Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018 Orthodox Great Lent begins Reading: Mark 1:9-15
"[Jesus] was in the desert forty days, tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him."Mark 1:13
Hebrew scholar Everett Fox notes that when one encounters the desert, wind, or fire in the Hebrew scriptures, one is about to encounter change, transformation. Mark the Evangelist, gives the tersest account of Jesus' baptism and - immediately!, Mark says - Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, into the desert, which, for Mediterranean people, was a place of spirits. Mark, unlike Matthew, does not elucidate what tests Jesus underwent in that place of spirits. The Book of Kells shows a black humanlike figure, with wings, testing Jesus; a 1360 manuscript from Köln portrays the tester as a young blonde man; in a 15th century illustration, the tester is a seemingly human man - with great birdlike feet protruding from beneath his robe. A place of spirits. What …

Sunday, February 18, 2018: FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT

Sunday, February 18, 2018 FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT Commemoration of Martin Luther 1546 worship: 8 & 10:45 am gen. 9:8-17; ps. 25:1-10; 1 peter 3:18-22; mark 1:9-15
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. gospel acclamation, First sunday in lent (Matt. 6:4)
Lord Jesus, think on me, And purge away my sin; From earthborn passions set me free, And make me pure within.
Lord Jesus, think on me, Nor let me go astray, Through darkness and perplexity Point thou the Heav'nly way.
Lord Jesus, think on me, When flows the tempest high: When on doth rush the enemy, O Saviour, be thou nigh.
Lord Jesus, think on me, That when the flood is past, I may eternal brightness see, And share thy joy at last. Synesius of Cyrene, 370-430, tr. Allen Wm. Chatfield, 1808-1896
·invite friends or family to bake pretzels (see recipe below).Pretzels (Pretzels were devised in a German monastery because they have no fat. The name comes from “Brezeln.” meaning “little arms” from the shape, w…

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018 1 Peter 3:18-22
"And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Christ Jesus." ( 1 Peter 3:21)
By sometime in the 4th century, Lent had also become established as a final forty-day period of preparation and catechesis for those desiring to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This preparation involved examination and confession, time for amendment of life, and fasting, all moving toward the threefold immersion in the waters of the baptistery. We might assume that the three immersions represented the Trinity, but they also signified the three days Christ spent in the earth, to be raised up anew at the Easter dawn. "Baptism is both a burial and a resurrection," spoke Cyril of Jerusalem in his Catechetical Lectures.
Open our hearts to your word, O God, and give us understanding. Amen
·place  a small bowl of water on your alter and …

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018
Reading: Psalm 25:1-10 Antiphon: "All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees."(Psalm 25:10)
The psalmist reminds us that there are many paths of God. But all of them exist within a reciprocal relationship: God's steadfast love and our response - a promise to live in the world as images of that love. This is the narrow way of Christ. Just as God self-limits power out of love for creation, so we self-limit our freedom out of love for God and all of God's creation. In Ursula LeGuin's fantasy book The Wizard of Earthsea, a young Ged, mage-in-training, learns of self-limitation: The Master Summoner spoke softly and his eyes were somber as he looked at Ged. "You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a person's real power grows and their knowledge widens, ever the way they can follow grows nar…

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018
new moon partial solar eclipse, southern hemisphere Reading: Genesis 9:8-17
"I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh…"(Genesis 9:13)
In Benjamin Britten's settting of the Chester mystery play Noye's Fludde, the animals enter the ark singing "Kyrie eleison" - Lord, have mercy - and, after forty days of floating above the flooded earth, they joyfully walk out onto the dry earth singing, "Alleluia!" Now, for forty days (minus Sundays), we will undertake a journey singing "Kyrie eleison" in the Great Litany, while moving toward that day of springtime newness, when we can again sing "God be praised!" - Alleluia! Balthasar Fischer writes: "…even so brief a prayer as Kyrie eleison follows the general rule that praise and thanksgiving come first and that petition flows from these. Because you are our Lord, who has passed victoriously through death to life,…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 ASH WEDNESDAY worship: noon & 7 pm joel 2:1-2, 12-17; ps. 51:1-17; 2 cor. 5:20b-6:10; matt. 6:1-6, 16-21
Return to the LORD, your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. (gospel acclamation for ash wednesday, Joel 2:13)
Lent begins with the rite of Confession and Forgiveness and the smudging with ashes, a visible sign of repentance, compunction, and humility, among other meanings. But the reading from the prophet Joel reminds us that all external ceremonies are as nothing unless they are accompanied by a new heart, a heart of compassion and concern for others, lived out in the actual, physical world. "Rend your hearts and not your garments," Joel calls out to us over the millenia. May it be so.
Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew right spirits within us. Amen
·veil crosses with deep purple cloth or unbleached muslin, a fast for the eyes. ·listen to the tenor recitative and aria, “ye people rend your…

Friday-Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Feb. 13, 2018 – SHROVETIDE

Lent 2018 - Year of Mark
Friday-Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Feb. 13, 2018 – SHROVETIDE ·Have a party. Make doughnuts (see recipe below).
(Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” referring to the custom of using up all fat before Lent).
Shrovetide: Sour Cream Doughnuts       375° oil        Makes 18
Beat together until pale and thick:
2 large eggs
¾ c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 c. sour cream
½ t. ground cardamom
Sift together:
3 cups flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder½ t. salt

Add flour mixture to egg mixture. Stir only until combined. Roll dough out on floured wax paper until 5/8” thick. Cut into 3” rounds. Cut out ½” holes. Fry in 375° oil – in batches, about 1-1/2 minutes on each side. Remove doughnuts from oil, drain on paper bags or paper towels. 
Shake in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar while still warm.  Makes about 18 (plus holes!).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018– SHROVE TUESDAY Mount Olive Youth-sponsored Supper: 6:00 PM, Undercroft