Sunday, 25 July 2010

Prayer Meme

Mac's (Mulier Fortis) meme has finally caught me via catholic teuchtar Both the teuchtar and Joe against the Volcano have got in there first with choices 1 and 2!

1 - Trisagon Prayers

Part of this Byzantine Catholic Morning Rule of Prayer I usually use.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
You are everywhere present and fill all things.
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life,
come and dwell within us,
cleanse us of all stain,
and save our souls, O gracious Lord.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal,
have mercy on us. (3 times)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us;
O Lord, cleanse us of our sins;
O Master, forgive our transgressions;
O Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for Your
Name's sake.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ
our God, have mercy on us. Amen.
Lord, have mercy (12 times)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

2 - Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner

I have a short book by Bishop Kallistos Ware - The Power of the Name

The invocation of the Name if a prayer of the utmost simplicity, accessible to every Christian, but it leads at the same time to the deepest mysteries of contemplation....
No specialized knowledge or training is required before commencing the Jesus Prayer. To the beginner it is sufficient to say: Simply begin. ‘In order to walk one must take a first step; in order to swim one must throw oneself into the water. It is the same with the Invocation of the Name. Begin to pronounce it with adoration and love. Cling only of Jesus himself. Say his Name slowly, softly and quietly.’ ...

It embraces the two chief 'moments' of Christian devotion: the 'moment' of adoration of looking up to God's glory and reaching out to him in love; and the 'moment' of penitence, the sense of unworthyness and sin.

Any article or book that mentions the prayer almost always carries a caution, such as this and it would probably be remiss of me not to point this out

There are some cautions that are in order when practicing the Jesus Prayer.
• First, you should not practice this method of prayer unless you are regularly attending worship services, participating in the Sacraments of the Church, and reading the Scriptures.
• Second, you should not force yourself into the discovery within yourself of the action of the prayer of the heart.
• Third, you should not connect this practice with breathing exercises or other yoga techniques unless you are directed by your spiritual father.
Remember, delusion is your enemy. “An insignificant, unnoticed hope or trust in something outside God can stop the advance of progress... Faith in God is leader, guide, legs and wings.”35 If you begin to think that it is by your efforts that you will find unity with God, you are being deluded and in great spiritual danger.

3- Irish Cemetary Prayer

Go mbeannaí Dia daoibh, a fhoireann,
Go mbeannaí Dia daoibh agus Muire.
Bhí sibhse tamall mar atá sinne,
Beimidne fós mar atá sibhse.
Go rabhaimid go léir fé (faoi) mhaise
Ag Rí geal na cruinne.

May God bless all the company of souls here,
May God and Mary bless you.
You too spent a while here just as we are now
And we too will join you soon.
May we all be adorned in the beauty
of the bright King of heaven

from The Glenstal Book of Prayer

I will tag Infused Knowledge and Cursor Mundi...

Monday, 19 July 2010

Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.

Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.
(However long the day, the evening will come.)

Sunday, 11 July 2010

St Benedict (Not this year!)

July 11 is the Memoria of St Benedict, however, as it was the World Cup Final today, to use football terminolgy, this is 'relegated to the sub's bench' this year, 15th Sunday of Ordinary time taking it's place in the starting 11!

To you, therefore, my words are now addressed,
whoever you may be,
who are renouncing your own will
to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King,
and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience.

St Benedict

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Liturgical Entertainment - Theo Hobson (Guardian) would approve...

What is "emerging church"?...t is above all a presentation style - of openness, of scepticism towards the old fusty-dusty forms, of irreverence, of irony, of artiness, of political and environmental engagement...This is where I would place the emphasis, on the need for a new relationship with the festive arts – music, theatre, spectacle. We need a new paradigm of worship in which participatory public performance eclipses the church service. How might it emerge? We need some events that are big and bold enough to put this paradigm shift on the cultural map. For example, what about a large participatory public art event in London at Easter? It could be the centrepiece of a wider festival. For obvious reasons the bishops aren't going to organise this for us.

A New model Christianity

"For obvious reasons the bishops aren't going to organise this for us."

They already have.....Ugh! Papal Visit - "Litugical Entertainment"

I had an email from our diocesan visit coordinator, it had this terrifying sentence in, which I am sure originated not from her but some other source.

The Park [Hyde Park] will open from 2pm and liturgical entertainment will be running through the afternoon - dance acts, videos etc (it promises to be an enjoyable event). The Pope will arrive to conclude the prayer vigil and benediction and the whole event will be finished by 9.00pm. I am told that the Pope will be there for the latter half of the event.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Boston Bishop Elect - Interesting Photos

Whispers in the Loggia, which comments on appointments simply notes these are 'intreging' appointments.

Couple of photo's caught my eye on Cardinal Sean O'Malley's Blog.

'A large number of our staff and family and friends of the bishops-elect were on hand for the announcement'

The priest on the bottom left looks like he'd rather be anywhere, absolutely anywhere, than where he is sitting.

Unless there is an earthquake, one of the bishop elect looks like he is raising his hands to stop everything as it slides off the altar.

Seriously, prayers for the Bishops Elect as they prepare for their consecration.

Closure of St Francis' parish in Dundee

Closure of St Francis' parish in Dundee - Fr Geoffrey G. Attard, Victoria

Tears in the Friary after closure revealed - Dundee Courier

The parish has played an important part in Dundonian life since it was established in the 1930s.

As well as being a place of worship for the local Catholic community, its hall has hosted many social and fund-raising events.

Under the leadership of Father Eugene O'Sullivan, it quickly became the heart of the city's Irish student community in the 1990s.

Today it is home to Father Krzysztof Frost, who provides spiritual guidance to the city's Polish population.

He will move to St Joseph's parish on Blackness Road...

The last masses in the parish will take place on Sunday, August 15, which is the feast of the Assumption, the reception of the Virgin Mary into heaven.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

St Teresa of Avila

Those of you looking for some wisdom I'm afraid are to be disappointed, I'm simply looking for help from Spain's patron saint for their match against Germany.

The wife and I picked a team to win the World Cup, I went for Spain, she went for Germany, so tonight's match matters... the bet winner was to be whoever's team went furthest so if Germany win... for me there will be consequences...

Come on España!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The active and the contemplative life

A person consists of a soul and body, and therefore his life’s path should consist of both physical and spiritual activities — of deeds and contemplation.

The path of an active life consists of fasting, abstinence, vigilance, kneeling, prayer and other physical feats, composing the strait and sorrowful path which, by the word of God, leads to eternal life (Mt. 7:14).

The contemplative life consists in the mind aspiring to the Lord God, in awareness of the heart, focused prayer and in the contemplation of spiritual matters through such exercises.

Anyone desiring to lead a spiritual way of life must begin with the active life, and only later set about the contemplative, for without an active life it is impossible to lead a contemplative one.

Seraphim of Sarov