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Lenten Evening Prayer at Emmanuel Lutheran Church: Blessed are They

There were fewer white taper candles than usual, and the tea light candles or whatever they are in colored glass were in purple glass.  There had been a vase full of colorful fake flowers beneath the cross for quite some time (the whole of Epiphany possibly?) and that was gone.  The cross itself was draped with a semi-transparent purple cloth.

Per usual, I wasn't all that taken with the chants, but I did enjoy comparing the English to the Latin.

     Chant: "Our Eyes are Turned to the Lord"
Our eyes are turned to the Lord Christ.
Our eyes are turned to the Lord God, our Savior.
Oculi nostri ad Dominum Jesum,
oculi nostri ad Dominum nostrum.

We adore you, Jesus Christ, and we bless your holy name;
truly your cross and passion bring us life and healing.
Adoramus te, Christe, benedicimus tibi,
quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum,

As previously mentioned, Evening service through Lent is themed "The Beatitudes of Promise."

"Tonight's reading is from Matthew 5:1-12."  Since this is the whole of the Beatitudes, I imagine it will be the reading every Thursday through Lent.
1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying:
3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
      for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
      for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
      for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
      for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
      for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Lenten Reflection: "Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit" by Robert Wells

I Googled, but the speech on the Beatitudes that I found wasn't really what was read.  Anyway, it talked about surrender to God and how we can't do anything on our own and suchlike -- stuff that is wholly appropriate to Lent, and to Christianity more generally, but tha doesn't really ping me because, as I was telling Ari recently, Christianity is very much in tension with my intense self-sufficiency.

The prayer was a new variation -- Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us. / Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing. -- still spoken, and I still prefer the chanted one. 
Father, you bless the poor in spirit with the kingdom of heaven.  All of us are poor in spirit but not all of us admit it.  Help us acknowledge the spiritual poverty that is ours because of sin, in order that we may receive the gift of heaven through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
Against all earthly logic we ask you, Father, to bless your Church with spiritual poverty--knowledge of our sin and acceptance of our plight.  We are dust.  To dust we shall return.  Bless your Church with such knowledge, O Father--and such faith in your salvation--that your Church may truly be the harbinger of your heavenly kingdom.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
Guide the nations of the earth to you, O Father.  For you are the Author of all true peace.  Send your faithful children into all earthly kingdoms that your heavenly kingdom may come.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
Bless, we pray, all who are poor, O Father, whether they be poor in spirit, in riches, in friendship, in hope or in health.  (Especially today we pray for _____.)  you are a God of great riches.  Open up the storehouses of your riches to all who suffer need.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
Bless this parish, its pastor(s) and all its members with true repentance and sure faith.  Then we shall surely serve you in this place.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
(Here special concerns may be offered.)  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
We are truly dust, O Lord.  To dust we shall return.  Strengthen us and all believers in the steadfast knowledge that in your Almighty hands, dust lives!  May such heavenly hope empower us to endure this Lenten journey with certain love and devotion.  In the name of him who endured even death for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

There was a sign up in the foyer about Grace Episcopal's Lenten series -- Narnia, Tuesday nights 6-8pm with a "light dinner" served.  And something about showing a short animated film for those who don't know the story.  I'm hoping the film is at the beginning because I can't get there until ~6:30 anyhow and would really like to miss animated!Narnia.  Looking at their calendar it looks like they're just doing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which I supposed makes sense as they're probably only going to have ~1hr of discussion time each night and that's pushing it.  So we'll see if I last through all 5 Tuesdays.
Tags: church: e.lutheran: thursday service, lent: 2006: episcopal: narnia, lent: 2006: lutheran: beatitudes

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