne

    POETRY: Ascension, by John Donne

    Salute the last, and everlasting day, Joy at the uprising of this Sun, and Son, Ye whose true tears, or tribulation Have purely wash’d, or burnt your drossy clay. Behold, the Highest, parting hence away, Lightens the dark clouds, which He treads upon; Nor doth He by ascending show alone, But first He, and He first enters the way. O strong Ram, which hast batter’d Heaven for me! Mild lamb, which with Thy Blood hast mark’d the path! Bright Torch, which shinest, that I the way may see! O, [...]
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    POETRY: Ascension Day, by John Keble

    Soft cloud, that while the breeze of May Chants her glad matins in the leafy arch, Draw’st thy bright veil across the Heavenly way Meet pavement for an angel’s glorious march: My soul is envious of mine eye, That it should soar and glide with thee so fast, The while my grovelling thoughts half buried lie, Or lawless roam around this earthly waste. Chains of my heart, avaunt I say— I will arise, and in the strength of love Pursue the bright track ere it fade away, My Savior’s [...]
  • Ascension Denise Levertov

    POETRY: Ascension, by Denise Levertov

    Stretching Himself as if again, through downpress of dust upward, soil giving way to thread of white, that reaches for daylight, to open as green leaf that it is. . . Can Ascension not have been arduous, almost, as the return from Sheol, and back through the tomb into breath? Matter reanimate now must relinquish itself, its human cells, molecules, five senses, linear visions endured as Man— the sole all-encompassing gaze resumed now, Eye of Eternity. Relinquished, earth’s broken Eden. [...]
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    POETRY: Beware, Soul Brother, by Chinua Achebe

    We are the men of soul men of song we measure out our joys and agonies too, our long, long passion week in paces of the dance. We have come to know from surfeit of suffering that even the Cross need not be a dead end nor total loss if we should go to it striding the dirge of the soulful abia drums. . . But beware soul brother of the lures of ascension day the day of soporific levitation on high winds of skysong; beware for others there will be that day lying in wait leaden-footed, tone-deaf [...]
  • The Ascension Fray Luis de León

    POETRY: The Ascension, by Fray Luis de León

    How can you leave your flock, O holy shepherd, in this valley deep and dark, while you break the pure air, departing to regions immortal and secure? Those once blessed, now sad, afflicted, those nourished at your breast and now by you dispossessed, where will they turn their faces? Can their eyes, having seen the beauty of your face, see anything now that does not fret them? And to ears that heard your sweetness, is not all else clamor and dullness? And that swollen sea, who now shall calm it? [...]
  • Ascension Hymn Henry Vaughan

    POETRY: Ascension Hymn, by Henry Vaughan

     From: Silen Scintillans, Part II Dust and clay Man’s ancient wear! Here you must stay, But I elsewhere; Souls sojourn here, but may not rest; Who will ascend, must be undrest. And yet some That know to die Before death come, Walk to the sky Even in this life; but all such can Leave behind them the old Man. If a star Should leave the Sphere, She must first mar Her flaming wear, And after fall, for in her dress Of glory, she cannot transgress. Man of old Within the line Of Eden could Like [...]

A Prayer for the Ascension

Psalm 36

The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.

4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

5 Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.

12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.

A Quote From Thomas Merton

By salvation I mean the full discovery of who a man really is. I mean the fulfillment of his own God-given powers.