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prayerful waiting: the "O Antiphons" (2019)

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The seven days of Advent leading up to Christmas Eve and the proper celebration of Christmas are sometimes called the "Golden Nights" and are marked with an additional set of prayers in the Vespers (Evening Prayer) service. These prayers are sometimes called the "O Antiphons" because of how they begin and mark a . . .

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December 17, 2019

the second Sunday in Advent

contemplating collects

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Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine Only-begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; through the same 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 Book . . .

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December 08, 2019

the first Sunday in Advent

contemplating collects

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Stir up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come; that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins, and saved by Thy mighty deliverance; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran . . .

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December 01, 2019

contemplating collects

musings on our inherited weekly prayers

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For some time now, the blog Anglican Pastor has featured an on-going series titled, "Collect Reflections" in which the weekly collects from the Book of Common Prayer are posted, explained, and thoughtfully considered.

Those unfamiliar with the term 'collect' might ask, "What exactly is a collect?" . . .

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December 01, 2019

Luther on casting burdens upon the Lord

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you..." Ps 55.22

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Whoever desires to be a Christian must learn to believe this, and to exercise this faith in all his affairs, in physical and in spiritual things, in doing and in suffering, in living and dying, and to cast aside all anxious thoughts and care and throw them cheerfully off. Yet he must not throw them into a corner, as some have . . .

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October 03, 2019

"A Few Thoughts on the Lord's Prayer"

a meditation

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Note: This appears as today's reading from the saints in For All the Saints. It is an Anonymous meditation on the Lord's Prayer and one worthy of our reflection and consideration.

I cannot pray, Our, if my faith has no room for others and their need.

I cannot pray, Father, if I do not demonstrate this . . .

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July 18, 2019

"Pray, hope, and don't worry..."

from Padre Pio

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Pray, hope, and don't worry. Anxiety doesn't help at all. Our Merciful Lord will isten to your prayer.

- St. Padre Pio

photo by Tiago Aguiar on Unsplash

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May 30, 2019

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