My colleague Jill included this in a post of hers in March 2005 which I just rediscovered tonight. Very relevant for Lent when we traditionally focus on growing in spiritual disciplines.
The effect of prayer is union with God, and, if someone is with God, he is separated from the enemy.
Through prayer we guard our chastity, control our temper and rid ourselves of vanity. It makes us forget injuries, overcomes envy, defeats injustice and makes amends for sin. . .
It will refresh you when you are weary and comfort you when you are sorrowful. . . Prayer is the delight of the joyful as well as the solace of the afflicted. . . Prayer is intimacy with God and contemplation of the invisible.
Gregory of Nyssa
Thursday, February 22, 2007
In you, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in your righteousness. (Psalm 31:1)
LORD, we have put our trust in you and you are our help and our strength; defend us from all attacks of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Bow down your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. (Psalm 31:2)
Lord Jesus, our eyes look to you, you are our refuge and fortress in these troubled times in your church.
For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)
Father, your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; help us in this diocese to walk by the light of your word, for all other lights are deceptive and will fail.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for you are my strength. (Psalm 31:4)
Holy Spirit, guide Bishop Bill and all our diocesan leaders as they seek the way through for us.
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psalm 31:5)
Jesus, please help us walk in your truth and faithfully proclaim it day by day. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for hearts that are transformed by my Spirit and my word
LORD, we do pray for hearts that are transformed by your Spirit and your word.
Hey, well we got our Lent 2007 section of the sidebar organized! Yeah!
(Look to the right below the calendar and search box).
Here is the list of our top 20 Lent resources (favorite sites or essential Lent & Beyond Lent links). Some are entries here on L&B, some are links to external sites.
Have we missed any of your favorites? Let us know…
- 01. Lent 2007 posts
- 02. Lent Resources Category
- 03. Lent Resources Compilation
- 04. 2006 Devotionals Index
- 05. Church Fathers Readings
- 06. Lent Readings & Collects
- 07. Lent Lectionary Links
- 08. Lent & Beyond Categories
- 09. Fasting
- 10. Church Year.Net Lent Page
- 11. Classic Church Music
- 12. C of E: Live Lent
- 13. EWTN Lent Page
- 14. Journey to the Cross
- 15. Lectionary Central
- 16. Pray as You Go
- 17. Praying Lent
- 18. Scripture Union Lenten Bible Reading Guide
- 19. Some recommended blogs
- 20. Trinity New Rochelle (Lent/Easter page)
By the way, if you click on #8 (Lent & Beyond Categories) you’ll discover that we’ve created two brand new categories based on feedback from a reader and also from what we see folks are trying to find as we review our site meter entries:
Happy Browsing! With over 3000 posts on the blog, there’s lots of great material here.
Here are links for several different lectionary reading plans (i.e Daily Scripture readings) and resources for Lent:
I. ECUSA 1979 Daily Office Scripture Readings
English Standard Version (ESV) Daily BCP Lectionary Online: This gets my vote as far and away the best new lectionary resource. See each day’s daily office readings nicely formatted on one page in the highly respected ESV translation of Scripture. There are audio links for each passage to hear the text being read by Max McLean. Each day’s lectionary is also available by RSS feed.
For a handy table of the Lenten Daily Office readings for printing and reference (the lessons are not clickable): the CRI website has a table with the Daily Office readings (year 1) for each day of Lent here (the title says 2005, but the dates are correct for 2007).
Satucket.Com (see below) also has online links for the 1979 Daily Office Lectionary readings in RSV or NRSV.
The Liturgies.Net site also has the daily Eucharistic readings (clickable for online reading) and a daily Lenten-themed Collect from Lesser Feasts and Fasts.
IV. Non-Anglican Lenten Scripture Reading Plans
I have just come across a very interesting Lenten Scripture reading plan modelled on an Advent Jesse Tree. This is particularly geared for families and traces the theme of original sin and the plan of salvation throughout the Scriptures. There is one passage per day throughout Lent. Check it out here.
Is there some other lectionary plan you are looking for online? Leave a comment we may be able to help you find it.
The Roman Catholic Website EWTN has a very nice Lent page. You can click on the calendar each day for a short devotional entry which follows this pattern.
A Lent Question
A Lent Action
It’s one of the most nicely designed and clearly focused Lent websites around. Very definitely recommended.
Here is the link for today’s entry (Feb. 22)
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I’m realizing foday how sharply we’ve gone from pretty much “all Primates, all the time mode” to “all Lent all the time mode.” That may be a bit of a shock to some readers. We still have a lot of visitors clicking on our Primates prayer pages… We’ll leave all the reporting and analysis of the Primates meeting, however, to Titusonenine, Stand Firm and others.
Obviously much prayer is needed for The Episcopal Church in responding to the specific demands made of it by the Primates. There will be a House of Bishops meeting in March. Pray for bishops to seek the Lord before responding out of emotion or based on “knee-jerk” readings of the Communique. Pray for the orthodox / traditionalist leaders, including those in the Network, AMiA, CANA, etc. who also need to figure out what response to make to the Communique.
Prayer is needed too for the Anglican Church of Canada (which has its Synod this summer), and the Church of England (which has a Synod coming up very soon, I think) as they grapple with the implications of the Communique. We urge continual prayer for Abp. of Canterbury Rowan Williams and all the Primates who will have a role in implementing the details of the Communique. Next week we’ll try to remember to post names of the Primates’ Standing Committee and other leaders.
So, we haven’t forgotten these things, and we will continue to post intercessory prayer resources as the Lord enables and leads us. But after a season of outward-focused intercession, now is a time for our own self-examination.
Please feel free to join us in our Lenten meditations and prayers!