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More information about this seller Contact this seller 7. Calpornius was an important official in the late Roman imperial government of Britain. It was not unusual in this post-Constantinian period for such state officials to be in holy orders. When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland and forced to serve as a shepherd.
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When he was about twenty- one, he escaped and returned to Britain, where he was educated as a Christian. He tells us that he took holy orders as both presbyter and bishop, although no particular see is known as his at this time. A vision then called him to return to Ireland. This he did about the year He then began a remarkable process of missionary conversion throughout the country that continued until his death, probably in He made his appeal to the local kings and through them to their tribes.
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Christianizing the old pagan religion as he went, Patrick erected Christian churches over sites already regarded as sacred, had crosses carved on old druidic pillars, and put sacred wells and springs under the protection of Christian saints. At Armagh, he is said to have established his principal church. To this day, Armagh is regarded as the primatial see of all Ireland. Two works are attributed to Patrick: an autobiographical Confession, in which he tells us, among other things, that he was criticized by his contemporaries for lack of learning, and a Letter to Coroticus, a British chieftain.
The Lorica or St. Almighty God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Cyril is the one we have most to thank for the development of catechetical instruction and liturgical observances during Lent and Holy Week. Born in Jerusalem about , Cyril became bishop of that city probably in In the course of political and ecclesiastical disputes, he was banished and restored three times. His Catechetical Lectures on the Christian faith, given before Easter to candidates for Baptism, were probably written by him sometime between and The work consists of an introductory lecture, or Procatechesis, and eighteen Catecheses based upon the articles of the creed of the Church at Jerusalem, All these lectures the earliest catechetical materials surviving today may have been used many times over by Cyril and his successors, and considerably revised in the process.
They were probably part of the pre-baptismal instruction that Egeria, a pilgrim nun from western Europe, witnessed at Jerusalem in the fourth century and described with great enthusiasm in the account of her pilgrimage. Many of the faithful would also attend these instructions. In doing so, he was taking practical steps to organize devotions for countless pilgrims and local inhabitants around the sacred sites.
In time, as pilgrims returned to their homes from Palestine, these services were to influence the development of Holy Week observances throughout the entire Church. Strengthen, O Lord, the bishops of your Church in their special calling to be teachers and ministers of the Sacraments, so that they, like your servant Cyril of Jerusalem, may effectively instruct your people in Christian faith and practice; and that we, taught by them, may enter more fully into the celebration of the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
In the face of circumstances that distressed even a man of such tenderness and obedience to God as Joseph, he accepted the vocation of protecting Mary and being a father to Jesus. The Gospel according to Matthew pictures Joseph as a man of deep devotion, open to mystical experiences, and as a man of compassion, who accepted his God-given responsibility with gentleness and humility.
Joseph was a pious Jew, a descendant of David, and a carpenter by trade. As Joseph the Carpenter, he is considered the patron saint of the working man, one who not only worked with his hands, but taught his trade to Jesus. The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives an example of a loving husband and father.
O God, who from the family of thy servant David didst raise up Joseph to be the guardian of thy incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to thy commands; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Cuthbert was the most popular saint of the pre-Conquest Anglo- Saxon Church. Trained in the austere traditions of Celtic monasticism, Cuthbert was Prior of Melrose Abbey from to , and then of Lindisfarne for twelve years.
He returned two years later to his hermitage on the neighboring island of Farne, where he died on March 20, At the time of the Viking invasions, the monks of Lindisfarne carefully protected his relics during their wanderings, until, finally, they brought them to Durham, where one may see today the remnants of his shrine and visit his tomb. Almighty God, you called Cuthbert from following the flock to be a shepherd of your people: Mercifully grant that, as he sought in dangerous and remote places those who had erred and strayed from your ways, so we may seek the indifferent and the lost, and lead them back to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Thomas Ken was born in Throughout his life he was both rewarded and punished for his integrity. His close relationship with the royal family began when he became chaplain to Princess Mary of Orange at The Hague. In , Ken returned to England and became chaplain to Charles the Second. His integrity stirred him to rebuke Charles for lax behavior. The seven bishops were sent to the Tower, but were acquitted in the courts, and became popular heroes. As a Non-Juror, Ken was deprived of his see.
He deplored the Non-Juror schism, and after the accession of Queen Anne, he made his peace with the Church of England. A man of deep piety, Ken was the author of several religious works which were immensely popular in the eighteenth century. We ask your prayers She was a remarkable woman who cared for orphans in Manzanar's Children's Village. Clement's Church in Berkeley. She is in hospice care for terminal cancer. Your prayers for Dolores and her family are greatly appreciated.
Remember - Spring forward! March 7, Yet for Christians all over the world this is a time honored tradition that dates back in one way or another to the earliest days of the church. For Episcopalians, as well as Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians and some Protestants, Lent is a forty day period of introspection and prayer in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, when we gather in church to hear the Scriptures concerning the solemn fast, and present ourselves for the imposition of blessed ashes as a symbol of our mortality and a sign of our humble turning back to our loving Father.
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Later it was also a time of penance for those who had fallen away from the faith and wished to be reconciled so as to be able to receive Holy Communion on Easter. The fifth century Bishop of Rome, Leo the Great, pointed out that fasting is a means and not an end in itself; its purpose is to foster pure, holy, and spiritual activity. Today we have regained much of the original focus of Lent as a preparation for Baptism and the renewal of our Baptismal Vows at Easter.
In this we can be aided by the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting,, and almsgiving. Prayer may be just creating an intentional space and time of silence to focus our full awareness on the presence of the Divine.
Being aware of and responding to the needs of others, whether in our immediate circle or global catastrophic situations, will nurture a deeper sense of compassion in us. It is a story of coming to our senses and remembering whose child we are, as made known to us in our Baptism, and making our way back to the Father who is ready to meet us on the road and restore us to our rightful place in the divine household. Music for the First Sunday in Lent. Mudde, Holland 's. Manz, Concordia 's. Benson, USA As the war raged across Europe and Britain in the s, C. We needed, many of us, a key to the meaning of the universe.
Lewis provided just that. Hodder and Stoughton, London, , p The myriad ways of trying to discern our identity, origin, and purpose are the ground of all intellectual and spiritual quests, and those questions fuel every journey of exploration. Lewis lived and wrote out of a Celtic rootedness in context and a predilection for mythic or narrative meaning-making. He had a genius in his time for tapping the deep well of human consciousness, in ways that grew out of his own very particular story and flowed into the universal.
He is a profound example of the impact the great questions have on human communities in and through time. We touch his remarkably perceptive and deep root with gratitude, for his work continues to influence the search of many, even more than 50 years after his death. I see the scientific and religious stories as parallel systems of meaning that are overlapping in their method but not identical in the questions they ask or the outcome they seek.
With many others, I ardently believe the stories we choose to give our hearts and minds to shape and give meaning to the life we live. Scientific meaning comes from investigating the matter we see around us, defining and describing it, and trying to understand the relationships among the different kinds of matter we experience. And the questions about purpose are usually understood as projections about the next stage in a process or system.
For example, what do we expect to happen to the weather around here as a result of the carbon we continue to pour into the atmosphere? Identity is important in both spheres, but again the questions seek rather different answers.
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