THE SEASON of LENT .
A TIME of  HEALING and  RESTORATION


 


LENTEN
HEALING
and

RESTORATION

APOKATASTASIS
(ἀποκατάστασις /
ἀποκαθίστημι
)
 

 The Betrayal 
Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry 


 

 

 



  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


1. ASH WEDNESDAY: THE ANOINTING with ASHES

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. ASH WEDNESDAY:
THE ANOINTING with ASHES

 

 

Expulsion from the Garden
Hours of the Duke of Berry

 

 

 

 

 

 



Repent and believe in the Gospel (Mark 1.15)


REPENTANCE:

TURNING TOWARDS GOD

TURNING AWAY FROM SIN

BELIEVING in the GOOD NEWS

THE INCARNATION, PASSION and RESURRECTION of JESUS
      for
OUR SALVATION

 


Remember that you are dust
         and to dust you shall return
(Gen 3.19)


AWARENESS of the BEAUTY and VALUE

of the PRESENT MOMENT

in LIGHT of OUR MORTALITY

THE PRESENT MOMENT - SHERIDAN and PROSOCHE

 


 

 


  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


2. ASH WEDNESDAY GOSPEL  TOOLS of OBSERVANCE

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. THE GOSPEL of ASH WEDNESDAY
 
THE TOOLS of LENTEN OBSERVANCE

 

 

Saint Lawrence Distributes Alms
Fra Angelico

 

 

 

 

 

 


First, we are given the ASSURANCE of CHRIST'S PRESENCE:

HE is the TEACHER WHO ARMS and CONSOLES US

HE gives us the tools we need:

PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING

 

and tells us to TAKE HEED (PROSECHE):

NOW is the KAIROS,  the fitting time

All is done IN KRUPTO:

in the HIDDEN PLACE of our HEARTS WHERE HE DWELLS


 

 


  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


3 LENT 1 CHRIST IS TEMPTED in THE DESERT

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. THE GOSPEL of THE FIRST SUNDAY of LENT
CHRIST IS TEMPTED in THE DESERT

 

 

The Temptation of Christ
Cathedral, Monreal

 

 

 

 

 

 


NEXT we observe the VICTORY of CHRIST

he undoes the ancient curses of:

demand for manna,

demand for KINGSHIP;

and substitution of public spectacle (heroic theater) for ACCOMPANIMENT;

We go with Christ into the Desert to see both

the proper end of our desires

and their misuse:


 

 


  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


4. LENT 2:THE TRANSFIGURATION of CHRIST

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. THE GOSPEL of THE SECOND SUNDAY of LENT
THE TRANSFIGURATION of CHRIST

 

 

The Transfigurations
St. Katherine Monastery, Sinai

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. FINALLY we discover HIM TO WHOM we TURN

by TURNING AWAY from SEPARATION

CHRIST'S GLORIOUS DIVINITY

consecrates OUR HUMANITY

 

 

 

 


  

  

  

  

  

  



 

 



  

 

 

 


  

  

  

  

  

  

  


Christ Heals Blind Man and Anastasis


 

 


CHRIST COMES to HEAL
EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR HEARTS
 

 

 


The Raising of Lazarus 
Tres Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry

Istanbul, Chora Monastery: Anastasis


  

 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

That we may truly see into our hearts

And offer to you all we find there.

Help us truly to believe in your mercy and your power to heal and renew

That we may repent and discover again the power

to perfectly love you,

and worthily proclaim your name,

We ask this through Our Lord Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. One God, Forever and ever.

Amen.

 


 

Matthew 11:28-30  28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


 

EXAMINATION of CONSCIENCE after TRANSFIGURATION

 

 


 


AN EXAMINATION
of
CONSCIENCE
In the Light
of the
Transfiguration

 

 


 

 

 


[1. DESIRE Epithumia]

WE give thanks to you, Almighty God, for your gift to us of spiritual DESIRE, of a longing within us that impels us out of isolation and into your creation, where we catch glimpses of your beauty in the things you have made.  Grant us the gifts of balance and ordering in the expression of our desire.

Forgive us for not treasuring and using well the gifts of food and drink,
   We pray to you, Lord,
     
R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

We ask your forgiveness for the times when our response to the beauty of other human beings has led us into fantasies, words, or deeds that do not find their final meaning in you:
   We pray to you, Lord,
      R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

Forgive us for the time and energy we have wasted in pursuing money, property, or possessions that do not serve your purpose:
   We pray to you, Lord,
      R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

Help us to reconsecrate to you our deepest desires, that you may transform our gluttony, our lust, and our avarice into selfless love:

       We pray to you, Lord,
          R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.


[2. ZEAL Thumos]

WE give thanks to you, Almighty God, for your gift to us of spiritual ZEAL, for enthusiasm and dedication in opposing evil and attempting things that are difficult.  Show us how to direct our righteous indignation only at the root causes of evil and injustice, never confusing the demonic with human beings for whom you died and who bear your image.

Forgive our inappropriate and misdirected anger, especially the times we have been cruel or unkind to those who deserve our gentleness and compassion:
   We pray to you, Lord,
      R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

We ask your forgiveness for the times we have turned our indignation inward, nursing what seemed to be injustices and wrongs done to us, imagining that were martyrs:
   We pray to you, Lord,
      R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

Forgive us for preferring spiritual numbness and anesthesia to active engagement in doing your will.  For the times we have succumbed to torpor and cynicism:
   We pray to you, Lord,
      R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach us to reconsecrate to you our spiritual zeal, that we may rejoice in your calling and in our vocation to be your eager servants:

       We pray to you, Lord,
          R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.


 [3. VISION Nous/Theoria]

WE give you thanks, Almighty God, for your gift to us of spiritual VISION and thirst for truth.  Grant us the gift of prudence, of knowing how and when to proclaim your Good News in words and images your people can understand.  Make us constantly aware of how much we receive from them and from you.

We ask your forgiveness for the times we have imagined that we are the origin of the good we do.  For refusing to acknowledge that everything we are is a gift we have received from your people and from you:
   We pray to you, Lord,
      R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

Forgive our superficiality, our failure to acknowledge and proclaim your presence in the world, and especially in the people you have created:
   We pray to you, Lord,
     R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

We ask your forgiveness for the times we have preferred isolation and separation to community and engagement, for viewing people and circumstances as means to our ends, rather than as reflections of your splendor in short, for preferring hell to heaven:
   We pray to you, Lord,
      R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.


LORD, you are the author of our DESIRE, our ZEAL and our capacity for CONTEMPLATION.  Renew and restore your gifts within us, and accept the offering we now make to you of all we are.  Forgive, heal, and transform us:

       We pray to you, Lord,
          R
/. Lord, hear our prayer.

 


 

 


COLLECT:

 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

That we may truly see into our hearts

And offer to you all we find there.

Help us truly to believe in your mercy and your power to heal and renew

That we may repent and discover again the power

to perfectly love you,

and worthily proclaim your name,

We ask this through Our Lord Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. One God, Forever and ever.

          R/. Amen

 

 


Matthew 11:28-30  28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


 

 

 


 

 

  

  

  

  

  

  


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CHRIST RESTORES ALL THINGS to UNION WITH HIMSELF
 

 

 


The Garden of Eden, Med. Illum. MS


  

  

  

  


 

 

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