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Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ News of the Order and commentary appear after the Proper Collect, Epistle and Gospel

O ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou commandest; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source: Sacrementary of Bishop Gelasius of Rome [494]. Much minor reworking from the Latin. [Barbee and Zalh]

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.



"Because of liberalism, the sort of liberalism that came into the church from the end of the 19th century into the 20th century, it was never challenged and corrected. If there is a weakness in historic Anglicanism it is a willingness to tolerate the intolerable and that has betrayed us. Tillich's position affected all the seminaries of North America. This is where we are today in the West."



Cardinal Rigali Urges Opposition to "Freedom of Choice Act" during Respect Life Month cites 58% reduction in Abortions in America for girls under 18 years of age as a gain, and is concerned wtih this new initiative that could reverse this.


Psalm 118 has been ascribed to a Davidic King (perhaps David himself) and likely at a victory celebration. Such was the case with the bringing of the Ark from the house of Obededom to Jerusalem as related in 1st Kings and our selected lesson of 1st Chronicles 15:25ff. The scripture quotation which is so popular today in our modern churches, finds its source in the Psalm, and in a holiday celebrated so long ago, "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Indeed we should be glad Sunday by Sunday, on this day set aside by the Early Church to celebrate the Lord's life, and to give thanks for our salvation. We can remember to this verse from this beautiful psalm "The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation."

Augustine wrote,
"The Lord is my strength and my praise, and is become my salvation" (ver. 14). Who then fall, when they are pushed, save they who choose to be their own strength and their own praise? For no man falleth in the contest, except he whose strength and praise faileth. He therefore whose strength and praise is the Lord, falleth no more than the Lord falleth. And for this reason He hath become their salvation; not that He hath become anything which He was not before, but because they, when they believed on Him, became what they were not before, and then He began to be salvation unto them when turned towards Him, which He was not to them when turned away from Himself. "
Salvation is promised to them which God has chosen; his elect. It is they that turn to Jesus and who know him as their Lord and only Savior. He is our strength and strong foundation. I never cease to be amazed at those who identify with the Christian church, yet actually deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They are them who Augustine writes of, who "choose to be their own strength and their own praise."
Let us always and everywhere sing our "Alleluias" and praise the name of our Lord with a shout, for we are not ashamed of the Gospel.


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