Chancellor’s Diary

by Fr. John Jillions

Fr. John Jillions

January 14, 2014

Psalm 52

For the choirmaster, a poem of David, when Doeg the Edomite went and warned Saul, ‘David has gone to Ahimelech’s house’

But God will break you down for ever;
 he will snatch…

January 10, 2014

Psalm 51: Purge Me with Hyssop

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me…
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;

January 8, 2014

Psalm 50

Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you. 

…you thought that I was one like yourself.
(Psalm 50:7, 21)

January 7, 2014

Psalm 49

My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
(Psalm 49:3)

January 3, 2014

Psalm 48

We ponder your steadfast love [Hesed], O God, in the midst of your temple.
(Psalm 48:9 RSV)

Hesed is one of the key words of the Hebrew Bible. In Greek eleos, mercy. In Latin misericordia. It has a range of nuances…

January 2, 2014

Psalm 47: uniting earth to heaven

God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
(Psalm 47:5)

Psalm 47 is used throughout the feast of our Lord’s Ascension. So we begin 2014 with a psalm that represents the end…

December 20, 2013

Dear friends,

The Chancery offices will close this afternoon for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ and will reopen December 27th. I will return to writing the Chancellor’s Diary after the New Year, on Thursday…

December 19, 2013

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength…Therefore we will not fear.
The Lord of hosts is with us.
Be still and know that I am God.
(Psalm 46:1,7,10)

December 18, 2013

Psalm 45: “In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all”

Today is the preview of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation.

December 17, 2013

Psalm 44

Arise, O Lord, help us, and redeem us for thy name’s sake.
O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared it unto us.
Psalm 44:26,1 (Resurrection matins, tone 4 prokeimenon)