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American Apostolic Old Catholic Church

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PRESIDING BISHOP

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ~

...

I have been privileged in my lifetime to see varied historic firsts I thought, as a child, were impossible: women in the upper ranks of the military; a black president; marriage equality.

However, as a people, we still have far to go with respect to the freedom to express our individuality in the face of persistent myths of “normalcy”, especially as regards the rights of individuals in the LGBTQI+ community. While much progress has been made on this front, those who do not conform to rigid cultural stereotypes in gender identification, dress, sexual attraction, and other persistent group identities are still subject to rejection and rampant persecution.

The theology and practice of the AAOCC, like that of much of the Independent Sacramental Movement, maintains an open ministry to those who are disaffected from other faith traditions because of their sexual or gender identity and/or practice of their distinct personhood in the face of a populace that insists on conventionality.

Jesus calls all who would follow Him and serve others to love without judgment or distinction, to put the spiritual health of the person above the man-made tribalism of “us” and “them”. God requires that we lay our prejudices at the foot of the cross and maintain the spirit of the Gospel, a countercultural movement instituted by God Himself.

To that end, as Presiding Archbishop of the AAOCC, I am compelled to add to the liturgical calendar a Day of Prayer for Compassion. While it will focus on the rights of those in the LGBTQI community, it will include those who are often dismissed by the moral majority and who deserve the same freedoms, equality, and right to pursue happiness as us all. From the immigrant to the under-payed, all who suffer from social injustices will be included in the prayers of the day.

If any of my brother and sisters in the episcopacy wish to join in this endeavor, I will be happy to share the Mass prayers we are composing for the day based on the Roman Missal. We will include a preface, as well.

I have set the date for the celebration of this National Day of Compassion for the 12th of October, the day that young Matthew Shepard was brutally tortured and murdered for being openly gay.

May our prayers that the Holy Spirit move the hearts of all who oppose the “other”, whomever that is for them, ascend before the throne of God. May this day inspire us to perform some beneficent act for someone who is unlike ourselves, for someone who is I. need of a random expression of compassion. May we all work together to render unnecessary such calls for Compassion in this overwhelmingly cruel and indifferent world. Amen.

I am Your Sinful Servant in Christ,

Archbishop Kristina Rake
The American Apostolic Old Catholic Church

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An Act of
Spiritual
Communion

My Jesus,...
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

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An Act of
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Communion

My Jesus,...
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

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Kristina Rake
Remember that we WILL be broadcasting Daily Mass today at 7pm CST. American Apostolic Old Catholic Church Join us!
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Short Reading
Isaiah 53:11-12

By his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself. Hence I will grant whole hordes for his tribute, ...he shall divide the spoil with the mighty, for surrendering himself to death and letting himself be taken for a sinner, while he was bearing the faults of many and praying all the time for sinners.

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Hey folks!

Nativity Chapel is doing a fundraiser. This fundraiser will allow us to get what we need for our mass broadcasts.

This book in the photo is the Sunday Missal. It has all of the prayers, Bible readings, and Psalms for every Sunday from now until Advent of 2018. It also has all of the Eucharistic prayers, which allows you to follow along with the priest during mass, a hymnal, rosary and stations of the cross, and common catholic prayers. It's pocket sized, this one i...s about 4.5 inches high. It's 2 inches thick using thin paper because it us so full of incredible prayer resources.

You can use it at a Roman catholic or any Old Catholic Church that uses the Roman catholic mass.

You typically have to purchase these in bulk. Anyone who donates $13.00 to the parish will receive one as a thank you gift. No extra shipping. I will also include a blessed medal.

I can only ship to the continental US. If you're in Canada and would like one, message me and I'll figure something out.

To get one, go to our website: www.nativityoldcatholic.org, and click the donate button. In the notes, write "Missal" and your address.

Thank you so much! God bless!

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Good morning, my friends. Bishop Rake, here.

As we begin our journey through the second week of Lent, let us examine those times in our lives when we ask God fo...r a clear direction, a sign, a hint of what His will asks of us right now.

How many times have you found yourself at a total standstill in life, wishing God would simply tell you what to do? Yet, pray though you might, God does not answer. He is silent and you feel frozen in some decision you've been trying to make.

Has this happened to you? It's certainly happened to me. It can cause us to remain "stuck" in life, walking swiftly while remaining firmly in place because we want God to tell us what to do. Does He want us to say yes or no? Does He want us to act or to wait?

We wonder why God is silent.

Perhaps God wants us to own the decision we make, so He remains silent with the intention of blessing either direction we take.

Perhaps God is not so much concerned with the decision we make as He is with the state of our soul or our heart or our mind. He wants us to heal our wounds and become better people. He intends to help us do well in whatever decision we make.

Perhaps God is silent because He knows we want someone else to be responsible for our own decisions. This way, we can blame another when we falter. God remains quiet in order to force us to take responsibility for the gift of our free will.

And perhaps, just perhaps, God is NOT being silent. Perhaps He's been telling us which way to go all along. We simply cannot accept His answer and so we insist He speak louder, more insistently, even force us to make the right choice.

In this scenario, God has already told us what to do. Maybe we tried once to listen, but that time didn't work out because where we ended up was close to what He intended, but wasn't exactly His will. The first try to respond to His voice may have failed because He needed us to learn something or meet someone before the time was right. The main point though is this: He's already told us what He wants us to do. But we are afraid and so are ignoring Him or blocking His voice out of fear. Fear of failing. Fear of succeeding. Fear of trying again. Fear of trying at all.

If we are true to our promise to listen to Christ, we must accept that His silence is also an invitation to follow Him, but in heart, not in necessarily in walking a certain path. Our promise is also an acceptance that sometimes, God wills that we must leave a calling because it wasn't meant to be... At that time or place. Or that we needed some person, some tool, for later. However, God IS speaking. Our fear prevents us from responding. We need to trust Him, as Abraham trusted, that the future is in His hands.

Let us spend this Second Week of Lent , not asking for new signs, but remembering all the times in the past that God assisted us and provided miracles. Those are the signs that point to His continued care in the future, no matter where we choose to go.

If only we listen.

Amen.

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Short Reading
Apocalypse 3:19-20

I am the one who reproves and disciplines all those he loves: so repent in real earnest. Look, I am standing at the door, knock...ing. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal, side by side with him.

℣. A pure heart create for me, O God.
℟. Put a steadfast spirit within me.

Let us pray.

All-powerful and ever-living God,
look with compassion on our frailty,
and for our protection
stretch out to us your strong right hand.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Second Reading
A homily of Pseudo-Chrysostom
Prayer is the light of the soul

The highest good is prayer and conversation with God, because it means that we are ...in God’s company and in union with him. When light enters our bodily eyes our eyesight is sharpened; when a soul is intent on God, God’s inextinguishable light shines into it and makes it bright and clear. I am talking, of course, of prayer that comes from the heart and not from routine: not the prayer that is assigned to particular days or particular moments in time, but the prayer that happens continuously by day and by night.
Indeed the soul should not only turn to God at times of explicit prayer. Whatever we are engaged in, whether it is care for the poor, or some other duty, or some act of generosity, we should remember God and long for God. The love of God will be as salt is to food, making our actions into a perfect dish to set before the Lord of all things. Then it is right that we should receive the fruits of our labours, overflowing onto us through all eternity, if we have been offering them to him throughout our lives.
Prayer is the light of the soul, true knowledge of God, a mediator between God and men. Prayer lifts the soul into the heavens where it hugs God in an indescribable embrace. The soul seeks the milk of God like a baby crying for the breast. It fulfils its own vows and receives in exchange gifts better than anything that can be seen or imagined.
Prayer is a go-between linking us to God. It gives joy to the soul and calms its emotions. I warn you, though: do not imagine that prayer is simply words. Prayer is the desire for God, an indescribable devotion, not given by man but brought about by God’s grace. As St Paul says: For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself intercedes on our behalf in a way that could never be put into words.
If God gives to someone the gift of such prayer, it is a gift of imperishable riches, a heavenly food that satisfies the spirit. Whoever tastes that food catches fire and his soul burns for ever with desire for the Lord.
To begin on this path, start by adorning your house with modesty and humility. Make it shine brightly with the light of justice. Decorate it with the gold leaf of good works, with the jewels of faithfulness and greatness of heart. Finally, to make the house perfect, raise a gable above it all, a gable of prayer. Thus you will have prepared a pure and sparkling house for the Lord. Receive the Lord into this royal and splendid dwelling — in other words: receive, by his grace, his image into the temple of your soul.

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