The Scourging

April 9, 2009

The Scourging


Listen:  By His Wounds (Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman, from the 2007 album Glory Revealed, iTunes link)


Listen: Stricken Smitten and Afflicted

(Fernando Ortega, from his 2005 Album Beginnings, iTunes link)


Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
’Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
’Tis the long expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
Proofs I see sufficient of it:
’Tis a true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress:
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed!
See Who bears the awful load!
’Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man, and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost.
Christ the Rock of our salvation,
Christ the Name of which we boast.
Lamb of God for sinners wounded!
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.

Thomas Kelly, 1804

St. Gregory the Great: Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

April 9, 2009

Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

Filed under: Saints & Church Fathers, Lent 2007, Illustrated Devotionals, Lent Prayers — Karen B.

Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

O Lord, you received affronts without number from your blasphemers, yet each day you free captive souls from the grip of the ancient enemy.

You did not avert your face from the spittle of perfidy, yet you wash souls in saving waters.

You accepted your scourging without murmur, yet through your mediation you deliver us from endless chastisements.

You endured ill-treatment of all kinds, yet you want to give us a share in the choirs of angels in glory everlasting.

You did not refuse to be crowned with thorns, yet you save us from the wounds of sin.

In your thirst you accepted the bitterness of gall, yet you prepare yourself to fill us with eternal delights.

You kept silence under the derisive homage rendered you by your executioners, yet you petition the Father for us although you are his equal in divinity.

You came to taste death, yet you were the Life and had come to bring it to the dead. Amen.

— Saint Gregory the Great


Art Credit: Web Gallery of Art, Tiziano, The Scourging of Christ, Oil on canvas, Galleria Borghese, Rome

Eden & Maundy Thursday – from the archives of Confessing Reader blog

April 9, 2009

Originally posted at the old ClassicalAnglican.Net version of the Confessing Reader blog on April 13, 2006.  I came across it while searching for something else on that site’s archives and thought it deserved a repost.

Eden and Maundy Thursday

In one of the most moving passages of John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, God the Son descends to Eden to pronounce judgment upon our foreparents (a judgment which he before creation promised the Father to bear himself). This descent of the Son recalls the theophanies of God in the Old Testament, theophanies that many of the Church Fathers and many since them have considered appearances of God the Son before his incarnation.

After pronouncing judgment on Adam and Eve, the judge then clothes the judged, the Creator clothes his errant and sinning creatures, in a passage that wondrously weaves divine compassion and the servanthood that Jesus assumes in washing his disciples’ feet:

So judg’d he Man, both Judge and Saviour sent,
And th’ instant stroke of Death denounc’t that day
Remov’d farr off; then pittying how they stood
Before him naked to the aire, that now
Must suffer change, disdain’d not to begin
Thenceforth the Form of servant to assume,
As when he wash’d his servants feet, so now
As Father of his Familie he clad
Thir nakedness with Skins of Beasts, or slain,
Or as the Snake with youthful Coate repaid;
And thought not much to cloath his Enemies;
Nor hee thir outward onely with Skins
Of Beasts, but inward nakedness, much more
Opprobrious, with his Robe of righteousness,
Arraying cover’d from his Fathers sight.

It never fails to move me to tears, and I shall think of it tonight at the liturgy of the pedilavium.

John 17:1-8

April 9, 2009

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son, that your son also may glorify you,” (John 17:1)
      Father, please help us daily enter into the life you have with your son Jesus.

“as you have given him authority over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him.” (John 17:2)
      Jesus, help us daily submit to your authority.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to know Jesus and his father (our father) better each day.

“I have glorified you on the earth. I have finished the work which you have given me to do.” (John 17:4)
      Jesus, the salvation work that you have done for us is full and complete; we can neither add to it nor subtract from it. Please help each of us in this diocese to complete the work you have given us to do.

“And now, O Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was.” (John 17:5)
      Jesus, we long for the day of resurrection when we shall see you as you are and enter into your glory with your father.

“I have manifested your name to the men whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.” (John 17:6)
      Father, thank you for giving us into Jesus hands.

“Now they have known that all things which you have given me are from you.” (John 17:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us grow in this knowledge.

“For I have given to them the words which you have given me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from you; and they have believed that you sent me.” (John 17:8 )
      Jesus, you are the living bread which came down from heaven, you are the living word that burns in our hearts; please help us throughout this diocese to believe all that you have said to us. Thank you.

      A word received: Rejoice in my victory over sin and death. Find your joy in me and what I have done for you. Look to me for joy and hope that do not disappoint. Look to me for shelter in the storm.

Maundy Thursday: 102; Jeremiah 20:7-11; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32; John 17:1-11(12-26)
Good Friday: 22; Wisdom 1:16-2:1;12-22; 1 Peter 1:10-20; John 13:36-38

Albany Intercessor

Holy Week Sermon of St. Melito – God has been murdered

April 9, 2009

Holy Week remembers the Passion of Jesus Christ Crucified
This is the one who patiently endured many things in many people:
This is the one who was murdered in Abel, and bound as a sacrifice in Isaac,
and exiled in Jacob, and sold in Joseph,
and exposed in Moses, and sacrificed in the lamb,
and hunted down in David, and dishonored in the prophets.

This is the one who became human in a virgin,
who was hanged on the tree, who was buried in the earth,
who was resurrected from among the dead,
and who raised mankind up out of the grave below to the heights of heaven.

The one who hung the earth in space, is himself hanged;
the one who fixed the heavens in place, is himself impaled;
the one who firmly fixed all things, is himself firmly fixed to the tree.
The Lord is insulted, God has been murdered,
the King of Israel has been destroyed by the right hand of Israel.

This is the lamb that was slain. This is the lamb that was silent.
This is the one who was taken from the flock, and was dragged to sacrifice,
and was killed in the evening, and was buried at night;
the one who was not broken while on the tree,
who did not see dissolution while in the earth.
who rose up from the dead, and who raised up mankind from the grave below.

–St. Melito (a Holy Week sermon from the Bishop of Sardis given around 170 A.D.)

From the Crossroads Initiative


April 9, 2009

(Weds. aft., April 8, 2009, 12:45-1:30 p.m.; in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Alan Hart and “Almost-a-Deacon” Scott Underhill.)

      Note: Cold (40 degrees), windy and snowflakes … more like Christmas week than Holy Week. Lots of polite “No thank you” replies today, unfortunately.
      t–indicates received wooden cross Torre gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
      a–indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
      c–indicates accepted a Holy Week card with our church services listed.

a–JUNE — Very nice woman, perhaps 75. Said she wanted “a blessing” along with her prayer. She felt badly that she missed Palm Sunday service at her church and hoped God wouldn’t hold it against her.

t–ISSA — Energetic, friendly young woman who literally hopped off the bus and came straight for the Table. We think she spotted the Table out her bus window. She asked for prayer for “the whole world” in general at this Easter season, and she also requested prayer for her mother NOT to be put in jail today.

t,c — MARCO — Middle-aged man riding his bicycle stopped when we hailed to him riding by on the sidewalk. He wanted prayers for his deceased wife, DENISE, who died four years ago. He confided to us that he once had an argument with her in front of our church, and she walked away from him during the argument and went right through the front door into one of our Sunday services! We prayed for the repose of Denise’s soul and for comfort and peace of mind for Marco. He asked us about our services this week and we gave him the card with the service schedule. He wondered if he would be “welcome” in our church and we assured him that he would be.

Albany Intercessor

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