March 31 Echoes of Eternity
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Break up the fallow ground. Break up the hard tracks of your mind, hardened with the frequent footprints of your old thinking patterns. Tend the new plants of My planting, the engrafted Word, the living knowledge that I impart on a daily basis. Your life is meant to be lived, not endured. It is a gift, not a cursing. Recognize and
welcome My comings, My appointments, My tender mercies. Break up the hardened tracks—and live.
Jerusalem Jackson Greer shares fabulous ideas of how to bring this sombering, yet joyful observance of Holy week and the Triduum into our homes.
Holy Week at Home: Family Practices for the Triduum – Building Faith
There are many ways to bring the fullness of Holy Week into the home. Try these specific activities for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with your household.
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Easter Set – This commemoration of the Passion of Christ and the Joy of the Resurrection of our Lord is sung in Gregorian chant by the Gloriae Dei Cantores Schola renowned for their intense sacred …
A review on Enzo Bianchi##039;s new book, ##039;Lectio Divina: From God##039;s Word to Our Lives##039;.
#quot;Wait a minute, #quot; I interrupted. #quot;Read that again. Is that really in Deuteronomy?#quot; My husband and I are reading through the Bible this year — together and out loud. Aside from the challenge of …
March 30 Echoes of Eternity
I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
I Corinthians 14:15
Pray with your eyes open. Pray with your heart open. Pray with your ears open—open to Me and My word. Pray with a song in your heart, a song of deliverance, a song of thanksgiving. Fit yourself to be in My company with repentance and confession—covered with My forgiveness and the mantle of My mercy. Thus we can have sweet concourse together—a blessing to you and a joy to My fatherly
heart. Put away fear of offending Me as long as you observe to do what I have told you. A lively, living trust is more pleasing than groveling at My feet. Enter My presence with thanksgiving, and come boldly to the Throne of grace. I welcome you, My beloved child.
The Eighth Day:
It is not for you or me to know the times,
which the Father has kept within His own
benign authority. After the current season
in which we find ourselves, the God shall rest,
as on the seventh day, and there He will give us–
who shall be the seventh day–rest within Himself.
Suffice to say that the seventh shall be
brought to a close, not by an evening,
but yet another day, the Lord##039;s day, as an eighth
and an eternal day, consecrated by the radiating
resurrection of Christ, and prefiguring
the eternal reposition and repose,
not of spirit only, but of the body too.
There we shall rest and see, see and love,
love and praise. This is what shall be
in our exalted end without end.
— Poem by Scott Cairns, from ##039;Endless Life##039;
A great review on ##039;40 Days with the Holy Spirit##039;, by Jack Levison. #quot;If you are looking for a devotional which will enlarge your vision (and experience) of God, look no further. Five stars.#quot;—Jamie Smith
Forty Days for Breathing Deeply: a book review
A few years ago I read Jack Levison##039;s Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for the Inspired Life. I wrote a gushing review of it. My enthusiasm for that book was due in part to the way Levison unfolded the …
Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4595077
Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song | The Community of Jesus
By Cantor The Chanted Passion Yesterday, Palm Sunday, we entered into Holy Week, in which our greatest remembrance is the Passion of Christ. One of the most ancient of all chants — the chanted Passion according to St. John — reflects this remembrance. This gospel passion has been chanted for centuries on Good Friday, first being noted in the scriptures with nothing more than symbols indicating those parts chanted by Christ, those by other characters (such as the #quot;turba#quot; or crowd, or Pilate) and finally, a narrator. [ 123 more words. ]
The Chanted Passion
Yesterday, Palm Sunday, we entered into Holy Week, in which our greatest remembrance is the Passion of Christ. One of the most ancient of all chants — the chanted Passion according to St. John — reflects this remembrance. This gospel passion has been chanted for centuries on Good Friday, first being noted in the scriptures with nothing more than symbols indicating those parts chanted by Christ, those by other characters (such as the “turba” or crowd, or Pilate) and finally, a narrator.
Here is a perfect example of the ancient tradition of chanting scripture to “lift it up.” God’s word was meant to be sung in order to help reflect the depth of its meaning.
There is no other chant that carries more weight — more spiritual “gravitas” — than the chanted Passion narrative. It is perhaps one of the simplest chant recitations, yet it carries some of the greatest truths. I think that that is the real lesson inside of this particular chant: its sheer simplicity is the very thing that seems to let it bring forth the incredible beauty of the Good Friday Passion.
Image credit: chant grégorien – Music in Parc musicinparc.canalblog.com
And that is why I think it far
better than anything that a man
should abandon himself wholly to God,
whatever it may be that God desires
to impose on him—contempt or heavy labor
or any manner of hardship—so long
as he accepts it joyfully, in gratitude,
and gives himself to be led solely by God.
Just so, if you tilt your head to learn from God
and gladly, and thereby follow Him,
all will be well with you.
With such a disposition, you
can easily accept honors and ease.
Should hardships and disgrace arrive,
you will bear them also, and be
oddly pleased to bear them.
—Poem by Scott Cairns