Two Exciting Resources for Lent

February 27, 2014

Regrettably, I don’t think my schedule will allow for much, if any, Lenten blogging this year. It would have been fun to do a special Lenten series this year in honor of Lent & Beyond’s 10th anniversary. (We began in February 2004 at the beginning of Lent.)

But with Ash Wednesday quickly approaching, I wanted to at least quickly post about two excellent Lent resources:

1) Let us Keep the Feast: Epiphany & Lent

This is a short booklet (64 pages) that provides an overview of some of the history of Epiphany and Lenten observances and gives lots of simple, practical ideas for how to celebrate these seasons at home as a family.  I enjoyed the Advent edition of this series. Jessica Snell, who blogs at Homemaking Through the Church Year, and who is a good friend of this blog, is one of the editors.  Here’s the Amazon Link

2) Lenten music: Lent at Ephesus, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles

When I logged into iTunes about 2 weeks ago, I was very excited to see a featured album of sacred music for Lent.   It’s a release of Lenten music by the Benedictine nuns at the Priory of our Lady of Ephesus.   I loved the album of Advent music these nuns put out two years ago, so this is sure to be another excellent choral feast of sacred music to aid in Lenten devotions.   I haven’t bought this yet.  I plan to download it next week if I can get a decent internet connection (our continual internet outages are yet another reason I’ve not been blogging lately…).  But if it’s anywhere near as good as the Advent at Ephesus album, it is VERY worth buying!  Here’s the iTunes link:  Lent at Ephesus

John, 1 John, and Psalm 135

February 27, 2014

Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom he had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of my burial. For the poor you have with you always, but me you do not have always.” (John 12:1-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see the poor that are all around us.

      Jesus, help us give alms to to the poor in addition to our tithes and offerings. Help us to have compassion towards the poor. Help us recognize our own poverty of spirit before you.

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in his holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)
      Father, please help us have your heart towards the lost and the least. Help us defend them and provide for them. Thank you for having mercy on us; for we too are poor sinners in need of your grace and mercy.

Now this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
      Jesus, please help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit and ask for those things that are the Father’s will.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them. (Psalm 135:15-18 )
      Holy Father, set this nation free from the idolatry of money and personal fulfillment.

A word received: My word is food indeed.
A prayer received: Feed us on your word.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Prov. 6:1-19: 1 John 5:1-12: John 11:45-54
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Prov. 8:1-21: Philemon 1-25: John 12:9-19

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Cathedral Prayer Table 2-26-14, Cold, and It appears that I did not get the word that we would not have a table today, but I set up inside.

Paul – Bishop Ball, Fr. Mc Quade, Tripp, Ryan and his Father Ken, Tyler and Oliva

Otis – in a recovery program, which he has been successfully completing, but his ADHD is giving him problems, and his daughter Daishetta, that she may complete the nursing program is she is enroller in.

FHS, Jana Lingo

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 11 a.m. – noon in our Parish Hall during our free monthly Community Meal. Muriel Papura, Ann DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

JOHN — We prayed for his battle for better health and that he will know God is with him through this ordeal.

MYRA — She sought prayer for her daughter ELISE, who has fought various illnesses her whole life and is getting discouraged. We prayed that God would give her a booster shot of faith.

PAIGE — This woman asked for prayer for her boyfriend PAUL, who she says is “not accepted” by her family and close friends.

(Monday, Feb. 24, 20-14, 10-10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. For the third straight week it was very, very cold with a snow squall and high wind blowing. It made for very little foot traffic and it made it difficult for us to remain out there as long as we would have liked. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table. Did not give out any crosses or anoint anyone with Holy Oil today, partly because my oil stock was frozen!)

NANCY — This very needy woman who lives with her sister came for the free non-perishable food we offer (along with warm winter clothing items) and we prayed for her protection, safety and good health.

TWO WOMEN IN SEPARATE CARS — They were cussing and swearing at each other from their cars idling at the traffic light near our table. The one nearest us rolled down the window and asked us to pray for the OTHER lady top stop swearing and behave! We prayed for both of them to calm down and stop fighting.

JOHNNY — This man came to the table and asked for prayers for his sister (No name) who he says heard the “Seven Trumpets of Heaven” sounding in the sky above her in New York City on Sunday morning. (Supposedly there are people from all over the Earth who have heard strange sounds coming out of the sky lately. YOU TUBE is rife with reports on this.) JOHNNY also sought prayer for his own health and safety, and he took food and clothing with the prayer.

CONCHERA — This young woman came just as we were closing the table and took food. We prayed for her and her young family.

Albany Intercessor

Media and Israel

February 27, 2014

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You that Israel has brought life and hope into the world. We thank You for the Ten Commandments, for the understanding of holiness, for the Sabbath, for covenant, and for the Messiah.
Your Son Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” We call out for truth in the media reports on Israel. Open the eyes of the media to see the events in Israel through the eyes of Christ, and spotlight the truth. Amen.

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