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Allegory of the Two Eagles – Ezekiel 17

Here we have yet another colorful vision from the hand of Ezekiel.  No whirling wheels and cherubim this time; the images are much more familiar.  But the message is just as tricky for the casual or new reader to work … Continue reading

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Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – Deut. 9:26-29

I put together a little homily on a reading from Deuteronomy! Subject index: * 00:00 Introduction to the text * 01:35 Breaking down the prayer * 05:17 The Communion of Saints * 06:46 The Need for an Intermediary * 10:38 … Continue reading

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Common Fear or Common Prayer

In the modern Prayer Book tradition, each day of Holy Week gets its own Collect of the Day.  This is Tuesday’s prayer: O Lord our God, whose blessed Son gave his back to be whipped and did not hide his … Continue reading

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Blessed are the people who have the Lord for their God

On the 30th day of the month in the Prayer Book tradition, we come to the end of the Psalms in the daily rounds of prayer, and among them is Psalm 144. Like the one we explored last Monday, this … Continue reading

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Annunciations – to Mary and to the world

In our new prayer book, Luke 1:26-38 is the New Testament reading at Morning Prayer on March 25, as well as the Gospel lesson for the Communion service on this holy day – The Annunciation to Mary.  It may be … Continue reading

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Three-Fold Rule of Worship

I have a couple older posts on this blog about the three-fold rule, or Regula, of worship in the Christian religion, but the examples I gave and the manner in which I presented it feel a bit dated to how I … Continue reading

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Want to deepen your prayer life?

I’ve started a new project, entitled The Saint Aelfric Customary, dedicated to helping individuals and congregations deepen their common life of prayer.  Specifically, I’m putting together brief snippets of advice and insight into the liturgy of the Prayer Book to post … Continue reading

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Solid truth over fluent words

One of the things most misunderstood about the liturgical tradition is the value and purpose of pre-written prayers.  The “free church” tradition, which is overwhelmingly popular and influential in America, is so steeped in a culture of individuality that its … Continue reading

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United on their knees

There are a lot of theological debates out there.  Pretty much every tradition or denomination has its favorite arch-nemesis with whom it constantly battles, and it’s often not a pretty sight.  Such strife is often most intense when the dispute … Continue reading

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Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic is one of the most important Saints of the late medieval era. The medieval era, or “middle ages”, lasted roughly from the 600’s through the 1200’s, followed by “the” Renaissance beginning in the 1300’s.  I write “the” renaissance … Continue reading

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