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Palm Sunday (2021)

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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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March 28, 2021

reflection for the fifth Sunday in Lent (2021)

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(Note: this is an updated version of an essay first posted in 2019)

How are New Year's resolutions going? After less than 90 days, are they already broken and forgotten? Probably so. How about your Lenten resolutions? We're just a month in to Lent, so there may be a better chance these are still fresh on your . . .

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March 21, 2021

fifth Sunday in Lent (2021)

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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 21, 2021

reflection for the fourth Sunday in Lent (2021)

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(Note: this is an updated version of an essay first posted in 2019)

The feeding of the five thousand is one of the most well-known miracles of Jesus' earthly ministry. It is one of the very few things mentioned in all four Gospels (hint, hint...that means it's a very big deal). It is one of the stories we learn as . . .

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March 14, 2021

fourth Sunday in Lent (2021)

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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 our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

--Common Service . . .

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March 14, 2021

reflection for the third Sunday in Lent (2021)

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(Note: this is an updated version of an essay first posted in 2019)

"I believe...in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit [and] born of the Virgin Mary." We confessed that truth recently as part of the Apostles' Creed. As soon as the birth of Jesus happened in history over . . .

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March 07, 2021

third Sunday in Lent (2021)

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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 07, 2021

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