Concrete Faith: The Daily Office in My Mental Health Crisis

Posted on May 3, 2024
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I was walking my kids once in their giant double stroller. This thing is a beast. It weighs 35 pounds without them in it. With them, it might be closer to 85. Therefore I have to really use some force while I push this thing. We were taking a leisurely stroll that day, and I…

Daily Office Booklet 2024: May–August

Posted on April 26, 2024
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Good news! We’ve completed the latest edition of the Daily Office Booklet. This volume will take you from May through August 2024. Click the links below to download! TAKE NOTE! For the booklet form, you must print double-sided and along on the short edge.

Vesper Light: A Commentary on the Evening Canticles

Posted on April 12, 2024
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Evening is when one of two things can happen to us as fallen children of Adam. We either thank God for the day’s victories or dread the onset of the night’s terror. We watch as the sun goes to its rest, mirroring us, or we fidget and search for ways to keep the lights on….

The History of the Lent Collects

Posted on February 20, 2024
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The theme of the Lent collects is human sinfulness and our need for God. We “acknowledge our wretchedness.” We are “tempted,” and our resistance is “weak.” We have “no power in ourselves to help ourselves.” We have “disordered affections” and “unruly wills.” And so, what we need above all is “new and contrite hearts,” for…

Blessed Be the Lord: A Commentary on the Benedictus

Posted on February 15, 2024
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The Daily Office of the Anglican tradition is known for many things. It has elements of rhythmic consistency and lines of beautiful prose. Part of this extraordinary heritage is the use of canticles/songs. These are either said or chanted at different times in Morning and Evening Prayer; many of them come from the very words…

Sitting with the Unrepentant Heart

Posted on January 23, 2024
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Morning prayer complete. Emails checked. A cup of hot tea steeps nearby. Outside, snow falls, and the weak winter Alaska sun tries valiantly to peek over the horizon and the puffy, icy clouds—just a hint of gray, a portent that day is almost here. It’s a holiday. Nothing to do. There are no agenda items….

A People of One Book

Posted on January 19, 2024
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“I want to know one thing—the way to heaven…Let me be homo unius libri [A man of one book]. Here, then, I am, far from the busy ways of men. I sit down alone: Only God is here. In his presence I open, I read his book; for this end, to find the way to…

Daily Office Booklet 2024, Volume 1: January–April

Posted on December 29, 2023
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Good news! We’ve completed the latest edition of the Daily Office Booklet. This volume will take you from January through April 2024. Click the links below to download! TAKE NOTE! For the booklet form, you must print double-sided and along on the short edge.

My Spirit Rejoices: A Commentary on the Magnificat

Posted on October 17, 2023
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Our God is a God of music. He does not sit in his high and noble tower, eternally contemplating his own existence, as some philosophers have hypothesized. He is, rather, always engaged in the drama of his own glory, bursting into the human world with shards of joy that inspire souls to sing out in…

Psalms and Prayers for Times of War

Posted on October 11, 2023
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How can we pray in times of war? Sadly, this question is always relevant because, on this side of eternity, war is always with us. Jesus himself reminds us that, before his second coming, there will be “wars and rumors of wars” and that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matt. 25:6-7),…