Tag Archives: Lent

Fasting with Christ

Well, it’s a confusing day for Christians, today, being both Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day.  Some people might be geared up for a valentine’s day date, but it’s also the beginning of Lent.  The worship service for this day … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Ash Wednesday

In our Texts for Common Prayer, the worship service for Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent, this year being tomorrow, February 14th) is described thus: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent: a time of penitence, … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: the Pre-Lent Sundays

The three Sundays before Ash Wednesday are sometimes known as “the -gesima Sundays.”  -gesima is a Latin partial word, from Septuagesima and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima and Quadragesima.  These mean 70 days, 60 days, 50 days, and 40 days, respectively, and … Continue reading

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Holy Communion in Psalm 78

This was my homily last night for Maundy Thursday. As you may know, there is a lot of poetry in the Bible.  Over the past century, poetry has taken quite a dive in public opinion; what was once considered a … Continue reading

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Praying Psalm 6 in Lent

One of the frequent themes in the Psalms is danger from “enemies.”  Oftentimes modern readers look at those verses and are drawn to that foreign far-off world in which King David was constantly fighting battles against the Philistines, or on … Continue reading

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the Forgiveness of Sins

One of the big complaints our culture seems to have with Christianity today is our obsession with sin.  Christians are against abortion “because it’s a sin.”  Christians are against gay marriage “because it’s a sin.”  Christians claim to have “good … Continue reading

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Welcome to Lent!

This was my sermon for Grace Anglican Church upon Ash Wednesday, 18 February 2015. How shall we explain Lent? The traditional Old Testament reading for Ash Wednesday, Joel 2:12-17, puts it best. It’s as if it’s speaking straight to us … Continue reading

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