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"O Wisdom..."

advent antiphons

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The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
-- . . .

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December 17, 2017

prayerful waiting: the "O Antiphons"

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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, 2017

on ashes and water, sin and baptism

meditations on Ash Wednesday worship

Silvrback blog image As is tradition in our parish, last night we held Ash Wednesday worship service. Part of this service, of course, includes the imposition of ashes on the foreheads of the penitent. By the end of the liturgy, one thing jumped out to me:

Sin and death are messy. Literally.

As I struggled last night to move back and forth . . .

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March 02, 2017

T.S. Eliot on a difficult faith

You will never attract the young by making Christianity easy; but a good many can be attracted by finding it difficult: difficult both to the disorderly mind and to the unruly passions.

— T.S. Eliot

This quote showed up in my today, courtesy of The Plough daily dig email. Immediately I was struck by how . . .

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January 10, 2017