Sunday, October 14, 2018THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 23)
Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Proper 23)
Monday, October 15, 2018Teresa of Avila
Nun, Doctor of the Church
b. March 28, 1515
d. October 4, 1582
Teresa dedicated her life to prayer, missionary work, the establishment of convents, and writing. Two of Teresa's most important works were The Way of Perfection and Interior Castle.
In her writing, she could be quite honest and straight-forward, which is why clergy everywhere quote her. She manages to get to the heart of the matter.
For example, in 2005, Father Stafford, quoted Teresa in a sermon as follows: 'To say that we abandon our will to another’s will seems very easy until through experience we realize that this is the hardest thing one can do if one does it as it should be done." Way back in 2003, in his sermon Why Pray for the Dead?, Fr Mead (now Rector Emeritus) reminds us of her directness: "I want to see God and, in order to see him, I must die."
Perhaps Teresa is so quotable because she was grounded both in theology and in humility. According to Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church (2000), Teresa was a fan of Saint Augustine as well as Saint Mary Magdelene.
O God, who by the Holy Spirit didst move Teresa of Avila to manifest to thy Church the way of perfection: Grant us, we beseech thee, to be nourished by her excellent teaching, and enkindle within us a lively and unquenchable longing for true holiness; through Jesus Christ, the joy of loving hearts, who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018Latimer & Ridley
Wednesday, October 17, 2018Ignatius of Antioch
Bishop of Antioch
This early church bishop is known for his certitude, especially in defending the doctrine of the incarnation, that Jesus is fully God and fully man, against spirtual and Gnostic notions. He writes:
Be deaf to any talk that ignores Jesus Christ, of David’s lineage, of Mary; who was really born, ate and drank; was really persecuted under Pontius Pilate; was really crucified and died in the sight of heaven and earth and the underworld. He was really raised from the dead.
Almighty God, we praise thy Name for thy bishop and martyr Ignatius of Antioch, who offered himself as grain to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts that he might present unto thee the pure bread of sacrifice. Accept, we pray thee, the willing tribute of our lives, and give us a share in the pure and spotless offering of thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, October 18, 2018SAINT LUKE
In a sermon from Evensong in 2010, Fr Daniels explained:
Luke is the gospel writer who recorded in his book those two canticles that we hear at every service of Evensong – indeed, every evening office. Mary’s song, the Magnificat, comes from Luke’s gospel, as does Simeon’s song, the Nunc Dimittis, both of which we just heard. Without Saint Luke we’d have neither of those. His is a gospel marked by magnificent story-telling, brilliant uses of words and images that tell the stories that make up what many of us think about, when we think about the stories of the Gospel...read the rest here.
Almighty God, who didst inspire thy servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son: Graciously continue in thy Church the like love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of thy Name; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.