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Prayer for 2023

I love the prayer by Oswald of Northrumbia that I’ve shared previously on the blog. Years later it is still a popular download. This year however, I chose two prayers that I think go well together. The first, by Dimitrii of Rostov, a 17th century monk, speaks to our need for a Savior and our need to give our Lord Jesus Christ our complete homage. I don’t know about you but with recent upheavals in the financial market, at the gas station, the grocery store, social media (wow ~ the Twitter files), and the truth finally being revealed in health … Continue reading Prayer for 2023

Death and Conception in Man is One

Today is the Celebration of the Annunciation! Christ in the womb is generally not-spoken-of in protestant Christianity.  Christ is born, Christ teaches, Christ dies, all in a year. I don’t remember when I first became aware of the Celebration of the Annunciation.  I don’t know how many times I had absent-mindedly admired beautiful paintings and stained glass windows depicting the otherworldly Angelic visitation at  Christmas and missed the timing.  I don’t know how many times I had heard beautifully crafted musical expressions of Gabriel’s announcement (Missus est Gabriel angelus) and  Mary’s response (Magnificat),  even sung them in the midst of a December … Continue reading Death and Conception in Man is One