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Litany of Penitence

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 08:28

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, church-goers recited the “Litany of Penitence.”  One petition struck me in particular, “Accept our repentance, Lord, …. For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us.”  (Italics mine)

Wouldn’t this be an example of prejudice and contempt?  We hear it read aloud on the third Sunday in Lent every third year:

The Prince of Peace

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 08:26

Attendance soars at the Christmas Eve service at my church and probably at most churches.  What draws people?  They know the story and they long to hear it again.  It reminds them that God is a God of infinite tenderness, and God’s love embraces all people.  Deeper still, they sense a mysterious Peace, a paradoxical mixture of stillness and joy, suffusing the whole Christmas Eve liturgy.  When the last note has been sung they leave, uplifted.

What About Krystall-Tag?

Submitted by admin on Mon, 09/12/2011 - 12:30

KRYSTALLNACHT  11/9
Does Krystallnacht still evoke images for us today?  On the night it happened, the 9th of November, 1939, the “Night of Broken Glass” sent shock waves around the world.  The Daily Telegraph in London carried this account on November 11th:

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