Monthly Archives: February 2016

It’s Friday: Tree of Life

  Adam by the Tree fell away; thou by the Tree art brought into Paradise. Fear not the serpent; he shall not cast you out; for he is fallen from heaven. – St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical lecture 13:31

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Introduction to the Divine Office, for Laymen: part 1

I suggested in my pre-lent posting possibly taking up part of the “divine office”. What is it anyway? This is intended as a sort of introduction. In general, the Divine Office is a series of liturgical prayers which take place … Continue reading

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Open Unto Me, O Lord, the Gates of Repentance

A chant for Lent, from the Eastern Church.   Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Open to me the doors of repentance O Lifegiver; for my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy … Continue reading

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It’s Friday: Alive through Death

Taking a body like our own, because all our bodies were liable to the corruption of death, He surrendered His body to death instead of all, and offered it to the Father. This He did out of sheer love for … Continue reading

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Get Serious This Lent

It’s time for this years annual lent pep talk. The past 2 years I have run my “Don’t be a wimp post“.  Reading the Mass collects for this season one is often encountering the phrase “this holy fast”. Many, fast only … Continue reading

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Today is Candlemas day, the feast of the presentation of our Lord in the temple and purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lent this year begins a week from tomorrow, so start thinking about it if you haven’t already.   And … Continue reading

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