Daily Archives: February 6, 2008

6 posts

Saint Isidore of Seville bless my intertubes!

Isidore of Seville Born: c.560 in Cartagena, Spain Died: April 4, 636 Canonized: Feast Day: April 4 Patron Saint of: computers, computer users, computer programmers, Internet … So, how does Saint Isidore of Seville become the patron saint for the Internet? The Observation Service for Internet, who drew it’s mission from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, researched the Internet and related technologies to select a patron saint that best reflects the concerns and ideals […]

Ash Wednesday: Gospel

[I actually began this post last year. Now is the time and all that…] Every year the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday (Matt. 6.1-6, 16-21) in the Episcopal and Revised Common Lectionary strikes me as a bit ironic. In the liturgical traditions that practice lenten abstinence and the placing of the ash upon the brow do these words not seem to challenge these very practices? Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 Jesus said, “Beware of practicing your piety before […]

Toppled Cross

Lenten Discipline (or lack thereof)

Today is the beginning of Lent, a time of repentance, discipline, and preparation for Good Friday and on through the Easter. Over the years that I have been in the Anglican tradition I have tried (and usually failed) to keep some measure of discipline at this time, either fasting in some way and/or adding additional devotions of some sort. This year I have decided that I need accountability to aid me in this so I […]

Why do people like the New Zealand Prayer Book?

This is a genuine question. On various Episcopalian lists that I belong I regularly read of people excitedly reporting that they have just gotten the NZPB or that they are going to use it for this service or that. This past weekend we used it for compline and it was, well lame. Granted, this is only one small service out of the entire work, but tell me, if you like and/or use the NZPB, what […]