Wednesday, June 4, 2014

EQUALITY AND ECUMENISM: Morning Prayer 6.4.14, John XXIII, Bishop of Rome, 1963 and ¨Ascending Prayers¨

Collect of the Day: John XXIII*, Bishop of Rome, 1963
Lord of all truth and peace, you raised up your bishop John to be servant of the servants of God and gave him wisdom to call for the work of renewing your Church: Grant that, following his example, we may reach out to other Christians to clasp them with the love of your Son, and labor throughout the nations of the world to kindle a desire for justice and peace; through Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Thanks to the Daily Office
Thanks to Josh Thomas
Prayer is the raising of the mind to God.

We must always remember this.

The actual words matter less. 
― Pope St. John XXIII*  [1881-1963]

Ascending Prayers: Made my mind UP!

¨So, God,  I'm very glad that the words aren't critical. Some days I don't have any words that make sense together. Some days I know what I want to say but feel that I shouldn't. Other days I have so many words they compete with one another. Even though some who know me would say I often talk too much, I find that more often I feel closest to You in prayer when I use no words at all; when I just raise my mind to You. Oh, wait! I get it now - that's the ultimate moment, when my mind's made up!¨  amen.
Thanks to People's Prayer, sidebar

Thanks to Christiana Brennan  Lee

*Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was born 4th out of 14 children to a sharecropper family in Lombardy in 1881. He became a Cardinal and Patriarch in Venice in 1953 and in 1958, at the age of 77, he was elected Pope on the 11th ballot.  He surprised the Church and the world by convening the historic Second Vatican Council which met from 1962-1965. A staunch supporter and encourager of equality and ecumenism, Pope John XXIII died June 3, 1963, before the Council was completed. He was canonized Saint, by the Roman Catholic Church, less than two months ago on April 27, 2014. 

PLANNING A VISIT TO ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA?  The Episcopal diocese of Guatemala WELCOMES everyone

St Alban Mission holds English services every Sunday at Noon
Casa Convento Concepcion, Antigua Guatemala, All are welcome.

See welcome letter at the sidebar.

St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA

The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria,  Rector of St. Alban Mission, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of Central America

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader 
Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission
Antigua, Guatemala

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