Words for the Week: Lent Week #5

Psalm • Psalm 126 Old Testament • Isaiah 43:16-21 Gospel • Luke 20:9-19 New Testament • Philippians 3:8-14 We continue our journey through Lent. Remember, the season of Lent, including the fasting and the Scripture reading and the prayer, is designed to move us into a mode of reflection and prayer. At the heart of…

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Lent: Readings for Week 4

Our Lenten readings for this week highlight the missional character of God, his love for the prodigal and his desire for reconciliation. All of this fits will with the special observance of St. Patrick’s Day. Patrick was known as a missionary leader in Ireland. His model of ministry which emphasized living in close relationship with…

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The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

“O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed…

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Readings for Lent: Week 3

Psalm • Psalm 103 Old Testament • Exodus 3:1-15 Gospel • Luke 13:1-9 New Testament • I Corinthians 10:1-13 This week’s Gospel reading from Luke (this year’s Gospel) gives an important, albeit indirect,  about speculating reasons for tragedy. It is natural for us all to wonder why the earthquakes in Haiti or Chile occurred. Is…

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Words for the Week: Lent #2

Psalm • Psalm 27 Old Testament • Genesis 15:1-18 Gospel • Luke 13:22-35 New Testament • Philippians 3;17-4:1 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. – Psalm 103 This season of…

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