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

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

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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

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

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Celebrate with awe?

An invitation to approach mystery with wonder and awe.

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Monday in Easter Week

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 222

For your consideration today: what does it mean to you to celebrate the Paschal feast with awe? What does it “feel” like? What do you wonder? What do you find awesome about the Paschal feast? ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

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Peace to you

An Easter Blessing for you from the People of God in Idyllwild, CA.

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

Solemn Blessing in the Easter Season

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever. Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

Book of Occasional Services 2003, p. 26

Be blessed throughout the Great Fifty Days of Easter ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Image: Watercolor by Elanie Moore and used as the cover art for the Easter Worship Booklet at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Idyllwild, CA.