St. Richard, Bishop of Chichester

January 31, 2013

After studying at Oxford, Paris, and Bologna, and receiving a doctorate in law, Richard (1197-1253) returned to Oxford to become University Chancellor. Shortly afterward, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edmund Rich, appointed him to be his own chancellor. The friendship between the primate and his young assistant was close. When conflict with King Henry the Third eventually forced Archbishop Rich into exile in France, Richard accompanied him and nursed him in his final illness. After the Archbishop’s death, Richard moved to the Dominican house at Orleans for further study and teaching. He was ordained priest in 1243.

Richard returned to England and was elected Bishop of Chichester in 1244. King Henry opposed the election, confiscated all the revenues of the diocese, and even locked Richard out of the episcopal dwelling. During these years, he functioned as a missionary bishop, traveling about the diocese on foot, visiting fishermen and farmers, holding synods with great difficulty, and endeavoring to establish order. Threatened by the Pope, Henry finally acknowledged Richard as Bishop in 1246.

For eight years, he served his diocese as preacher, confessor, teacher, and counselor. Nine years after his death, he was canonized. His shrine in Chichester Cathedral, where many cures are said to have been wrought, was destroyed by order of Henry VIII in 1538.

Richard is widely remembered today for the popular prayer ascribed to him

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly


January 31, 2013

Baphomet is a name of unestablished origin. It first appeared in trial transcripts during the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 1300s. (Interestingly, he is horned, as is Cernunnos, the Celtic deity.)
I, quite frankly, don’t know what the secret oaths of the Knights Templar and Freemasonry entail. In my research on Canterbury Cathedral, I found a Freemason newsletter which pointed to the building of Canterbury Cathedral as part of their historical heritage. So . . . JW

Dear Heavenly Father,
We see through a glass darkly. If any portion of Canterbury Cathedral and the town of Canterbury was dedicated to an idol, particularly Baphomet and idols of Freemasonry or Cernunnos and Celtic idols, we sever that spiritual connection with the sword of the Spirit. At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. We bind these spirits up in the name of Jesus, and we bind up any interaction, interplay, or communication with other demonic forces. We send them to the feet of Jesus. Should Baphomet, or any other idol of Freemasonry or Celtic religion, have a legal claim to Canterbury Cathedral and the town of Canterbury, it is now rendered null and void.
Jesus is holy. Jesus is true. He has the key of David. What he opens, no man can shut. What he shuts, no man can open. Jesus, we cry out for Your people in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Bar the access of these unseen forces to Bishop Welby’s enthronement and the exercise of his office in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Lock the door, we pray. Amen

Mark 6:30-31 and Exodus 15:27

January 31, 2013

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to times where we “report in” to Jesus and tell him all that we have doing in the ministry he has given us.

And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31)
      Jesus, help each of us come apart to a quiet place with you on a regular basis and find rest in your arms of love for us.

Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters. (Exodus 15:27)
      Father, as you guided the children of Israel through the desert to Elim and pools of living water, guide us to such places of rest and refreshment in you. Thank you.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isa. 49:13-23; Gal. 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isa. 50:1-11; Gal. 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

Albany Intercessor

Galatians 2:19-21

January 30, 2013

For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. (Galatians 2:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily express our faith by the good works that we do, but help us all be clear that our salvation rests on what Jesus has done for us and not on what we have done for Jesus.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; (Galatians 2:20a
      Father, please help each of us find that new life in Jesus — life where we willingly lay down our lives and receive new life in him.

and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:2b0)
      Jesus, thank you for laying your life down for me so that I might live in you.

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. (Galatians 2:21
      Holy Trinity, One God, help us daily live out the grace that comes through faith in you. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my peace and protection.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 49:1-12; Gal. 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isa. 49:13-23; Gal. 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Jesus is like the wind. You cannot necessarily see Him, but you can see what He does.

Albany Intercessor

Preparation for the enthronement

January 30, 2013

Pour down upon the Church of England, O God, the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that those who prepare for the enthronement of the next Archbishop of Canterbury will lay that costly cornerstone, tested and firmly placed, the chief cornerstone, Christ Jesus, across every dimension of this event. Amen.

Thomas Becket’s last words

January 30, 2013

‘For the Name of Jesus and the protection of the Church I am ready to embrace death.’

Dear Heavenly Father,
May the bishops of the Church of England, especially Justin Welby, stand firm for the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church. Amen.

Images of the Thomas Becket story
Canterbury Cathedral stained glass windows depicting the miracles of Thomas Becket

St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and martyr

January 29, 2013

Well educated, Becket (?1120-1170) was appointed in 1155 by Henry II to be Chancellor of England. At this time Becket lived in luxury and was the king’s favorite companion. When, in 1162, he was elected Archbishop of Canterbury at the instigation of the King, he accepted the office with reluctance, knowing a break to be inevitable. He became an active champion of the church and the people.

A series of bitter conflicts with the King followed. In 1170, the King in irritation said, “Have I not about me one man of enough spirit to rid me of a single insolent prelate?” Four of his knights took this remark as a commission. They went at once to Canterbury and murdered the Archbishop while he was at vespers in the cathedral.

The murder provoked great indignation throughout Europe. Miracles were soon recorded at Becket’s tomb, and he was canonized in 1173. In 1174 Henry did public penance at the shrine. Becket’s shrine at Canterbury was a favorite place of pilgrimage until it was destroyed under Henry VIII.

O Lord, we thank You for the minnistry of Thomas Becket and we pray for healing miracles in the Church of England today. Amen.

Hat tip: SF

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