St Paul’s (REC) Baton Rouge: Lenten Resource Booklet

March 16, 2012

Continuing our series highlighting some newly-discovered  excellent and explicitly *ANGLICAN* Lenten devotional resources


Wow!!  I’m surprised I’ve not come across this before.  This small booklet produced by St. Paul’s Anglican Baton Rouge, an REC parish, looks to be MUST READING for Anglicans serious about Lent

The table of contents for the full booklet is here.

Here is a list of the articles.

In addition to a sermon and some resources from the rector of the parish, this contains some truly CLASSICAL gems of Anglican devotion and prayer:

– Excerpt from a sermon by the Rt. Rev. Wm. Ingraham Kip D.D.Bishop of California. New York: Pott, Young and Company 1874.

– Lenten reflections and wisdom from the Rt. Rev. A.C.A. Hall, Bishop of Vermont, 1891

– Prayers from the 1928 BCP

– A prayer for Lent by Bishop Jeremy Taylor

– A Prayer that God Would Grant Us the Graces and Virtues of the Christian Life, by Richard Hele (Hele’s Select Offices of Private Devotion, 1856)

– Excerpts from the Good Friday Addresses on the Seven Last Words of Our Lord, by the Rev. George Hendric Houghton, 1880

What a WONDERFUL & beautiful collection of Lenten resources with some true jewels from our heritage as Anglicans!


For more of our recently-posted ANGLICAN Lenten devotional resources, check out our Anglican Heritage category

Lenten Devotional Resources from St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tallahassee

March 16, 2012

In my online digging this week to identify excellent *ANGLICAN* Lenten and devotional resources, I discovered that St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee, FL has an excellent Lenten Devotional guide – online and as a PDF.

Here are the links:

St Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee:

online daily Lenten devotional (for the current day).  Also available by email

Calendar of all devotionals for the entire Lenten Season

The 2012 Lenten Devotionals as a PDF

Each day’s devotional has a short reflection on a Scripture passage, and a “Living Out Lent” challenge.


The St. Peter’s Website also has two articles about Lent:

Lent: A Time of Renovation
Fr. Michael Petty

Lent: Why Do We Do the Strange Things We Do?
Fr.  Eric Dudley

Finally, there is:  A Guidebook for walking the Stations of the Cross

Lent Prayers: A Prayer of Confession

March 16, 2012

Kendall Harmon posted the prayer below at TitusOneNine last week.  It makes an excellent Lenten prayer of confession:

We confess to thee, O heavenly Father, as thy children, our hardness, indifference, and impenitence; our grievous failures in pure and holy living; our trust in self, and misuse of thy gifts; our timorousness as thy witnesses before the world; and the sin and bitterness that every man knoweth in his own heart. Give us, O Father, contrition and meekness of soul; grace to amend our sinful life; and the holy comfort of thy Spirit to overcome and heal all our evils; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

–E. W. Benson

Working Hard, Yet Resting in Christ

March 16, 2012

Thanks to Jessica at Homemaking Through the Church Year blog for posting the link and an excerpt of a wonderful reflection on the balance between work, prayer and rest.  I found it very helpful!

It’s a blog entry about Benedictine life and a challenging quote by St. Benedict:

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore all the community must be occupied at definite times in manual labour and at other times in lectio divina.” (The Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 48)


Don’t be mistaken. There is a difference between idleness and rest. There’s a difference between blind striving and hard work. How do we know where one stops and the other begins? We know who we are in Christ. We believe in grace and in God’s deep love for us. We work out of a healthy knowledge of our own value because we know it is not a result of our accomplishments. We work knowing that our hope is in the one who offers rest at the end of the day, at the end of the week.

Work and prayer. Work and prayer. Always knowing who gives work, who calls us to work, who equips us for work, who brings the day to a close and calls us back to the candle burning in the window of the stone chapel, where the monks chant the Psalms…

The full reflection on Benedictine life and spirituality is here.

Mark 6:45-52

March 16, 2012

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the multitude away. And when he had sent them away, he departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. (Mark 6:45-47)
      Lord, sometimes you seem so far away.

Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; (Mark 6:48-49)
      Jesus, we are straining at the oars and we are weary. Come and refresh us with your Holy Spirit. Help us recognize you when you come near us.

for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:50)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear the words of encouragement that Jesus is speaking to us.

Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. (Mark 6:51)
      Jesus, thank you for coming into my life and for calming the storms of my life.

For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:52)
      Father, you know the hardness of my heart and my lack of understanding — do open heart surgery on me by your Holy Spirit and give me understanding of all that Jesus is doing for me.

A word received: I AM with you.

Friday: 95* & 88 * 91, 92; Gen. 47:1-26: 1 Cor. 9:16-27: Mark 6:47-56
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Gen. 47:27-48:7: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Mark 7:1-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 6:4-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122).

***** Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Press on the Philips head screw on your chair or desk. It will make the sign of the cross on your finger… Deuteronomy 31:8 writes: “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Cantate Domino, the hymnbook of the World Student Christian Federation, Lausanne (Suisse) 1951
Thine is the Glory

Albany Intercessor

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

March 16, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+++++ Anthony (regular) — “To draw closer to God and for my family” Got 5 crosses to give out to kids in the hospital.

++Lisa (woman) — She spoke of her struggles with heroin and crack. She got 1 cross to give away. She asked prayer for strength to stay clean and to stay closer to Jesus. She asked for guidance about her apartment, whether or not she should move. She has recently found a church in Guilderland.

Dan (regular) — He asked prayer for his daughters Sharon, Summer, and Julia, and their spouses and boyfriend and for his wife. He has kept steady with the exercise that he asked prayer for last week.

Gary (regular) — He asked prayer for victory over the circumstances of his life and that he would know when to speak to his family about Jesus and when to be silent. We told him of Ecclesiastes 3:1&7.

+Ricos (young man) — He asked prayer that he would fulfill the vision the Lord has given him.

+Evelyn (woman) — She asked prayer for more organization in her life.

+June (older woman) — She fell 5 weeks ago and aggravated her tennis elbow in her right arm. She is planning to move to Delaware and wanted prayer for help in the move.

Peter (regular) — He had a rough week at work (family business) and he and his brothers never prayed together all week (they are all believers). We prayed that he would receive the gift of leadership in praying with his brothers.

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