The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Lamentations of Jeremiah: V

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn -Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jeruzalem

A Prayer for Mercy

Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.

Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

Our necks are under persecution: . . . → Read More: The Lamentations of Jeremiah: V

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: IV

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn -Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jeruzalem

The Punishment of Zion Accomplished

How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.

The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the . . . → Read More: The Lamentations of Jeremiah: IV

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: III

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn -Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jeruzalem

3 Hope of Relief through God’s Mercy

I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.

Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.

My flesh and my skin hath . . . → Read More: The Lamentations of Jeremiah: III

Are you a friend of Isaac?

Isaac on Epiphany

Isaac on Epiphany

Did you know that Isaac the Eagle (our loquacious lectern) has a Facebook page? It’s https://www.facebook.com/isaac.st.stephens. And Isaac has a page for St Stephen’s: https://www.facebook.com/StStephensMaysChapel/.This Facebook presence is the cornerstone of the parish’s publicity program using social media.

Back in the fall of 2016, instead of spending several thousands of dollars . . . → Read More: Are you a friend of Isaac?

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: II

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn -Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jeruzalem

Zion’s Sorrows Come from the Lord

How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and . . . → Read More: The Lamentations of Jeremiah: II

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: I

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn -Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jeruzalem

The Sorrows of Captive Zion

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all . . . → Read More: The Lamentations of Jeremiah: I

Monday in Whitsun Week

Send, we beseech thee, Almighty God, thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, that he may direct and rule us according to thy will, comfort us in all our afflictions, defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and . . . → Read More: Monday in Whitsun Week

International Women’s Day

Peter von Cornelius The Three Marys at the Tomb

O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast given us a wonderful example of faith and obedience in the person of thy blessed Mother Mary: Grant us to see her image in all women, that we should treat them with honor and respect; and likewise vouchsafe to endow all women with the strength and courage of thy . . . → Read More: International Women’s Day

Saint Isaac the Great

Sahak Partev Catholicos

Sahek Partev Catholicos (Pontiff Isaac the Parthian) by Francesco Maggiotto (1750-1805)

Be mindful, Lord, of thy holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and bless it with shepherds who will lead it as St Isaac the Great led the ancient church in Armenia: causing an alphabet to be created, and the Holy Bible to be translated . . . → Read More: Saint Isaac the Great