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Week Seven – Liturgy (in particular: when words become acts)

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This week we took a look at one particular aspect of liturgy – taking the words of a blessing prayer so seriously that praying it feels like an action, a vow. This is seen in the older versions of  St. Patrick’s Breastplate: “I bind unto myself today…”

So we looked at loricas and caims – two Celtic blessing prayers. A lorica is a “breastplate,” a protective blessing in which we devote ourselves to being surrounded by the spirit of Christ. A favourite version of this is the Northumbria community’s version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

Christ, as a light
Illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

 

fresh starts

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We started off our semester two weeks ago with a chapel that revolved around prayers for this term and a liturgy put together by one of our students, Brianna Kocka.  I thought it would be fitting for our extended community to be aware of these so that you can join with us in prayer during the term, so here they are

Prayer Items 2010

Students

  • That students who have returned after time away would feel a sense of belonging as they settle into life here
  • That this new student body would work together to create an atmosphere that is positive and healthy, inviting of others and outward seeking.
  • That students who have left for a semester off would find work and those who are pursuing other things would find peace in this new journey.
  • That there would be an excitement and openness of all students for the Holy Spirit to move in powerful ways this semester.
  • That our thought life, our actions, and the integrity with which we live our lives would be honouring to God

Academic

  • That the lessons taught in class would be lessons that affect student’s lives in a positive way
  • That faculty would be renewed with a passion to teach and be taught
  • That Christ would be honoured in our classrooms, in the preparation of class material and in the discussions that flow from the lessons taught

Community Life

  • That we would seek to serve both those in our immediate community and those in the community of St. Stephen
  • That God would give us insight into where we can most effectively serve
  • That we would continue to learn what it means to live well in community by taking responsibility for ourselves and encouraging others to pursue Christ-likeness

SSU Beginning of the Year Liturgy

Reader 1: This new season is set before us. It is fresh and clean, white as snow. So begins our walk together, with each other and with God.

Reader 2: We remember today the love of God the Father, and the ever remaining chance to begin anew.

Reader 1: This new season is set before us. There will be hardships. We no doubt will falter from the leadings of Jesus. But we will repent.

Reader 2: We remember today the Grace of Jesus the Son; that we may stumble but he forgives those who seek His heart and ways.

Reader 1: This new season is set before us. Sometimes we may choose the way of selfishness, forgetting the command of Jesus to love thy neighbor as thy self.

Reader 2: We remember today the empowering of the Holy Spirit, to choose love and peace. To choose hope and trust. To choose justice and faith.

Reader 1: This new season is set before us.

Reader 2: We proclaim the goodness of God in this place.

Reader 1: This new season is set before us.

Reader 2: We proclaim the love and hope of Jesus in this place.

Reader 1: This new season is set before us.

Reader 2: We accept the challenge of living life together; to forgive one another; to love deeply; to listen for the whispers of the Holy Spirit. And finally, we accept the challenge to follow the ways of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as best we can as we embark on this this new season of academics and spirituality together.

All: This new season is set before us. Amen.