Blessed Michaelmas!

29 09 2009

Today is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.  I remember one time being at Holy Cross Monastery on this day, where they celebrated the feast with a sung Eucharist and, oh yes, fantastic food and especially dessert!  The biggest treat though, was to hear almost a dozen monks singing a capella in harmony the hymn “Christ the Fair Glory.”  Here’s the first verse:

Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels

Maker of all things, ruler of the nations

Grant of thy mercy unto us thy servants

Steps up to heaven

Everything you ever wanted to know about angels can be found at the Mission of St. Clare, THE ultimate online source for all things in the Daily Office and the greater and lesser feast days.  I use it to say morning prayer (not out loud!) via blackberry on the way to work.  Here’s what the good mission has to say about St. Michael et al

On the Feast of Michael and all Angels, popularly called Michaelmas, we give thanks for the many ways in which God’s loving care watches over us, both directly and indirectly, and we are reminded that the richness and variety of God’s creation far exceeds our knowledge of it.

The Holy Scriptures often speak of created intelligences other than humans who worship God in heaven and act as His messengers and agents on earth. We are not told much about them, and it is not clear how much of what we are told is figurative. Jesus speaks of them as rejoicing over penitent sinners (Lk 15:10). Elsewhere, in a statement that has been variously understood (Mt 18:10), He warns against misleading a child, because their angels behold the face of God. (Acts 12:15 may refer to a related idea.)

You may read more here … and hopefully in the meantime I’ll figure out what happened with the font …

Holy Saturday

11 04 2009

…. for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us and has taken away the sins of the world.  By his death he has destroyed death …..

——————Book of Common Prayer, Preface of Easter

Good Friday

10 04 2009

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Chris was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and regins with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

————-Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Good Friday

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith

Christ has died ….

————-Book of Common Prayer, Eucharistic Prayer A, Rite II

Maundy Thursday

9 04 2009

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood:  Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

—————Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Maundy Thursday

On the night before he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples and said, “Take, eat:  This is my Body, which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks he gave it to them and said, “Drink this all of you:  This is my Blood of the new Covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

————–Book of Common Prayer, Eucharistic Prayer A, Rite II

Wednesday in Holy Week

8 04 2009

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Saviour gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon:  Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

——Book of Common Prayer, Wednesday of Holy Week

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of  heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Holy Holy Holy Lord God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

Holy and gracious Father:  In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

——Book of Common Prayer, Eucharistic Prayer A, Rite II