Last week, I was talking to my daughter on the phone. As she was entering home, she heard the melodic sound of a piano. It was being played by a man who had finished tuning a piano she and her husband had purchased awhile back. She was very pleased to hear the music wafting up the… Read More Lent Is For Re-tuning The Piano Of Our Hearts.
The collect for the Third Sunday in Lent asks the Lord to quickly come and protect, both physically and spiritually, from the works of Satan. In Lent we remember Christ’s wonderings in the desert and His temptation to sin. Christ, God the Son, has total and perfect power over the Devil, thus did not give into… Read More Collect: Third Sunday In Lent
This week’s collect stems from Gallicanum (from Gaul), Gelasian (relating to Pope Gelasius), and Gregorian (10th century, but misattributed to Pope Gregory the Great) liturgical books as prayers for those who were heretics and schismatics to be brought to repentance and come back into the historic faith of the church. It is now used in the… Read More Collect: Second Sunday In Lent
You may not realize that I majored in Health and Physical Education in College. In fact, I have both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in that field of study. As you may expect, I have heard every excuse as to why people will not make the effort to be physically fit. The sad… Read More Lent: A Time For Restoring Our Spiritual Fitness
The state of the current Anglican body in the United States is one that finds itself worshipping in schools, office buildings, homes, or during evenings in another church’s building. Many churches that left old Episcopal properties also lost all of their furnishings, liturgical tools, and money. So, it is understandable that some of the traditions that were… Read More “Could You Not Watch With Me Even One Hour?” Reawaken The Maundy Thursday Prayer Watch.
There was a prayer for the First Sunday in Lent in Gregory the Great’s 6th Century service book (“sacramentary” or “missal”). However, Thomas Cranmer (Archbishop of Canterbury 1533-55) created a new prayer that was more rooted in the Sunday’s Gospel readings and contained less overtones of a work-based salvation than Gregory’s which concluded speaking of “good works”.… Read More Collect: First Sunday In Lent
With it’s roots dating back to the time of Pope Gelasious I in the 5th Century, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer wrote a new prayer in 1549 that placed more emphasis on penitence rather than upon the fast like than the Gelasian version. It was obviously inspired by Psalm 51, which was traditionally the Psalm for Ash Wednesday… Read More Collect For Ash Wednesday