Lent – Counting the Co$t

March 16, 2009

In checking the RSS feeds of some of the blogs posting regular Lenten-themed entries this afternoon, I discovered two great related entries at the GodSpace and Story-Formed blogs.

Christine Sine’s post at GodSpace is Lent – Finding Freedom in the Desert. In reflecting on something she had read recently by Thomas Merton about what the 40 years in the desert taught the Israelites, Christine writes:

Adversity encourages mutuality, sharing, generosity and cooperation. It encourages us to take notice of the weak and vulnerable and hopefully to accept our responsibility to care for them. It writes the laws of God on our hearts not just on our minds. Something that we need to think about as we responds to the current recession. In fact I wonder if as a world society we are entering a season of Lent in which God wants us to be educated into the freedoms of life lived in a covenantal relationship with God. In From Anxiety and Greed to Milk and Honey a recent article in Sojourner’s magazine Walter Brueggemann reminds us that

Biblical faith is an invitation away from autonomy to covenantal existence that binds the self to the holy, faithful God and to neighbors who are members in a common economy.

This was the lesson of the 40 years in the wilderness for the children of Israel and it seems as though there has never been a better time to think about this than now. What do you think? What lenten lessons are you learning as a result of this recession that are enabling you to live in a way that is more representative of the kingdom of God culture?

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Tara at the Story-Formed blog takes up the challenge of responding to Christine’s questions, and has posted some excellent reflections and a great prayer in her latest blog entry Investing 101:

What does it look like for me and my family to “share with God’s people who are in need”? And how do we get the resources into the hands of those in the family of God who are around the world? As these questions churn in me, I want our children to participate in the sharing as well. So what will that look like? AND as I ask God to “Search me, O God, and know my heart…” I know He is finding places in there that are miserly, calculating and hoarding. I want to “share” because He asks me to, but in the act of obedience I also want Him to transform my heart.

Lord, give us, Your church, a vision of what You desire from us during these economic times. Teach us to live with open hands and hilariously generous hearts and lives. May we give out of obedience and find that our hearts are changed as we share what we have with Your people. Give us eyes to see those who are in need and give us Your guidance as to how you would have us give. As we take care of one another, may the world see You and know that we are Yours by our love for one another. Amen.

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I’m challenged and convicted by both of these blog entries, and reminded that it is very easy to spiritualize Lent and get so focused on our own personal relationship with the Lord that we lose sight of the real nuts and bolts practical outworking of living out our faith in our daily lives. How is the time we are spending with the Lord this Lent transforming our relationships with those around us and changing our priorities? I confess I personally am finding it hard to be cheerful in giving these days, feeling the squeeze in my own personal finances.

May the Lord continue to grant us grace this Lent to grow in holiness in all areas of our lives – in prayer, in worship, in overcoming areas of persistent sin, and in our growth in compassion and love for the needy around us.

(posted by KB)


House of Bishops

March 16, 2009

The House of Bishops is convened in Kanuga.

Jeremiah 7:2-15

” ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD.  This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!”  If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,  if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever.  But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
 ” ‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, [a] burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”-safe to do all these detestable things?  Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD. 

 ” ‘Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.  While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.  Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers.  I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.’

O Lord,

We pray that the bishops do not trust in deceptive words that are worthless.  Open their ears to hear Your voice.  Amen.


Index of Lent Entries: Feb 23 – Mar 16

March 16, 2009

We’ve posted over 65 entries so far this Lent… We hope and pray these resources, prayers & quotes continue to be a blessing and encouragement and strengthen us all to truly keep a holy Lent.

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1.  Our Lent entries by category:
Lent Devotionals
Lent Prayers
Lent Quotes
Lent Resources
Lent: Family & Children

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2.  Other quick links – Notable Posts (Updated March 16)

(With the exception of the resources list, entries are listed more or less in order of posting, most recent first)

a. Resources
Our Top Ten Favorite Lent Resources
Some NEW Lenten Resources to recommend
Update on Anglican Lent Resources

Lenten Sabbath Prayer Service for families
Week 2 Lenten Devotional Guide Available
Great post on Lent & Kids at the Story-Formed blog
Fr. Stephen Freeman: Why we Fast
GAFCON Lenten Bible Studies “Way of the Cross” available
Phil at Deacon’s Slant – blogging on the 7 Deadly Sins
The Falls Church has a Lenten Devotional guide
An Appeal for Anglican Lenten Resources
Lent for children & families: A Lenten version of a “Jesse Tree”
Lent Resource: 40 Days for Life
Anglican Relief & Development’s Lenten Appeal
Ash Wednesday Resources & Links
From our Archives: Index of all the 2006 Anglican Bloggers Lenten Devotional posts

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b. Prayers
Hear, O Lord (Attende Domine)
Richard Baxter – Keep me seeking after You
St. Thomas More – Give me grace to amend my life
Lenten Sabbath Prayer Service for families
St. Ignatius – the reward of knowing that we do thy will
A Communal Prayer of Confession
St. Ephraim the Syrian – Take away the spirit of laziness
Praying for our enemies
St. John Chrysostom – Let me love you as intensely as I have loved sin
St. Thomas Aquinas – Give light to my blindness
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – In Me there is Darkness, but with You there is Light
Arise Thou Sun Upon the Winter Landscape of My Heart
Charles Wesley – Make My Heart a House of Prayer
EB Pusey – May we weary of all which is not His
Lenten Prayer: to be freed from the seven deadly sins
St. Augustine – Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit
One blogger’s Daily Prayer for Lent
Ash Wednesday Prayers: Turn to us O Lord, and we shall be turned
St. Anselm – Grant us Grace to Desire You with a whole heart
Two Ash Wednesday Prayers
Charles Wesley: Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies
St. Polycarp – Increase in us faith, truth and gentleness

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c.  Quotes

Gregory of Nyssa – Through prayer … we rid ourselves of vanity
John Newton – I am not what I once was
St. Peter Chrysologus – Fasting is the Soul of Prayer
Aelfric of Eynsham – Honor God not by Naked Words Alone
Thomas a Kempis: Now is the proper time for amendment
John Donne – It is your sin, your own sin
Christine Sine – What is Lent Preparing us For?
George Herbert – Lord instruct us to improve our fast
Abstaining from distraction
Bonaventure – ask to be taught, above all things, how to love
Bonhoeffer on Cheap vs. Costly Grace
The real question of Lent
Jean Pierre de Caussade – the active practice of fidelity
Henri Nouwen – How am I to let myself be found by Him?
Hesychios – Set your soul in quietness
Pope Benedict XVI on Fasting
Giving up sin, not chocolate! (and an excellent set of questions for self examination)
St. Macarius the Great – Make a Beginning Every Day
The purpose of spiritual disciplines
Teresa of Avila – bringing our wills into conformity with the will of God

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d. Devotionals / Meditations:

William Cowper: Jehovah Our Righteousness
TSM March 3 Devotional – Wayward Hearts & John Wesley
From our Archives: Seek the Lord and Live, an Ash Wednesday Devotional
“Ashes”
An “emergent Catholic” reflects on prayer – “activity” vs. “meditation”
From our Archives: Index of all the 2006 Anglican Bloggers Lenten Devotional posts
Reflecting further on the juxtaposition of the Transfiguration & Lent
Preparing for Lent: What can I do before Lent begins?
Dr. Peter Toon reflects on Lent and justification by faith

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e. Miscellaneous:

Lent around the blogosphere – 4
Lent around the blogosphere – 3
Lent Around the Blogosphere – 2
Lent around the blogosphere (updated)


Lent Prayers: Hear, O Lord (Attende Domine)

March 16, 2009

From our archives: originally posted in March 2006. Note: on Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll be posting Captain Yips’ two reflections on this prayer from our 2006 Anglican bloggers Lenten devotional series.

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Attende Domine – Hear, O Lord
Filed under: Prayers & Prayer Themes, Repentance, Lent 2006, Lent Prayers — Karen B.

What a wonderful prayer litany from the 10th century. For those of you Latin buffs, the Latin text follows below the English.

source:  Catholic Culture.Org
This penitential hymn is based on a 10th century Mozarabic Litany for the Lenten Season.

Refrain. Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon us, who have sinned against Thee.

1. King, high exalted, all the world’s Redeemer, to Thee we lift out eyes with weeping: Christ, we implore Thee, hear Thy suppliant’s prayers.

Refrain. Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon us, who have sinned against Thee.

2. Right hand of Godhead, headstone of the corner, path of salvation, gate of heaven, wash away the stains of our sin.

Refrain. Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon us, who have sinned against Thee.

3. We, Thy eternal majesty entreating, with Thy blessed ears hear our sighing: graciously grant pardon to our sins.

Refrain. Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon us, who have sinned against Thee.

4. Humbly confess we, who have sinned against Thee, with contrite hearts we reveal things hidden; O Redeemer, may Thy pity grant forgiveness.

Refrain. Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon us, who have sinned against Thee.

5. Led away captive, guiltless, unresisting, condemned by false witnesses unto death for sinners, Christ do Thou keep us whom Thy blood hath ransomed.

Refrain. Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon us, who have sinned against Thee.

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Attende Domine
R. Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Ad te Rex summe, omnium redemptor, oculos nostros sublevamus flentes: exaudi, Christe, supplicantum preces. R.

Dextera Patris, lapis angularis, via salutis, ianua caelestis, ablue nostri maculas delicti. R.
Rogamus, Deus, tuam maiestatem: auribus sacris gemitus exaudi: crimina nostra placidus indulge. R.

Tibi fatemur crimina admissa: contrito corde pandimus occulta: tua Redemptor, pietas ignoscat. R.

Innocens captus, nec repugnans ductus, testibus falsis pro impiis damnatus: quos redemisti, tu conserva, Christe. R.


Psalm 80:1-7

March 16, 2009

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! (Psalm 80:1)
      Jesus, Shepherd of Israel, lead us like a flock; let your light shine forth on the Episcopal Church.

Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up your strength, and come and save us! (Psalm 80:2)
      Jesus, stir up your strength before the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church, and come and save us!

Restore us, O God; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:3)
      Father, restore us; bring us back to you and we shall be saved.

O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people? (Psalm 80:4)
      LORD, we continue to provoke you by our words and our deeds; have mercy on us.

You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in great measure. (Psalm 80:5)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to repentance.

You have made us a strife to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. (Psalm 80:6)
      Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:7)

Monday: 80; Jeremiah 7:1-15; Romans 4:1-12; John 7:14-36
Tuesday: 78:1-39; Jeremiah 7:21-34; Romans 4:13-25; John 7:37-52

Albany Intercessor


Justyn Terry: Be constant in prayer

March 16, 2009

The Very Rev. Justyn Terry, Dean of Trinity School for Ministry, from an article on the birth of a new province–

Be Constant in prayer.
Pray every day for those with whom you disagree. Pray for the leadership of The Episcopal Church, for great blessing to be
upon them. Pray for the witness of the Church to a watching world. This is a time when we might easily be tempted to act in
the flesh rather than in the Spirit. Our walk with the Lord is all the more vital. Let us heed the call to be constant in prayer.
At a time like this we have an opportunity to learn about living in the tension of a fallen world. May the Lord grant us abundant grace for these testing times.


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