readings

St Mary of Egypt, oh my!

Matins with the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete and the reading of the life of St Mary of Egypt. Every year I tell myself I shouldn’t go to this service and most years I go anyway. I griped about it in 2005 and 2009, and briefly in 2011; I’ll use the two 2005 posts,

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Blame

(Repost from 2008 but relevant every year.) Here is a very good blog post about the Liturgy of the Presanctified. First Friday. With the story of the Fall, one of my favourite bits of Genesis: Genesis 2:20-3:20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of

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Making it worse

Today’s Gospel readings: the first for the Sunday of the Forefathers and the second for Daniel and the Three Holy Youths. Luke 14, 16b-24 A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’

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Unprepared

(Repost from September 2008, 2009 or 2010 because I heard that reading again and had the same questions. I could try the wayback machine or something to figure out exactly when, but that’s too much trouble because it’s about the content, not the circumstances. Minimally edited to merge an ETA and remove dead links.) Gospel

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Clean

Theophany: Great Blessing of the Waters. (I typed “Eaters” there three times. Bad fingers.) We did it in the church, because school has started and Fr T is teaching tomorrow so we can’t have a Liturgy and go to the river afterwards to turn it all, and thereby all the water in the world, into

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Injustice

Every year Holy Week is about something else, and it’s not always what I expect when I go into it. This year –and I found out on Thursday night, in the Matins of Good Friday, sort of average– it’s about injustice. Gross, harsh injustice, not only against Christ but apparently against all humanity. This makes

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Putting words in His mouth

I must have been sleeping through last year’s (and earlier) Royal Hours of Good Friday, or perhaps it was my particular awareness of the God-nature of Christ, but I couldn’t stand this in the Third Hour: As you were dragged to the Cross, Lord, you cried out thus: For what work do you wish to

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Brethren

At choir practice when we did, among other things, the Easter stichera (scroll down to or search for “Paschal stichera”), a discussion ensued about how hard it is to forgive those that hate you, and whether that’s harder than forgiving people you hate. Then I wanted to blog about it and looked it up. It

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