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Maundy Thursday: Gospel and prayer

John 13.1-15 (NKJV)

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to . . .

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April 09, 2020

Wednesday in Holy Week: Gospel and prayer

Luke 22.1-23.42 (NKJV)

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.

Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief . . .

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April 08, 2020

Tuesday in Holy Week: Gospel and prayer

John 12.24-43 (NKJV)

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there . . .

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April 07, 2020

Monday in Holy Week: Gospel and prayer

Since none of us will have a normal Holy Week this year, I'm going to post the traditional Gospel readings each day as well as the traditional collect (prayer) of the day. I hope these can prompt a time of prayer and meditation in the midst of an otherwise unusual set of circumstances.

John 12.1-23 (NKJV)

Then, six days . . .

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April 06, 2020

Palmarum: Palm Sunday

contemplating collects

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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

"Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus." [link]

N.T. Wright via TIME magazine

N.T. Wright is an Anglican New Testament professor and prolific writer. Most recently, he published a piece at TIME magazine online titled, "Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It's Not Supposed To."

In contrast to the Pentecostal and Fundamentalist Baptist types who argue that COVID-19 is punishment . . .

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April 01, 2020

Passion Sunday: the fifth Sunday in Lent

contemplating collects

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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