Lenten Meditations: Saturday 11 April

Apr 11, 2020 by

Sat Apr 11 am: 95, 88 pm: 27 Lam 3:37-58 am: Heb 4:1-16 pm: Rom 8:1-11 –   HOLY SATURDAY LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: On Holy Saturday the Church is, at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on his passion and death, and on his descent into hell, and awaiting his resurrection with prayer and fasting. It is highly recommended that on this day the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer be celebrated with the participation of the people The liturgy this evening is The Great Vigil of Easter. The...

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Lenten Meditations: Good Friday

Apr 10, 2020 by

Fri Apr 10 am: 95, 22 pm: 40, 54 Lam 3:1-9, 19-33 1 Pet 1:10-20 am: Jn 13:36-38 pm: Jn 19:38-42   GOOD FRIDAY LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Some have learned that the word Good is applied to today based on the idea that something good, namely redemption occurred on this day. That is may be a simple way to frame it but not historical. Some scholars suggest that is from the idea that this day was “God’s Friday” (Gottes Freitag); others maintain that it is from the German Gute...

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Lenten Meditations: Maundy Thursday

Apr 9, 2020 by

Thur Apr 9 am: 102 pm: 142, 143 Lam 2:10-18 1 Cor 10:14-17, 11:27-32 Mark 14:12-25   MAUNDY THURSDAY   LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  As this liturgy begins, Lent has ended.  Our 40 days of Lent helped us “prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with mind and heart renewed.”  Now we come to three liturgies which help us experience what is offered us in the new Passover.  Each liturgy helps us enter more deeply into the mystery and meaning.  Maundy or Holy Thursday evening takes us to the...

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Lenten Meditations: Saturday 4 April

Apr 4, 2020 by

Sat April 4 am: 137, 144 pm: 42, 43 Exod 10:21-11:8 2 Cor 4:13-18 Mark 10:46-52   FIFTH SATURDAY  IN LENT – St. Isidore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, 636 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Today we remember, Saint Isidore born in Cartagena of a devout family who with his brother Leander both served consecutively as bishops of Seville in a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. As the Dark Ages began to touch parts of Europe with the barbarian invasions, the...

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Lenten Meditations: Friday 3 April

Apr 3, 2020 by

Fri April 3 am: 22 pm: 141, 143 Exod 9:13-35 2 Cor 4:1-12 Mark 10:32-45 FIFTH FRIDAY  OF LENT – Saint Nicetas, Abbot of Medicium, 824 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY – Saint Nicetas lived in the eighth century and became the Abbot of the Monastery of Medicium, which was near the city of Triglia on the Sea of Marmara. For his Orthodox confession of the veneration of the holy icons, he was persecuted and exiled twice by the Iconoclast Emperor Leo the Armenian, but recalled by Michael...

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Lenten Meditations: Thursday 2 April

Apr 2, 2020 by

Thur April 2 am: 131, 132, 133 pm: 140, 142 Exod 7:25-8:19 2 Cor 3:7-18 Mark 10:17-31 FIFTH THURSDAY  OF LENT – St. Ebba the Younger, Virgin and Martyr, 879 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Ebba was abbess of the great monastic foundation of Coldingham in the Marshes on the Scottish border, which had been founded two centuries earlier by Saint Ebba the Elder (f.d. August 25). During a Danish invasion Saint Ebba feared for her virginity because of the Viking reputation for rape and massacre. She...

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