Hosanna

            

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Volume II                                                                      
Issue 7
      
           
     Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday 09-Apr-2006 Palm Sunday Psalm: 24:7-10 Lk. 19:28-40
Pray for Jerusalem – (Middle East) The Rt Revd Riah Hanna Abu El-Assal
Bishop Coadjutor elect of Jerusalem – (Middle East) The Revd Canon Suheil Dawani

Monday 10-Apr-2006 Monday in Holy Week Psalm: Lam. 3:4-12 Isa. 5:1-13
Cameroon (Region Missionaire) – (West Africa) Vacant

Tuesday 11-Apr-2006 Tuesday in Holy Week Psalm: Lam. 3:13-21 Jer. 26:7-11
Canberra & Goulburn – (New South Wales, Australia) The Rt Revd George Victor Browning
1.Regional Bishop in Wagga Wagga – (New South Wales, Australia) The Rt Revd Allan Ewing
2. Assistant Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn – (New South Wales, Australia) The Rt Revd Trevor Edwards
3.Suffragan Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn – (New South Wales, Australia) The Rt Revd Thomas Robert Frame

Wednesday 12-Apr-2006 Wednesday in Holy Week Psalm: Lam. 3:55-63 Jer. 26:20-24
Canterbury – (Canterbury, England) Pray for The Most Revd Rowan Douglas Williams Archbishop of Canterbury
Canterbury – Dover – (Canterbury, England) The Rt Revd Stephen Squires Venner
Canterbury – Ebbsfleet – (Canterbury, England) The Rt Revd Andrew Burnham
Canterbury – Maidstone – (Canterbury, England) The Rt Revd Graham Alan Cray
Canterbury – Richborough – (Canterbury, England) The Rt Revd Keith Newton

Thursday 13-Apr-2006 Maundy Thursday Psalm: Lam. 2:20-21 Zech. 13:7-9
Pray for Religious Communities.
Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found
Ubi Caritas
Could ye not watch with me one hour?
Christ in the garden.

Friday 14-Apr-2006 Good Friday Psalm: Lam 1:12-14 Gen. 22:1-14
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ,                strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within thy wounds hide me. Permit me not to be separated from thee. From the wicked foe defend me. At the hour of my death call me. And bid me come to thee. That with thy saints I may praise thee. For ever and ever. Amen.
Cape Coast – (West Africa) The Rt Revd Daniel Allotey

Saturday 15-Apr-2006 Holy Saturday Psalm: Lam. 3:22-33 *Bar. 3:9-19
Pray for the Hospice Movement.
O sorrow deep! Who would not weep with heartfelt pain and sighing! God the Father’s only Son in the tomb is lying.


Hosanna in the Highest!


When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples   with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You will find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.”  This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:  Tell Zion’s daughter, “Look, your king’s on his way, poised and ready, mounted On a donkey, on a colt, foal of a pack animal.”   The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do.  They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat.  Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!” As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, “What’s going on here? Who is this?” The parade crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee.”   Matthew 20:1-9 Message



Nearly 2000 years ago, disciples of Jesus Christ celebrated His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. With palm branches in their hands and their voices lifted high, they shouted and sang Hosanna. The people of Israel were looking for a messiah that would save them from the grip of the Roman Empire.  The palm branches were a custom that was to represent peace. The people wanted war, a messiah that would overthrow the Romans. Not much has changed in the Middle East today.

     The Levitical priests in Jerusalem began to prepare for a messiah in the 1970’s. The orthodox Jews began to train young men for the daily sacrifices. A red heifer was found and set aside for the first sacrifice in the new temple. Certainly, many Jews expect a future messiah. The Muslims also look for a messiah. Some look to Bin Laden as the new messiah, who will restore Islamic rule worldwide. Moderates expect a future world leader who will propagate their religion worldwide. Only liberal Muslims and Jews do not literally look for a messiah.

     Christians celebrate this time of year in faith, believing in Jesus Christ, who claimed not only to be the messiah, but God with us, the Son of God incarnate. We realize that the Prince of Peace is the only one who will be able to bring lasting peace and a true world government of righteousness. We believe that in that day, the creator/messiah who first made this current world will bring a new heaven and a new earth forth. Until that time, we live in faith and trust, and look for the hope of His return. When he comes, he will reconcile all three religions, the Jews and Muslims will see him as the only true messiah. How Christ will manage to do this, I have no clue. I simply know that I have faith in the Word of God that He will do it.
     God did not push away [fig., reject] His people whom He foreknew. Alternatively, do you* not know in [the passage about] Elijah what the Scripture says? How he pleads with God concerning Israel, saying, Rom 11:3 “LORD, they killed your prophets, and they tore down your altars; and _I_ was left alone, and they seek my life.” [1Kings 19:10] But if the first portion [of dough is] holy, the lump [will be] also; and if the root [is] holy, the branches [will be] also.   But if some of the branches were broken off, and _you_ being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them and became a fellow-partaker of the root and of the fatness of the olive tree, Rom 11:18 stop being arrogant towards the branches. But if you are arrogant, [remember] _you_ do not sustain the root, _but_ the root [sustains] you! Rom 11:23 But also those, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to again graft them in.   For if _you_, the [one] by nature of the wild olive tree, were cut out, and contrary to nature, were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural ones, be grafted into their own olive tree?  For I do not desire [for] you* to be unaware, brothers [and sisters], of this secret [or, mystery], so that you* shall not be wise in your* own conceits, that hardness in part [fig., partial stubbornness] has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in. Rom 11:26  And so all Israel will be saved, just as it has been written, “The One delivering will come out of Zion, and He will turn away impiety [or, ungodliness] from Jacob; Rom 11:27  and this [is] the covenant from Me with them, when I take away their sins.” [Isaiah 59:20,21]


     Today is the day for all of us to utter the words “hosanna” in our hearts, and receive the true messiah in our hearts. His Spirit who is here with us now should renew us in our spirits. By doing so, we can begin to declare the kingdom of God has come and live out our lives as subjects of the King.

“… working together, we also call on you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is the acceptable time! Behold, now is the day of salvation!”  2Co 6:2  (Isa. 49:8 )


May God Triumphantly Enter Your Heart This Day!

Timothy

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About Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

Disciple of Jesus Christ with a Progressive Message, Author, Franciscan Friar, Musician, Social Activist, and Urban Missionary View all posts by Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

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