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O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect Source: Sacrementary of Gelasius, Bishop of Rome [ca 494AD]. Inspired by 1 Corinthians ii. 9. (from Isaiah lxiv. 4)

Psalms 28, 29 | 30, 31 , Romans vi. 3   & St. Matthew v. 20

Homily of Augustine on Psalm XXX

Thou, LORD, hast brought my soul out of hell: thou hast kept my life, that I should not go down into the pit.


Augustine wrote,

"O Lord, Thou hast brought back My Soul from hell, and Thou hast saved Me from them that go down into the pit" (ver. 3). Thou hast saved Me from the condition of profound darkness, and the lowest slough of corruptible flesh.

 I think it clear that David spoke of God's action with him individually. David realized when God acted in his life as an individual, to bless or to correct him, and when God acted with the entire nation of Israel, often based on David's actions as her king. God will act individually with every Christian. Our believe is based on our experience and witness of a personal relationship with Jesus, unlike some Eastern religions where individuality is subsumed into a whole, and the promise of our Lord: I will not leave you alone

Compare this thought and verse with the opening statement of the Episcopal Church this week by its "primate".

the great Western heresy – that we can be saved as individuals

Hmmm, consider the verse of the psalmist above, indeed the entire psalm and psalter, with this statement, and decide for yourself who is heretical, the psalmist or the primate (and those who are of the same mind).

An article from a real Christian on the subject is found here: "The Bishops discovers heresy"


Released by Primus Pilus
Legio Christi-Ecclesia Militans
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]


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