Dear Brothers and Sisters today we are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day. Who was Saint Patrick and what is his story.
When we think of Saint Patrick's day no he is not a leprechaun and certainly not a green died lake.
Saint Patrick was an early Christian Celtic Saint that was a missionary and Bishop in Ireland. There are different legends attached to him. Some legends and some historically accurate.
We need to understand that Saint Patrick did not bring Christianity into Ireland as it was already there from Palladius and his followers. Back in those days there was no Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic nor any Church other then the Christian communities governed by Bishops of various jurisdictions.
Saint Patrick was from England and was captured and taken by Irish Pagans as a slave and worked as a Shepard of pigs and sheep and as a Christian had strong faith even undergoing the persecution and abuse from the pagan Celts. When he converted the Pagan Celts to Christianity he used simple ways to explain the Trinity by using the three leaved shamrock and the Celtic Cross was simple by adding the circle that symbolized the sun and moon the Celts worshiped to the circle to eternity that God is.
We can still learn of Saint Patrick today as his spirituality is still being represented. The Celtic Cross which Saint Patrick, Saint Columba, Saint Brendan used are still found all over Ireland and Great Britain. We have Saint Patrick's Breastplate to pray and still some ancient Celtic Christian Spirituality found in our rites in our Churches. There are many virtues we can learn from Saint Patrick and introduce them in every day life.
Have a Blessed Feast Day of Saint Patrick and remember Patrick as he was. A Christian Saint who fought for the Christian cause and even defended the persecuted from the persecutors.
Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ
Today we are celebrating the Fourth Sunday in Lent that is also known as Laetare Sunday and also as Mothering Sunday in the traditional, conservative Anglican Churches.
Today was the time where people got a day off including house servants to go home and visit family and visit their "Mother Church" meaning the Church where they were baptized in or the diocesan church and attend mass and a service there. It was also an important family day where children collected flowers and gave their mothers gifts but also remembering mothers and grandmothers who have gone to heaven and are no longer with us.
Mothers are so precious to us as there is nothing closer then a connection and love between a Mother and Child that is why this bondage should never get endangered but kept innocent.
Laetare Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent where priests are asked what happened to their vestments when coming back from the dry cleaners and how come they are pink.
Laetare Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent ans is a day in Lent to rejoice and be happy. We are looking forward to the Passion week and what is to come upon us. We are looking forward to the end of the penitential season and the joy of anticipation of the Resurrection. Today's introit at Mass is the Laetare Jerusalem meaning from Latin Rejoice O Jerusalem.
There are just a couple of weeks left in Lent and these are so important as we are growing in faith and spending more time with God.
In my sermon at mass i reminded that if people see Easter as an ordinary day off like a week end then they should volunteer to go to work and make it possible for a good Christian to take that day off.
I also remind that Easter is not about a bunny or little chicks neither is it about new spring life coming up as we are not pagans or heathens that celebrate the seasons. Easter is about the entire time of Lent, Passion Week where we spend time with God, reflect and reconcile.
A time where we remind us that we are mortal and weak and that Christ gave us a new life as Christians where he sacrificed himself for our sins and gives us hope in his resurrection and ascension. He remind us that he is not human in the flesh but Divine and without Sin and truly the Son of God that all the old generations waited for and yet when he came denied him.
Jesus was persecuted the minute he was born and still after his death and resurrection and even putting death at its rest resurrected from the dead and went up into heaven to be with his Father and to Judge us and to transform our lives.
In the Old Testament and old Laws God used mortal prophets who where with sin and whipped out the entire race when it became corrupt and yet people denied God. He gave his only son to bring people back on His path and Will and they killed him. God gave us miracles to believe and yet we doubt. Jesus healed, saved, reminded us not to sin and cast out demons, gave us nourishment including giving us the grace to partake in his souls and being as a reminder that we all belong to his body and blood meaning his universal entire Church.
We have the 10 Commandments, the laws of the new covenant. Our answers found in the Bible including the good advice, council and hope all where we can find it in one divine Book and testimony and witnessed by those who walked, talked and ate with him and yet today the most hated source is the Bible.
It is spat on, burnt and labeled as hateful to those who deny Christ and are blinded by spirit and are compensating with worldly pleasures and lust in the flesh and are not living in true peace only God can give us. They are poorer then the poorer even as millionaires.
We are a poor society blinded and without hope that do not want God or partake in Christ. Their master is Satan yet they call it worldliness, pleasure, lust, riches, confusion in gender and sexuality and choice.
There is no such thing called Choice only a choice to sin and or be a Child of God or of Satan we can not have two masters. We need to make up our final mind to belong to God and follow his will and be obedient.
Lent is a time of reflection and of repenting and Eater needs to be observed as the Holiest of Holy Days. There are just a couple of more weeks in Lent. Enjoy them and rejoice as it is up to us to be creative and how we spend Lent.
Yours In Christ
++ Right Reverend Elena Aloysius Pius OSC
Suffragan Bishop for the Trinitarian Anglican Church
I have recently read an article about issues within the catholic church in Ireland regarding demonic possessions and its blame are the scandals in the church and society and what can be the cause of demonic possession/attacks or simply why people are leaving the church and turning their backs on God.
As this is the time of Lent we should reflect on ourselves, our faith but also the church and its future and issues within.
What i have noticed is that all of these articles blame the churches leaders faults or the lack of attendance as the cause of all grief but not the core issue within. We hear that people do not go to confession (private confession) anymore or do not go to mass for some reason. We blame the continuing scandal of the fallen priests instead of cleaning up the mess and preventing abuse from happening any further.
We seem to blame everything and everyone else including God for the misery on earth we humans created. We put so much trust in a human that is not without sin and faults instead of the word of God. Yet we can blame God because we find an easy way of satisfying our problems or accusations.
We hear these elite exorcists from Rome and the Vatican speaking about their experiences and it seems it is all repeating but no one wants to hear where the truth lies beneath. I have also seen that the rite of exorcism has been changed in the 1970 ties because exorcists have gone too weak and the church is only preaching of the flower and not of the thorns and in a soft manner that will turn into hard soil if not attended to with the proper nourishment.
As a minor Exorcist myself i have dealt with different harmless situations but also some scary events and analyse the situation with care and caution. I do not want to frighten anyone reading this but want to express my feelings when it comes down to the roots of all problems that are not just a way of shining a bad light on a cause that can be handled from issues rooted more within.
There are three Churches with Apostolic Lineage Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the Anglican Church. All Churches that follow Christ and the Holy Trinity are all Christian once they follow the Bible and the Teachings of Christ and the Christian true morals.
Today there are so many Church bodies and various identities and by right they all contribute to this one "universal" Christian Church that all have their history, challenges and theological, dogmatic believes and structure.
There are also many problems today that can be explained due to error in the past. Of course there has always been man made law after the apostolic time and yes those decisions are today can be misleading or severely problematic in ones health and meaning or not compatible with the historical truths.
The Vatican II Council has destroyed so many different Church bodies and their identities which they all had. This council full of error and false intentions tried to form one identical Church with practices and morals that sadly was and is controlled by the Anti Christian agenda is to destroy Christian values and traditions that are based on ancient teachings from the Ministry of Jesus and his Apostles.
Remember that no Church is following the exact rites, traditions or have the morals the ancient Christians followed and no Church today is still the exact same as it was when the universal churches were founded and built. The Bible teaches us about the 7 Churches of Revelation where Christian Communities had formed and spread on but today in modern times has more of a biblical reference then stating that a true Church is only one preference or so called denomination.
We are too arrogant to see the truth that no church today is as pure or carry the exact lineage to the true church founded by Christ as Jesus was divine and without sin while humans are not without sin and carry and fall into error with ease.
The "new" (novus ordo) Mass so many adopted to was invented by men that believed in casual approach to the community, undisciplined behavior and lack of faith or fell into the temptation by Satan.
This article i read does not only speak for the roman church but also the Anglican and many others that has lost its morals and values and followed the modern Rome and its Vatican ii theories.
As a minor exorcist there are more issues then scandal in the church people like to blame or the line to confession and the lack of people going to church but leaving the church. It is more then this adulterous progressive society and the fall of reality and common sense it is how we live, act, react and behave and how we live and profess ourselves as Christians.
There are millions of Churches why? Because people do not want to follow God but please themselves and invent new laws, morals and make up new Churches that are not in any way following the true Christ in the Bible but their own interpreted version.
I have seen more judging in Churches and within Christians regarding Church belonging and how much uneducated or un/mis informed people are regarding scripture, church history and truth and Satan wants Christians to be confused already in a confused world and fight each other while he is bringing in his own satanic cults and religions such as those who follow fleshly prophets from the east Jesus warned us about.
All depends on what we are exposed to. Possession is not due to lack of interests in the Church as the building is just a cone but the people within move where people lead them and that has always been the case. If we have good leaders who live in dignity and are roll models people will follow but if people join the ministry for convenience and career purposes there is a lack or no vocation involved and will harm those who trust their spiritual guiders and will seek comfort or answers to their questions else where and fall into those who will take advantage of the situation and mislead them into believing things that are untrue.
If we expose ourselves excessively to a non Christian world or environment yes we will get drawn into ungodliness. I am not saying lock yourself away and keep yourself safe from all despair but go out and be mindful of your soul. If you know a behavior, act or life stile is not ok and the Scripture remind you that if you fallow that path you will continue is not with God but with the evil one. Life is like an old fashioned scale where weights are put on and off to get a balance. If we are imbalanced the other part of the weight will go to compensate with other things in the form of worldly pleasures and excess in the deadly sin where worst of them is called the conscience sinning. If we sin with all meaning and conscience then that can cause possession.
I have been in a possessed house and have been taken ill after the rite of exorcism. I have seen demons appear in the wall and have had various encounters having to keep them away from me. Yes even Exorcists get tempted and sometimes more then others because we fight off evil directly. It may seem strange to the un believer or a person who has not had any experience. I am not saying it is a gift being able to be more aware of things it can also a curse. All these horror films are fake and made from Hollywood. I do not even go through the time to analyse them as they are film and made to make money that can be root to all evil.
Dear Brothers and Sisters we are in Lent and even Jesus had to face the tempter during his 40 days and 40 night retreat and fast. We do as Christians need to understand that our Christian Believes warn us against the tempter and his fallen and it is just as realistic as we see, hear and feel things but most do not speak or preach of it. No we should not only concentrate ourselves on the bad and evil but learn about all that God is telling us by listening and being patient in life and also be disciplined and make it an own ritual to spent time with God.
He who keeps close to God, God will not leave. He who leaves God in own will is not alone but unaware of the things that are happening as God is fighting battles to keep every soul close to him- by Rt Rev Elena Aloysius Pius OSC
We are aware of the factors that cause the despair in our Churches and Christian Life and they are alarming. While Churches chose causality over discipline people get confused what to follow and will lose the meaning in wanting to go to Church. The young are looking for truth while those who have changed for the negative are sitting on golden pedestals looking at their braking monuments that is not to last.
We have built grand cathedrals and humanity has always built to last even the old Egyptians built their pyramids to remind the future generations of their achievement but eventually even the pyramids will crumble if not being nourished in the sense we have to look after our monuments. The grand Cathedrals that people built to thank God and express beauty on earth will fall if not being looked after the same goes for our souls and Christian Church that are the people. We will lose the cathedrals but faith is most important as that will let us rebuild and cleanse the un righteousness out of our midst. We need to build on faith alone and keep the Church pure in order to be monuments of faith in virtues and peace which the world can not give us as it is alone us to change and transform.
It is time Christianity is brought back to its original roots and morals valued again. We need to study the scripture, follow the teachings and commandments as they were given to us. Weed out all false scripture and bring God back into our midst by bringing in the traditions before being destroyed by a council that changed to crumble the church as a universal church and stop encouraging splits and breaks but attack the problems within the church.
We need to stop founding new age churches because we want to do what we please without Gods consent and give us a reason to live out sinful lives to make it acceptable and mislead the vulnerable, confused and lost souls. We need to stop pretending that we are something we will never be and put God first and not us.
We need to value the true vocation to the ministry not the reason for demonstration or rebellion against the Church and its morals. We need to bring back Love in the sense of valuing Life and purity and true friendship not within tolerance of sin but of transformation and personal conversion for the better of the soul and salvation and we have to remember that we are not immortal but need to be Christians to gain salvation after the last judgement.
It is not easy to be Christians in a world that we live in but it is up to us to defend God and to look after the mother Church and pray for the conversion of the sinners and lost. God created us as human and we become Children of God by Baptism and we are connected even if we are corrupted but can reach out to God to bring us back in godly virtues.
The Bible is the encyclopedia for our faith and God is head of the Church. We have to be disciplined and try to grow in faith and seek others to be a community in Christ. Without encouragement from other Brothers and Sisters we can be lost. We are all on a journey and need God desperately even if we are unaware of him. A blessed Lent to all.
Your In Christ
Rt Reverend Elena Aloysius Pius OSC
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today is Quinquagesima Sunday. The Last Sunday before the first Sunday of Lent.
We are getting closer to the Lenten Season that can be a very hungry time but also a creative time spent in prayer, reflection and reconciliation.
We have a couple of days left until Ash Wednesday where we receive the Ashes and begin lent.
Today Lenten Fasting and spending Lenten Time is not being practiced anymore. We do not sustain from meat on Wednesday and Friday anymore neither do we go to confession or even to Church but forget about Lent until we eat bunnies and eggs at Easter.
As a Priest i see that many people do not know where to begin especially at lent. There are a combination of things. Fasting, Reflecting, Praying, Doing Good Deeds and Reconciliation.
This time is not "About Me" or "I Want".
Lent is a time where we go into ourselves and reflect on our behavior, faith and what we do for others. Lent is a time that we have to grow in faith as faith is our nourishment to life. Our Lord spent 40 Days and nights in the desert without anything that he needed to survive including food but his nourishment was faith alone in God His Father. Satan tried to bring him of of Faith and his true vocation but Jesus cast Satan out.
During this time we need to nourish our own faith with giving up ourselves for God and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide and preserve us.
The Trinitarian Anglican Church will be spending time in reflection, fasting and prayer and will offer its members weekly blogs and reflections.
If we seek God he will listen we just need to learn how to listen to him an ask him for guidance.
Yours In Christ
The Clergy of the Trinitarian Church
Matthew 13 King James Version (KJV)
13 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.