Amazing Grace Sunday, February 18, 2007

Today was an “amazing” Sunday! Those who prepared our liturgy were aware that churches throughout the world were invited to celebrate together “Amazing Grace Sunday.” The liturgy was introduced with the following words,

“Two hundred years ago, British politician William Wilberforce and his band of loyal friends took on the most powerful forces of their day to end the slave trade. His mentor was John Newton, the slave-trader-turned-songwriter who wrote the world’s most popular hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the abolition of slave trade, but the work of justice and mercy continues. Today, 27 million men, women, and children are still enslaved around the globe.

We are joining churches around the globe in singing “Amazing Grace” and praying for the end of slavery–once and for all.”

We sang “Amazing Grace” as both the entrance and recessional hymn at our liturgy today so that we could pray in solidarity with others throughout the world whose heart’s desire is to see an end to slavery in all its forms.”

After Mass we were treated to a wonderful brunch which Fr. Jack McAtee, Fr. Larry Brixius and yours truly (Fr. John Derasmo) prepared. We served both a ham & broccoli and vegetarian quiche (Yes, Virginia, real men make and eat quiche), fresh fruit salad, a mixed green salad, biscuits and fruit & nut bread.

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This past week, as part of the sabbatical experience, we were invited to put together a “lifeline” which is similar to a timeline. A “lifeline” contains a recalling of the significant events, people and experiences you have had during the course of your life. Thank God I’m only 53! This includes a reflection of significant people and events, the high points and low points of our lives. After putting our “lifeline” together we were invited to share them within smaller groups of six. This takes place at the level you are comfortable sharing. What a special time of grace and healing this experience was for all of us. We will continue to meet regularly with the same group of people throughout the sabbatical to continue reflecting and sharing on our lives.

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I thought you might like to see some other photos of the Sangre de Cristo Center. These will include some of the interior of the building and a photo of the inner courtyard garden. Enjoy!

The Fire Place Room

The Chapel (Front View)

The Chapel (Rear View)

Stained Glass Window above the altar

Blessed Sacrament Chapel for Private Prayer

Inner Courtyard Garden

This week we are celebrating Mardi Gras in preparation for Ash Wednesday which will be a “desert day” (a special day of quiet prayer) for us at Sangre de Cristo. (Actually when you’re living in a desert, everyday is a desert day!)

As the Holy Season of Lent approaches let’s continue to pray for each other.


One Response to “Amazing Grace Sunday, February 18, 2007”

  1. Cynthia Says:

    Your photographs are just beautiful, John!

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