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Struck by Pentecost

Without a whispered warning, Spirit bolts us to the ground, stands every hair on end, rearranges neurons and leaves us singed and breathless, scarred along each nerve by hot transcendence. Fire in the brain, surge in the heart and lungs, … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 7: Compline

Seventh Hour: Compline We’re back to where we started. Back to darkness again, where we began in the first hour of the day. But not really. One of the great misunderstandings of spiritual life is the tendency to confuse cycles … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 6: Vespers

Sixth Hour:  Vespers Vespers. Evening. The liminal time when daylight fades into darkness. Those transitional moments—the turning of day to night, the changing of seasons, the thresholds and passages that mark significant shifts in our lives—are often perceived as “thin … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 4: Sext

Fourth Hour:  Sext Midday. Noon. The highest point in the sun’s arc as it passes through the sky. The tilting point of the day. Metaphorically, sext is the hour of greatest creativity and productivity, the time when the fire of … Continue reading

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Seven Sacred Pauses 3: Terce

Third Hour:  Terce Terce—the third hour. In our modern terms, the beginning of the working day, nine to noon. These three hours of the day are called the “little hours,” the time when work is planned and begun. Metaphorically, the … Continue reading

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