Alcuin, Deacon and Abbot of Tours

January 25, 2013

Alcuin (c. 730-804) was born into a noble family near York. He was educated at the cathedral school in York under Archbishop Egbert, a pupil of Bede. After ordination as a deacon in 770, he became head of the York school.

Over a decade later, the king sent Alcuin on a mission to Charlemagne. At that time, Britain and Ireland were culturally ahead of France, and Charlemagne begged Alcuin to remain. Alcuin founded the palace school and educated the royal family.

Eight years later, Alcuin was made Abbot of Tours. There he spurred the monks to make fairer and more accurate copies of the Vulgate of Jerome, the Latin Fathers, and the Latin classics; and other monasteries imitated the example. Many of our best classical texts have come down to us from these monastic scriptoria of the ninth century.

Under the authority of Charlemagne, the liturgy was reformed, and service books gathered from Rome were edited. To this work we owe the preservation of many of the Collects that have come down to us, including the Collect for Purity at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist.

Almighty God, to Whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Alcuin. We cry out for other scholars and church leaders to preserve those parts of our heritage that magnify Your name and establish Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

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From Ephesians, Isaiah, and Philippians

January 25, 2013

Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Ephesians 6:5-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me apply this in the workplace. Help me receive work direction from my managers without grumbling and do it as service to Jesus. Thank you.

And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him. (Ephesians 6:9)
      Father, please help me to be a good guide to those you have given to me to direct at work. Help me to manifest your love to those I am called to give direction to. Thank you.

“Look to me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by myself; the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. (Isaiah 45:22-23) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese confess you as our Lord and Savior to bring glory to the Father. Thank you.

Friday: 31 * 35; Isa. 45:18-25; Eph. 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isa. 46:1-13; Eph. 6:10-24;; Mark 5:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 24, 2013, 5:15 – 6:15 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
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

a PETER — We prayed for his brother GEORGE and gave thanks for how the election came out and prayed that George would know what God is calling him to do next. We also prayed for CONNIE and their unborn BABY and prayed for God’s blessing on Peter and Connie as parents.

a ANTHONY — We prayed that he would be an effective witness to the men as the Mission.

a CHUCK and +a KOLBE (age 2) — Chuck doesn’t have regularity with his bowels and we prayed for that. We gave thanks for the way that Chuck is mentoring his son Kolbe. Kolbe will tell the other people at the dinner table to close their eyes and bow their heads and pray over the food. Chuck is going to NA and we prayed that he would stay clean.

+++ JANICE — A man, WILL, is currently staying in her apartment. Will’s girlfriend recently aborted Will’s baby and he is grieving over that. We prayed for peace and comfort and guidance for Will. Janice took extra crosses to hand out.

+ JANET — She has a broken collar bone which has not set correctly. We prayed for proper care and treatment for her and for healing.

+ SHERAIN — She and her HUSBAND and CHILDREN have been living in a shelter since November. Now DSS is threatening to throw them out at the end of the month and take the children from them. We prayed for protection and provision for them.

+a LATHAM — He announced that he wanted to grow closer to the Lord. He is already a believer. He confessed his sins to God and accepted Jesus’ forgiveness. He and his wife DIANNE are going to New Jersey to visit his mom DEANNA who is sick. We prayed for blessing on this trip.

GARY — He asked for blessing on his daughter BECKY who is pregnant.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
An Invitation to get “Sorted.”
      Take a moment to invite The Lord Jesus Christ into your heart. Don’t be shy, just invite Him in. Ask Him to fill or refill your heart with the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to heal the scar tissue and wounds of your life. After you have done that then envisage the Lord standing in front of you. Ask Him to walk right through you, taking with Him your diagnosis, your dis-ease, your fear, your negativity, your anxiety, your worries, your sin. In fact, ask Him to remove anything that you don’t want, ask Him to remove the junk in your trunk, the trash, the issues you don’t need anymore.
      When you have done that, say thank you to God.
      Matthew 21:22 writes, “And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.” Brilliant… ~Fr.Nigel Mumford+

From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Thoughts on Rejection.
      I wonder if the “fruit” of not being affirmed is a “perception” of rejection. I have experienced that people who have been rejected in life tend to set up scenarios of rejection. Rejection becomes an underlining theme of daily life. It appears that behind every though and action is the question, “Am I going to be rejected again?” Often rejecting others before they are rejected themselves, leaving a trail of destruction. Such a painful existence and way of life, living constantly in self-defense. The victim tends to live in a “high threat” of rejection often setting up a “situation” before it happens so they become the rejector! We pray that the victim moves from victim to victor, to victory, in Christ who will never leave us or forsake us. Thus being set free from this mindset and way of life. We pray that Jesus would stand between the rejector and the rejected, real or perceived. Perhaps, just perhaps, allowing God to push the reset button of life…to Victory and Freedom. ~Fr.Nigel Mumford+

***** Further thoughts on using a cane. We go to the Sunnyview Fitness Center and often see people in wheel chairs or with disabilities. I now always try to acknowledge their existence by looking them in the eye and greeting them. Sometimes when I see someone in a wheelchair I will tell him/her of my experience with the cane. I tell them that I can’t change their situation, but I want to let them know that I know they are there and visible to me. Many have expressed their appreciation of this. When I am led to do so, I pray on them. Torre

Albany Intercessor


St. Willibrord, Apostle of Frisia

January 25, 2013

Born in Northumbria, from the age of seven, Willibrord (658-739) was brought up and educated at Bishop Wilfrid’s monastery at Ripon. For 12 years, 678-690, he was at an Anglo-Saxon religious community in Ireland, where he acquired his thirst for missionary work.

In 690, with twelve companions, he set out for Frisia (Holland), a pagan area that was increasingly coming under the domination of the Christian Franks. There Bishop Wilfrid and a few other Englishmen had made short missionary visits, but with little success. In 693, he secured Papal support for his mission. In 695, he was consecrated Archbishop of the Frisians. On his return from Rome, Pepin granted him a site for his cathedral at Utrecht. In 698, he established a monastery in Luxembourg.

His work was frequently disturbed by the conflict of the pagan Frisians with the Franks, and for a time he left the area to work among the Danes. For three years, he was assisted by St. Boniface.

…the most reverend prelate preached the word of God far and wide, recalling many from their errors and establishing several churches and a number of monasteries in those parts. – Bede’s account of Willibrord

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the life and ministry of Willibrord.   Stir up within the Church of England and throughout the Anglican Communion prelates with a thirst for missionary work, who preach the word of God far and wide, recalling many from their errors and establishing churches and monastic communities.  Amen.


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