Daily Archives: Thursday, 26 June, 2008

A Short Guide for Daily Prayer (2)

I thought it might help to include part of the Introduction to A Short Guide, to help people to ‘get’ the approach we’ve taken (shamelessly borrowed from Celebrating Common Prayer):

When an individual prays, they are never alone. They are surrounded by the ‘cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews 12:1), and accompanied by the communion of saints. We always pray in company with the whole Church of Jesus Christ, even when alone in our room.

These daily services reflect themes of the Church Year, allowing users to walk through the year in the span of a week.

Sunday reflects Easter: Easter is the season of fifty days lasting from the Easter Vigil (sometimes on the evening of Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday) until the Day of Pentecost. In Easter, the Church celebrates the resurrection of Christ and the new life given to the believer in Jesus.

Monday reflects Pentecost: The last day of Easter, Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit onto the disciples, and the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit given to us today.

Tuesday reflects Advent: In the four weeks of Advent, the Church looks forward to the coming of the reign of Christ in its fullness, and to the coming of Christ in Bethlehem. It is a time of expectation, anticipation, self-examination and hope.

Wednesday reflects Christmas: Christmas is a 12-day season which extends from the evening service on Christmas Eve to the Feast of the Epiphany. Here, the Church celebrates the incarnation of Christ: God becomes human, part of the world, so that we may share the divine life.

Thursday reflects Epiphany: In the West, the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January marks the coming of the heathen magi to Jesus, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It marks the universality of Jesus, and his light that floods the world.

Friday reflects Lent and Holy Week: Lent is a time of self-examination in which we (including those preparing for baptism or confirmation at Easter) prepare ourselves through spiritual disciplines such as prayer and fasting in order to mark more fully the events of Holy Week, and celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter.

On Saturday, themes of Discipleship and Rest come to the fore. As followers of Jesus, we are disciples (students, apprentices) who learn from the master artisan. As the seventh day, Saturday is also a reminder of the rest promised to us by God.

Two psalms suitable for the seasonal theme have been suggested for each day. It is assumed that scripture reading guides such as With Love to the World might provide suitable sources of readings and reflection.

As before, you can download it here.

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