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)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Scriptures and Prayer for Monday in Easter Week

First Reading: Acts 2:14, 22b-32

Psalter: Psalm 16:8-11 or Psalm 118:19-24

Gospel: Matthew 28:9-15
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Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Scriptures and Prayer for Easter Day

First Reading: Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25

Psalter: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43

Gospel: John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
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Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people's shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Faith Seeking Understanding: Reflections on Holy Saturday

A Great Silence has fallen upon the earth.

Scriptures and Prayer for Holy Saturday

Old Testament: Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24

Psalter: Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16

Epistle: 1 Peter 4:1-8

Gospel: Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
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O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Faith Seeking Understanding: Reflections on Good Friday

Scriptures and Prayer for Good Friday

Old Testament: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Psalter: Psalm 22

Epistle: Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Gospel: John 18:1-19:42
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Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Reflections on Holy Week and Maundy Thursday

Scriptures and Prayer for Maundy Thursday

Old Testament: Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14

Psalter: Psalm 116:1, 10-17

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
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Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Scriptures and Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week

Old Testament: Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalter: Psalm 70

Epistle: Hebrews 12:1-3

Gospel: John 13:21-32
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Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.