Thursday, March 21, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It’s Lent!  The time for working on having a deeper relationship with Christ and mending our perhaps non-existent prayer life.  How do we do that?

Nancy Roth has written a beautiful book entitled The Breath of God: An Approach to Prayer.  Roth defines prayer as, “the means whereby we let the Spirit of God breathe in and through us.” She points out that our prayer will match our physical state--whether we’re gasping for breath, groaning with pain, sighing with longing, singing for joy, or sitting in the deeper silence of contemplative prayer with its slow breathing.  There’s no wrong way to pray.

And don’t forget that “Help, Lord!” always works.

Our first session on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love” is on Thursday night, March 21.  Feel free to join us for this or for the next sessions, on Thursday evenings April 4 and 11 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office.  This course will provide gentle help with your Lenten routine and practice.  Please do let me know if you are coming so that we can have enough materials on hand (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Next week from Tuesday March 26 through Friday March 29 I will be on retreat at Saint Margaret’s Convent in Duxbury MA.  These Episcopal sisters have been a wonderful source of spiritual help for me since 1990.  Thanks to The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson who will be the celebrant and preacher for our Wednesday Mass and Bible Study next week on March 27.

Breathing in and breathing out.  May your Lenten prayer life be blessed in wondrous ways!

Lenten blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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