Lenten Meditations: Saturday 28 March

Mar 28, 2015 by

Psalm:   am: 137, 144 , pm: 42, 43 OT:  Jeremiah 31:27-34 Epistle: Hebrews 9:1-7 Gospel: Luke 1:39-49 FIFTH SATURDAY OF LENT – Saint Hilarion the New, Abbot , 8th Cent. LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Saint Hilarion took up the monastic life from his youth and lived in seclusion. Later, as Abbot of the Monastery of Pelecete in Asia Minor (believed to be in Bithynia, not far from Triglia), he suffered much from the Iconoclasts, and reposed in the year 754 MEDITATION OF THE DAY: I am Hungry. I am Thirsty. How often do those words get said in the west when we are actually neither very often? But we also know that hunger and thirst are natural dimensions to being human. Typically when we are not feeling well we don’t have much of an appetite and of course we are not ourselves. What would happen to us if we lacked a spiritual thirst or hunger?...

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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 home” for American officials and others stationed in the Islands. Equally, he could have devoted himself chiefly to efforts to convert the Roman Catholics, both of Spanish and of Filipino ancestry, whom the previous government had left behind. Instead, he directed his efforts toward the non-Christians of his diocese: the pagan Igorots of the mountains of Luzon, the Muslims of the southern islands, the Chinese settlements in Manila, all areas in which he made considerable...

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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 of the see. Tradition names Macartan as the “strong man” of Saint Patrick, who established the church in Clogher and spread the Gospel in Tyrone and Fermanagh. To date the ministry of the Bishop of Clogher which takes its name after the village of Clogher in County Tyrone, has parallel apostolic successions: one of the Church of Ireland and the other of the Roman Catholic Church with each Cathedral church under the...

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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 the person of the Mother of God and deform the teaching of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, presented separately, prompted the Church to magnify the celebration of the feast. Ancient Christians had various names for this feast: “Conception of Christ”, “Annunciation about Christ”, “Beginning of Redemption”, and “Annunciation of the Angel to Mary”. But by the 7th century the name as it stands today was universal. According...

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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 devotional works. Controversy with the Lollards gave a sharper definition to his exposition of the aims, methods and disciplines of traditional spirituality. Amongst his major works, Ladder of Perfection (Book Two) declares that contemplation, understood in a profoundly Trinitarian context as awareness of grace and sensitivity to the Spirit, may and should be sought by all serious Christians. (The Lollards followed from the teachings of John Wycliffe a prominent theologian at Oxford in the...

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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 sought to control it. Gregory was born about 257. When he was still an infant, his father assassinated the King of Parthia, and friends of the family carried Gregory away for protection to Caesarea in Cappadocia, where he was reared as a Christian. About 280 he returned to Armenia, where he was at first treated severely, but eventually by his preaching and example brought both King Tiridates and a majority of...

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