Maundy Thursday foot-washing reminds power of its purpose

Mar 24, 2016 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: […] Most Christians remember the Last Supper if not day after day, certainly month by month all year round. But we focus on foot-washing only once a year, and rarely is it enacted. It has become more of a metaphorical memorial than a real presence. Perhaps we should precede every celebration of the Eucharist with foot-washing or a modern equivalent; a little induced humility to dispel superiority and confront our pride. After all, we all need to wash our feet:...

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Palm Sunday: the Kingdom of God and a new social order

Mar 20, 2016 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The Kingdom of God was heralded by the Messiah riding a donkey. By reason and provocation, He urged anyone who would fully accept that Kingdom to enter into its reality. It was not about mythical notions of the nationalism, or of cultic, legalistic or apocalyptic understandings of spacial and temporal rule: the Kingdom of God was and is about riding the donkey of divine transcendence. The Church is the visible Kingdom of God on earth (Mt 16:18f), and its mission is to...

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Lenten Meditations: Saturday 19 March

Mar 19, 2016 by

Psalm: am: 137, 144; pm: 42, 43 OT:2 Sm 7:4-5a 12-14a-16 Epistle: Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 Gospel: Mt 1:16,18-21,24 FIFTH SATURDAY OF LENT – St. Joseph the Worker, Foster Father of Our Lord LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: In the gospel of Matthew, Joseph is depicted as a good man, a working carpenter, who trusted in God. He received God’s messenger who shared with him God’s will for him and for Mary, to whom he was engaged to be married. Luke’s gospel describes how Joseph took...

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Lenten Meditations: Friday 18 March

Mar 18, 2016 by

Psalm: am: 22; pm: 141, 143 OT: Exod 9:13-35 Epistle: 2 Cor 4:1-12 Gospel:  Mark 10:32-45 FIFTH FRIDAY OF LENT: Saint Frigidian, Monk and Bishop, c.588 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: The son of King Ultach of Ulster. He was trained in Irish monasteries and ordained a priest. His learning was imparted by such flowers of the 6th century Irish culture as Saint Enda and Saint Colman. St. Frigidian arrived in Italy on a pilgrimage to Rome and decided to settle as a hermit on Mount Pisano. In 566, he...

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Lent Meditations: Thursday 17 March

Mar 17, 2016 by

Psalm: am: 88; pm: 91, 92 OT: Sirach 39: 6-10 Epistle: 2 Tim 4:1-8 Gospel: Mt: 13:24-32 THE FIFTH THURSDAY OF LENT: St. Patrick Bishop & Missionary of Ireland, 461 LITURGICAL THEME OF THE DAY: Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old. Though the son of a deacon and grandson of a priest, it was not until his captivity that he sought out the Lord with his whole heart. In his Confession, the testament he wrote...

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Lenten Meditations: Wednesday 16 March

Mar 16, 2016 by

Psalm:  am: 119:121-144; pm: 119-153-end OT: Num 11:10-23 Epistle: Heb 12:3-13 Gospel: John 11:45-end FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF LENT – St. Aristobulus, Bishop of Britain (1st c.) LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Anglicans especially will find it interesting that on the Eastern Calendar is commemorated today St. Aristobulus of the Seventy, first Bishop of Britain (1st c.). Tradition holds that he was born in Cyprus and was the brother of the Apostle Barnabas who aided St. Paul (and who mentions him in...

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