Friday, September 18, 2015
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
Who wast crucified for us,
Have mercy upon us."
I use the Oriental Orthodox version because I am a Miaphysite in my Christology.
I like having the Jesus Prayer and Trisagion both because one says, "have mercy on me," and the other says, "have mercy on us," I want to pray for all of humanity.
The Jesus Prayer has an affinity with mantras, but it is a prayer to a personal God, a prayer seeking the Presence of Christ. "Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek (Psalm 27.8)."
This is a prayer habit anyone can have, no matter how busy you are.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The New Authorized Version (NAV) of the Holy Bible, also known as the Third Millennium Bible (TMB), is a modestly updated edition of the 1611 King James Bible. The NAV updates only the most obscure words, but otherwise does not change the language of the venerable Authorized Version. It does not modernize the language as the New King James Version does. It simply makes the Authorized Version easier to read by eliminating words that are no longer used in everyday English, or correcting words that have a different meaning now than in 1611. Like the Authorized version, the New Testament is based on the Traditional Byzantine text.
The typeface is large, 12-pt type, easy to read in single column. This Bible is ecumenical; as the original Authorized Version does, it has the Apocrypha, and so includes the books used and read by the Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican Churches. The quality of the actual binding is excellent, and the publisher offers a life time guarantee. I highly recommend the New Authorized Version, Third Millennium Bible. It is now my work Bible, and my preferred version for devotions.
- Princess Esther Sellassie Antohin, Chief Executive Officer, the Imperial House of Sellassie
No doubt you all remember reading in the Acts of the Apostles of how Philip baptised the Ethiopian official. He is the first Ethiopian on record to have followed Christ, and from that day onwards the Word of God has continued to grow in the hearts of Ethiopians. And I might say for myself that from early childhood I was taught to appreciate the Bible and my love for it increases with the passage of time. All through my troubles I have found it a cause of infinite comfort.
"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11.28)" who can resist an invitation so full of compassion?
Because of this personal experience in the goodness of the Bible, I was resolved that all my countrymen should also share its great blessing and that by reading the Bible they should find truth for themselves. Therefore, I caused a new translation to be made from our ancient language into the language which the old and the young understood and spoke.
Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him. He is perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting. But he must realise that the Bible is his refuge, and the rallying point for all humanity. In it man will find the solution of his present difficulties and guidance for his future action, and unless he accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great Message, he cannot hope for salvation. For my part I glory in the Bible.
- H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Holy Wisdom, from this Morning's First Reading at Mass:
"26 For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of His goodness. 27 And, being but one, she can do all things; and, remaining in herself, she maketh all things new; and in all ages, entering into holy souls, she maketh them friends of God, and prophets. 28 For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with wisdom. 29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of stars; being compared with the light, she is found before it. 30 For after this cometh night, but vice shall not prevail against wisdom.
1 Wisdom reacheth from one end to another mightily, and sweetly doth she order all things."
- Wisdom of Solomon 7.26-8.1 TMB
Friday, September 4, 2015
- The Mystery of the Holy Trinity
- The Mystery of the Incarnation
- The Mystery of Baptism
- The Mystery of the Holy Communion
- The Mystery of Resurrection
Thursday, September 3, 2015
When He sacrificed himself at Golgotha for the atonement of our sin, He prayed with His last breath for the forgiveness of those who had tortured Him saying, 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do'. Shame on those of us who are Christians and do not follow the way of the Savior of the World, whose life was filled with kindness, humility, and martyrdom! If we lived by the laws he gave us and were worthy of being called Christian, peace would have reigned on this earth."
- Haile Selassie