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Volume #0: Issue #3
İMarch, Vernal Equinox 2012
Web Revision: Epiphany - Mar. 20th, 2015

Edited by GHFr. Pneuma Asteros, Order Chief Adept & President.

Mystical Meditations Upon The Collects
(Season of PENTECOST)
by Mary Violet Firth (aka. Dion Fortune)

Contents:

THE MYSTICAL MEDITATIONS UPON THE COLLECTS.

So many Christians miss much of the power and majesty of their religious faith by not participating in the symbolic journey of the traditional liturgical year. This is certainly true for most Protestant branches of mainstream Christianity - with the noted exceptions of Christmas, Easter, and possibly Pentecost. All religions and forms of spiritual expression have a traditional calendar of events important to them and this allows them to take notice and focus on specific aspects of their inner spiritual lives by tying in with outer liturgical events of their Lord/Lady, God, Saints, or other concepts. Those of us within the Society of The Astral Star, (The Order of The Star of Bethlehem), make use of the standard Christian Liturgical Year as defined within the Latin (Roman) Rite with acceptance of the Greek (Orthodox) Rite as a valid expression of yearly events. We additionally include the more esoteric aspects of traditional magickal spiritual expressions.

The Society of The Astral Star, and it's members make use of the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church for a listing of the proper collect (prayer) within the Christian Liturgical (Church) year. We further use Dion Fortune's Mystical Meditations on the Collects (ISBN: 0-87728-734-1) as the basis for many of our meditations. We have additions to this work of course, however the primary meditations for reflection are to be found within the pages of that valuable book. Serious students and practitioners within the OAB system will want to purchase both The Book of Common Prayer and Mystical Meditations Upon The Collects by Dion Fortune, (aka Violet Mary Firth).

Forty Days after Easter, when the Lord Jesus was resurrected the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and other Disciples. Pentecost is the name of this event. This section lists the meditations for the collects in the liturgical season that we use for Pentecost. Enjoy!


PENTECOST: WHIT SUNDAY:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: WHITE)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 101-102


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 33:12-22 (Canticle 2 or 9 or 13)(104:25-32)
P) Psalms: PM: 104:25-37 (33:12-15, 18-22)
A) Even Years (1/3/7/9): Gen. 11:1-9 (or Exo. 19:1-9a, 20:18-20) / Act. 2:1-11 / Jhn. 7:37-39a
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Eze. 37:1-14 (or Joe. 2:28-32) / Rom. 8:14-17, 22-27 / ICor. 12:12:4-13 (or Jhn. 20:19-23) (or Jhn. 14:8-17)
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"God, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them of the light of thy Holy Spirit; grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, on God, world without end. Amen."

The Meditation:

KEYNOTE: "THE PERCEPTION OF THE CHRIST"

"The discipline of the Master Jesus brings us to the living contact of the Holy Ghost (Spirit). When our personalities have been purified by this discipline, the light of spiritual understanding illuminates our consciousness. If we have done rightly the work demanded of us throughout the period of purgation, if we have shared in our Master's passion and resurrection, then, at Whitsuntide when the great Power-tides descend upon the world, we shall receive of the spiritual forces according to our utmost need and capacity. It is for us to prepare our hearts for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; to make them clean and ready; to watch at the door for the first glimpse of the Divine Visitant, for it is only to the prepared consciousness that the Guest comes."

"Let us do the best we know and await with eagerness and confidence the Coming in the Heart of the Whitsuntide Power, and we shall not be disappointed"

"Often however, a test heralds the Coming, as the old stories so often tell; we have to recognize the Divine Visitant in strange guises. The beggar asks us for alms; we give what we can, and lo, he sheds his ragged cloak and there is the Prince of Peace! The Christ always comes as the Man of Sorrows, never as the heralded Messiah. We must be faithful over few things before we are made ruler of many. As the collect so truly says, it is to the 'faithful people' that the teachings of the Spirit is given, not to the gifted. The Master values fidelity more highly than great gifts."

"Let us, therefore, at the great Power-season of Whitsuntide listen mentally for the still smell voice of the Comforter to speak in our hearts. Let us make ourselves receptive, knowing that the power of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) is pouring through in strong tides upon the earth According to our faith will be unto us."


TRINITY SUNDAY
[1ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 103-104


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 150 (or Cantilce 2 or 13) / PM: 29 (Canticle 2)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Gen. 1:1-2:3 / 2 Cor. 13:(5-10)11-14 / Mat. 28:16-20
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Isa. 6:1-8 / Rev. 4:1-11 / Jhn. 16:(5-11)12-15
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace by the confession of a true faith to acknowledge the Glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship Unity; We beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us steadfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who liveth and reignest , One God, world without end. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "MYSTICAL UNDERSTANDING"

"The collect for this Sunday, together with the Epistle and Gospel, are so profoundly metaphysical in their significance that at first sight they would appear to be mere words idly strung together. To those, however, who understand the connotation of the symbolism employed, this is far from being the case. Every word in the profoundly mystical passages chosen for this day has its significance, and the collect itself prays that understanding my be give us to penetrate this significance."

"The wording of the collect is very pregnant. We are told that 'by the confession of a true faith' we are able to 'acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity.'"

"Faith we may define as an opinion which is based on intuition rather than upon logical grounds. It is by intuition, not reason, that we gain a realization of the supreme mystery of manifestation, the triune nature and functioning of the Logos. But this intuitive realization being gained, we are not left dependent upon blind faith, put 'the power of the Divine Majesty' are able 'to worship the Unity'"

"What is this 'power of the Divine Majesty' which is thus conveyed to us? The collect does not specify, but should we be beyond the range of legitimate speculation if we held that it was the Christ Within?"

"The spirit of a man, enabled to function by a faith which dares to trust, and to experiment with an open mind in the things of the Spirit, is not left along without evidence in support of what was originally a working hypothesis; the wakened Christ Within is able to worship, to establish contact with the Unity - with the Great Unmanifest, the source of all existence, the inexhaustible fountain-head of power, and this realization enables us to overcome in the Name of God all opposition when about our Father's business."


1ST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[2ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 105-106


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 119:1-16 (119:9-16) / PM: 1
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Ecc. 15:11-20 / ICor. 3:1-9 / Mat. 5:21-24. 27-30, 33-37
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Jer. 17:5-10 / ICor. 15:12-20 / Luk. 6:27-38
C) Synod Years (0/5):
The Collect:

"O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping of thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL"

"'Again and again the collects teach us to rely upon God and not upon our own strength. This is not a confession of weakness nor the resort of feeble natures, but means that when we are dedicated to the services of our Master, 'the weapons of our warfare are not carnal'". It does not mean that we cease to struggle and become supine, but that the scene of our struggles has shifted from the outer to the inner planes. Those who understand the significance of the Inner Life keep still upon the mundane plane when great events are toward, for they know that the mundane plane is only the plane of effects, and that all causation is in the unseen. Their struggle, therefore, is not with principalities and power but with themselves, as they endeavor to obtain a clear realization of the power of God, and hold that realization steadily in spite of the evidence of the senses, so that the thought-form so made may act as a channel for the Divine Force to come through into the plane of form."

"Let us, therefore, meditate on the omnipotent, all-wise, and all-loving Logos and then invoke the Logoidal power to manifest through us for the working out of the Cosmic Law, and we shall find that all the problems which are presented to us in the Master's service will solve themselves."


2ND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[3RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 107-108


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 71 (or 71:16-24) / PM: 37:1-18 (or 37:3-10)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9) : Lev. 19:1-2, 9-18 / 1Cor. 3:10-11, 16-23 / Mat. 5:38-48
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Gen. 45:3-11, 21-28 / ICor. 15:35-38, 42-50 / Luk. 6:27-38
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O Lord, who never failest to help and govern them whom thou dost bring up in they steadfast fear and love; keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of they holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE GOOD LAW"

"When we are beset with the difficulties of daily life, when its tragedies overshadow us, we ask ourselves whether there is indeed a Divine Law ordering all things, and, if there be such a law, is it responsible for all the misery and useless suffering we see about us."

"One thing is self evident - if no law ordered the universe it must long ago have shaken itself to pieces from sheer friction. Why should we conclude that natural law stops short with the lower animals?"

"When we come to consider man, with his intelligence and a will sufficiently free to be a determining factor in his fate, we have to expand our conception of natural law to include those higher aspects of his nature, latent in many, subconscious in most, but conscious in a few, which, for lack of a better term. we call spiritual. Surely the spiritual aspect of man's nature is just as natural as the emotional. It is neither a pathology nor a miracle, but a higher stage of evolution. It may be having a hard struggle for survival in the present age, but nevertheless, we can see that it is going to inherit the earth in due course of evolutionary time."

"May we not believe that there are natural laws of the spiritual plane of existence which govern this aspect of man's nature, and are vital, though disregarded factors in the polity of nations, which, when broken, are responsible for the mass of human misery we see about us, just as the laws of hygiene, when broken are to us the administrators of disease? Should we attribute to Divine Wrath the results of man's ignorant willfulness? Can we plead ignorance as an excuse after God has given us a standard of manhood in Christ Jesus Our Lord? We all know better than we do. It is the cumulative effect of human shortcomings that piles up the sum of human misery."

"If every single human being were pure, and diligent in his Father's business, and compassionate, the world's misery would be wiped out in one generation. For think what it would mean: sensuality would no longer bring in the world weakly bodies and depraved minds, and spread the racial poison; selfishness would no longer ignore human needs and cause the poverty diseases; self indulgence and sloth would no longer produce their inevitable results. Death would come to us in the calm sleep of old age or the swift extinction of accident, even as it comes to the animal kingdom under natural law."

"We must keep God's law, not cry out against it; and being our brother's keeper, must suffer with him when all creation groaneth and travaileth together. But if in all our ways we love God's law and fear to break it, then will He never fail to help and govern us; and the first earnest of the fulfilling of His law will be the inner peace that comes to us, even abides the human confusion that still over spreads the earth."


3RD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[4TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 109-110


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 62 (or 62:6-14) / PM: 92 (or 92:1-5,11-14)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Isa. 49:8-18 / ICor. 4:1-5(6-7)8-13 / Mat. 6:24-34
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Jer. 7:1-7(8-15) / ICor. 15:50-58 / Luk. 6:39-49
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE POWER OF PRAYER"

"Those who follow an intellectual way to God are all too apt to fail to avail themselves of the power of prayer. The positive character loves to go in its own might, and seeks rather to increase its strength and understanding than to rely upon external aid. The beginning of wisdom is to know our own limitation. We are not sufficient unto ourselves save in times of peace. The collect, with wise insight, reminds us that we are not only defended by God's aid, but comforted. Even when our strength can manage to maintain a brave outer show, even when it has been able to carry all before it successfully, who has not known the need for inner comfort in the hour of anxiety before the dawn or when the cost is counted after the victory?"

"Let us, therefore, while our souls are at peace, learn the power of prayer, so that, when our strength becomes weakness and our judgment is darkened in the hour of trial, we may be able to reach out beyond ourselves and lay hold upon God's strength and wisdom."

"Prayer lifts the soul to the heights. There, raised above its perplexities, it wins to clear vision. The power of God flows upon it, and it renews its strength; the peace of God flows in upon it and the protection of God gives it rest. Lifted by prayer to the contemplation of the eternal verities, we measure our problems against them and gain a sense of proportion. Drawn back to God by prayer, we become one again as children, and our Father is Love."


4TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 111-112


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 31 (or 31:1-5,19-24) / PM: 96 (or 96:1-9)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Deu. 11:18-21,26-28 / Rom. 3:21-25a, 28 / Mat. 7:21-27
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): 1Kng. 8:22-23,27-30, 41-43 / Gal. 1:1-10 / Luk. 7:1-10
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Oh God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; increase and multiply upon us Thy mercy; that, though being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal; grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord, Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "TWO STANDPOINTS"

"There are two standpoints from which we can look at life. The standpoint of the lower self, with its background of the senses; and the standpoint of the higher self, with its background of Spirit. The higher self is developed and awakened by means of the experiences which fall to the lot of the lower self in its struggles with life in the flesh. When the struggle is painful and unavailing, when the denial of the pleasures of the senses and the gratification of human desires forces us to seek a higher aid, when the barrenness of external things forces us to look within, we are in little danger of becoming enmeshed in matter. But when the lower self is on a flowing tide of prosperity, or when it is spurred by a fear for the loss of it's accustomed flesh-pots, we are all too apt to live exclusively in things temporal and lose sight of the eternal values by which the soul's account must ultimately be balanced."

"Even more in prosperity than in loss do we need the contact of spiritual forces, or, to use the old paraphraseology, the blessing of God, to rest upon our lives, lest we forget the purpose of life, which is the evolution of the soul, not the gratification of the senses. Let us measure all things against a background of infinity, and life itself will become for us the Way of Enlightenment."


5TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[6TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 113-114


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 50 (or 50:7-15) / PM: 30 (or 30:1-6, 12-13)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Hos. 5:15-6:6 / Rom. 4:13-18 / Mat. 9:9-13
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): IKng. 17:17-24 / Gal. 1:11-24 / Luk. 7:11-17
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THY KINGDOM COME"

"The true lover of God desires to see the coming of the Kingdom on earth among men. The prayer, 'Thy Kingdom come' is not an idle form of word for him. Do all of us, who repeat these words mechanically as part of the Lord's prayer, realize their significance in relation to the world's affairs? The next words of the prayer give us the clue - 'Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven'."

"God's will is the Cosmic Law, and the Cosmic Law is not an arbitrary enactment, but the expression of God's nature. That nature was shown forth to us in the life of Christ Jesus. There, then, we have our model. God's will is done when we live Christ-like lives. If everybody did this, His Kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdom of heaven is not a place, nor yet a form of government, but the state of consciousness which has become habituated to the Christ-ideal and dwells constantly in it."

"The kingdom comes first in our own hearts; and inso far as we realize its nature we can bring it into being in the world of men in spite of all difficulty and opposition by consistently and determinedly bring each one of our actions into line with that ideal."

"It is only through a change of individual consciousness that the kingdom of heaven will come on earth. No form of government can bring it, because it is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. It proceeds spontaneously from an attitude of mind and state of feeling; it cannot be enforced from without by laws and magistrates. Outward force may produce civil order, but it can never produce 'peace and joy and godly quietness,' and these are the signs by which we know that 'the Lord keepeth the city.'"


6TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 115-116


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 100 / PM: 32 (32:1-8)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Exo. 19:2-8a / Rom. 5:6-11 / Mat. 9:35-10:8(9-15)
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): 2Sam. 11:26-12:10, 13-15 / Gal. 2:11-21 / Luk. 7:36-50
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O God, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man's understanding; pour into our hearts such love towards thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE:: "THE LOVE OF GOD"

"The Outer Church teaches the power of the love of God towards us, but the Hidden Church teaches the power of our love for God."

"Little do we realize the tremendous potency of the yearning of the soul for the Divine Reality. When the whole soul goes forth seeking God out of an instinctive longing for the Bread of Life, it contacts the things of the Spirit at a far higher level than when it cries out for God's love to comfort it or His power to save it from its enemies."

"When we seek to know God by the power of the understanding, we can rise no higher than a knowledge of the manner in which the Divine Light shines through the prism of forms. The understanding is of value to us after we have known God as He is, but not before; such studies will not take us to God; in fact, if we have no realization of the true nature of that which we seek, they may darken our vision by holding the mind fast to the bondage of form."

"The knowledge of God begins when the operations of the mind end. It is by a form of consciousness which transcends thought that we apprehend spiritual realities. There is but one thing which will draw the soul across the great gulf which is fixed between matter and spirit, and that is an outgoing of strong love toward That which is on the farther side of the gulf."

"Then, as we so love, in silence and in stillness, asking nothing of the Love of God save that we may love more and more, the Whisper from the Silence come across the great gulf, for consciousness has ' tuned in' to the keynote of God."


7TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 117-118


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 69:1-18 (69:7-10, 16-18) / PM: 63:1-8
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Jer. 20:7-13 / Rom, 5:15b-19 / Mat. 10:(16-23)24-33
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Zec. 12:8-10 13:1 / Gal. 3:23-29 / Luk. 9:18-24
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Lord of all power and might, who are the author and giver of all good things; graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE POWER OF GOD"

"There are many different aspects under which God can be worshipped, aspects corresponding to the different forms of the Divine Essence in manifestation, for we know god only in His functions. We may adore God as Love, or worship Him as Wisdom, but there is another aspect that is sometimes forgotten in these days of a refined culture which abhors pain - the aspect of God as Power."

"It is because this is so often forgotten that religion is apt to be 'feeble, mawkish, and unmanly'. It is only when the Power aspect re-enforces the Wisdom and the Love that the great chord of God is struck, the chord that can overthrow the walls of all the fortified cities of materialism."

"We must train ourselves to reverence the great sweeping Power aspect of God, but not to fear it. We have no need to fear is so long as we keep godıs law. If we dare to trust ourselves to its tremendous current, we open a channel whereby it can flow through us into the world. But that channel, once opened, cannot be closed by our hands. There must be no faltering or turning back if we push out from the shore and give ourselves to be borne along by the rushing river of the Power of God That way lies destruction; for the great forces we invoked, though pure as fire, will shatter the frail bark of our willfulness if we turn it against the stream of their force. We can only touch the great things of life if we dare to invoke the Power of God to come upon us."

"But the Wisdom and the Love come equally with the Power, and so we have no need to fear anything save our own weaknesses and impurity. If the Power of God came alone, it would overwhelm us, but if by our lives, we have brought into manifestation first the Love and then the Wisdom of God, we may safely invoke the Power, though not otherwise. Power, following upon Love and Wisdom, renders them potent. Without that Power, they are negative, inert. Love may will and Wisdom my design, but it is the Power of God which is 'the author and giver of all good things.'"


8TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[9TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 115-116


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 89:1-18 (89:1-4, 15-18 / PM: 16 (16:5-11)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Isa. 2:10-17 / Rom. 6:3-11 / Mat. 10:34-42
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): 1Kng. 19:15-16, 19-21 / Gal. 5:1, 13-25 / Luk. 9:51-62
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth; we humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE CHOICE OF THE SOUL"

"Desire is prayer. When we desire a thing, we are invoking in as far as lies in our power, and a great deal more lies in our power than we realize, though its manifestation are not always seen n the immediate future."

"How many souls would dare to pray, 'Put away from us all hurtful things and give us those things which be profitable for us,' if they thought that their prayer was going to have an immediate answer! Is not our prayer all too often, 'O Lord, save us from the consequences of our actions and make the things we like profitable for us --'"

"How many souls are prepared to found their house of life on the rock of truth? How many try to drive piles into the shifting sands of fantasy and evasion in order to secure a firm foundation? Such a pile-driving is an expensive process, and a house erected on insecure foundations is an insecure dwelling at the best of times and in constant need of repair."

"We shall never know security, or freedom, or happiness, or health until we determined that our lives shall be founded upon truth in their every aspect, and that we will fearlessly and without counting the cost, 'turn and overturn, till He whose right it is shall reign,' for whatever the cost may be, it is less than the price of keeping a house built upon sand in a state of repair."

"If we could only dare to pray that great prayer in sincerity how different our lives would be, and how much more we should have to show for them at the final accounting. If we are willing to part with whatever is hurtful to us, however sweet it be, and to welcome whatever is profitable to us, however hard it be, our house of life will be of sound workmanship, founded on shelter us and our loved ones in security when 'the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.'"

"The higher life can only be lived in proportion to our courage, honesty, and staying power. Even though there be vision, the people will perish without this holy but humble trinity, for they are the hidden foundations of the higher life."


9TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[10TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 121-122


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 145 (145:8-14) / PM: 66 (66:1-18)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Zec. 9:9-12 / Rom. 7:21-8:6 / Mat. 11:25-30
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Isa. 66:10-16 / Gal. 6:(1-10)14-18 / Luk.1-12, 16-20
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do anything that is good without thee, may by thee be enable to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "RIGHT UNDERSTANDING"

"Life seldom presents to us a clear-cut issue, and it is not always easy to know what is the right thing, and yet, by an error of judgment, do untold harm. Again our own subconscious desires may mislead us until we 'rationalize' our actions so that our judgment concerning right and wrong fits in with our desires."

"How are we to know what is 'God's will' - the spiritual principle which governs the situation? Only by putting aside all personal feelings in the matter, and attuning ourselves to the Spirit of God."

"In order to do this, let us first read awhile in the inspired Writings of those who themselves were in tune with God. Their outlook will guide us and their spirit will influence us. By their companionship and counsel our hearts will insensibly be brought into that spirit which is in tune with God and we shall 'judge righteous judgment.'"

"Then, laying on the altar all our personal desires and prejudices in order that at whatever cost we shall do the right thing, we may pray to God to 'Grant us the spirit to think and to do always such things as be rightful; that we may be enabled to live according to thy will.' Then if we have 'kept back no part of the price' we shall find the Wisdom of God speaking in the still small voice of the higher self and our path will become clear and our souls will be at peace."


10TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 123-124


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 65 (65:9-14) / PM: 25 (25:3-9)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Isa. 55:1-15, 10-13 / Rom. 8:9-17 / Mat. 13:1-9, 18-23
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Det. 30:9-14 / Col. 1:1-14 / Luk. 10:25-37
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "RIGHT PRAYING"

"Prayer is a very great power, and it is but very little understood. God does not five us things because we ask for them, and withhold them because we do not ask for them. The Divine Life forever flows forth as from an unfailing spring, and we live and move and have our being within it as fish swim in the waters of the ocean. It is not God's giving which fails, but our receiving."

"What do we seek in prayer? The gratification of our desires? We ask our Divine Father for that which we want just as unthinkingly as children as for a penny. But with which to act; we are no longer children and must put away childish things when we approach our Divine Father with petitions."

"If the child, grow to manhood, goes to his father and asks for pounds instead of pennies to spend on idle pleasures, will he get them? No. But if he asks for the means to an honorable career, will not his father strain every effort to give it to him?"

"So it is when we approach God with our prayers. Do we ask things worthy of spiritual adults? Do we ask to be relieved from suffering, to be spared the fulfillment of our fears, to be saved from the consequences of our errors? If so, we ask amiss. We are children asking for pennies. But do we ask for courage and understanding, love and patience, and God's light to illumine our darkness, God's love to comfort our sorrow? Then we ask as souls grown to spiritual manhood, and we shall not be denied."


11TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 125-126


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 86 (86:11-17) / PM: 15
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Wis. 12:13, 16-19 / Rom. 8:18-25 / Mat. 13:24-30m 36-43
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Gen. 18:1-10a(10b-14) / Col. 1:21-29 / Luk. 10:38-42
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O God, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity; mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "ATTAINMENT THROUGH OBEDIENCE"

"God's commandments are not the arbitrary orders of a despot, any more than natural laws are the arbitrary commands of scientists. Men who understood nature have told us the result of innumerable observations and experiments expressed in a few words as formulae, and these formulae are called natural laws. But it is not these laws which determine the workings of nature; nature worked long before there were scientists to observe her. It is nature which determines the laws, not the laws which determine nature."

"So it is with spiritual laws, sometimes, according to the personalizing habit of thought of the ancients spoken of as God's commands. Men who knew the nature of God have told us things concerning His nature, and have formulated the Divine Principles as God's laws."

"It is God's nature which determines the nature of the Universe. As God is in spirit, so is His manifestation in form. As above, so below; the Divine Nature is expressed in all that He created and sustains."

"It was Christ Jesus who 'showed us the Father.' If 'that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,' you will obey the commandments of God spontaneously because it is your nature to; and just as you will be health if you live according to 'the laws of nature,' so will you be harmonious if you live according to 'God's commandments' and will be 'made partakers of the heavenly treasure.'"


12TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[13TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 127-128


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 119:121-136 (119:129-136) / PM: 138
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):1Kng. 3:5-12 / Rom. 8:26-34 / Mat. 14:13-21
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Gen. 18:20-23 / Col. 2:6-15 / Luk. 11:1-13
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more then either we desire or deserve; pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things where of our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "BEYOND OUR GRASP"

"If our aspirations were limited by our apprehensions we should be 'of all men most miserable,' but our hearts reach out beyond our minds, and God hears the unspoken desire and answers it."

"Our lower selves, clinging desperately to their material security and their personal desires, are not able to formulate the bold and noble prayers that call down the power of God. It is our higher selves, silent and hidden in the deepest recesses of our nature, which pray for and distress of the lower self."

"And all the time the Life and the Love and the Might and the Wisdom of the Logoidal Consciousness are around us like the air we breathe, pressing for admission to our self limited natures, and we are afraid to open ourselves to them lest our small securities be swept away in the great tides of Cosmic Life."

"Then it is that the higher self rises up and prays, 'Give us more than we dare to ask.'" We open ourselves freely to the great tides of spirit, come what may. And God, 'who is ever more ready to hear than we are to pray,' pours down upon us 'more than we can ask or think,' and the problems, which appeared insuperable to our darkened eyes, are swept away in the great rushing tides of Life and Love, and the memory of them is not even kept in mind."

"Let us, therefore, dare to trust ourselves into God's hands, for He is indeed the Creator and Sustainer of life, and will not suffer us to be lost, but bring us, by His mercy into the fullness of life."


13TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[14TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 129-130


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 78:1-29 (78:14-20,23-25) / PM: 49 (49:1-11)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Neh. 9:16-20 / Rom. 8:26-34 / Mat. 14:13-21
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Ecl. 1:12-14; 2:(1-7, 11)18-23. / Col. 3:(5-11)12-17 / Luk. 12:13-21
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "FIDELITY AND UNDERSTANDING"

"Two things are needed for God's service: one is an unfaltering fidelity, and the other is a right understanding of what is required of us."

"If we look back through history, we see many examples of an unflattering fidelity to God's service which to us seem to go hand in hand with misunderstanding of Godıs requirements of us. We cannot now believe that God would require us to massacre the little children of those who believed wrongly, yet men have been found not once but many times, to do this in a spirit of unfaltering fidelity."

"How are we to avoid making like errors? How are we to judge righteous judgment? We cannot do it by the light of human reason and expediency; we must be able to stand outside our mundane problems if we are to see in them their spiritual significance and judge them accordingly"

"It is only by God's grace that we can hope to do this. And what is that grace? It is the uplifting of heart that comes when we lift up our yes to the highest ideal we can conceive - the life of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the Friend of the Heart Whose influence changes our out-look. When we have been alone with Him for a little while, we find that we are judging very differently to the way we judged when we were in the midst of our problems. Guided by the Divine Counselor, we shall not be misled by our human errors, fears, and prejudices."


14TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[15TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 131-132


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 29 / PM: 49 (49:1-11)
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Jna. 2:1-9 / Rom. 9:1-5 / Mat. 14:22-33
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Gen. 15:1-6 / Heb. 11:1-3(4-7)8-16 / Luk. 12:32-40
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou doest promise, make us to love that which dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE LOVE OF GOD'S LAW"

"It is not enough that we should obey God's law from fear of the consequences of disobedience. Unless we realize the beauty of its harmony we do not obey it with the inward man. Only when we realize that God's law is the music of the spheres, that it sweetly ruleth and governeth all things, bringing forth Mazzaroth in his season and guiding Arcturus with his sons. - only when we realize that harmony is its basis and perfection its design can we joyfully give ourselves up with perfect security to its governing. Then do we know why the morning stars sang together and all sons of God shouted for joy"

"It is our finite separateness and selfishness which keeps us from this realization. Because we wish to keep back part of the price, to retain something for our private use, we fear to leap into the ocean of the Cosmic Life where we can swim freely and where there is an abundant sufficiency for all our needs."

"It is only as we develop the vision of the higher self - the faith which perceiveth the substance of things unseen, the hope which in confidence awaits the manifestation of the hidden laws, and the love which faileth not and is kind to all things, which seeketh not its own, and therefore possesseth all things - that we can rise into realization of the oneness of all existence and love God's law because it maintaineth infinite unity in eternal harmony."


15TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[16TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 133-134


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 67 / PM: 82
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Isa. 56:1(2-5)6-7 / Rom. 11:13-15, 29-32 / Mat. 15:21-28
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Jer. 23:23-29 / Heb. 12:1-7(8-10)11-14 / Luk. 12:49-56
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but ail, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.""

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "DIVINE GUIDANCE"

"Unless God keepeth the city, the watchman waketh in vain. Like water, human consciousness forever seeks its own level. It can never transcend its limitations or rise above its imperfections. It is only the pressure of Divine Life which can bring human life to higher levels."

"We will infallibly be self-deluded unless we have an external standard of rightness. We will unconsciously justify that which we desire and condone that into which we have lapsed. Our judgment of ourselves soon becomes vitiated if we have no Exemplar by which to measure ourselves."

"Man can no more rise higher than himself than water can rise higher than its source. It is only when we make contact with the Divine that we are lifted above the endless circle of the human. God's love, manifested to us by His Son and His Saints, shows us the way out of this vicious circle; in humility we open our hearts to that ever-flowing love, and it pours into us with newness of life and we rise up out of our finite human concepts to the heights whence Love comes."

"God's Love is an active, not a passive thing. It is the Great Reconciler. Jesus Christ was the expression of that Love, and ever it goes forth, like a shepherd seeking that which is lost. It presses into human consciousness wherever the door stands ajar. None who hunger and thirst after righteousness need go empty away. If we allow the human qualities of kindliness and gentleness to find expression through us, they will open the door to Divine Love, and Our Lord will come in and sup with us."


16TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 135-136


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 138 / PM: 46
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Isa. 56:1(2-5)6-7 / Rom. 11:33-36 / Mat. 16:21-27
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Isa. 28:14-22 / Heb. 12:18-19, 22-29 / Luk. 13:22-30
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and because it cannot continue to safety without thy succor, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "CLEANSE AND DEFEND THE CHURCH"

"This collect is a prayer for the helping of the Church, and it indicates clearly in what manner that help must be sought. The Church must be 'cleansed and defended,' and in the wording of the collect we see that the cleansing must precede the defending. It is the enemies within our gates that are to be feared, not the enemies without, and those enemies are not persons, but conditions."

"If the Church were as perfect as her Lord, she could safely 'answer not a word' to her attackers. The cleansing of the Church is her best defense form her enemies. By heart-searching let her rid herself of her vulnerable points."

"The collect goes on to remind us that the Church cannot continue without Godıs succor. Unless the power of God uses the Church as its channel of manifestation, the Church has no reason for existence, and her buildings would be as the temples of Greece from whose altars the gods have departed. Do not, however let us make the mistake of thinking that the Church is its organization, its parishes and bishoprics; it does not have its habitation upon the physical plane, but is built not with hands, eternal in the heavens. The Church is the company of souls, living, unborn, or born into life beyond the grave, who acknowledge its discipline. It is through these that the power of God works, not through the mundane organization, necessary as that is. An oak-wood is composed of oak trees, and a living Church is composed of living souls. If we want to defend the Church from her enemies, let us purify our own souls and lift them up to God that His power may be seen in us and draw all men unto us."


17TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[18TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 137-138


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: 26 (or 26:1-8) / PM: 112
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9): Jer. 15:15-21 / Rom. 12:1-8 / Mat. 18:21-35
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8): Ecc. 10:(17-11)12-18 / Heb. 13:1-8 / Luk. 14:1,7-14
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE GRACE OF GOD"

"When the grace of God illumines the soul, the whole life shines with an inner light. What do we mean by 'the Grace of God'? It means that we are consciously in touch with God, that we live our lives in His presence. We shall never understand this statement, however, if we think of God as a person in the sense in which we apply the word personality to ourselves. We may be said to be in the presence of God when consciousness apprehends some aspect of the Divine Nature, and when our characters show forth the God-qualities."

"But how can we know what those God-qualities are when the Personality of God is admittedly inapprehensible by the unaided human faculties? 'No man has seen the Father at any time,' but 'whosoever has seen Me, has seen the Father,' said our Lord, for He showed forth in their fullest human manifestation the God-qualities. It is, therefore, 'through Jesus Christ Our Lord' that we purify and uplift our natures till they meet the Grace of God; and when the Grace of God is with them, the flow out as spontaneously in good works as the sun gives light."

"How different is the quality of the 'good works' thus engendered! The God-qualities flowing through us to our fellow-men are life-giving, regenerating, for we are showing them God in our small way, even as Our Lord 'showed us the Father.' We are showing them God when we are loving, for God is Love; we are showing them God when we are true, for God is Truth, the Light in Whom there is no darkness. Human souls can only know God when He is thus shown to them by the manifesting of the God-qualities in human lives. It is this which distinguishes the good works done in the Name of God; the God-qualities we have developed in our own nature are channels for the power of God to manifest itself to men, and good works undertaken under such a Divine impulse operate upon more planes than one, and when we feed the hungry because God loves His children through us, we feed not only the body, but the immortal spirit."


18TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[19TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 139-140


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Lord, we beseech thee; grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE SAVING POWER OF GRACE"

"Anyone who has had to struggle, whether in himself or in others, with the power of the three great instincts gone astray, knows the difficulty of finding any force to oppose the downward drag of the animal nature that is reverting to type. The only argument that is of any avail is to plead the danger of the course and appeal to the instinct of self-preservation. But when we do this we are still moving in the vicious circle of the instincts and have not lifted the soul above it slough. The man who refrains from sin for fear of disease can hardly be said to have escaped from the bondage of sin. His impulse, restrained from manifesting in one form, will soon find an outlet in another. He will not seek to overcome sin, but to make it safe, and he will soon succeed in doing so."

"There is only one way to save ourselves from reversion to a lower type when once the undertow of nature sets in, and this is to bring ourselves into touch with a spiritual influence. Let us never forget that there is just as definite an uprush as there is an undertow, and that if we come within the sphere of a spiritual influence, we shall have to use force to resist it, just as much as if we came within the sphere of a debasing influence."

"How can we bring spiritual influences to bear on those we wish to help? By ourselves living the life of the Spirit, in touch with God. Far more potent than words it the invisible force that emanates from the man or woman who is in touch with God."

"How can we, if we ourselves are in danger from the dark undertow, bring ourselves into the sphere of spiritual influence? By putting ourselves into touch with those who themselves are in touch with God, the greatest of whom is our Lord. If we turn aside for a few moments each day from our obsessing problems to read His life and words, we shall find that we have insensibly been drawn into the sphere of spiritual influence where the current sets Godward."


19TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[20TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 141-142


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hears; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "TAUGHT OF GOD"

"We are sometimes tempted to resent the fact that without Divine help we cannot rise to the spiritual heights. Perhaps if we had a better understanding of the processes that go on in the soul in the course of its regeneration - if we had some understanding of spiritual psychology - we should be less inclined to dispute what, when all is said and done, is a bare statement of fact, well known to all who have had experience of the Mystic Path."

"Let us look at the matter in this way. How could we expect a child, untrained, uneducated, to grow up into a cultured man? It is well known that children who are cut off from human intercourse, although of normal intelligence, never even develop articulate speech. And so with ourselves, if no higher Light ever shone upon the soul could we, unaided, think out for ourselves the ideal and practice of the spiritual life?"

"Mortal man has to acquire ideas totally apart from those that come to him through the five physical senses if he is to get any realization of the spiritual life. Without the divine influence for the Divine Mind ever pouring out upon the world, we could form no conception of the nature of God. It is noteworthy that those who try to conceive of God without having had any experience of this Divine Influence have met with little success in their self-imposed task. It is not the faculties of the human mind, its reason and its scholarship, that enables us to understand god, but the inner awareness of the Divine Influence."

"To understand God, we must be taught of God, and no other teacher can do more than help us to clarify the impressions thus obtained and arrange our ideas."


20TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 143-144


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O Almighty and most merciful God, keep us, e beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou wouldest have done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "ANSWERED PRAYERS"

"This collect is the prayer of those who dedicate themselves to God's service, and it invokes protection while upon that service."

"We often hear people complain that their prayers receive no answer; and then, on the other hand, we hear examples of wonderful answers to the prayers offered up by men and women dedicated to God. It may be argued that the nature of the prayers do not differ so much, that both may ask for comfort, for strength, for help in their difficulties, but if we observe, we shall notice that the conditions under which the prayers are offered differ greatly. The one man seeks to make use of God, the other seeks to serve God better by obtaining the adjustment of mundane conditions which impair that service."

"A King's Messenger, in pursuit of his duties has a safe conduct through all countries; but a private individual traveling for his own pleasure has no such privilege, and must make his own arrangements."

"If we give our lives to God to be used in His service, even if that service be but the simple duties and obligations of our daily round, done to the glory of God and the service of our brothers, we shall find that our call for help in our daily needs does not pass unanswered, as many can bear witness. If we are struggling with moral problems in our natures - if we are seeking spiritual light when the lamp of our own insight has gone out, we shall find that the invocation of prayer brings immediate results, more than we can ask or think; but if we ask God to smooth the path of our ambitions or self-indulgence, if we ask Him to remove the consequences of our own lack of forethought or carelessness, we shall find that we are left to learn the lessons of experience. But if, on the contrary, we pray for help in our difficulties in order that we may be ready to serve God the better, we shall find that we have invoked great spiritual forces that work us to the glory of God."


21ST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[22ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 145-146


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "FORGIVENESS OF SINS"

"The more we strive to dedicate our lives to God's service, the more are we conscious of our own imperfections. As our experience of the spiritual life is developed, our sensitiveness to evil increases. Were this to continue indefinitely, we should get into such a morbid condition of scrupulousness that all action would be paralyzed, and our end would not be holiness, but insanity."

"The church, therefore, while emphasizing the evils of sin, also stresses the power of pardon. The collect for this week continues some very subtle psychology. Firstly, it says that pardon is for the faithful. It is not limited to the righteous who have never erred, not is it limited to those who have overcome their faults, but is for those who are sincerely doing their best, irrespective of their success."

"This may seem an unfair condonation of evil, but let us remember that sin is overcome in the subjective sphere of realization and regret, by a sincere desire for amendment, and willingness to shoulder the consequences without whining. The clear-up of the consequences of sin on the physical plane, consequences which may have passed beyond our control, is in a different category from the clearing-up of the causes of sin in the inner consciousness."

"Let us, therefore, if we are burdened with a sense of wrong-doing, remember that although we may still have to face the consequences of our acts on the physical plane, we can remove the causes of sin by a change of heart, and when that change of heart takes place, our Father, Œruns to meet usı and forgives us forthwith."


22ND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 147-148


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD"

"The collect speaks of the Church as God's household, and thus puts before us a very beautiful concept of religious life. In thinking of the Church, however, let us not look upon it as one of the many mundane organizations for Christian worship, but rather as that Church on the Spiritual Plane whose head is Christ and whose members are all those who look to Him as Maser, Teacher, or Saviour, irrespective of their theology."

"Such a family has many members; each with their own character and viewpoint, each with their duties to the household and their work to do in the outer world, and each entitled to individual freedom of character development. Such a family of adults cannot be united under a common discipline because of their diversity of individuality, but they can be held together in perfect freedom and yet perfect unity by the bond of love."

"This should be our ideal for the 'Household of Christ;' let its different members realize that they each and all belong to a family of which the Master Jesus is the Head, and that while each does its own work in the world, a common bond unites them."

"Let us, for this week, meditate upon the unity of Christendom."


23RD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[24TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 149-150


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness; be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "PRAYERS THAT ARE ANSWERED"

"Those things for which we ask faithfully we shall obtain effectually. We need have no doubt of that. But what does it mean to ask faithfully? There are several different senses of this word given in the dictionary, and according to our choice of a meaning will be our understanding of the requisite conditions of effectual prayer."

"Is faith synonymous with belief? If this be the case, it is only necessary to believe blindly in order to pray effectually; but experience proves otherwise. Blind belief often meets with disappointment, or has to be content to rationalize what an unprejudiced observer would consider to be failure."

"But there are other meanings to the word, 'faithful' and among them are 'loyal,' 'true to fact,' 'accurate.' Has it ever occurred to you that it is necessary that we should pray 'accurately' if we are to obtain results? That the spirit of our prayers must be 'loyal' tot the law of God? 'Not my will, but Thine be done,' said Our Lord in His supreme prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane."

"When, seeking to fulfill God's law we invoke God's help, we shall be heard of our Father. Strength, understanding, and peace flow into our hearts when this, the only true prayer, goes up to God, and our Heavenly Father grants our petition, not by a miracle to astonish the crowd, but by something far better than a miracle, the coming into operation of the laws whereby He 'sweetly and rightly ordereth all things' and which only await our fulfillment of the conditions of their operation to become effectual in our lives."


24TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[25TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 151-152


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B) Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"O Lord, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offenses; that through the bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed; grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christıs sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "ABSOLUTION"

"The concept of absolution contains more than the concept of the forgiveness of sins. Our sins may be forgiven, our moral guilt may be ended, and yet we may have to endure the consequences of our wrong-doing. But absolution implies the remission of the penalty as well as the pardoning of the transgression. How are we to harmonize this concept with that of universal law and of action and reaction as unvaryingly equal and opposite."

"Implicit in the Christian religion, and in the Christian religion only, is the doctrine of the forgiveness of sins to complete that even the inevitable reaction does not take place. This doctrine is the logical outcome of the doctrine of Sacrifice if that great natural truth be rightly understood."

"What is sacrifice? It is not the destruction of the thing sacrificed, for nothing that exists can be destroyed, it can only be transmuted. that which is burnt does not cease to exist, it is reduced to so much carbon, mineral salts, and water. When we make the complete sacrifice of the self which is implicit in the word surrender, the forces of our nature that were previously used for selfish, even if not for actually evil ends, are transmuted into a higher type of force, and it is this force which neutralizes upon the Inner Planes the forces which our sin set in motion. It is only when the redemption of the whole nature takes place that we are freed from the consequences of our sin. We are freed because we have worked out the problem on the Inner planes, and we are able to do this because Our Lord Jesus Christ showed us the way - the Way of the Cross, which is sacrifice's supreme symbol."


25TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
[26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 115-116


The Scriptures / Lessons:

P) Psalms: AM: /
A) Odd Years (1/3/7/9):
B Even Years (2/4/6/8):
C) Synod Years (0/5):

The Collect:

"Stir up, we beseech thee, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
KEYNOTE: "THE WORK OF THE WILL"

"God's grace is a spiritual potency which works on the spiritual side of our nature; but for its powers to be brought through into manifestation in our lives, to work regeneratively in our characters and circumstances, each level in our nature must co-operate and play its part, performing the especial work in the polity of humanity which falls to its lot."

"To invoke Godıs grace and leave it at that leads to the certainty of disappoint. Our reasoning faculties must think things out and arrive at adjust assessment of the facts; and finally, but most vitally, the will must bring all our energies to a focus and direct them to a single point. When this is done we shall find that these three factors, God's grace, an honest judgment, and a concentrated will are equal to any problems that life can set them."

"It is this concentrated, energized will which is of such importance in the spiritual life. God has little use for backboneless worshippers as has Mammon. But what is this difficulty over the weakness of our wills which so often besets us? So many people complain that the good they would, they do not; and the evil the would not, they do. Perhaps if we understood the psychology of the will better, we should obtain a much little more insight into their problem."

"The will is not a factor in itself, it is simply the focusing of the forces of our nature. If we are able readily to bring all our forces to a single focus, directed to a single object, and maintain that concentration steadily over a period of time, we are said to have strong wills. The weak will is not caused by any lack of the faculty for willing, but by the diffusion of our interest and desires over many objectives instead of their concentration upon one."

"We can see this very clearly in the case of the drunkard, who is said to be so weak-willed that he cannot perform any consecutive work nor abstain from alcohol, yet who, when it comes to obtaining alcohol, will show the utmost concentration of energy, pertinacity, and will-power."

"It is not that we are weak-willed, as that we are diffuse of desires. If we are going to achieve anything, we must be prepared to sacrifice something, to prune away the redundant things in our lives, and make even our legitimate needs queue up and take their turn. Nothing can be achieved in any walk of life without sacrifice, and the spiritual life is far from being an exception to this rule. Strength of will has its roots in a capacity for sacrifice - that is the real secret of its nature."

"If we want a thing sufficiently badly, we will make any sacrifice to obtain it. The man who bought the pearl of great price had a strong will."

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