A Holy Week and Good Friday Reflection – St. Augustine

March 28, 2013

Man’s maker was made man . . . that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey, that Truth might be accused of false witness, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.

St. Augustine, Sermons 191.1

H/T All Saints Church, Chapel Hill


Another Maundy Thursday quote and prayer – He Has Drunk the Cup Already

March 28, 2013

From today’s devotional entry at the Trinity School for Ministry website. Today’s entry at TSM is by the Rev. Dr. Martha Giltinan

There is no sorrow, no loss, no betrayal or fear that Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, has not endured on our behalf. He has drunk the cup already to the last bitter dregs. Now the cup we are offered has been sweetened by what He has accomplished, the gall of death has been removed. We could never have borne that bitter cup, one sip would have destroyed us. He, who condescended in love to take upon Himself the helpless reality of our humanity, has taken up the bitter cup and drunk it to the last. He has taken within himself the rancid and deadly consequence of our rebellion. By doing so, He has neutralized its power for all time over those who cling to Him.

Jesus has consecrated himself in suffering and death precisely for this very purpose; “that [we] also may be sanctified in truth” (John 17:19). That  through His blood, we might live the life that is Life indeed.

Savior, thank you that You have not left me to fend for myself, let me hide myself in Your side, trusting in the work that You have accomplished and continue to extend on my behalf. I take the bread, Your body, I drink the cup, Your blood, and I give You thanks that You have vanquished my enemy and lift me up as Your own, in victory and love.

The full entry is here.


A quote for Maundy Thursday – Christ washes our hearts, not just our feet

March 28, 2013

From today’s prayer by Scotty Smith at his blog, Heavenward, these beautiful words about Maundy Thursday:

Your disrobing to wash their feet was with a full view to your being stripped naked to wash their hearts, and our hearts as well. What wondrous love is this indeed! How wide, long, high, and deep, is your love for the ill-deserving.

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). This is the new and never-ending mandate we’re now under as your disciples. Grace doesn’t free us from this command, but for this command. Don’t let me ever forget that the measure of your love is not just the basin and towel of the upper room, but your cross and your death at Calvary. There simply is no greater love to be found—none.

The full post is here.


TEC–Condoning the shedding of innocent blood

March 28, 2013

I originally posted this August 21, 2009. I thought it appropriate for the penitential theme of Holy Week and am reposting it with minor alterations.–JW

Unknown dates (?1980’s) The Episcopal Women’s Caucus and the Episcopal Urban Caucus join the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

Prior to Jan 1994 Contrary to the established policy of PECUSA on the subject, Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning signed the Statement sponsored by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice calling for the U. S. Congress to include abortion funding in any health-care plan. (Copied from A Catalog of Concerns, produced by AWAKE, an association of concerned Episcopalians to inform and awaken our church. The reference is “United Voice,” pp. 1-5, January 1994.)
Have mercy on us, Lord.

Prior to Jan 1994 Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning pushed “a new vision statement [for the Presidng Bishop’s Fund for World Relief], saying he wished to do away with the ‘crisis mentality’ of the Fund and reorganize it to raise money for ‘new mission initiative,’” e. g. authorizing monies of the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief to grant $55,000.00 to the pro-abortion Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. (Copied from A Catalog of Concerns, produced by AWAKE, an association of concerned Episcopalians to inform and awaken our church. The reference is “United Voice,” pp. 1-5, January 1994.)
Have mercy on us, Lord.

Jan 2006 The Executive Council of TEC joined the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

Aug 2006 Former Iranian President Khatami, who advocates the annihilation of Israel and the execution of homosexual persons, was invited as a special speaker at Washington National Cathedral.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

Oct 2008 Rev. Brian Thom, former board member of Planned Parenthood of Idaho, was consecrated bishop of Idaho.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

Mar 2009 Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, who once said, “Abortion is a blessing,” was appointed the dean of Episcopal Divinity School.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

June 2009 Rev Katherine Ragsdale deemed slain late term abortionist Dr. George Tiller a martyr and a saint.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

June 2009 Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton, President of the Episcopal Women’s Caucus, assured us that Dr. Tiller was in the eternal embrace of Jesus.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

June 2009 The Anglican Consultative Council accepted a grant of $1.5 million from the Satcher Institute’s Center for Excellence in Sexual Health, which advocates, among other things, abortion as an option. This is, to my knowledge, the first time that the Anglican Communion has accepted money from a secular pro-choice organization.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

July 2009 Vida Dutton Scudder, a member of the Socialist Party, who delighted in the vast Russian experiment called Communism and was untroubled by their atheism, was commemorated in the liturgical calendar and will be included in Holy Women, Holy Men. The vast Russian experiment murdered an estimated 60 million people.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

July 2009 The House of Bishops also voted to include Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Marshall endorsed Roe v. Wade, which has led to the abortion of 55 million.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

O God,
Our brothers’ blood is crying out to You from the ground, like a voice calling for revenge. What destruction awaits us?
King David’s heart was full of praise. He wrote psalms to God while fleeing the persecution of Saul. When moving the ark to Jerusalem, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf every six steps. Yet, You would not let him build the temple because he had shed blood.
What have we done, dear Lord? What have we done? We have institutionalized sin and blessed murder.
Lord, have mercy upon the Episcopal Church.
Christ, have mercy upon the Episcopal Church.
Lord, have mercy upon the Episcopal Church. Amen.
Genesis 4:10, 2 Kings 21:16, 24:4, Ezekiel 24:7-8, 2 Samuel 21:1, 2 Samuel 7:1-17, 2 Chronicles 22:8

Compiled by Jill Woodliff


Luke 22:17-22

March 28, 2013

Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” (Luke 22:17-18 )
      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life-blood for me. Wash me and make me clean by your blood and Holy Spirit. Thank you.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life. Thank you for being broken for me on the cross.

Likewise he also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily enter into that new covenant life with Jesus.

But behold, the hand of my betrayer is with me on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” (Luke 22:21-22)
      Father, even today there are many in the church who sit at table with Jesus and betray him by their words and deeds. Have mercy on us and cleanse the church with the fire of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your rest and your strength.

Maundy Thursday; 102; *; 142, 143; Jer. 20:7-11; 1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32; John 17:1-11(12-26)
Maundy Thursday: 78:14-20,23-25; Exodus 12:1-14a; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32); John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30
Good Friday: 95* & 22; *; 40:1-14(15-19),54; Wisdom 1:16-2:1;12-22; 1 Peter 1:10-20; John 13:36-38**; or Gen. 22:1-14; John 19:38-42***
      * For the Invitatory; ** Intended for use in the morning; ***; Intended for use in the evening
Good Friday: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11 or 40:1-14 or 69:1-23; Isaiah 52:13-53:12 or Genesis 22:1-18 or Wisdom 2:1,12-24; Hebrews 10:1-25; John (18:1-40) 19:1-37

Albany Intercessor


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