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Psalm 50

In Psalter Project on July 6, 2009 at 3:14 am

Here is my revision of Psalm 50 according to the criteria given here.

Psalm 50

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy great mercy;

and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgression.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge mine iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee only have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight,

that thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and prevail when thou dost judge.

For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother get me.

But behold, thou lovest truth; the hidden and secret things of thy wisdom hast thou made manifest unto me.

Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Thou shalt make me to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast humbled may rejoice.

Turn thy face away from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and with thy governing spirit establish me.

Then shall I teach transgressors thy ways, and the ungodly shall be converted unto thee.

Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.

O Lord, thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I had given it: but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.

A sacrifice unto God is a troubled spirit; a heart that is troubled and humbled God will not despise.

Do good, O Lord, in thy good pleasure unto Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built.

Then shalt thou be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings.

Then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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Orthodox hierarch endorses “bikers”

In Orthodox Christianity: in general on July 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Ok, the header might be a bit over the top.

Thanks to one of the faithful in my parish, Dr Bill Green, now serving abroad for our country (keep him in your prayers, “Theodore”!), a news article came to my attention, “New Orthodox Patriarch Pulls no Punches” (NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/world/europe/10iht-orthodox10web.html?pagewanted=1&emc=eta1

The article introduces us to the personal style of His Beatitude, Patriarch Kirill, of the Church of Russia. Here is the relevant material for this blog post:

“One of his appointees, the Reverend Vsevolod Chaplin, has proposed creating “Orthodox nightclubs,” where young people would gather for late-night fellowship and discussion. There are even Orthodox bikers, and Patriarch Kirill reminded the crowd in St. Petersburg that he used to ride a motorbike.”

Hey, for a simple priest motoring around on a motorscooter in SoCal, that aint a bad endorsement!

the mess in Antiochian Orthodox America and its promise for the faithful

In Orthodox Christianity: in general on July 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

My readers are no doubt familiar, at least in some small measure, of the turmoil recently afflicting the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the province of the Church of Antioch in the United States and Canada.

The turmoil is not at all settled, and indeed may yet continue for some time. However, this promises to be a wonderful opportunity for the faithful to grow in their faith. Patience, endurance, faith, ascetical endeavour, and the like are all the only recourse to those who believe. For them, this bad weather will prove to be a door to grace. For those who are in it for the culture or are mere spiritual tourists; they will be like chaff before the foul winds of the human passions which we sense roiling around us.

Among the blessings for me, is the discovery of more rich resources of our Orthodox faith. I have recently become aware of the postings of the blogsite, Ochlophobist, http://ochlophobist.blogspot.com/

Just today, he offered a post which beautifully captures the problem of our Antiochian Orthodox problem in America. We simply do not have a well-rounded spiritual diet, stemming from the experiential gaps in our hierarchy (this does not include Bp JOSEPH, who is a notable exception).  Read Ochlophobist’s post of July 2nd, 2009, introducing Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog which will orient you and also introduce you to a new blogsite, Arab Orthodoxy, http://araborthodoxy.blogspot.com/  That site has lots of meat and is worth visiting often, by my initial reckoning.

In the meanwhile, may the all merciful Lord send down His blessing!