Ephraim the Syrian

1.  Cause to be heard in Thy grace, the tidings of Thy salvation:  for a hearing has been made, a path of passage; our minds have been downtrodden, by messages of terror.  R., Praises to Thy victory!  Glory to Thy Dominion! 2.  Comfort Thou with profits, though small and scanty, those that have had harvest,... Continue Reading →

Prayer for the week

Bless this house and those withinBless our giving and receivingBless our words and conversationBless our hands and recreationBless our sowing and our growingBless our coming and our goingBless all who enter and departBless this house, your peace impart

Weekly Reading: Proper 21

First reading and Psalm Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Second reading Philippians 2:1-13 Gospel Matthew 21:23-32 Theme: Both Christ and Moses worked within the power and authority of God. We should remember these deeds of power in the past, but we should also remember that as we imitate Christ we possess the same authority. Prayer:... Continue Reading →

The Cloud of Unknowing

The anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing has penned a masterpiece in Christian mysticism. The author understands and builds off of the concept that God is infinite and therefore hid from us as finite. He encourages his pupil to meditate on God realizing that in meditating God's love will envelope the person as a... Continue Reading →

Throwback on Philippians 1:21

"Because for me, living serves Christ and dying is even better." Philippians 1:21 Only of them that labor for holiness and truth are the hopes destroyed by no deception; no issue can destroy their labors, for the kingdom of the heavens that awaits them is firm and sure. So long then as the word of... Continue Reading →

Wednesday with the Wesleys

But on Sunday the 23rd, I was beat out of this retreat, too, by the concurring evidence of several living witnesses; who testified God "had thus wrought in themselves," giving them in a moment such a faith in the blood of his Son as translated them out of darkness into light, out of sin and... Continue Reading →

Questions for Meditation

Questions for private daily use  For what moment today am I most grateful?  Have I been zealous to do all good?  Have I kept myself from evil and sin? If not have I repented?  Have I failed to show love for God or neighbor?  Have I spent sufficient time in prayer and meditation? Have I... Continue Reading →

Prayer for the Week

O Gladsome Light of the holy glory of the Immortal Father, heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ. Now we have come to the setting of the sun and behold the light of evening. We praise God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For it is right at all times to worship Thee with voices of praise, O... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reading: Proper 20

First reading and Psalm Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Second reading Philippians 1:21-30 Gospel Matthew 20:1-16 Theme: God is generous with the workers of the kingdom providing for their needs with bread from heaven; because of this provision every condition of life is a blessing for those in Christ. Let us give thanks to God... Continue Reading →

Dante “Divine Comedy”

In this brilliant and epic poem Dante leads us through his vision of the spiritual world. Beginning in Hell (Inferno) with the Latin poet Virgil as his guide he descends into ring after ring populated by the cruel demons inflicting torture on the human residents. At the very heart of Hell he meets Satan frozen... Continue Reading →

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