A photo of the Primate of Japan

January 15, 2007

In what may be a “world exclusive” for Lent & Beyond, a wonderfully kind reader has sent us a picture of the Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, the Primate of Japan. I have friends who call me the “Google queen” but I could find no pictures of Abp. Uematsu online anywhere a few nights ago. I searched in vain for over 45 minutes, but then today, we received the photo below from an intercessor who is upholding him in prayer during this season of prayer for the Anglican Primates.

Nathaniel Uematsu, Primate of Japan

The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu
Primate, the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan)
photo credit: Celinda Scott, Anglican Fellowship of Prayer

This picture was taken at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in June 2006. To read the story behind the picture, go here. It is these types of connections that make blogging so fun and extraordinary sometimes.

For more Primate photos, go here. We’ll continue to work to obtain photos for every Primate if at all possible — we of course welcome readers’ help in that endeavour!

A follow up re: Myanmar and religious persecution

January 15, 2007

A follow-up to our January 13 prayer focus on Myanmar (Burma) and Abp. Htay:

We found this story about religious persecution in Myanmar on Pat Dague’s blog Transfigurations.


Persecution against Christians in Burma revealed in new report called ‘Carrying the Cross’

LONDON, UK — A shocking new report about a range of tactics used by the military regime in Burma to suppress Christianity is about to be released in London.

Called “Carrying the Cross: The military regime’s campaign of restriction, discrimination and persecution against Christians in Burma” it cites a document, allegedly from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, which has been widely circulated in Rangoon with the headline “Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma.”

It begins: “There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practiced.”

Read it all. And pray for Christians in Myanmar and that Anglican leaders would take a bold stand against such persecution!

Anglican Fellowship of Prayer — A Litany for the Episcopal Church

January 15, 2007

Given that today our focus in praying for the Provinces and Primates of the Anglican Communion is on the U.S. and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, it is wonderfully excellent timing to have received a comment from folks at the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer and been sent this link with a Litany for the Episcopal Church. [Since it dates from 2006, we have replaced masculine references to former PB Frank Griswold with feminine references for Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori]

A Litany for the Episcopal Church

God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirt, Sanctifier of the faithful.
Have mercy on us

Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God.
Have mercy on us

For your holy catholic Church, in all times and in all places, that it may continually be filled with the grace of your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Anglican Communion, that in breadth of spirit and depth of devotion it may constantly rediscover its character as a church for all people, and that it may reach out to all peoples everywhere for the sake of truth and in obedience to the Gospel, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer

For the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, that it may flourish as a part of Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, faithfully fulfilling its mission and exercising its ministry in the changes and chances of this day and age, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer

For our Presiding Bishop in these unsettled times, that [she] may be among us as an example: one who loves what is true, honors what is just, and belongs to all.
Lord, hear our prayer

For all the people of the Church, that our Lord Jesus Christ may live out in us the full mystery of his death and resurrection, that we may be stretched and transformed by his love and find ourselves in him, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the forgiveness of our sins: for failure to love you with our whole heart and our neighbors as ourselves, that you will renew us as one body and one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For forgiveness of our failure to commend the faith that is in us to those both far and near, that you wll strengthen us to proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Jesus Christ, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For forgiveness of our pride, contentiousness and factionalism, our stubbornness and party spirit, our insisting on our own way rather than seeking your purpose, that you will give us the mind of Christ and by your Holy Spirit lead us into all truth, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for your blessings: for the challenges and opportunities you give us to grow in understanding and cooperaton in your Chuch, that as many members of one body we may continually be transformed ito the likeness of Christ Jesus, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for the courage, compassion, and fearless witness of lay and clergy leaders who have risen to the trials of our times, and who have called the chuch to live out its enduring truth in the midst of changing circumstances, that our witness may be ever fatihful and ever new, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for all those who in constant faithfulness and quiet confidence work, pray and give for the spread of your kingdom, often without recognition or fanfare, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

In hope for the future, that you will raise up glodly leaders, grant us a clear vision, and give us both abiding trust and steadfast hearts for the days to come, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For our communion, that you will raise up instruments of healing and reconciliation in individuals, parishes, dioceses, and councils, that we may maintain constant love for one another and be connected to that larger community where Christ most fully is to be found, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the coming of your kingdom, that we may prayerfully continue to strive for justice and peace as signs of your reign that is already at work among us, we pray to you. O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the consummation of all things in your well-beloved Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Ephesians 4:1-7

January 15, 2007

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (Ephesians 4:1)

Jesus, you have called us; we ask you to help us by your Holy Spirit to walk worthy of that call. Thank you for the high honor of your call.

with all lowliness and gentleness, (Ephesians 4:2a)

Father, help us walk before you in lowliness and gentleness.

with longsuffering, (Ephesians 4:2b)

Jesus, help us bear one another’s burdens.

bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:2c)

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion are being torn apart by division and heresy; help us in this diocese to bear with one another in love.

endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

Holy Spirit, please show us day by day how to keep the unity of the church in your way, in the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit, (Ephesians 4:4a)

Jesus, we pray for the Primates who will be meeting in Tanzania and for the bishops of the Episcopal Church that they keep your body, the church, in the unity of the Spirit.

just as you were called in one hope of your calling; (Ephesians 4:4b)

Father, help us remember the hope of our calling.

one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (Ephesians 4:5)

Lord, let there these be the instruments of unity in the Anglican Communion.

one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:6)

Father, draw us all back to you.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:7)

Jesus, please help us use the grace that was given us to draw your church back to you. Please give us all a heart to intercede for your people and the leaders of your people. Thank you.

***** A prayer to be used for the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Feb. 12-19) adapted from 1928 BCP)
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who by your Holy Spirit did preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and has promised, through your Son Jesus Christ, to be with your Church to the end of the world; We beseech you to be with the Council of your Church about to assemble in your Name and Presence. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of your great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech you, so to direct, sanctify, and govern them in their work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of your dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life; through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

A leprous bride

January 15, 2007

Have mercy, Lord. We have been idolatrous. We have puffed ourselves up and claimed our sensibilities and our voices to be Your ways and Your thoughts.
Your thoughts are not our thoughts and Your ways are not our ways. Have mercy. Our church is like a leprous bride.
Heal us now, O God. We beseech You to forgive us our sins and to make Your face shine upon the Covenant Design Group–Drexel, Victor, John, Sriyanganie, Kathy, Santosh, John, Andrew, Rubie, Ephraim, Nomfundo, and Gregory.
We yearn for the Anglican Communion to be a bride of great beauty. We yearn to be Your delight. We yearn for You to rejoice over this church. In the name of Jesus we pray, have mercy. Amen.
Numbers 12, Isaiah 55:11, 62:4

Primates Prayer Day 8, January 15, 2007

January 15, 2007

From Ephesians 4, King James’ Version (Morning Prayer Lesson, 1928 BCP)
For the upcoming Primates’ Meeting:
21If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27Neither give place to the devil.
Father in Heaven, let the Primates hear your voice. Let Jesus be their teacher. Pour out the Holy Spirit to renew them. Let them put on the new man, Jesus Christ, and leave behind the disobedient, fallen ways of the old man, sinful Adam. Deliver them from false conciliation and let them speak truth, even when it is costly. And though anger will be expressed, deliver our Primates from grudges that give the devil greater place in the Anglican Communion. We beg all this in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.

“If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values — that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control. ”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Primate Prayer: The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (in the United States of America).
Proverbs 4:20ff, The Message (Morning Prayer Lesson, 1928 BCP)

20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words;
tune your ears to my voice.
Keep my message in plain view at all times.
Concentrate! Learn it by heart!
Those who discover these words live, really live;
body and soul, they’re bursting with health.
23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
leave evil in the dust.
Holy Spirit, Divine Wisdom, Hagia Sophia, we pray for our sister Katherine. There are so many voices screaming for her attention, urging her this way and that. There are voices claiming to be yours, Holy Spirit. Let her hear you and you alone. Let her hear your teaching of the way, the truth and the life in Jesus Christ. Let her mind, which has explored the things seen in this world, be renewed in understanding of the things unseen. We pray in the Name of Jesus, who with the Father and you, Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


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