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


Freemasonry

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


Isaiah 48:16

January 29, 2013

“Come near to me, hear this: (Isaiah 48:16a)
      Holy Spirit, help us draw near to Jesus and hear what he is saying to us.

I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; (Isaiah 48:16b)
      Jesus, you declared openly the desire of your Father’s heart — help us do the same.

From the time that it was, I was there. (Isaiah 48:16c)
      Jesus, you have always been there and will always be there for us. Thank you.

And now the Lord GOD and his Spirit have sent me.” (Isaiah 48:16d)
      Lord DOD, send us forth by your Spirit to share the gospel.

A word received: Let me be in charge.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isa. 48:12-21; Gal. 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 49:1-12; Gal. 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table REPORT(S) ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. during our community luncheon in our lounge. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a–anointed with Holy Oil.
t–received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

(Note: Not many people stopped for prayer, but MANY needy people availed themselves of our offer to take free warm, winter clothing. Most of our stock is gone now except for men’s socks and gloves.)

a,t — SUE — She fell recently in her mother’s home and sustained an injury to her right leg. She has a limp from the pain.

a– KITTY — She asked for prayers for healing for a medical problem. God knows the details.

ANNE — She asked for prayers for healing from several falls she has taken recently. She gets dizzy and loses her balance.

a–MARGARET — She came to the table in Thanksgiving that she knows that her two recently deceased relatives (a woman of 67 and another of 47) were saved because they both were firm believers in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

a,t — PAIGE — This woman, too, came for a word of thanks for ” … many prayers answered. Thank you, Lord!”

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(Monday, January 28, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Another very cold, numbing morning of 22 degrees at start. The cold weather has cut down drastically on the foot traffic in front of our table the past few weeks. So not as many people are stopping for prayer, but … numbers are of no concern to us. We care about transformed lives. Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a–FRANCESCA — This young woman is a regular. She sought prayer for healing from sickness which she believes is the flu. (She wore a surgical mask to the table so that we would not catch her germs.)

DAVID — He sought prayers of protection for the “millions of unborn babies” and discernment for mothers-to-be.

MEN IN FIRE TRUCK — Waved and tooted their horn loudly as they passed the table.

Albany Intercessor


St. Anselm, theologian and Archbishop of Canterbury

January 29, 2013

Born in Italy, Anselm (1033-1109) crossed the Alps into France after several years of undisciplined life. There, he took monastic vows at Bec and later became prior. At the age of 60 he became Archbishop of Canterbury. His episcopate was stormy, in continual conflict with the crown over the rights and freedom of the Church.

Both as a philosopher and a theologian, Anselm has a foremost place among medieval thinkers. His was the most luminous and penetrating intellect between St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. He made the most considerable contribution to the theology of the atonement of the Middle Ages. It interpreted the doctrine in terms of the satisfaction which is needed to restore the universal harmony of the creation dislocated by sin. Of ourselves, we are unable to make such atonement, because God is perfect and we are not. Therefore, God himself has saved us, becoming perfect man in Christ, so that a perfect life could be offered in satisfaction for sin.

He had a profound piety and was known as a spiritual director.

“I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order that I may understand. For this, too, I believe, that unless I first believe, I shall not understand.”

“I fled from God and God came with me.”

“Hope of my heart,
strength of my soul,
help of my weakness,
by your powerful kindness complete
what in my powerless weakness I attempt.”


Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester

January 28, 2013

Wulfstan spent most of his life in the cathedral monastery of Worcester, where he was respected for his humility, asceticism, charity, and courage. He accepted the episcopate with extreme reluctance, but having resigned himself to it, he administered the diocese with great effectiveness.

Even though Wulfstan (1009-1095) had been sympathetic to King Harold of Wessex, he was among those who submitted to William of Conqueror in 1066. He therefore was allowed to retain his see. At first, the Normans tended to disparage him for his lack of learning and his inability to speak French, but he became one of William’s most trusted advisers and administrators. William came to respect a loyalty based on principle and not on self-seeking. Archbishop Lanfranc also recognized the strength of Wulfstan’s character, and the two men worked together to end the practice at Bristol of kidnaping Englishmen and selling them as slaves in Ireland.

Because he was the most respected prelate of the Anglo-Saxon Church, Wulfstan’s profession of canonical obedience to William the Conqueror’s Archbishop of Canterbury, Lanfranc, proved to be a key factor in the transition from Anglo-Saxon to Anglo-Norman Christianity. William’s policy, however, was to appoint his own fellow-Normans to the English episcopate, and by the time of William’s death, in 1087, Wulfstan was the only English-born bishop still living

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the model of humility of Wulfstan and implore You to raise up clerics throughout the Church of England who seek Your face, rather than self-interest. We particularly ask You to bless the clergy of the Diocese of Worcester and their bishops, John Inge and David Walker. Amen.

Hat tip: SF


Lanfranc rebuilds Canterbury Cathedral

January 28, 2013

Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, was a monk-bishop. He once commented what good bishops and good abbots had in common: bishops, if they bestow fatherly care upon their subjects in Christ’s behalf, may not incongruously be called abbots, that is, fathers so long as the name is matched by their deeds. Lanfranc once urged a bishop to behave toward his monks as befitted a true bishop: to care for their souls with pastoral discernment and to set them a healthful example of good customs and of holy actions in words and deeds.
A disastrous fire left Christ Church, Canterbury in ruins in 1067. By 1077, Archbishop Lanfranc had rebuilt it as a Norman church, described as “nearly perfect”. A staircase and parts of the North Wall – in the area of the North West transept also called the Martyrdom – remain from that building.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury and architect. May the bishops of the Church of England build their pastoral discernment on the mind of Christ, our cornerstone, and set a healthful example of good customs and of holy actions in words and deeds. We pray that the Anglican Communion be rebuilt in such a way as to be described as “nearly perfect” in this life and that it usher the faithful into a perfect communion with You in the life to come. Amen.


Psalm 52:6-9

January 28, 2013

The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.” (Psalm 52:6-7)
      LORD, we live in a generation that has trusted in the abundance of its riches. Have mercy on us and help us place our trust only in you.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise you forever, because you have done it; and in the presence of your saints I will wait on your name, for it is good. (Psalm 52:8-9)
      Jesus, we wait on you — you are our hope and our strength and our daily provision. Help us praise you as we ought. Thank you for giving us a heart to wait on your name, for your name is good.

A word received: Let me carry your burdens. Cast your cares on me.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isa. 48:1-11; Gal. 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isa. 48:12-21; Gal. 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Invitation Welcome Home Initiative #20
      This weekend we are running the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) number twenty. This is the first one specifically for female military veterans. We have General Karen Love as the key note speaker for the closing healing service at 10am Tuesday 29th Jan at Christ the King, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich 12834 Please join us to welcome home these veterans. Hope to see you there. If you can’t make it can I count on your prayers please? Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** From: Theresa Rinaldo
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady, Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table Report, Sunday, January 27, 2013. Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
1.      Candace – Needs to get in to see a doctor about some problems she believes are bad. Her white blood count is down and she needs to find out why. Had started a resale business and is concerned that she will no longer be able to do this. It was going well before this came to light. Also, her 2 adult sons have been experiencing anxiety as she was away during the day at her shop. She is concerned about how they will react if there is something physically wrong with her. Lord’s protection, healing, direction, hope and peace in their lives.
2.      +Savanah – pray for her family; the Lord’s protection and his provision. Give her His peace.
3.      A woman walked by the prayer table and commented to her son…it’s for your brother who is on the street. Lord, we lift her son up to you for his protection and your provision; peace for his family.
4.      +Albert – enough food at home; and that he can have more friends at school. (5th grader)
5.      +James – Pray for his grandmother, Donna, who is a recovering alcoholic. To give James peace.
6.      +Calista – Pray for the homeless. Gave thanks for her caring and compassion.
7.      +Christopher – 4th grader concerned about being able to do good school work so that he can pass to the 5th grade.
8.      +Rinna – to do better in math.
We prayed for all of the kids who came up for prayer that they would put their hope and trust in Jesus. That he is walking beside them, and that they can pray to him in every situation

Albany Intercessor


Luke 4:17-19

January 27, 2013

And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)
      Jesus, we are your disciples and you have taught us to follow you and do what you do.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, (Luke 4:18a)
      Father, let your Holy Spirit come upon us.

Because he has anointed me (Luke 4:18b)
      Holy Spirit, please anoint us as well.

To preach the gospel to the poor; (Luke 4:18c)
      Jesus, help us get outside the walls of our churches and share the gospel with the poor, the lost and the least.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Luke 4:18d)
      Father, help us minister your love and healing to the brokenhearted.

To proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18e)
      Jesus, bless the ministry to prisoners in this diocese and raise up more clergy who will be willing to join in this ministry.

      For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3

And recovery of sight to the blind, (Luke 4:18f
      Holy Spirit, come with power on all those who minister healing in this diocese. Open the eyes of the physically and spiritually blind.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18g)
      Jesus, please help us share with others the freedom that comes from knowing you.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:19)
      Father, please help us, help me proclaim that now is the time and the hour to turn to you and accept your son Jesus as both Lord and Savior. Holy Spirit, please give your power and guidance to my words and to those who hear me. Thank you.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isa. 47:1-15; Heb. 10:19-31; John 5:2-18
HC: 113; Nehemiah 8:2-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Luke 4:14-21
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isa. 48:1-11; Gal. 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Invitation Welcome Home Initiative #20
      This weekend we are running the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) number twenty. This is the first one specifically for female military veterans. We have General Karen Love as the key note speaker for the closing healing service at 10am Tuesday 29th Jan at Christ the King, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich 12834 Please join us to welcome home these veterans. Hope to see you there. If you can’t make it can I count on your prayers please? Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Welcome Home Initiative Dayton Prayer
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

Albany Intercessor


St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland

January 27, 2013

Shakespeare made familiar the name of Malcolm III, King of Scotland. Malcolm’s wife was an English princess named Margaret. Margaret (d. 1093) was married in 1070 despite a leaning to the religious life. At her instigation many abuses were reformed and synods held to regulate the Lenten fast and Easter Communion. Her great personal piety found expression in her personal practice of prayer and fasting and in her charity to the poor. She encouraged the founding of schools, hospitals, and orphanages. Together, Margaret and her husband rebuilt the monastery of Iona and founded Dunfermline Abbey, under the direction of the Benedictine monks.

In addition to her zeal for Church and people, Margaret was a conscientious wife and the mother of eight children. Malcolm, a strong-willed man, came to trust her judgment even in matters of State

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the piety, charity, and godly heritage of Queen Margaret. We humbly ask You to raise up in England cultural leaders who are conscientious in their duties to You, their families, and their nation. Renew a spirit of almsgiving in this land. Amen.

Hat tip: SF


St. Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury and martyr

January 27, 2013

Alphege (954-1012), the Archbishop of Canterbury, gave his witness in the troubled time of the second wave of Scandinavian invasion and settlement in England. He served as a monk at Deerhurst, then as Abbot of Bath, then as Bishop of Winchester. He was instrumental in bringing the Norse King Olaf Tryggvason, only recently baptized, to King Aethelred in 994 to make his peace and to be confirmed.

In 1006, he was translated to Canterbury, and in 1011, he was taken hostage by the Danes. He refused to allow a personal ransom to be collected from his already over-burdened people. He was brutally murdered during a drunken feast, despite the Viking commander Thorkell’s effort to save him by offering all his possessions except his ship for the Archbishop’s life. He is regarded as a martyr because he would not ransom himself at the expense of his poor tenants.

Proverbs 14:31 (NKJV)
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker,
But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.

Father,
We thank You that Archbishop Alphege honored You in his life and in his death. May Bishop Justin Welby and the Church of England bring honor to Your name by their mercy to the poor. Amen.

Hat tip: SF


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