Earth Day is April 22, 2010. May we be constantly aware of what we use, abuse, waste and contribute to the planet every day.
OFFICIAL EARTH DAY site.
Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor thee with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eleven tertiaries from as far away as Canada met at the Little Portion Friary for the 2010 Easter Retreat April 9, 10 & 11. Although one day was a rain-out it turned out to be a wonderful weekend. Brother Ambrose had a hands-on workshop and prayer meditation program. It was well done and presented. Our First Order brothers made us feel like family (as they always do). The food and fellowship was outstanding. Everyone had time to pray, meditate, think walk and worship. Some sample photographs are below.
Is a traveling exhibition of photographs and stories of hunger in one of the most wealthy countries in the world. People tell their stories and are featured in photographs. An online sampling is available HERE.
44 Then the people will ask, "Lord, when did we fail to help you when you were hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in jail?" 45 The king will say to them, "Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me."
The March Tau Fellowship Meeting scheduled for Saturday March 27th at Holy Apostles and The Mediator 51st and Spruce Sts has been rescheduled. The meeting will be held on Saturday May 29, 2010 at Holy Apostles at 9:30 AM.
April is the month for our retreat (see below).
Highlights for the Retreat include:
·A TSSF Community gathering on Friday Evening, as both
a time for "housekeeping," as well as to get
(re)acquainted with each another;
·Silence, beginning after Compline on Friday evening
and continuing until after Saturday Compline. (A
place to talk with one another on Saturday after
Compline will be provided);
·Retreat Meditations lead by Brothers Ambrose.
This retreat will qualify as the Annual Retreat for
Friday April 9:
5:00 PM, Evening Prayer
5:45 PM, Eucharist
6:30 PM, Evening Meal
7:30 PM, Community Gathering / Housekeeping
8:30 PM, First Meditation
9:00 PM, Compline (TSSF grand silence begins directly
Saturday April 10:
7:00 AM, Morning Prayer
7:30 AM, Breakfast
8:30 AM, Second Meditation
12:00 Noon, Holy Eucharist
12:30 PM, Lunch
3:00-4:00 PM, (Optional) Adoration of the Blessed
5:45 PM, Evening Prayer
6:30 PM, Evening Meal
8:00 PM, Third Meditation
9:00 PM, Compline. (TSSF silence lifts [in the Friary
library] directly afterward)
Sunday April 11:
8:30 AM, Morning Prayer
9:30 AM, Holy Eucharist, followed by Coffee Hour
12:00 PM, Noonday prayer
12:30 PM, Lunch
Everyone leaves after lunch on Sunday, by 2:30 PM.
All rooms are single, with the exception
that the Guesthouse has three rooms with 2 single
beds, ideal for participants who are married or in
domestic partnerships who want to be in the same room.
The total cost for the entire Retreat, as requested by the Friary
$220 per person. This includes accommodations and all meals.
If you are planning to stay only for a portion of the Retreat,
please contact the RETREAT COORDINATOR, Phillip Geliebter.
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An Eastern Orthodox hymn by "Simeon the New Theologian". (Thank you Rick)
We awaken in Christ's body,
As Christ awakens our bodies.
There I look down and my poor hand is Christ,
He enters my foot and is infinitely me.
I move my hand and wonderfully
My hand becomes Christ,
Becomes all of Him.
I move my foot and at once
He appears in a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous to you?
-Then open your heart to him.
And let yourself receive the one
Who is opening to you so deeply,
For if we genuinely love Him
We wake up inside Christ's body
Where all our body all over,
Even most hidden parts of it,
Is realized in joy as Him.
And He makes us utterly Real,
And everything that is hurt, everything
That seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
Is in Him transformed.
And in Him, recognized as whole, as lovely,
And radiant in His light.
We awaken as the beloved
in every last part of our body.
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