Lent

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Lenten Meditation: Day Eighteen

Reading Greek mythology was my favorite as a pre-teen. There was Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt. The patron goddess of Athens and the Greek goddess of wisdom, was Athena. She was an active participant in the Trojan War, where one of my heroes, Achilles died. I was fascinated by the labors of Heracles. While I didn’t initially grasp the story of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, I somehow discerned that his story was far more than entertainment.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Seventeen

Flowers are often gifted as an expression of love and friendship, gratitude or celebration. Just think about the last time someone gave you flowers. Wasn’t it fun, surprising and exhilarating? It is amazing how the simple gesture of being given flowers can make us feel so much and how we can look at the them resting in their vase in our home or office – and feel … so blessed. Why do we all too often, wait, to be gifted flowers?

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Lenten Meditation: Day Fourteen

I’ve always been much more of a Advent/Christmas Christian than a Lent/ Easter one. The waiting in the darkness of Advent, the Incarnation – God breaking into the universe – what a trip! The whole lent/Easter thing: much harder for me. For most of my life, all it took was for me to hear “take up your cross,” and I’m heading for the hills. I don’t want to be weighed down with suffering and sorrow, I don’t like to think of Jesus that way either.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Twelve

Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God.
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they daily say unto me:
“Where is now thy God?

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Lenten Meditation: Day Eleven

Sometimes in my life, a phrase or image or prayer is echoed around me in unexpected ways. And sometimes, like in this prayer of St. Teresa, it is like manna for the journey. I was first introduced to this prayer through the beautiful Taize service held each month in our community.

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Lenten Evensong: Cantata 106 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Sunday, March 26 | 5pm

Coventry Choir, Soloists (Kelci Hahn, Serena Eichhorn, Daniel Ramon, Vincent Robles) and Instrumental Ensemble present Johann Sebastian Bach’s exquisite  and poignant Cantata No. 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit,  (God’s Time Is The Best of All) and plainsong Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.

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Gnaw On This: The Third Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday — the Third Sunday in Lent — with some notes and more “food for thought.”

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Lenten Meditation: Day Ten

Jesus was a revolutionary zealot. This truth might have been nearly lost to history, but it is re-emerging with greater frequency and deep ferocity. As intersectional revolutionary movements of liberation spring up throughout our nation and around the world, we are meeting once again the historical Jesus who was convicted of sedition and executed by the state. And we are realizing he has a claim on our life that is deeply entwined with liberation and justice for all.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Nine

As we prepare to celebrate Easter on April 16 this year, it is very probable that we are already starting to think about how to celebrate that special day. For sure that a big part of the celebration includes a meal, and getting together with friends and family. Some people even go all the way to wear that special Easter outfit, decorate their homes, etc.

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Lenten Meditation: Day Eight

My Lenten book group is reading the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality.” In Latin, the Official title is: Laudoto Si, mi’ Signore – a quote from his chosen namesake that translates to “Praise be to you my Lord.” I must confess that if I were writing a book on this topic, its title would be more along the lines of “Oh my God! What now?!” or “Dear Lord, we’re all doomed!”

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Gnaw on This: The Second Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this Sunday with some notes and more “food for thought.”

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Lenten Meditation: Day Four

The outward and visible signs of the shift into the Lenten season that began with the ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday continue with the hymns we sing and the prayers we pray through the forty days until Easter.

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