Saturday, 13 March 2021

Praying in Lent and Easter 2021:
25, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Sidney Sussex College Chapel … I took part in the IOCS summer schools from 2008 to 2016 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

During Lent and Easter this year, I am taking some time each morning to reflect in these ways:

1, a photograph of a church or place of worship that has been significant in my spiritual life;

2, the day’s Gospel reading;

3, a prayer from the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel).

This week I have been offering photographs from seven churches that have connections with my education. My photographs this morning (13 March 2021) are from the chapel of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

In 2008, I as the recipient of the Oulton Prize, which allowed me to attend the summer school in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, organised by the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies. I missed the summer school in 2012, but otherwise I stayed in Sidney Sussex each summer until 2016, and worshipped twice a day in the college chapel or around the corner in Saint Bene’t’s Church, which became effectively my parish church each summer.

Although I missed the IOCS summer school in 2012, I was invited to preach at Choral Evensong in the chapel in Sidney Sussex earlier that year (5 February 2012). I was also invited three years earlier to preach in the chapel of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Luke 18: 9-14 (NRSVA):

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” 13 But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary:

The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary today (13 March 2021) prays:

Let us pray for those who have found ways to work toward making our world a better place even in our current circumstances.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

Chapel Court in Sidney Sussex College (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition copyright © 1989, 1995, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org

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