Chancellor’s Diary

by Fr. John Jillions

Fr. John Jillions

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)

December 13, 2013

Psalm 43

Oh send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me,

let them bring me to thy holy hill
 and to thy dwelling!
Psalm 43:3 (Transfiguration, entrance hymn)

December 12, 2013

Psalm 42

As a deer longs 
for flowing streams,
 so longs my soul
 for thee, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
(Psalm 42:1)

December 11, 2013

Psalm 41

Blessed is the man who cares for the poor and the weak
(Psalm 41:1)

Care for the poor is a constant theme in the…