Holy Week Meditations: 13 April – Palm Sunday

Apr 13, 2014 by

Apr 13 am: Ps 24, 29 pm: 103 am: Zech 9:9-12 pm: Zech 12:9-13:9 1 Tim 6:12-16 Luke 19:41-48 PALM SUNDAY LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: This festival has early roots in the Eastern Church. St. Cyril of Jerusalem writes about annual commemoration of this great event as recorded in the Scriptures, with the custom also being observed by the desert fathers of Egypt and Syria. The first evidence we find in the West is in the 7th Century through the Sacramentary of St. Gregory, that is, at the end of...

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Lenten Meditations: Saturday 12 April

Apr 12, 2014 by

  Sat April 12 am: Ps 137, 144 pm: 42, 43 Exod 10:21-11:8 2 Cor 4:13-18 Mark 10:46-52 FIFTH SATURDAY OF LENT – St. Basil the Confessor, 8th Century  LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: St Basil the Confessor was elected as bishop by the inhabitants of Paris, who venerated the Saint as a true pastor of the flock of Christ. When the Iconoclast heresy broke out, St Basil resolutely came out on the side of icon veneration and refused to sign the orders for their abolition (the...

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Lenten Meditations: Friday 11 April

Apr 11, 2014 by

Fri April 11 am: Ps 22 pm: 141, 143 Exod 9:13-35 2 Cor 4:1-12 Mark 10:32-45   FIFTH FRIDAY OF LENT –  George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878   LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  Selwyn was born in London in 1809, educated at Eton and Cambridge and ordained in 1833. In 1841, he was made first Bishop of New Zealand. He diligently studied the Maori tongue on his long sea voyage, and was able to preach in it on his arrival. He laid the foundations of...

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Lenten Meditations: Thursday 10 April

Apr 10, 2014 by

Thur April 10 am: Ps 131, 132, 133 pm: 140, 142 Exod 7:25-8:19 2 Cor 3:7-18 Mark 10:17-31 FIFTH THURSDAY OF LENT - The Martyrs of East Anglia , 870 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY – The year 870 was a terrible year for the Church in East Anglia. The Viking army that had arrived in 865 became a permanent army of occupation The army rode from York across Mercia into East Anglia, captured Thetford,  defeated and killed King Edmund. At the same time they came to Medehampstede...

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Lenten Meditations: Wednesday 9 April

Apr 9, 2014 by

Wed April 9 am: Ps 119:89-96 pm: 130, 133 Proverbs 3:1-7 1 Cor 15:19-26 Matt  13:47-52 FIFTH WEDNESDAY IN LENT –Bl. Dietrich Bonheoffer, Pastor, Scholar, Martyr, 1945.   LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:   Bonheoffer was born in 1906, son of a professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Berlin. He was an outstanding student, and at the age of 25 became a lecturer in systematic theology at the same University. When Hitler came to power in 1933,...

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Lenten Meditations: Tuesday 8 April

Apr 8, 2014 by

Tues April 8 am: Ps 121, 122, 123 pm: 124, 125, 126 Exod 5:1-6:1 1 Cor 14:20-40 Mark 9:42-50 LENT V- FEAST DAY – St. Dionysius of Corinth Bishop and Confessor, 177  LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  The successor of Primus of Corinth what we  know about him comes from the Church Historian, Eusebius. The Bishop was the writer of  a number of  pastoral letters,  ranging from peace and unity, purity in faith and life, marriage and the defense of the faith against...

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