A Prayer of St. Anselm: Lord Jesus, let me seek You by desiring You

April 21, 2009

We posted an excerpt of this prayer during Lent, but today our blogging friend Scott Gilbreath has posted the whole prayer for St. Anselm’s commemoration:

A prayer of St Anselm

Lord Jesus Christ; Let me seek you by desiring you,
and let me desire you by seeking you;
let me find you by loving you,
and love you in finding you.

I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving,
that you have made me in your image,
so that I can remember you, think of you, and love you.

But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults,
and darkened by the smoke of sin,
that it cannot do that for which it was made,
unless you renew and refashion it.

Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth
which my heart already believes and loves.

I do not seek to understand so that I can believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe, I shall not understand.

Source: The Oxford Book of Prayer, George Appleton (gen. ed.), 1985, 2002.


Hosts of the Anglican Consultative Council

April 21, 2009

The ACC meeting will be held in Kingston at the Pegasus Hotel.  The diocesan bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands is the Rt. Rev. Dr. Alfred Charles Reid, and the suffragan bishop of Kingston is Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson. 

For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.  Psalm 5:12

O Lord,

There are so many details in the organization of this meeting!  Bless the diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.  Bless those individuals within the diocese and on staff at the Pegasus Hotel who are preparing for the meeting.  Give them servant hearts and prayerful spirits.  May they lift each detail to Your glory as they prepare for the Anglican Consultative Council.    May they come together in prayer and claim this meeting for the establishment of Your kingdom in the Anglican Communion as it is in heaven.  Surround them with Your favor as with a shield.  Amen.


Anglican Consultative Council

April 21, 2009

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.   John 17:15-17

Dear Heavenly Father,

We lift up the members of the Anglican Consultative Council– 

Rowan, John, George, Anthony, Turi, Andrew, Robert, Sarah, Sunil, Joanildo, Martin, Stephen, Susan, Suzanne, James, Daniel, Maria, Kahwa, Joyce, Michael, Elizabeth, Rose, Peter, Razafindralambo, Michel, Kate, Maurice, Lawrence, Azad, Samson, Amos, Abraham, Merilyn, Sarai, San, Abraham, Abraham, Ashish, Vincent, Humphrey, Shahid, Floyd, Josias, Jane, John, Dato, John, Moses, J. M., Thabo, Janet, Ezekiel, Enock, Gerard, Mwita, Judith, Jolly, Catherine, Ian, Josephine, Christopher, Helen, Barton, Cornell, Kumara, Michael, George, Sarah, Maria, Carlos, Phillip, Mouneer, Katherine, Bill, and Barry. 

Protect them from Satan.  Guard them from the ways of the world.  May they have the same attitude and humility of spirit as Christ.  Sanctify them by the truth.  Your Holy Word is truth.  Purify their hearts by the reading of Your Holy Word.  Amen.


Easter Quotes: St. John Chrysostom – Christ is risen and life is liberated!

April 21, 2009

Below is the final section – probably the best known portion – of St. John Chrysostom’s Easter sermon.  May the Lord fill us with joy as we remember these truths and may the Lord help us live in the victory of His conquest over sin and hell.  In Christ’s resurrection we are freed from the slavery to sin and liberated to truly live in His abundant life, to become who He created us to be.  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

descentamongthedead

Art Credit:  Christ’s Descent among the Dead

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Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

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Listen:  The Victor (Keith Green, No Compromise, 1978 )  iTunes link

Or you can watch a live 1978 performance of the song by Keith Green here.

some of the lyrics:

Swallowed into earth’s dark womb
Death has triumphed, That’s what they say
But try to hold Him in the tomb
The Son of Life rose on the third day

Just look
The gates of hell
They’re falling!
Crumbling from the inside out
He’s bursting through
The walls with laughter (Hah!)
Listen to the Angels shout

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it!

His plan of battle
You know it fooled them all
They led Him off to prison to die
But as He entered Hades hall
He broke those hellish chains with a cry

Just listen to those demons screaming
See Him bruise the serpent’s head
The prisoners of Hell
He’s redeeming (Oh!)
All the power of death is dead


Psalm 6:1-4

April 21, 2009

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure. (Psalm 6:1)
      LORD, I cry out to you for your mercy for your people and for myself and my family.

Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. (Psalm 6:2)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for the peace and comfort of your Holy Spirit.

My soul also is greatly troubled; but you, O LORD–how long? (Psalm 6:3)
      Father, we wait on you for your provision and mercy.

Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for your mercies’ sake! (Psalm 6:4)
      Holy Spirit, move in our hearts and minds and bodies, and bring us to new life in you. Thank you.

      A word received: Cry out to me for my people: they are wandering and leaving the flock. Pray for my flock — pray that I will raise up faithful shepherds for the flock. Pray that I will protect my flock from wolves within and wolves without.

Tuesday: 5, 6; Daniel 2:1-16; 1 John 2:1-11; John 17:12-19
Wednesday: 119:1-24; Daniel 2:17-30; 1 John 2:12-17; John 17:20-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit blows the mosquitoes, black flies, and bears away from Camp of the Woods during the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor


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