The Ruthwell Cross and the Bewcastle Cross

January 26, 2013

Ruthwell crossThe Ruthwell Cross is a stone Anglo-Saxon cross probably dating from the 8th century, when Ruthwell was part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria; it is now in Scotland. It is both the most famous and elaborate Anglo-Saxon monumental sculpture. The cross was smashed by Presbyterian iconoclasts in 1664, and the pieces left in the churchyard until they were restored in 1818 by Henry Duncan. In 1887 it was moved into its current location in Ruthwell church, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, when the apse which holds it was specially built.
The Bewcastle Cross is an Anglo-Saxon cross which is still in its original position within the churchyard of St Cuthbert’s church at Bewcastle, in the English county of Cumbria. The cross, which probably dates from the 7th or early 8th century, features reliefs and inscriptions in the runic alphabet. The head of the cross is missing but the remains are 14.5 feet (4.4 metres) high, and almost square in section (56 x 54 cm at the base).
Nikolaus Pevsner said, “The crosses of Bewcastle and Ruthwell … are the greatest achievement of their date in the whole of Europe.”

Father in heaven,

We thank You for the piety and the skills of the sculptors of the Ruthwell and Bewcastle crosses.  Raise up within the Church of England today Christian sculptors and financial donors who desire to give glory and honor to Your name through sculpture.  Amen.

Reference: Wikipedia

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

January 26, 2013

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 9:25 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Zafer Ak and Torre Bissell on State St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water

MAN walking by as I was setting up said, “Pray for me.”

+CASEY (young woman) — I prayed for protection and provision for her. She asked if there was child care or Sunday School during the service so that she could come to church. I said there was and invited her to come.

+SHANIAH (young woman) — “For my kids.”

+New Testament CHESTER — He is going to have surgery on his spine. We prayed for healing and guidance for the surgeons.

+a New Testament JASON — “My mom JAQUELINE died in July. You had prayed for her last year.” We prayed for peace and comfort for him.

a BILL — We prayed for protection from seizures from epilepsy and falls.

ENOCH — We prayed for the Father’s love in his heart. He said he already had a cross we had given him before.

+a RYAN — He asked for more work. He does restoration work.

JASON and LISA (from across the street) — He is back in her apartment and she is drinking again. We prayed for sobriety for both of them.

+a MARILYN — (She goes to Friendship Baptist Church on lower Union St which is now meeting across the street in Friendship House because they have had flooding) — She was thrilled to see that we were out there in the snow and cold and wanted to find out what we were doing. She is just starting up as minister to youth in her church and we prayed for her in that ministry.

WILL (regular who has often brought his two sons WILLIAM and GRAYSON) — We prayed for wisdom in being the man and father that God wants him to be.

+New Testament CHRISTINA — She was in great pain (in her back) and obviously exhausted and distressed.

Ephesians 6:10-20 and Isaiah 46:3-4

January 26, 2013

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints– and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

      Blessing from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with you in your going out and your coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver you from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver you.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.

“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been upheld by me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: even to your old age, I am he, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4)
      Father, thank you for carrying us in your arms all these years. Help us daily find our rest in you.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isa. 46:1-13; Eph. 6:10-24;; Mark 5:1-20
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

      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+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
A Prayer request has come in for a business in East Belfast that may close with the loss of Jobs.
      Please pray for the ongoing problems regarding the flag protest and for those businesses (especially in East Belfast) that are experiencing real hardship over these past weeks to the point that some may close if trouble continues. Please remember all those affected by the situation – we ask for peace & God’s rule in this situation

***** From: Susan Plaske
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table report, Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, January 23, 2013 Very Cold around 10 degrees, we are inside the foyer, Candy Palumbo, Beth Collum, Sue Plaske, Jana Lingo
Candy and Al Prayers for their family, Timmy healing for his eyes
Denise Continued sobriety for her son Quinlin to get into Equinox
Debbie and Mark – Mark is in end stage kidney cancer prayers for comfort, peace and the Lord’s blessing upon them.
Bonnie – healing from cancer
Bob – healing from cancer
Paul – for Bishop Ball, and for Dave for healing
++Nathasha, Jennifer – for love, that she would find the man of her dreams
for the homeless in this cold weather, Lord provide servants to help and shelter for the cold and hungry. For courage and determination in their lives to keep on going and keep their spirits high.
Otis – for continued blessing – prayers that every think is settled with receiving food stamps.

Albany Intercessor

St. Dunstan, monastic reformer and Archbishop of Canterbury

January 26, 2013

In the ninth century, under King Alfred the Great, England had achieved considerable military, political, cultural, and even some ecclesiastical recovery from the Viking invasions. However, monasticism seems to have been virtually extinct in the middle of the 10th century. The leading figure in the revival of monasticism was Dunstan.

Dunstan (909-988) was born into a family with royal connections. He became a monk at Glastonbury and in 943 was made Abbot. He was a strict ascetic who completely reformed the monastery, insisting on the full observance of the Benedictine rule, and under him the monastery became famous for its learning.

He became a royal counsellor under King Eadred, but during the next reign had to migrate to Flanders. He was recalled by King Edgar, who appointed him Bishop of Worcester, then of London, and in 960 Archbishop of Canterbury.

Together with his former pupils, Bishops Aethelwold of Winchester and Oswald of Worcester, Dunstan was leader of the English Church. All three have been described as “contemplatives in action”–bringing the fruits of their monastic prayer life to the immediate concerns of Church and State. The reform of the monasteries was set forth in the “Monastic Agreement,” a common code for English monasteries. It called for continual intercession for the royal house, and emphasized the close tie between the monasteries and the crown. This close alliance was sacramentalized in the anointing of the king.

The long-term effects of this tenth-century reform resulted in the development of two peculiarly English institutions: the “monastic cathedral” and “monk-bishops.” Dunstan achieved fame as a metalworker and is the patron saint of metalworking and the casting of bells

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the lives of Dunstan, Aethelwold, and Oswald. We humbly petition You for a monastic revival in the Church of England. May all church leaders be “contemplatives in action,” undergirding the church and the nation with prayer. Amen.

Hat tip: SF

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