Ascend with Christ

Ascending in heart and mind.

Looking up into the clouds

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect in Ascension week in The Book of Common Prayer,  p. 226

Humanity, humankind, our flesh and blood, Jesus Christ, ascended. What began at Christmas as God took our flesh is now completed as our flesh is united to the divine “in heaven.” Forever. Everywhere. God in us. We in God. May we indeed be aware of this union and “with [God] continually dwell.” ~Fr. Dan

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A Morning Prayer on Saturday

A prayer for rest and renewal.

Fisherman boats moored on lake shore under sunset sky

A prayer for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays from Morning Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 99

I have always liked this prayer on Saturday morning. May our rest here be blessed indeed. May our rested selves truly be renewed in giving thanks for the hope of new life in Jesus Christ ~Fr. Dan

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Putting away destruction, rising to pureness of living and truth

A petition for grace to die to evil and rise to goodness

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Friday in Easter Week

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 224

How will God’s grace assist me in putting away the “leaven of malice and wickedness”? Where will God begin to change my heart? Do I need to pray for the graces of courage and perseverance as I respond to the grace asked for in this prayer? These are just a few of the questions raised by this prayer in Easter. ~Fr. Dan

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Ambassadors of a covenant of reconciliation

Live what you believe and be an ambassador of reconciliation

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Thursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 223

We ask our God to help us live what we believe. I have no doubt that God will answer this kind of prayer. ~Fr. Dan

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To see beyond the present

Open the eyes of our faith…

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Wednesday in Easter Week

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, p. 223

Despite living in an era of “fake news” and distrust, we continue to be Age-of-Reason people. We want empirical evidence, verifiable facts, real-world logic. Usually, we trust what we can see, touch, taste, smell, and hear. In our prayer today we ask that God broaden our senses, specifically, our sight. Like the disciples who recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread, we ask to see beyond bread and cup, to see beyond the present moment and, with eyes of faith, behold—in an era of fake news and distrust—the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.   ~Fr. Dan

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Rejoicing in the hope of eternal glory

What do you pray? Why?

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Tuesday in Easter Week

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, p. 223

Once again I find myself interrogated by the Collect: how deeply do I embrace what I pray: that “Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light”? Why do I hold this to be true? Who has convinced me? The questions lead to a rich meditation and further prayer. May this Collect provoke you to the same. ~Fr. Dan

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