Good Friday -“Jesus Remember Me”

A beautiful chant from Taizé, based on the words of one of the men crucified with Jesus, underscores a meditation on the face of Christ, his suffering, death and resurrection

Luke 23:42-43 New International Version (NIV)

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[a]

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Maundy Thursday – Jesus asks, ‘Stay with me’

A day of reflection.

Jesus Prays at Gethsemane

The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Stay With Me-Taize

Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
(Mark 14:32-42Luke 22:39-46)

36At that time Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He told them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

37He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38Then He said to them, “My soul is consumed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.”

39Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

40Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

42A second time He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass unless I drink it, may Your will be done.” 43And again Jesus returned and found them sleeping—for their eyes were heavy.

44So He left them and went away once more and prayed a third time, saying the same thing.45Then He returned to the disciples and said, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us go! See, My betrayer is approaching!”

Sunday Respite – December Lights

 

”Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

I hope you are enjoying this Christmas week.

For today’s Sunday Respite I have chosen André Rieu – December Lights

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Have a wonderful week with much Peace.

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Merry Christmas!

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Christmas… One of my favorites

Mary, Did You Know? –  by Pentatonix.

 

 

Looking forward to the New Year…..

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Christmas Eve

 

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2

Matthew 2:5
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

Matthew 2:6
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’”

Josh Groban – O Holy Night

 

 

Wishing everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Sunday Respite – Within our darkest night…

This week we celebrate Christmas. We also see the return of more sunlight after the darkest night. We have so much to be thankful for.

I have selected “Within Our Darkest Night You Kindle A Fire that Never Dies Away” by Taize.

 

The winter solstice occurs as well.

Jupiter and Saturn will form rare Christmas Star” on winter solstice

On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in Earth’s night sky than they have since 1226 A.D. You can watch the event live here on the 21st, courtesy of Lowell Observatory.

 

 

More here

At the Winter Solstice we reach the depth of that darkness with the longest night of the year. Darkness has reached its peak.

“Now we start to wonder: will this continue? Will the Earth grow darker and colder as the Sun disappears into the south until only darkness is left? But at Yule a wonderful thing happens. The Sun stops its decline and for a few days it rises in about the same place. This is the crucial time, the cusp between events. The Sun stands still, and everyone waits for the turning.”

In our heads we know the light will return. But in the darkness of Winter, can we be sure? do our hearts believe what our heads tell us? Will the light keep its promises? We all have moments of darkness, when we don’t know how much deeper we will go before the light starts to return (or even if it will). The world has moments too; it understands us, and lives as we do.

The Sun does start north again and the light comes back. In the world, in our lives, the light comes back. This is indeed something worth celebrating, and it has been celebrated throughout the Northern Hemisphere in remarkably similar ways since the ancients.

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Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday Respite – O Lord Hear My Prayer

 

We are told in James 5:16 “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

We pray for our great Republic.

My favorite Taize hymn: O Lord hear my prayer, music by the French composer of liturgical music, Jacques Berthier (1923 – 1994). Lyrics from Psalm 102. Sunsets from various locations, by Patricia Maloney Ottawa ON Canada. The final photos were taken in the evening during the Stations of the Cross at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

O Lord! Hear my prayer. When I call, answer me. Come and listen to me………………………………………………………………………………..

 

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Source: USCCB.org

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful day with Peace.

Sunday Respite – Prayer

 

“Prayer.” is my selection once again. It seems a fitting choice as our Republic convulses in disagreements. May good triumph over evil. I am including the tape of the yesterday’s Prayer March 2020 with Franklin Graham.

Artist Montserrat Caballé;Montserrat Martí

 

Heavenly Father, I pray according to 1 Timothy 2:1-3 which says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” Amen.

Heavenly Father, I pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, for our president, the vice president, all the Cabinet and the chief justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom and for the power of God to flow in their lives. Amen.

Heavenly Father, I pray for the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and lead according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, I pray for them to be unified in righteousness for the sake of the nation. Amen.

Prayer March 2020 with Franklin Graham

Watch Franklin Graham lead believers from all 50 states in praying for our divided nation during a Prayer March through Washington, D.C. Hosts Cissie Graham Lynch and Mike Huckabee provide updates and prayer focuses.

 

 

Best wishes for a wonderful day with much peace.

Sunday Respite – Autumn Equinox (Mabon) ‘She is dying’

 

The Autumnal Equinox. We celebrate Mother Earth giving up her bounty to us as she prepares to go into her slumber. This year the Autumn Equinox in Northern Hemisphere will be at 9:30 AM on Tuesday September 22 Eastern Time.

The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. Hail and Farewell.

We welcome the coming darkness. Hail and Welcome. The earth goes dark,
the earth slowly dies only to be reborn.

Though temperatures may still be warm during the day, summer has truly come to an end. The leaves on deciduous trees have or soon will begin to turn colors and fall to the ground, and there is a chill in the evening air.

The wheel keeps turning. Birth Death and Rebirth.  The song is by Clannad, sung in Gaelic, in the Donegal dialect.

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Wishing you a wonderful day and much Peace.

1 in 5 churches facing permanent closure over the next 18 months

One of the little discussed fallouts of the pandemic is the impact upon churches. More factually, rather is the impact of the government in placing unreasonable restrictions upon the churches and synagogues. No need to provide a soliloquy of events, you know the drill. Progressives are not fond of religion. Their religion is the “State.” Marxism does not co-exist with religion. I suggest one of the intended consequences of what appears to be irrational closers of Houses of worship.

NPR has a story that suggested that perhaps as many as one in five churches will close in the next 18 months. Against this backdrop, Tucker Carlson had a disturbing story last night.

Eric Metaxas joined Tucker Carlson to discuss a New York City Priest leading his congregation in a “white privilege” prayer of repentance. Metaxas says Christians have always been at the forefront of fighting racism, but what we are seeing here is something different entirely — it’s a power play by marxists to co-opt the church.

As Metaxas said, real believers are the ones that the progressive see as the real threats to their agenda.

NYC Pastor’s “White Privilege” Prayer | Eric Metaxas on Tucker Carlson

Kind of reminds me of this:

Look familiar?

As many as one in five churches could permanently close as a result of shutdowns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, according to David Kinnaman, president of the prominent Christian research organization Barna Group.

In an interview with NPR  (You can listen to it there) Monday regarding the status of American churches after months of shutdowns, Kinnaman said although churches were handling things “pretty swimmingly” at first, circumstances have changed for some.

He noted that although many churches have opened as states’ shutdown orders are loosened, their services have had “a lot less people coming.”

“They’re recognizing that the relationships that they thought were much deeper with people were actually not as deep as they expected,” Kinnaman told NPR.

Kinnaman then explained that, in keeping with research from earlier this year, he still expected to see about one in five churches permanently close within the next 18 months.

“If anything, I think that prediction was based on data about two, two-and-a-half months ago, and I think we’re even more likely to see that to be the case today,” he noted.

More at  Christian Post

“Imagine there’s no Heaven.” “Imagine no religion.” Excellent subjects for liturgical dance.

Lessons and Carols for Peace Church of St. Francis Xavier Sunday May 20, 2012

For the full screed  with an excellent and thoughtful thread:

Earlier post:

In addition to banning worship services this man has taken it to the next level by banning in home Bible studies. The State is now being sued over this outrageous order, here is more:

A California church is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom for banning all indoor worship services, including Bible studies, and singing, saying the restrictions violate their religious freedom.

Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block enforcement of Newsom’s orders which target churches.

The church has many “Life Groups” which are home Bible studies and fellowship groups where people come together to share and learn about the Word of God. These are now forbidden under Gov. Newsom’s recent orders.

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