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len on April 15th, 2017

I Cast from sleep on the edge of a March dawn (Brain as empty as a beach The arch above our bed dark as the firmament) We lie and listen to the birds Seeking in the garden outside the glass: “Light, Light, who let there be light ?” “We are glad for the light and […]

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len on April 14th, 2017

“If heaven and earth are already joined in the ascension, with part of “earth” — the human body of Jesus — now fully and thoroughly at home in “heaven,” then they are joined again in the opposite direction, as it were, in Acts 2, when the powerful wind of the divine Spirit comes upon the […]

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len on December 30th, 2016

Mary’s Song Blue homespun and the bend of my breast keep warm this small hot naked star fallen to my arms. (Rest… you who have had so far to come.) Now nearness satisfies the body of God sweetly. Quiet he lies whose vigor hurled a universe. He sleeps whose eyelids have not closed before. His […]

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len on December 29th, 2016

They sought to soar into the skies hose classic gods of high renown For lofty pride aspires to rise ?But you came down. You dropped down from the mountains sheer forsook the eagle for the dove The other Gods demanded fear But you gave love Where chiselled marble seemed to freeze their abstract and perfected […]

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len on December 10th, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! Malcolm writes, “Of all the mystic titles of Christ, this […]

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len on December 3rd, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! The evening prayer, also know as Vespers, always includes the […]

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len on December 1st, 2016

Yahweh, Yahweh Always pain before a child is born Yahweh, Yahweh Why the dark before the dawn? – U2 Few of us are very good at waiting.. We wait in a thousand ways… We wait in an airport for a plane that is delayed. We wait in a dentist’s office for our turn in the […]

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len on November 30th, 2016

O Come O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.. This prayer is still ours as we wait for the return of Jesus. We are God’s people in exile, a broken people, at some times worshipping the true God, at other times worshipping an image of godness, self-created, a dead idol that will not confront our […]

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len on November 30th, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom! O Root! O Key! O Light! Come to us! The evening prayer, also know as Vespers, always includes the […]

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len on March 17th, 2016

From Comment, a look at Cohen’s Old Ideas. Chris Cuthill writes, “We often use the word “journey” when we refer to Lent, because Lent is a decidedly non-linear season for the church. We like to think of journeys as linear things, getting from point A to point B, going somewhere. But Lent isn’t about going […]

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