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…Observance of a holy Lent

…Observance of a holy Lent

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great

devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and

it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a

season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided

a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy

Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of

notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful

were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to

the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation

was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set

forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all

Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

 

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the

observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance;

by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and

meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning

of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now

kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.

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Cynthia Katsarelis

For Lent I'm renewing my commitment to daily prayer, so I'm adding something rather than subtracting.

This Lent is a sort of pilgrimage for me. I'm still processing the loss of my mother and I have a new ministry. I'm one of our delegates at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and while I've worked on some narrow topics, this calls me to broaden and deepen my knowledge and toolkit for being an advocate.

So I have a lot of "adding" to do. Not much in terms of "giving something up." I can't do this without chocolate and wine, for example. 😉

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Paul Powers

Losing a beloved parent is tough. I pray for you to have a holy Lent to help you work your way through it.

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JoS. S. Laughon

The text that Cranmer chose for this day in the BCP (although I disagree with his stance on ashes) is a good reminder from Matthew 6. Lent is a good season but let's remember to do it in a non-hypocritical manner.

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MaryLou Scherer

For Lent I am giving up the notion that there is something I have to give up

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Kurt Hill

I'm giving up the Anglican Communion for Lent...

Kurt Hill
Brooklyn, NY

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Rod Gillis

Lent beckons, and with it radio silence. I'll be happy to return to the trenches on the day of Resurrection. I 'd like to close out with this comment in the wake of the Primates' Epiphany winter storm.

Anglican theology has a particular challenge because of our belief that the bible contains all things necessary for salvation. The problem is, the axiom is usually modified, at least tacitly i.e. all things contained in the bible are necessary for salvation. They are not.

Conservatives would have us believe (wrongly)that many new issues have already been essentially addressed by scripture and tradition.It is just a matter of showing how.

Liberals who make claims that changing church positions are based almost entirely on "the gospel" are equally mistaken. One would think that one day we opened the bible and with the aid of new hermeneutical techniques suddenly discovered that slavery or racism or sexism or hetero-sexism are wrong. Nonsense. The impetus for re-thinking things has usually come from outside the church with the church late to the party, arriving rushed and in disarray.

Changes to the church's marriage doctrine while correct and just are in fact significantly indebted to social policy and secular momentum. Liberals are wrong to understate the non-theological vectors that account for change while conservatives are wrong in their opposition to change.

The sexuality issue must be seen as a human and civil rights issue for which the church requires a theological response for itself.

Thinking on these things might be a good lenten project for both liberal and conservative churches.

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christopher seitz

Thanks for the sermon and blessings on a Holy Lent. I hope it produces peace and a quiet mind.

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Prof. Christopher Seitz

That sounds right. Hope it helped.

Have a holy Lent.

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Rod Gillis

"Thanks for the sermon.." Hey man, it's what I do. It usually strengthens my resolve. ( :
Copy that, and out.

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