"The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems." -Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
The Church of Christ hath in all ages had a prescript forme of Common prayer, or Divine service, as appeareth by the ancient Liturgies of the Greeke and Latine Churches. This was done, as for other great causes, so likewise for retaining an uniformitie in God’s worship : a thing most beseeming them that are of one and the same profession. …
Wherefore it were to be wished, that the whole Church of Christ were one as well in forme of publike worship, as in doctrine : And that as it hath but one Lord and one Faith, so it had but one heart and one mouth.
—Preface to the 1637 Scottish Book of Common Prayer (via a-pilgrims-diary)
The simple reading of Holy Scripture, not for study, but as having a sacramental power to soothe the soul, may bring much comfort, and it tends imperceptibly to form the thinking habits according to the mind of God, so that it is very profitable.
—Richard Meux Benson SSJE (via a-pilgrims-diary)
We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
—From Eucharistic Prayer B of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 (via a-pilgrims-diary)
Just so we’re clear if I say “shut up” and you say “make me” I am instantly thinking about making out with you
also just so we’re clear if you say “shut up” and i say “make me” that is most definitely an invitation to make out with me
no really that’s the only time I say that
Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you that stand by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord; the Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion. ~ Psalm 134
Christ Church, New Haven CT
adaltaredei asked: Can anyone explain to me how I've been so immeasurably blessed?
You’re absolutely amazing
I can’t even begin to explain how truly blessed I am by you.
In which 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett makes a moving case for marriage equality while giving his Bar Mitzvah speech, using his readings of the Torah to explain how marriage has changed for the better throughout history. I can’t even handle how wonderful this is. (via The Advocate)