DIOCESE OF THE EASTERN UNITED STATES
From the Bishop
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
We Humbly beseech thee, O Heavenly Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities; and, for the glory of thy Name turn from us all those evils that we most justly have deserved; and, grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honour and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
As we enter this penitential season of Lent it is my prayer that we truly open our souls to self- examination, through fasting, prayer, and meditation; to more fully understand our relationship with Almighty God; that in this true and holy accounting we will grow closer to Him.
I pray too that as we explore our souls and infirmities, and ask “who God is to us?” that we also ask: “who are we to God?” that He would sacrifice His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to torture, humiliation, and terrible death upon the cross for us and our sin. It is in this examination that we may see a little more clearly the overwhelming, unfathomable love God has for us all.
Armed with this trustful confidence in Christ’s love and mercy, may we be strengthened and renewed, that in the days to come we may all preach Christ’s Gospel of redemption and love to all men, both with our lips through evangelism and in our living. So as our Lord Jesus Christ said, “That ye love one another; as I have loved you”, “By this all men shall know that ye are my disciples” In this way we serve our Lord Jesus Christ by more perfectly loving Him and our fellow man as ourselves.
A blessed and prayerful Lent to us all,
The Right Reverend John Vaughan, Bishop Ordinary
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New Collects from St Stephen's Chief Liturgical Officer
For the Victims of Terrorism
(Originally written in remembrance of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15th, 2013, first used on Sunday, April 21st, 2013, and reused too many times since then)
Merciful God in heaven: Grant, we beseech thee, peace and rest to those whose lives were taken in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and comfort those who mourn them. Give strength and courage to those who were injured, and bless those who minister unto them. Grant the people of France the resolve to carry on their lives with faith and dignity, that they may bear witness to thy salvation, and may come eventually to know the joys of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Refugees of the World
Hear our prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto our cry: We are strangers with thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: bondmen whom thou leddest out of oppression through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm. Grant us, therefore, the meekness of heart to preserve the stranger, as thou hast done, and to relieve the fatherless and widows. Send us thy Holy Spirit to inspire us to feed the hungry, and give drink to the thirsty; to take in the stranger; to clothe the naked; and to visit the sick and the prisoner. For only as we do unto the least of these our brethren do we show forth the love of Jesus Christ to all unbelievers; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with the and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
In our common worship, we observe the ancient rites of the church through regular prayer and the Holy Eucharist. The liturgy of our church holds us together; it is through common or communal worship that the people of God come together most completely to offer their prayers, sing their praises to God and deepen their spiritual understanding.
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