Holy Saturday

Harrowing of Hell

Harrowing of Hell, by Pieter Huys (c. 1519—c. 1584). From Wikipedia.

Grant, O Lord, that as we are baptised into the death of thy blessed Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections we may be buried with him; and that through the grave, and gate of death, we . . . → Read More: Holy Saturday

Good Friday

Christ on the Cross

Christ on the Cross, by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834–1890). From Wikipedia.

¶ All three collects are to be read.

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and . . . → Read More: Good Friday

The high price of forsaking our Christian principles

Unpredictable weather in our corner of Maryland makes it difficult to plan a Lenten Series. This year we studied the deep-seated Christian foundations that undergird our culture and constitution. The final part discussed the abandonment of those basic principles—a subject eloquently illustrated by an article published in the Washington Times newspaper by Everett Piper, president . . . → Read More: The high price of forsaking our Christian principles

John Keble, Priest

Celtic Cross

Grant, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know thy presence and obey thy will; that, following the example of thy servant John Keble, we may accomplish with integrity and courage that which thou givest us to do, and endure that which thou givest us to bear; through Jesus Christ . . . → Read More: John Keble, Priest

Saint Woolos (Woolo)

Celtic Cross

Almighty God, who dost choose thine elect out of every nation, and dost shew forth thy glory in their lives: Grant, we pray thee, that following the good example of thy servant Saint Woolos, we may be fruitful in good works to the praise of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Maundy Thursday

Jesus washing Peter's feet by Ford Madox Brown

Jesus washing Peter’s feet by Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893)

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him, who in these holy mysteries giveth us a pledge of life eternal; . . . → Read More: Maundy Thursday

Jesus commands we pray for politicians we despise

The nation has rarely been so politically divided, and this, sadly, has once again rekindled debate over our obligations as Christians to pray for the men and women who pilot our ship of state.

Indeed, many more liberally inclined churches today have ostentatiously abandoned praying for the President of the United States. Others merely pray . . . → Read More: Jesus commands we pray for politicians we despise

Wednesday in Holy Week  

Lenten altar

Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation; that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Technological advance has radically changed ministry

Today’s rapid pace of technological advance has changed life in the parsonage just as radically as it has changed the secular workplace. And, as in the secular world, the most profound changes in the nature of parochial work have been wrought by the computer, the cell telephone, and the automobile.

Computers have radically changed the . . . → Read More: Technological advance has radically changed ministry

Tuesday in Holy Week

Lenten Altar with wooden candlesticks

O Lord God, whose blessed Son, our Saviour, gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame: Grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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