Pray against Corruption

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 Auxerre Cathedral, France

In your majesty ride forth victoriously
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
    let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.     Psalm 45:4

Prayer against Corruption

Name (person or organisation)

May they be like chaff before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord driving them away;

may their path be dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.    Psalm 35: 5-6

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
    for I see violence and strife in the city.
Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
Destructive forces are at work in the city;
    threats and lies never leave its streets.          Psalm 55 9-11

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 Norwich Cathedral England

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 Prayer for those who strive to do right

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all    Psalm 34: 15-19

 

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
    and their tongues speak what is just.
The law of their God is in their hearts;
    their feet do not slip.       Psalm 37: 30 -31

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Treasure Hunting – from Saint Augustine

 

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Norwich Cathedral, England

Let the Lord your be hope – seek for nothing else from him, but let he himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself. Seek for him alone, and despising everything else, make your way to him. Forget other things, remember him; leave other things behind, stretch out to him. Let him be your hope, who is guiding you to your destination.

Where in the end does coveting this world’s goods lead you? You want a farm, then an estate, then you shut your neighbours out and covet their possessions. You extend your desires till you reach the shore. Having made the earth your own perhaps you want heaven, too?

Leave all your desires. He who made heaven and earth is more beautiful than all; he who made all things is better than all; he will be to you everything you love. Learn To Love The Creator in the creature, in the work him who made it. Don’t let what was made take such a hold of you that you lose him by whom you yourself were made.

Saint Augustine – The Heart at Rest Daily Readings with Saint Augustine – Darton, Longman and Todd, p46

The Resurrection : Life is Stronger than Death

 

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Detail from 14th century Bishop Despenser’s Reredos, Norwich Cathedral, England

The Resurrection is the final proof that love is stronger than hate. The Resurrection proves life is stronger than death. If Jesus had died never to rise again it would have proved that death could take the loveliest and best life that ever lived and finally break it. During the Second World War a certain city church in London was all set out for harvest thanksgiving. In the centre of the gifts was a sheaf of corn. The service was never held, for, on Saturday night a savage air raid laid the church in ruins. The months passed and  spring came, and someone noticed that, on the bomb site where the church has stood, there were shoots of green. The Summer came and the shoots flourished and in the autumn there was a flourishing patch of corn growing amidst the rubble. Not even the bombs and the destruction could kill the life of the corn and its seeds. The Resurrection is the final proof that life is stronger than death.

Paul insisted that if the Resurrection of Jesus was not a fact the whole Christian message was based on a lie, that many had died trusting in a delusion, that without it the greatest values in life have no guarantee. “Take away the Resurrection,” he said, “and you destroy both the foundation and the fabric of the Christian Faith”.

William Barclay The Daily Study Bible – The Letter to the Corinthians, p149

 

The Despenser Reredos –  found in the beautiful Norwich Cathedral
Located behind the altar in the St Luke’s Chapel is a superb painted altar piece. This was a gift to the cathedral of Bishop Despenser, given in gratitude for the failure of the 1381 Peasant’s Revolt. It is among the finest pieces of late 14th century art in Europe, and depicts in 5 panels scenes from the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.

Who is it you are looking for?

 

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Detail from 14th century Bishop Despenser’s Reredos, Norwich Cathedral, England

 

 

 

John 20 11 – 18

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”  At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

The Despenser Reredos –  found in the beautiful Norwich Cathedral
Located behind the altar in the St Luke’s Chapel is a superb painted altar piece. This was a gift to the cathedral of Bishop Despenser, given in gratitude for the failure of the 1381 Peasant’s Revolt. It is among the finest pieces of late 14th century art in Europe, and depicts in 5 panels scenes from the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.