"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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Location: Bedford, Texas, United States

I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Friday, April 06, 2007

The Altar of Repose

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew:

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

The image above is of the Altar of Repose in St. Mary's Chapel at St. Vincent's Cathedral in Bedford, Texas (photo by R.D. Foster).

The photo above is of the Altar of Repose at St. Timothy's Church in Fort Worth, a parish famed for the beauty of its worship and the devotion of its parishioners (photo courtesy of Fr. Christopher Stainbrook, SSC).


Blogger SiouxSue said...

Beautiful Altars! I am so glad you posted St. Tim's as well.

I was pleased with the way ours looked. I posted it on my blog.

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Anonymous a non plagiarized term paper said...

Traditional Catholic worship actually involves all of the senses, and appeals in fact to beauty and goodness as well as to the intellect.

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