THURSDAY THE SEVENTH OF JUNE, 2018
* Pioneers of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil *
In this hour of this day, fill us, O Lord, with your mercy, that rejoicing throughout the whole day, we may take delight in your praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
( "Sarum Breviary" )
You fair green hills of Galilee, that girdle quiet Nazareth,
what glorious vision did ye see, when he who conquered sin and death
your flowery slopes and summits trod, and grew in grace with man and God?
We saw no glory crown his head as childhood ripened into youth;
no angels on his errands sped; he wrought no sign; but meekness, truth
and duty marked each step he trod, and love to man and love to God.
Jesus, my saviour, master, king, who did for me the burden bear;
while saints in heaven your glory sing, let me on earth your likeness wear;
mine be the path your feet have trod: duty, and love, to man and God.
( Eustace R. Conder )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Pioneers of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil
Anglican ministry in Brazil began as early as 1810, when chaplaincies were established for expatriated Anglicans. In 1889, Brazil formalised the idea of separation of church and state in its constitution. The Episcopal Church in the United States decided that missionary work should commence.
In 1890 , two Episcopal priests were sent to Brazil, the Reverend Lucien Lee Kinsolving, and the Reverend James Watson Morris. In 1891 two other priests, and a laywoman teacher joined them. These five, along with six Brazilians (Vicente Brande, Américo Vespúcio Cabral, Antônio Machado Fraga, Bonaventura de Souza Oliveira, Júlio de Almeida Coelho and Carl Henry Clement Sergel) are now celebrated as the founders of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil. Kinsolving was elected as the first bishop of the Church in 1899.
The Church was under the supervision of the Episcopal Church in the United States until 1965, when the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil became fully autonomous. In 1982 they also became financially independent from the Episcopal Church.
The Church is committed to fight against problems that affect vast portions of the Brazilian society, such as social inequality, land concentration, domestic violence, racism, homophobia and xenophobia. As of 2015, the World Council of Churches lists their membership at one hundred and twenty thousand.
Scripture: In the "Book of Revelation," chapter seven, verses nine and ten, we read:
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
... for peace in the world.
... for the members of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil; that their inclusive, Christ-centred message may be heard and accepted throughout their land.
... for the people of Malta who celebrate their national day today.
... for those who have recently returned home from hospital to convalesce.
... for workers threatened with redundancy because of the "restructuring" of the company that employs them.
... for child migrants separated from their parents.
... for the migrants who drowned when the smugglers' boat carrying them from Somalia to Yemen capsized; for those migrants who are still missing. DETAILS
... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis:
We were considering the Christian idea of "putting on Christ," or first "dressing up" as a son of God in order that you may finally become a real son. What I want to make clear is that this is not one among many jobs a Christian has to do; and it is not a sort of special exercise for the top class. It is the whole of Christianity. Christianity offers nothing else at all. The Christian way is different: harder, and easier.
Christ says "Give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked, the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you myself: my own will shall become yours."
Both harder and easier than what we are all trying to do. You have noticed, I expect, that Christ himself sometimes describes the Christian way as very hard, sometimes as very easy. He says, "Take up your Cross." In other words, it is like going to be beaten to death in a concentration camp. Next minute he says, "My yoke is easy and my burden light." He means both.
O God, who sent your son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: we bless you for the missionaries from the Episcopal Church and those who first responded to their message, joining together to establish the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil; and we pray that we, like them, may be ready to preach Christ crucified and risen and to encourage and support those who pioneer new missions in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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