Psalm 79:11 and Hebrews 13:3

March 25, 2014

The Cestello Annunciation by Sandro Boticelli c 1489

      Lord, surprise us with your work in our lives as you did with Mary.

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; Psalm 79:11
For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3
      Father, remember all those who are in prison. Help us remember them in prayaer. We remember our intercessors who are in prison or on parole. Have mer4cy on them and bring them to the freedom that only Jesus can give. Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me for help and act on it.

A word received: I love you and hold you in my arms.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Gen. 45:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:32-40: Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Gen. 45:16-28: 1 Cor. 8:1-13: Mark 6:13-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM PRAYER TABLE REPORT (Monday, March 24, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. It was COLD again today — 14 degrees at the start — but no wind. Not many people out and about. We did not anoint anyone with holy oil. We have stopped giving out winter clothing until November because people have stopped picking up the items, but we will give out free non-perishable food throughout the whole year. The need here is great. Muriel Papura, Lionel Gibbs and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t — received wooden cross made by Denis Adams of North Carolina.
f — received food we offer.

f — REBECCA — She asked for prayers of continued good health and well-being on this, her 40th birthday! She also sought prayer for her friend (no name) who is only 13 years old and just gave birth March 7th to a daughter ZOEY. We prayed for God’s grace to shine on Rebecca, her friend and the baby Zoey.

ANGELA — This older woman was very cold and had been walking for awhile but stopped when we asked if she would like prayer. “I pray by myself all the time,” she said, “but … sure. Go ahead!” We prayed for her good health and safety as she went through her day.

t,t,t — CONSUELlA, JOSE and MARIA — These three people at first declined our offer for prayer, but then went a few feet and spoke with each other and came back! Maria sought prayer “to get a job” and Consuella asked for prayer for her heart because of health problems she is having. We prayed for the three of them as one and they each accepted a cross but declined food. “No, we are doing OK,” Jose explained.

***** St. Ann’s Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for an evening of praise and worship on Saturday, March 29 at 6 pm. The evening will be led by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan, and Ryan Haig. Come and join us as we worship the Lord in song.

Albany Intercessor

A Prayer Blog for the Mississippi Delta

March 25, 2014

Jill Woodliff, my colleague here at Lent & Beyond, has started a prayer blog with some others from the Mississippi Delta region.

You can find it here.

I’m excited to see this initiative.

Here’s what Jill has written about it:

A handful of intercessors and I have started a prayer blog for the Mississippi Delta.  It is a useful tool to increase prayer, even if there are only a few readers.  For example, if twenty people sign up to have the prayers delivered to their e-mail, that represents a twenty-fold multiplication of prayer.

Our readers, who have a heart for the Delta and are busy people, have given us positive feedback.  They like the fact that the prayers come regularly and that the prayers are brief.  Yes, there are other forms of prayer, like travailing prayer and fasting, to be recommended, but this is definitely worthwhile.

One of the reasons I started Lent & Beyond 10 years ago during Lent of 2004 was to hopefully encourage just such types of initiatives… We who blog here at Lent & Beyond don’t claim to know best how to pray for the Anglican Communion or the continuing Anglican / Episcopal crisis and schism here in North America, but we hope by the example of what we post here, we can encourage others to be bold and creative in prayer, and to help link up intercessors and provide resources.

Thanks to both Jill in Mississippi and Torre in Albany for being such wonderful faithful intercessors, and examples to us all.


– Karen

Music for Lent: Thomas Tallis – Lamentations

March 25, 2014

I forget where I came across the link to this YouTube video recently, but I so enjoyed this version of Thomas Tallis’  Lamentations (a musical setting of the early verses from Lamentations 1, traditionally used in Tennebrae services during Holy Week).

Read more about the Lamentations and Thomas Tallis.


Here is the Latin text:

Text for Tallis’ setting of Lamentations I:

(Opening announcement)

Incipit lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae.

(from Lamentations, Chapter 1)

1:1 ALEPH. Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo! Facta est quasi vidua domina gentium; princeps provinciarum facta est sub tributo.

1:2 BETH. Plorans ploravit in nocte, et lacrimæ ejus in maxillis ejus: non est qui consoletur eam, ex omnibus caris ejus; omnes amici ejus spreverunt eam, et facti sunt ei inimici.

(Concluding refrain)  Ierusalem, Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum


English translation:

(Opening announcement)

Here begins the Lamentation of Jeremiah the Prophet.

(from Lamentations, Chapter 1)

1:1 ALEPH. How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal.
1:2 BETH. She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, and they have become her enemies.

(Concluding refrain)  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return unto the Lord thy God

From here. (where there is much more interesting background about the Lamentations)


Note the above text is only for Part 1 of Tallis’ Lamentations.  I believe the full text of both parts is from Lamentations 1:1-5

Here’s the Latin from the Vulgate

Here’s the New King James version.

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