Great Blog focused on Celebrating the Church Year

December 2, 2014

Thanks to Anne Kennedy, I just discovered this excellent blog The Celebration Project.  Here’s how the authors, Deb and Amy describe the blog:

Holidays—originally “Holy-days,” or days set apart for a purpose – were originally meant as a way to celebrate who God is and what He has done.  We have loved getting back to the roots of these holidays, digging out the elements that help us to celebrate God.

On this site you can expect to find suggestions for how to tangibly celebrate the various holidays and seasons with your family, recommendations for different resources to use, observations we’ve had in our own lives, and some of the thoughts we have as we walk this journey.

We have experienced more abundant life through these traditions.  We as Christians have more reasons to celebrate than others, so let’s do it!

Here’s their Advent Category.  So far they’ve posted one Advent entry and  two entries on St. Nicholas Day (which are categorized separately)

Advent: A Season Set Apart for Hope

St Nicholas Day – Part 1

St Nicholas Day – Part 2

 


Ascension Day – prayers & resources

May 15, 2012

We’re getting quite a few visitors looking for Ascension Day Prayers and resources, especially folks following links from Christine Sine’s blog Godspace. Yesterday, Christine posted a great roundup of links and prayers in her entry  Ascension Day is Coming – Do You Know What it Means.  (I especially like her poem about how Christ’s Ascension ensures His advocacy and intercession for us at the Father’s right hand.)

No time to look for new resources today, but here are a few links to some great resources we’ve posted in previous years (in no particular order, sorry…!):

Church Year.Net has an excellent collection of Collects for Ascension.

Anglican Mainstream: Two Meditations on the Ascension (Meditations from Leo the Great and St. Augustine)

Splendor in the Ordinary: Ascension Hymn

Splendor in the Ordinary: Ascensiontide (ideas for a family celebration)

Fr. Tim Fountain chimes in with some thoughts about Christ’s Ascension here.

Fr. Rob Lord has reflections on a quote from Dallas Willard and Christ’s ministry of intercession for believers — “Christ is Pulling for You” (from the web archive)

Dr. Peter Toon has two posts:
Ascensiontide —a precious season of 10 days before Pentecost
Feast of the Ascension—why a much neglected Festival?

Oswald ChambersHis Ascension and Our Access

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Also:  DO NOT FORGET the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine!

Kendall is known for his news & cultural commentary posts, but TitusOneNine is also an amazing treasure trove of prayers, quotes and theological reflection.  Kendall has an Ascension Day category!   In browsing that category (and doing a word search), I found no less than 21 great prayers, quotes, sermons and other resources about the Ascension!

I’ll post some of the specific links tomorrow…


More links for Ascension Day

May 21, 2009

Been in meetings all day… so blogging is difficult, but here are some quick links to some excellent Ascension devotionals, and ideas for a family celebration of Ascension:

Anglican Mainstream: Two Meditations on the Ascension (Meditations from Leo the Great and St. Augustine)

Splendor in the Ordinary: Ascension Hymn

Splendor in the Ordinary: Ascensiontide (ideas for a family celebration)

Enjoy!

Update: Fr. Tim Fountain chimes in with some thoughts about Christ’s Ascension here.


Prayers for Ascension Day

May 21, 2009

Christine Sine at Godspace has a nice compilation of Ascension Day prayers.
Go check it out

Apologies for curtailed Easter devotional blogging. I ran out of “easy” material and time to dig up additional things to share has been at a premium lately. I’ve seen some good “Thinking About Pentecost” type blog entries and prayers recently – there’s going to be a Pentecost “blog carnival” at another blog. I’ll try to post those links on Friday… (Karen)


Ascension Day

May 17, 2007

By Karen B. on Church Seasons

Ascension
A blessed Ascension Day to all L&B readers. After being offline much of the past few weeks, I had a bit of a chance last night to catch up on some of the Anglican blogs. I came across a few nice posts for Ascension Day:

Fr. Rob Lord has reflections on a quote from Dallas Willard and Christ’s ministry of intercession for believers — “Christ is Pulling for You

Dean Rick Lobs: The Ascension of Our Lord

Dr. Peter Toon has two posts:
Ascensiontide —a precious season of 10 days before Pentecost
Feast of the Ascension—why a much neglected Festival?

And here is Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest Devotional for today:

His Ascension and Our Access

We have no experiences in our lives that correspond to the events in our Lord’s life after the transfiguration. From that moment forward His life was altogether substitutionary. Up to the time of the transfiguration, He had exhibited the normal, perfect life of a man. But from the transfiguration forward— Gethsemane, the Cross, the resurrection— everything is unfamiliar to us. His Cross is the door by which every member of the human race can enter into the life of God; by His resurrection He has the right to give eternal life to anyone, and by His ascension our Lord entered heaven, keeping the door open for humanity.

The transfiguration was completed on the Mount of Ascension. If Jesus had gone to heaven directly from the Mount of Transfiguration, He would have gone alone. He would have been nothing more to us than a glorious Figure. But He turned His back on the glory, and came down from the mountain to identify Himself with fallen humanity.

The ascension is the complete fulfillment of the transfiguration. Our Lord returned to His original glory, but not simply as the Son of God— He returned to His father as the Son of Man as well. There is now freedom of access for anyone straight to the very throne of God because of the ascension of the Son of Man. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ deliberately limited His omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. But now they are His in absolute, full power. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ now has all the power at the throne of God. From His ascension forward He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

I find the reminder of Christ’s glory and full omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience, as well as His ministry of intercession for believers from His throne at the Father’s right hand, extremely comforting and timely today. There are a lot of dear friends and Anglican leaders who are in need of intercession at the moment, and when words and strength fail me, I am encouraged to be reminded of Christ’s powerful intercession for the saints.

Church Year.Net has an excellent collection of Collects for Ascension. Here is one from the Church of South India:

O God, whose blessed Son,
our great high priest,
has entered once for all into the Holy Place
and ever liveth to intercede on our behalf:
grant that we,
sanctified by the offering of his body
may draw near with full assurance of faith
by the way which he has dedicated for us
and evermore serve thee, the living God;
through the same thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
O Father, and the the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.
— Church of South India


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