ADVENT REFLECTION: Dwelling In God’s Strength by Enuma Okoro

December 12, 2018

From Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) We have all said at one point or another, “If I just knew what would [...]

PRAYER: The Liturgy Of Saint James

July 10, 2017

From The Apostolic Constitutions Almighty God, whose glory the heavens are telling, the Earth his power, and the sea his might, and whose greatness all feeling and thinking creatures everywhere herald; to you belongs glory, honor, might, greatness, and magnificence now and for ever, to the ages of ages, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. O Lord our God, the bread from Heaven, the food of the whole universe, I have sinned against Heaven, and before you, and I am not worthy to receive your most holy mysteries.  But, in your compassion, grant me by your grace uncondemned to partake of your holy body and your precious blood, to remission of sins and life eternal.  Amen. Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and stand with fear and trembling, [...]

ADVENT MEDITATION: The Origins Of The Season by Philip H. Pfatteicher

November 27, 2016

From Journey Into the Heart of God There is an almost innate pattern in human behavior of fast before feast, preparation followed by celebration, anticipation and preparation leading to feasting, but otherwise the origins of the season of Advent are obscure.  Liturgical historians have in recent decades become notably skeptical regarding our knowledge of the origins and development of the seasons of the liturgical year.  We possess little sure and certain knowledge, only fragmentary and isolated pieces of evidence.  It is like having a dozen or so pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and that basis attempting to imagine what the whole puzzle looks like.  We will see with regard not only to Advent but also to Christmas, Epiphany, and Lent [...]

PRAYER: Remembering The Environment In Our Public And Private Prayers Of Intercession

September 1, 2016

Produced by Advisory Group on the Environment in the Newcastle Diocese of the Church of England If human beings are the “priesthood of creation,” then we have a duty to pray for the whole Earth, not just our fellow human beings. But prayers for the environment are often missing from the intercessions in church on a Sunday morning, perhaps because we struggle to find the right words. The use of these prayers should help us to include environmental concerns in our corporate and personal prayers.  I commend them to all churches. (The Right Reverend Martin Wharton, Bishop of Newcastle) Why We Should Pray We pray for the Earth: in acknowledgement of God’s love for all creation because we pray for what we care about, and care about what [...]


August 7, 2016

From Tracts For The Times, number 75 On The Roman Breviary As Embodying The Substance Of The Devotional Services Of The Church Catholic Antiphon You made him a little lower than the angels, to crown him with glory and worship. You make him to have dominion of the works of your hands. Psalm 8 O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world thou hast set thy glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies: that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained. What is man, that thou art mindful of him: and the son of man, that thou visitest [...]

LENTEN MEDITATION: Meeting Christ In The Liturgy by Fr. Cusick

March 7, 2016

From the website: The Word on the Web Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Laetare Jerusalem: et conventum facite, omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum laetitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae. Laetatus sum in his, quae dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus. Though we engage in the prayer, penance, and almsgiving of Lent, and join ourselves to our divine Lord in his trial in the desert, we never forget that the Lord has risen from the dead. Every Sunday of the year is a “little Resurrection” where we put aside penance and rejoice in the Lord’s Resurrection by which we begin now to share in his unending life. This Fourth Sunday of Lent, in particular, is named for this [...]

CANDLEMAS: The Fulfillment Of Advent, by Philip H. Pfatteicher

February 2, 2016

From Journey Into The Heart of God The celebration of Christmas may be understood to extend at its fullest length until February 2, the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple and the purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, often called Candlemas from the custom of blessing candles on that day, inspired by the Gospel, Luke 2:22-40, which includes the Song of Simeon that praises Christ as “a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.”  The block of the liturgical year that began with the successive lighting of the candles of the Advent wreath finds its fulfillment in the blessing and procession with lighted candles in celebration of the arrival of the Lord in his Temple.  The antiphon of the Introit [...]

BELIEF: A Christmas Creed

December 22, 2015

Author unknown I believe in Jesus Christ and in the beauty of the gospel begun in Bethlehem. I believe in the one whose spirit glorified a little town; and whose spirit still brings music to persons all over the world, in towns both large and small. I believe in the one for whom the crowded inn could find no room, and I confess that my heart still sometimes wants to exclude Christ from my life today. I believe in the one whom the rulers of the Earth ignored and the proud could never understand; whose life was among common people, whose welcome came from persons of hungry hearts. I believe in the one who proclaimed the love of God to be invincible. I believe in the one whose cradle was a mother’s arms, whose modest home in Nazareth had [...]

THE CHURCH: Liturgy And Healing

May 12, 2014

I realize that I am the only person in the world to want to find myself a very sturdy soapbox, step up on it, and proclaim my belief that the church is lopsided.  And that this is a very serious matter. In my opinion, that is. Here’s my metaphor for the church (that I’ve probably shared before): The church is like a tree with two branches.  The trunk is God, the Father.  And the branches are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Now the church nods reverentially to a nominal degree towards God, the Father. The bulk of the attention at church is on Jesus Christ. Which is the right thing to do, of course.  But more on that later. The church, what she has to offer the world, is designed to focus not just on Jesus Christ, but [...]

PRAYER: An Early Eucharistic Canon (c. 225)

July 22, 2013

From The Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus (Probably part compilation, part composition; the source of the Church Orders of the East, the Didascalia, Apostolic Constitutions, etc.) The Bishop:The Lord be with you. People:And with they spirit. B.:Lift up your hearts. P.:We lift them up unto the Lord. B.:Let us give thanks unto the Lord. P.:It is meet and right. B:We give thanks, O God, through thy beloved son [?servant] Jesus Christ, whom thou didst send to us in the last times to be a savior and redeemer and the messenger of thy will; who is thy inseparable Word, through whom thou madest all things, and in whom thou wast well pleased. Thou didst send him from Heaven into the Virgin’s womb; he was conceived and was incarnate, and [...]

LITURGY: The Creed Prayer, Celtic

July 23, 2012

From Celtic Spiritual Verse: Poems of the Western Highlanders O great God of all gods, I believe That thou art the Father eternal of all life above; O great God of all gods, I believe That thou art the Father eternal of goodness and love. O great God of all gods, I believe That thou art the Father eternal of each holy one; O great God of all gods, I believe That thou art the Father eternal of each lowly one. O great God of all gods, I believe That thou art the Father eternal of each clan of men; O great God of all gods, I believe That thou art the Father eternal of earth of our ken. Chief and God of the hosts, I believe That thou art the creator and maker of heav’n on high, That thou art the creator and maker of soaring sky, That [...]

LITURGY: The Creed of the Masai People

May 28, 2012

We believe in the one High God, Who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. Who created people and wanted them to be happy in the world. God loves the world And every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in the darkness, And now we know God in the light. God promised in the Book of the Word, The Bible, To save the world and all nations and tribes. We believe that God Made good this promise, by sending a son, Jesus Christ, A man in the flesh, A Jew by tribe, Born poor in a little village, Who left his home, and was always on safari doing good, Curing people by the power of God, Teaching them about God and humanity. Showing that the meaning of religion Is love. He was rejected by his people, [...]