25 February 2011

Metropolitan Hilarion's Message to Dallas Seminary

You may have heard that His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visited Dallas Seminary on Feb. 11, 2011.

Here is the message given by His Eminence to Dallas Theological Seminary faculty [not chapel or any other broad audience].

photos here.

23 February 2011

Lancelot Andrewes' prayers for Lent

On The Wednesdays Of Lent.

O Holy Jesu, I beseech Thy loving-kindness. Despise me not: yea, rather regard me, O Lord, regard me with those eyes wherewith Thou didst regard

Magdalene in the banquet,

Peter in the hall,

the thief on the Cross;

that with Peter I may weep,

with the thief may confess,

with Magdalene may love;

may love much, yea very much, for that many sins are forgiven me.

Spare me, O Lord; spare me, a penitent: at the least desiring to be a penitent, and preparing thereto; recollecting my sins with bitterness, indignant with myself concerning them, remembering and laying hold of Thy most bitter Passion.

Spare, O Lord, have mercy! Spare me, O Lord, have mercy on me! pity me, because it is not difficult to Thy power, nor unbefitting Thy justice, nor unusual to Thy clemency.

O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.

Lord, let a new manner of life prove that a new spirit hath descended on me: for true penitence is new life; and true praise unremitted penitence, and the observation of a perpetual Sabbath from sin, its occasions, and its danger. For as penitence destroys old sins, so do new sins destroy penitence.

O God, my heart is ready; so saith the Psalmist: but I fear, Lord, lest mine should not be ready. I would that it were: I grieve, if it be not. Lord, prepare it: assist my disposal, and supply my preparation of it. I will put my sins before my sight; that they may not be put before Thine.

By Thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,

Good Lord, deliver me.