In a previous post I mentioned Father Lazarus, a hermit on the mountain of St. Anthony. His life is one of detachment, silence, and solitude. Those things are not about absence but rather presence. They are practices and ways of life that open us to the very heart of God. They are interior conditions that we can each cultivate regardless of the exterior environment or … Continue reading The Last Anchorite
The following video (about an hour) is a BBC production documenting the journey of Father Peter Owen-Jones, an Anglican priest, to the monastery of St. Anthony in the Egyptian desert. Father Peter is going to the desert where “there’s no escape, there’s no distraction” and we face and deal with our “issues.” He will live alone in a cave for three weeks under the guidance … Continue reading Extreme Pilgrim – A Journey to St. Anthony’s Monastery
That question is one many struggle with in regards to not only natural disasters of national proportions but also in our own lives and personal struggles, losses, and disappointments. “Where is God?” To ask the question is to acknowledge our own powerlessness over much of life and the world. My own experience of powerlessness is that it leaves us at a turning point – we … Continue reading Where is God in the Hatian earthquake?
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. This prayer known as the Hail Mary or Ave Maria incorporates the greetings given Mary from the Angel Gabriel and Elizabeth. “And he … Continue reading Hail Mary
Veni Veni Emmanuel Liturgy has provided some insightful resources on the O Antiphons and pointed out that the monks of New Mellary Abbey in Iowa offer a video reflection on the O Antiphons and the riddle contained in the prayer that Emmanuel would come. Slow Down, Wait, Prepare Continue reading Advent Videos
Although it offers an Orthodox answer I think this video also represents The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion at our best – when we return to our patristic roots. Thanks to The Country Parson and Byzigenous Buddapalian Continue reading Are You Saved?
Today, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints. The collect and scriptures for today can be found here. The lectionary appoints John 11:23-44 as the gospel. As permitted by the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer I lengthened the gospel to begin at verse 17. 17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was … Continue reading A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints
Refrain: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride! O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens Delight of virgin choruses/ superior to Angels. Much brighter than the firmament/ and purer than the sun’s light More holy than the multitude/ of all the heav’nly armies. Rejoice, … Continue reading Unwedded Bride, Agni Parthene, O Virgin Pure
Bless the Lord my soul, and bless God’s holy name. Bless the Lord my soul, who leads me into life. “Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone. Gradually the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community with men determined to … Continue reading Bless the Lord (Taize)