A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Scriptures and Prayer for Saturday in Easter Week


Psalter: Psalm 118:14-18 or Psalm 118:19-24

Epistle: Acts 4:13-21

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We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Daily Devotions (Session 100) 2 Samuel 19-21

2 Samuel 19-21

Friday, April 09, 2021

Scriptures and Prayer for Friday in Easter Week



Epistle: Acts 4:1-12

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Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Daily Devotions (Session 99) 2 Samuel 16-18

2 Samuel 16-18

Thursday, April 08, 2021

What's in a (Nick)Name?: A Lectionary Reflection on John 20:19-31


John 20:19-31

Nicknames are interesting. Some nicknames are given as a tribute to a person's gifts and abilities. Babe Ruth was called "The Sultan of Swat," for his ability to command his bat to hit home runs. Walter "Sweetness" Payton, a running back for the Chicago Bears made running through defenses look easy-- how sweet. President Zachary Taylor earned his nickname, "Old Rough and Ready" during the Mexican-American War leading his troops into battle.

Of course, not all nicknames are compliments. Ivan the Terrible was not known for being nice and Vlad the Impaler earned his nickname for his excessive cruelty. There are other nicknames that persons earned, not for their deeds, but for their appearance-- Charles the Fat and Olaf the Peacock.

Scriptures and Prayer for Thursday in Easter Week


Psalter: Psalm 8 or Psalm 114 or Psalm 118:19-24

Epistle: Acts 3:11-26

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Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Daily Devotions (Session 98) 2 Samuel 13-15

2 Samuel 13-15

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Scriptures and Prayer for Wednesday in Easter Week


Psalter: Psalm 105:1-8 or Psalm 118:19-24

Epistle: Acts 3:1-10

Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
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O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Daily Devotions (Session 97) 2 Samuel 8-12

2 Samuel 8-12