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

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