Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Help with blogging

My blogging has not been working and I do not know why! I am attempting this from another way. Something is up with my settings and I cannot seem to post or at times visit my own site. If I go anywhere else, i.e., another blogspot site there is no problem. Only with mine. Any help is appreciated.


Monday, August 30, 2004

12th Sunday After Trinity

Today we worshiped at St. Cuthbert's Church in Durham. We missed the 128th parish celebration of St. James the Great today but rejoice with them in their celebration of 128 years of faithful worship, witness, mission and service.



Collect of the Day: Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire, or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen


OT Lesson: Jeremiah 2:4-13

Lesson: Proverbs 25:6-7

Epistle: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14

The Post Communion Prayer
God of compassion, in this eucharist we know again your forgiveness and the healing power of your love. Grant that we who are made whole in Christ may bring that forgiveness and healing to this broken world, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Andrewes, Nativity, and Eucharistic Sacrifice

I have recently been reading in Lancelot Andrewes' volume that deals with his sermons on the Nativity. His connection of the Nativity with the Eucharistic sacrifice has been not only an academic exercise but a devotional one as well.

It is at this point that Andrewes displays with clarity his theology of the Eucharistic sacrifice in relation to the sacrificial giving of the Son in the deeds of the sacrifice He once offered. For Andrewes, Christ gives himself to us and we give back to the Trinity, the offering of the sacrifice in the Sacrament that the sacrifice of Chrrist may be applied to us again.

For he says, He is given us, as Himself saith, as “living Bread from Heaven,” which Bread is His “flesh” born this day, and after “given for the life of the world.” For look how we do give back that He gave us, even so doth He give back to us that which we gave Him, that which He had of us. This He gave for us in Sacrifice, and this He giveth us in the Sacrament, that the Sacrifice may by the Sacrament be truly applied to us. And let me comment this to you; He never bade, accipite, plainly “take,” but in this only; and that, because the effect of this day’s union is no ways more lively represented, no way more effectually wrought, than by this use.”

I have commented on this quote a bit in a paper that I am working on but I will post that as a link once I get it finished. It is taking me some time due to the amount of Latin that I am looking up and trying to make good sense of what Andrewes actually wants to communicate. He carried the reputation of being the greatest preacher of his day and his time in the Jacobean Court gives justification for those remarks. I hope my comments forthcoming on Andrewes will whet your appetite for more of this Carolinian Divine.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo 354-430

Collect: Lord, renew in your Church the spirit you gave Saint Augustine.Filled with this spirit, may we thirst for you alone as the fountain of wisdom and seek you as the source of eternal love.We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading: I John 4:7-16 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Gospel Reading:Matthew 23:8-12 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Prayer of St. Augustine: Eternal God, the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you, the strength of the wills that serve you; grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, August 27, 2004

The Feast of St. Monica (Mother of St. Augustine)

What we know of Monica is mostly found in Augustine's Confessions. What she is mostly famous for is her patient treatment of Augustine prior to his conversion. Through years of prayers and fasting, finally Augustine committed himself to her Lord who heard the faithful, patient prayers of this saint. Augustine was baptised in 387. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Saints: Monica and his friends set out for the journey to Africa with him, but she died on the way at Ostia. Just before her last illness she said to him, "Nothing in this world now gives me pleasure. I do not know what there is left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world are now fulfilled. All I wished to live for was to see you a Catholic and a child of Heaven. God has granted me more than this in making you despise earthly happiness and consecrate yourself to his service."

John Keble wrote a hymn that is appropriate for this day as we use it for our own prayer.

"Blest are the Pure in Heart"

Blest are the pure in heart,
For they shall see our God,
The secret of the Lord is theirs,
Their soul is Christ's abode.

The Lord, who left the heavens
Our life and peace to bring,
To dwell in lowliness with men,
Their pattern and their king;

Still to the lowly soul
He doth himself impart,
And for his dwelling and his throne
Chooseth the pure in heart.

Lord, we thy presence seek;
May ours this blessing be;
Give us a pure and lowly heart
A temple meet for thee. Amen.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Evensong at Durham Cathedral

Well, I just returned home after having my face in a Latin book all day and making more vocabulary cards of words I need to learn. It was a good day but the ending was the best. I walked out of my study room where postgrad students have desks and turned to the right, walked 100 feet or so and found myself in the Durham Cathedral. It is a magnificent place of worship. Tonight was choral evensong with a men and boys quire and was simply heavenly. It was a sung Book of Common Prayer service and really ends the day in glorious worship. I attended Holy Communion service today at 12:30 as well. I have found it important to not only study the sacrament of the Eucharist but also to frequently partake of it as I study. Obviously I am thankful to be here in Durham studying and preparing for further ministry in Christ's Church in the future.

The Work of the Blog

The reason that this Blog looks as organised and sound as it does is because one of my former parishioners, Jessie has done such a good job. She is teaching me as I go and I need to publically acknowledge her great work. Thanks Jessie for your hard work and patience with me on this.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Feast of St. Bartholomew the Apostle
August 24

Texts: Acts 5:12-16; Luke 22:24-30

O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word; Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

According to the Oxford dictionary of Saints, no fewer than 165 ancient churches were dedicated to his name in England, including Crowland abbey. St. Bartholomew is identified by some as Nathaniel because St. Matthew list him with Philip as one of the first apostles chosen by Christ. He most likely preached the Gospel in Armenia, although there is not a clear consensus on this point. It is believed that he converted the King of Armenia and then was ordered skinned alive by the king's brother and then beheaded. St. Bartholomew is the Patron Saint of the Plasterers and the Sick.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Keeping Things in Perspective

With all the worry and anxiety that our fast-paced world offers us one need only to drink a dose of G.K. Chesterton each day to keep it all in perspective. Chesterson saw more of the beauty and wonder of God in creation than any of his day or in our own. Everything in his world he saw through the truth of Christianity. So, stand on one leg, wink with the other eye and see the wonder of what it means to be created in God's image.

"THIS world and all our powers in it are far more awful and beautiful than we ever know until some accident reminds us. If you wish to perceive that limitless felicity, limit yourself if only for a moment. If you wish to realize how fearfully and wonderfully God's image is made, stand upon one leg. If you want to realize the splendid vision of all visible things -- wink the other eye."

G.K. Chesterton 'Tremendous Trifles.'

11th Sunday After Trinity

Lectionary Reading:

OT-Jeremiah 1:4-10
Canticle- Psalm 71:1-6
Epistle- Hebrews 12:18-29
Gospel- Luke 13:10-17

Collect for the Day: O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Post Communion Collect: Lord of all mercy, we your faithful people have celebrated the memorial of that single sacrifice which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace. By our communion keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel and preserve us from all sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

What I am Doing

Well, it is my first day at the blog and I thought I would let any visitors know exactly what I am doing here in Durham and what I am studying. I will be working on a dissertation on "Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Life of the Church in the Theology of Lancelot Andrewes 1555-1626". I will be studying under the supervision of Professor David Brown. Professor Brown teaches contemporary theology, philosophical theology (classical, medieval and modern), systematic theology, sacramental theology, and theology and the visual arts, and his research interests include sacramental theology, theology and the visual arts, and the ethics of work. His recent publications have included Tradition and Imagination and Discipleship and Imagination.

I am presently working on a project to be completed soon on "Eucharistic Sacrifice in the Nativity Sermons of Bishop Andrewes." I will post this as a link when it is complete.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Blogging begins from the UK

Well, I have jumped into the pit of the blogging world. I do not know how much blogging I will get done due to my PhD studies at the University of Durham UK, but I will use this space to journal and post writings that I am doing on Eucharistic Theology. I will also post places that we go to visit in the UK and abroad as well as cathedral sites for readers to go and see. If you have never visited Durham England you must go see the Durham Cathderal, at least on line. It is a glorious place.
    O God, most glorious, most bountiful, accept, we humbly beseech thee, our praises and thanksgivings for thy holy Catholic Church, the mother of us all who bear the name of Christ; for the faith which it hath conveyed in safety to our time, and the mercies by which it hath enlarged and comforted the souls of men; for the virtues which it hath established upon earth, and the holy lives by which it glorifieth both the world and thee; to whom, O blessed Trinity (+), be ascribed all honour, might, majesty and dominion, now and for ever. Amen.
    --Bishop Lancelot Andrewes

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