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!”


(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.”

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