Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Ecumenical English Missal: Pope sanctions 'Ecumenical Missal' - this is really big news (April Fools)

Four people will form this board. The four are (left to right in the photo above) Bishop Susan Johnson (National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada), Pope Francis, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori (Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church), and the Most Reverend Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury). The gender and church-background mix is seen to be no accident.
Pope Francis, ever taking people by surprise, in only the second year of his papacy, pointedly, on the feast day of a woman saint, St Theodora (April 1), is formally signing the declaration that he has the agreement of significant English-speaking churches and ecclesial communities to work towards a new Ecumenical English Missal.

Only dioceses and churches that wish to take up the Ecumenical English Missal will do so. In the Roman Catholic Church it will be used as a third “form”. Alongside the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form will be an “Ecumenical Form”. Other denominations will be able to use it however their particular decision-making bodies allow. The work will be copyright-free.
Last but not least is the explanation that the time has come to move from ecumenical dialogue through which so much has been achieved, to increasing shared action. Pope Francis who recently called a Pentecostal pastor a “bishop brother”is just the sort of person to move us on to that next step
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The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader, St. Alban Mission, Antigua, Guatemala
An eight-nine hour back surgery has commenced at 5:30 A.M.. This morning, April 1, 2014

Hospital Herrera Llerandi

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America

Holy God of all that is Healing and Healthy

we ask Your special grace upon Your Faithful Servant, Fr. Ricardo Frohmader of the Mission of St. Alban's in the Diocese of Guatemala. Comfort him in Your sacred embrace as he undergoes back surgery on April 1. Grant the surgeon clear sight, steady, and blessed hands. Fill the nurses and the operating room with the restorative energy of the Holy Spirit. Enfold Ricardo's spouse Mari and their children with Your soothing and hopeful Presence. Gather the prayers of parishioners and friends from close by and from far and wide as a protective canopy of love. Grant that the curative compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ will speed Ricardo's recovery and we will soon again be the benefactors of his ministry among us.   
Oramos para que en el nombre de Jesucristo para una recuperación rápida.Amen.   

Thank You Christiana Brennan Lee

FROM THE DAILY OFFICE: Prayers for the surgery of Fr. Ricardo Frohmader - ¨For Health of Body and Soul¨

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, graciously comfort your servant Ricardo in his suffering, and bless the means made use of for his cure. Fill his heart with confidence that, though at times he may be afraid, he may yet put his trust in you. Strengthen Ricardo, O God, to do what he has to do and bear what he has to bear; that, accepting your healing gifts through the skill of surgeons and nurses, he may be restored to usefulness in your world with a thankful heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Health of Body and Soul

May God the Father bless him, God the Son heal him, God the Holy Spirit give him strength. May God the holy and undivided Trinity guard his body, save his soul and bring him safely to that heavenly country, where God Immortal lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

Thank You,  Josh Thomas
Thank You,  The Daily Office, sidebar

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