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Palmarum: Palm Sunday

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Almighty and Everlasting God, Who hast sent Thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon Him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the Cross, that all mankind should follow the example of His great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of His patience, and also be made partakers of His resurrection; . . .

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April 05, 2020

Passion Sunday: the fifth Sunday in Lent

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We beseech Thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon Thy people, that by Thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service . . .

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March 29, 2020

Laetare: the fourth Sunday in Lent

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Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service . . .

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March 22, 2020

Oculi: the third Sunday in Lent

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We beseech Thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of Thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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March 15, 2020

Lent (2020)

on sin, hopelessness, and faith

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Pow!

Right between the eyes.

The readings appointed for Ash Wednesday hit us hard with our sinfulness, harder than probably any other readings during the Church Year. Today the Law thunders down with sobering fierceness. As we hear it, we must concede that the deliberately examined life cannot help but lead us to . . .

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February 26, 2020

reflections for Holy Week

Holy Week Reflections

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the last week of Lent and commemoration of the week of Christ's life leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection. Since Easter the queen of all church festivals and high point of the entire Christian year, this week is filled with rich traditions of liturgy, worship, and . . .

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April 14, 2019

reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

How are New Year's resolutions going? After 90 days, are they already broken and forgotten? Probably so. How about your Lenten resolutions? We're just a month into Lent, so there may be a better chance these are still fresh on your mind...but if you're like me, you've already stopped and re-started them a few times already.

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April 07, 2019

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