Lenten Meditations: Friday 27 March

Mar 27, 2015 by

Psalm:   am: 22, pm: 141, 143 OT:  Jeremiah 29:1, 4-13 Epistle: Romans 11:13-24 Gospel: John 11:1-27 or 12:1-10 FIFTH TUESDAY OF LENT – Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of Philippines, 20th Cent LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: In 1902, the Episcopal Church appointed Charles Brent was appointed to serve as Missionary Bishop of the Philippines in 1902 after the US acquired Guam and the Philippines. Brent could easily have confined himself to providing a kind of ecclesiastical “home away from...

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Lenten Meditations: Thursday 26 March

Mar 26, 2015 by

Psalm:   am: 131, 132, 133, pm: 140, 142 OT:  Jeremiah 26:1-16 Epistle: Romans 11:1-12 Gospel: John 10:19-42 FIFTH THURSDAY OF LENT – St. Macartin of Clogher, Bishop, 505 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  Saint Macartin was an early disciple and companion of Saint Patrick during the latter’s missions into pagan territory. He is said to have been consecrated bishop of Clogher in Tyrone by Patrick in 454. It is said the Saint Brigid, Macartin’s niece, was present at the founding...

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Lenten Meditations: Wednesday 25 March

Mar 25, 2015 by

Psalm:   am: 45, pm: 40 OT:  Isaiah 10:7-14 Epistle: Hebrews 10:4-10 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – The Solemnity of the Feast of the Annunciation LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: This feast was established by the ancient church. St. Athanasius of Alexandria in his sermon on this feast names it first and specially honored in the order of feasts, as he recalls the beginning of the economy of the salvation of the people. In the 5th and 6th centuries because of heresies, which humiliate...

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Lenten Meditations: Tuesday 24 March

Mar 24, 2015 by

Psalm:   am: 102, pm: 68 OT:  Numbers 21.4–9 Epistle: Romans 1:16-25 Gospel: John 8: 21-30 FIFTH TUESDAY OF LENT – Walter Hilton of Thurgarton, Mystic, 13th Century LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  Born in 1343, Walter Hilton studied Canon Law at Cambridge but after a period as a hermit, he joined the community of Augustinian Canons at Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire. Highly regarded in his lifetime as a spiritual guide, he wrote in both Latin and English and translated several Latin...

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Lenten Meditations: Monday 23 March

Mar 23, 2015 by

Psalm:   am: 31, pm: 35 OT:  Jeremiah 24:1-10 Epistle: Romans 9:19-33 Gospel: John 9:1-17 FIFTH MONDAY OF LENT – St. Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop and Missionary of Armenia, c.332 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: On this day we remember the first Bishop of Armenia, Gregory. The ancient kingdom of Armenia was the first country to become Christian, and it recognizes Gregory as its apostle. Armenia was a buffer state between the powerful empires of Rome and Parthia (Persia), and both of them...

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Lenten Meditations: Sunday 22 March

Mar 22, 2015 by

Psalm: am: 51:1-12, pm: 119:9-16 OT:  Jeremiah 31. 31-34 Epistle:  Hebrews 5. 5-10 Gospel: John 12. 20-33 FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: The Fifth Sunday in Lent was previously called “Passion Sunday” which was intended to mark the beginning of Passiontide, calling the community of faith to a deeper journey for the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. The Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II ended this practice of Passion Sunday and limited the themes of the...

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