Third Sunday in Lent

stacks-image-15023a2-21192Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

From the Bishop

NEW WINE, NEW WINESKINS

You may be aware that there is a working group, under the leadership of Diocesan Chancellor Kevin Babb, trying to rather thoroughly rewrite the canons of the Diocese of Springfield. This is in follow-up to their effort in the months prior to last October’s annual synod to revise our constitution. Their proposed draft, with some minor tweaks from the floor, was approved on first reading last year in Jacksonville last year and will be taken up again for a second reading, and definitive action, later this year when we gather in Edwardsville. So, less than a year from now, there is a good chance that we will be operating on an entirely new set of constitution and canons.

The working group, representing a broad cross-section of laity and clergy in the diocese, is laboring with great dedication. It is a demanding task. What I have asked them to do, with respect to both the constitution and the canons, is to not simply make piecemeal changes to what we already have, but to start–mentally, at least–from scratch, and use as a reference point the mission strategy vision that has resourced virtually all of our programmatic efforts for nearly the last five years:

The Diocese of Springfield in one church, organized for mission into geographic parishes, manifested in eucharistic communities and communities-in-formation, with a goal of being concretely incarnate in all of the 60 counties of central and southern Illinois.

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St. Matthias

saint-matthias-icon-750O Almighty God, who into the place of Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the Twelve: Grant that thy Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Second Sunday in Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from thy ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of thy Word, Jesus Christ thy Son; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan; Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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“The Temptation of Christ by the Devil” by Felix Joseph Barrias

Our Lenten Journey

In this spot, I will weekly update the various Lenten practices in our parish community. In this way, we can share in fellowship and encouragement, maybe pick up an idea or two, as we seek a deeper relationship with the Lord by those things which we deny ourselves and/or by those disciplines we assume.


Fasts and Self-denials:

  • Meat (Fridays)
  • Streaming Television (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.)

Disciplines and Devotions:

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Saturday after Ash Wednesday & Absalom Jones

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

ashwednesdaycrossAlmighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Absalom Jones

absalom_jones_iconSet us free, O heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of thy servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which thou hast given us in thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Friday after Ash Wednesday

ashwednesdaycrossSupport us, O Lord, with thy gracious favor through the fast we have begun; that as we observe it by bodily self-denial, so we may fulfill it with inner sincerity of heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

ashwednesdaycrossDirect us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.