Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Last weekend, I was running in my fourth half-marathon in Nashville, Tennessee. It was pouring the rain and the temperature was hovering in the low 40 degrees. Now running for me has always been prayer, focusing my energies and clearing my head to be totally accessible to receiving God's love. However, this particular race was killing me. I have never thought of quitting a race so much as I did in Nashville, especially around mile 8. As I was nearing the home stretch, somewhere around mile 10, I started praying the rosary audibly. Using the power of positive thoughts can help you when your body is telling you that you're insane! "Hail Mary," I'd say and keep going through the prayer. I'd ask for Our Lady of Walsingham to pray for me and to protect my body in this crazy endeavor. Believe it or not, it worked. As I trodded into Titan's Stadium where the finish line was, I kept it up. Praying hard and moving my lips prevented me from dwelling on the pain in my knees. At last, I crossed the finish line utterly spent and exhausted. The rain managed to suck the morale from me that day, but the Rosary and the intercessions of Our Lady of Walsingham won the day.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
From the Publisher: Alfred Hope Patten was a larger than life figure, terrifying to some, but determined to realise his vision of restoring the medieval shrine in the Norfolk countryside that had been closed at the Reformation. Colin Stephenson's account of his ambitious enterprise, his successes and failures (including a failed attempt to establish religious communities of men and women at Walsingham), his penchant for flamboyant clerical dress, his love of the Roman Church but his dislike of Roman Catholics, does not claim to be the last word in historical scholarship, but is a warm, engaging and entertaining account of one the highest achievements of Anglo-Catholicism in the last century and of one of its most colourful and controversial personalities.
About the Author: COLIN STEPHENSON was Guardian of Walsingham from 1958 until his death in 1973. Walsingham Way was first published in 1970, and followed by his autobiography, Merrily On High in 1973.
I have not been able to find any reviews on this book. I'll purchase a copy soon and let you know what I think. Needless to say, most titles regarding OLW have more to do with the devotional nature of the Shrine and less objective historical analysis regarding the motives behind Patten's desire to restore the Shrine and so forth.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
From the Orthodox Christian Society of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray for us.
Our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us.
From The Anglican Service Book. (Pennsylvania: Church of the Good Shepherd, 1991), 734.
Queen of the heavens, we hail thee,
Hail thee, Lady of the Angels;
Thou the dawn, the door of morning
Whence the world's true Light is risen:
Joy to thee, O Virgin glorious,
Beautiful beyond all other;
Hail and farewell, O most gracious,
Intercede for us alway to Jesus.
V. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, I holy Virgin.
R. Give me strength against thine enemies.
Let us pray:
Grant us, O merciful God, protection in our weakness: that we who celebrate the memory of the holy Mother of God may, through the aid of her intercession, rise again from our sins, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
From The Anglican Service Book. (Pennsylvania: Church of the Good Shepherd, 1991), 731.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In the meantime, I'm still looking for some help in putting together a liturgy for the founding of the Sewanee Society of OLW. Please email me at email@example.com to let me know if you'd be interested in helping.
"Do not ask when it will be or how it will be:
On a mountain or in a prison,
in a desert or in a concentration camp
or in a hospital or at Gethsemani.
It does not matter.
So do not ask me, because I am not going to tell you.
You will not know until you are in it.
But you shall taste the true solitude of my anguish and my poverty
and I shall lead you into the high places of my joy and you shall
die in Me and find all things in My mercy which has created you
for this end. . .
That you may become the brother of God and learn to know the Christ
of the burnt men."
From Thomas Merton's seminal work, The Seven Storey Mountain (New York: Garden City Books, 1951), 422-423.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Prayer of the Akathist to Saint Chad of Lichfield
From the website http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/
O Jesus Christ God, the Divine Logos, we beseech Thee that we may be deemed worthy to recall the works of Thy great wonderworker and hierarch Chad. We pray that we may find grace through his great piety, humility, unceasing prayer, fasting and obedience to his brethren. We seek his counsel and intercessions before Thy glorious Throne. We ask Thee, our God, to grant us humility, love and steadfastness in faith and teaching. Bestow good thoughts and intentions upon us and upon our brothers and sisters, and especially upon our enemies who wrong us. Help us in times of need to call upon holy Chad’s humility to Saint Theodore. As a model of obedience, holy Chad relinquished the See of York, feeling unworthy of such an honour, and so was rewarded with a great See in Mercia and, more, precious humility.
Help us, O Almighty God, to emulate humble Chad and preserve us from selfish and vain thoughts. Help us never to forget those that suffer, the downtrodden and the unfortunate. Be a hand for us, when in humility, we step aside for others. Keep us, for the sins of pride, vanity and lust are hard to battle and conquer, and only through Thee are they truly defeated. May we learn to love one another in Thee, O Christ, and may we strive for concord through Thee with those before us and around us. May we put aside all earthly cares and come to the knowledge of Thine Eternal Truth. Thou art the Divine Architect Who didst shape this vast universe and Whose power is limitless. We humbly beg Thee, forgive us our sins, for Thy power is great and we are weak.
Remember humble Chad’s prayers for our sake, and have mercy on us in Thy dread Judgement. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, always, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.