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Sunday, December 21, 2014

EVENING PRAYER: The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2014

God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

INVITATORY AND PSALTER
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.
Hymn: Light of the World
Phos hilaron
Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.
Psalm 103
1  Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless God’s holy Name.
2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and forget not all the benefits of the LORD.
3  Who forgives all your sins *
and heals all your infirmities;
4  Who redeems your life from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5  Who satisfies you with good things *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6  The LORD executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7  To Moses were made known God’s ways *
and to the children of Israel the works of the LORD.
8  The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
9  The LORD will not always accuse us, *
nor remain angry for ever.
10  The LORD has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11  For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
so is the LORD’s mercy great upon the God-fearing.
12  As far as the east is from the west, *
so far has the LORD removed our sins from us.
13  As a father cares for his children, *
so does the LORD care for the God-fearing.
14  For the LORD knows whereof we are made *
and remembers that we are but dust.
15  Our days are like the grass; *
we flourish like a flower of the field;
16  When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
and its place shall know it no more.
17  But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on the God-fearing, *
and the righteousness of the LORD on children’s children;
18  On those who keep the holy covenant *
and remember the commandments and do them.
19  The LORD has set a throne in heaven, *
and the sovereignty of the LORD has dominion over all.
20  Bless the LORD, you holy angels,
you mighty ones who do God’s bidding, *
and hearken to the voice of God’s word.
21  Bless the LORD, all you holy hosts, *
you holy ministers who do God’s will.
22  Bless the LORD, all you works of God,
in all places of God’s dominion; *
bless the LORD, O my soul.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
Amen.
Thanks to Josh Thomas
Thanks to Evening Prayer, The Daily Office, sidebar

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE from ARMANDO GUERRA SORIA, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Province of the Central America Region

The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Primate IARCA

MENSAJE DE NAVIDAD DEL OBISPO PRIMADO (EN FUNCIONES) A LA PROVINCIA ANGLICANA DE LA REGIÓN CENTRAL DE AMÉRICA

«Y aquel Verbo fue hecho carne, y habitó entre nosotros (y vimos su gloria, gloria como la del unigénito del Padre) lleno de gracia y de verdad» San Juan 1:14
Navidad: tiempo de reflexión y de esperanza
El misterio de la Encarnación ha cautivado en todas las épocas las mentes más privilegiadas, tanto por su simplicidad como por su complejidad. Simplicidad por cuanto r
equiere un acto de fe que sólo demanda creer que Dios en su infinito amor envió a su Hijo Unigénito para salvarnos de la muerte y del pecado asumiendo para ello nuestra naturaleza humana. Y, complejidad por cuanto nuestra facultad de razonamiento no puede penetrar completamente en los secretos de la naturaleza y voluntad de Dios. Dejemos lo segundo a los Teólogos y Filósofos y nosotros, los que no hemos necesitado más que creer, gocémonos en el hecho histórico del nacimiento de JESUS el HIJO de DIOS quien con su advenimiento nos llenó de vida y esperanza de un mundo nuevo en el que hay paz, justicia y vida de calidad abundante.
Inspirados en el pensamiento anterior, invito a los Obispos, Clérigos y Laicos de nuestra Provincia y a nuestros amigos en general, a que renovemos nuestros esfuerzos en construir un mundo mejor del cual erradiquemos la discriminación, la violencia y la pobreza. Y en los que respecta a nuestra Provincia oremos para que en el próximo Sínodo Extraordinario nos guíe en la elección del líder espiritual que los tiempos presentes requieren.

Su Gracia Rvdma. Armando Román Guerra Soria,

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