Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Praying in Lent and Easter 2021:
1, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick
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, as Lent begins, I am offering photographs of the four cathedrals where I have been a chapter member. This morning’s photograph is of Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, where I was installed as the Precentor four years ago, on Sunday 19 March 2017. As a canon, I have presided at the Cathedral Eucharist, preached, chaired panel discussions, given mid-week lectures, and been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council.
Matthew 6: 1-6 (NRSVA):
Jesus said: 6 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary:
The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary at the beginning of this week invites us to pray:
Lord, you are our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in times of trouble.
Help us, when hope seems lost,
to keep our eyes fixed on you.
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