Wednesday, July 16, 2008

America Needs to repent - corporately


America is not in the best shape. I think we can agree.

When King Solomon dedicated Israel's First Temple to the Lord God, the Almighty said to him,
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, and seek my face, then shall I hear from heaven and heal their land and forgive their sins."

I am asking that we all, in our families, our homes, in groups, join in prayer, not as church bodies (because as Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox, we have differences that some would, in good faith, believe that not to be possible), but as American Christians, and repent of our national sins, just as the prophet Daniel repented of the sins of his nation.

Every day in the first 2 weeks of August, let us pray and repent.

Please visit for details and for a suggested prayer service - almost entirely drawn from scripture - that will lead us in repentance.

Remember, the apostle James wrote, "The prayer of a righteous man availeth much".


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Benedictus Antiphon for July 3

John 20:29 Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.

Quia vidisti me, Thoma
KWEE-ah vee-DEE-stee may, TOH-mah
because you-have-seen me, Thomas


Beati qui non viderunt
bay-AH-tee kwee nohn vee-DAY-roont
blessed-ones who not they-have-seen

et crediderunt.
ayt cray-dee-DAY-roont.
and they-have-believed.

Did you know that, if you're a Christian, that you are a priest?
Before God had even given them the Ten Commandments, He had told the Israelites that he would make of them a nation of Priests and Kings.
Later, in his first Epistle, St. Peter wrote to us that we are "A chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood".
Part of what that means is making intercession for the world. And we have our own sacrificial liturgy, the Liturgy of the Hours, where we offer the sacrifice of praise.
We can pray it in Latin or in English.
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