A “new” Anglican Devotional blog – Vicar’s Versicles

March 3, 2014

Those who have followed Lent & Beyond for several years may recall that we’ve frequently linked or featured the various devotional blogs by the Rev. James Gibson, including “This Day in the Word” for which we used to syndicate the feed on our sidebar.

James, who has just returned to parish ministry in South Carolina, has started a new devotional blog: Vicar’s Versicles.

I expect he’ll have very good Lenten entries, so I’m adding this link to our list of new Lenten links for 2014.

Philippians 2

March 3, 2014

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, (Philippians 2:1a)
      Jesus, please help me find my consolation in you.

if any comfort of love, (Philippians 2:1b)
      Father, thank you for the comfort of resting in your arms of love.

if any fellowship of the Spirit, (Philippians 2:1c)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the fellowship and friendship we find in you.

if any affection and mercy, (Philippians 2:1d)
      Holy Trinity, One God, help me daily join in that affection and mercy that you share with one another.

fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:2)
      Help me daily, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, fulfill the joy of that great cloud of witnesses that surround us. Thank you for Paul’s life and ministry. Thank you for all those who have gone before us in the faith.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3)
      Help us treasure every brother and sister you send to us, Jesus.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
      Father, please help us show forth your love, justice and mercy by seeking the welfare of all you send to us.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us have the mind of Christ. Thank you.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
      LORD God, thank you for working out your good pleasure in our lives. Help us daily work out our salvation with fear and trembling and be faithful to the apostolic witness you have given us.

Do all things without complaining and disputing, (Philippians 2:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help me repent of complaining and disputing.

A word received: Give me your pain and suffering.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Prov. 27:1-6, 10-12: Phil. 2:1-13: John 18:15-18,25-27
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Prov. 30:1-4, 24-33: Phil. 3:1-11: John 18:28-38

Albany Intercessor

Saidnaya, Syria

March 3, 2014

From al-Monitor.com:

once you step inside the monastery, you are hit by a hair-raising cold breeze and a shock at the magnitude of damage, whether it is the broken glass or the multiple blows inflicted to the roof. The destruction was caused by missiles used by gunmen to try to bring down the bronze sculpture of Christ.

Previous post on Saidnaya here and on the Jesus statue overlooking Saidnaya here.

Dear Lord,
Syria is replete with jihadists bent on harming and killing the Christians, Your people; taking land that is not theirs; and bringing down the statue of Jesus and the monasteries.
If any marauders start out with evil intent, we beseech You to send swarms of hornets to drive them away from Your children, just like You sent hornets against the Hittites, Canaanites, and Hivites.
If any armed gunmen on horseback set out to harm the innocent, we humbly ask that You commission an angel to stop their horses, just like You stopped Balaam’s ass. If they set out in vehicles, may their tires kick against the goads and go flat. Discomfit them with lightning and thunder, the way You discomfited the Philistines.
If militia use weapons upon Your children and the statue of Jesus, close down their missile launchers the way You closed the mouths of the lions for Daniel and intercept all missiles the way Shamgar struck down 600 Philistines with an oxgoad.
If an army seeks to destroy Your people, we plead with You to obstruct their view, like the pillar of cloud that gave darkness to Pharoah’s army at the Red Sea.
If they have stores of munitions, flood the munitions with rain water. Block the roads for the movement of bandits and jihadists with stones.

Jehovah Sabaoth, You are God-of-the-Angel-Armies, and we proclaim Your Holy Name over Saidnaya and over Syria. Amen.

Lent 2013: Index of all our 2013 Lent Entries

March 3, 2014

Our Lenten blogging was a bit sporadic here at Lent & Beyond in 2013 (unlike 2012 when we blogged pretty much every day of Lent – you can find our 2012 Lent posts index here.)  But although the quantity of posts was less, there are some entries that are very worth revisiting.  Here’s an index, by primary category, of all our Lent posts during 2013:



A Musical Confession for Lent: Crippled Soul, by Sojourn

Lenten Devotional Reflection on John 3 – Coming Into the Light

A Lenten Meditation on the Golden Calf and Our Own Sin

A Practical Suggestion for Lent – Remembering God’s Goodness and Grace

A Musical Prayer for an Ash Wednesday Evening

“The Lenten Call” – a poem by Teresa Roberts Johnson

A Great Essay by Mark Galli for Lent – Lent is Not Just Another Self-Improvement Routine



A Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week

Lent Prayers – A Puritan Prayer to Cling to Christ and Rest on Him

Lent Prayers: Forgive what our lips tremble to name

Scotty Smith’s Ash Wednesday Prayer: “Over these next forty days give us an insatiable hunger for yourself”

A Musical Prayer for an Ash Wednesday Evening

Ash Wednesday: A favorite prayer from St. Augustine



A Holy Week and Good Friday Reflection – St. Augustine

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

Lent Quotes: St. John Chrysostom on the Study of Scripture

Lent Quotes – JC Ryle: The Things Which Murder Souls

Lent Quotes: John Owen on daily mortification of the flesh

Lent Quotes: Pope Benedict XVI – Returning to the Lord “with all your heart”

Lent Quotes: David Fischler – Lent is really NOT about self-examination

Lent Quotes: Dean Robert Munday – What Lent Should Really Be All About

A quote from Pope Benedict XVI – appropriate as we prepare for Lent



Kendall Harmon’s excellent Ash Wednesday posts

A roundup of Ash Wednesday posts

Recommended Blogs and Links for Lent 2013



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