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March Sermon: Walking Forward, not Looking Back

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March Sermon: Walking Forward, not Looking Back

Post by Justin Cline on Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:15 pm

The First Reading

2 Sanguinara, chapter four

6By doing God’s will we are Damned and Sanctified. We are monsters, but we serve Heaven, not Hell. 7We should therefore put aside our memories of the things we loved when we lived and were not Damned, because it is not our place to bear the concerns of mortals. 8We have become only a little lower than the angels, glorifying God as we bring fear and suffering to the living. 9Though our work is sinful, our mission is divine.

The Second Reading

2 Sanguinara, chapter seven

In Alexandria, Maron and the Monachus preached the word of Longinus to the Damned, and brought a few more to Damnation, 2but the Ruler of that place, whose name was Timaeus the Cappadocian, commanded that they cease their preaching. 3The Monachus made no sign that he had heard the edict, and Maron followed suit. 4Timaeus sent his minions to destroy them with fire, but the Monachus escaped, and Maron would have been destroyed had he not worked a miracle, and made himself take on the aspect of a demon that was so horrible, the servants of Timaeus could only cower.


The Homily

Walking Forward, not looking Back.

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for coming out.  I had not expected much of a turnout due to the tribulations facing our city.  I will keep this sermon short, as I’m sure many of you have last minute plans before the exodus tomorrow night.

These two passages, while separated by some unknown amount of time during the journey of Monachus and The Four are still both about their evangelical travels and the tribulations they faced.  The title of my sermon reflects what Monachus told The Four early in their journey.  When the First Disciple said “We should therefore put aside our memories of the things we loved when we lived…” he was technically speaking of the need for the Damned to not cling to the things that were important when we were alive, but to focus on our true purpose, our holy predations, for the will of the Lord is greater than anything material we hold in esteem.  However, I believe that a parallel can be drawn here with what is happening here in this city.

We must put aside our memories and the things we love about this city that we currently call home.  It is our divine calling to put behind us what we have built up here, and to move to a new land.  For we are a little lower than the angels, and the mortals we use as tools, and the resources and real estate we have accumulated here in this city are fleeting.  They are but a means to an end.  Our true purpose is to glorify God in our nightly predations.  To bring the fear of sin to the kine and the truth of Longinus to all Kindred.  “Though our work is sinful, our mission is divine.”

Now, of course our nights will certainly not be persecution free.  The atheist and the heretic are all around us, and many of them hold places of considerable power.  Do not let this concern you brethren.  In chapter seven I read: “In Alexandria, Maron and the Monachus preached the word of Longinus to the Damned, and brought a few more to Damnation, but the Ruler of that place, whose name was Timaeus the Cappadocian, commanded that they cease their preaching. The Monachus made no sign that he had heard the edict, and Maron followed suit.”  

In Alexandria, Maron and Monachus faced a heretical Prince. The Prince demanded they stop preaching the word of the Centurion, but they did not listen.  They continued to glorify the Lord by being the perfect predators He commanded them to be.  When the heretical Prince attempted to stop them by force, Maron was blessed and performed a Dark Miracle.  He was granted the strength by God to defend himself, and the holy words that he and the First Childe were preaching.

Let this be an example to you, a story to uplift your spirits.  It is very likely we will suffer persecution in this new city for not worshiping the false gods of the Prince that rules that place.  However, these gods are insignificant compared to the Lord who Damned us.  He gives us the Dark Gifts of our blood, and the Dark miracles of His power as a spear and a shield against those who would stand against us.  In doing His work, we are protected from harm, and we are raised up to be holy predators, perfectly damned in His name.

So, as we travel to Dark Ridge tomorrow night, and as we meet the Kindred of this city this Saturday, remember these words.  

For we are the Grandeur,
We are the Sanctified.

Intercessions

A Prayer of Evangelism
Almighty God, whose wisdom surpasses all understanding, give to these Kindred the knowledge of your plan. Let them partake of the blessing of their Damnation and let them find direction in your plan

Amen

A Prayer for the Times
Lord of Lords, in this time of strife and confusion, of puppets and demagogues, grant unto us your servants, the divine providence to recognize the opportunity that sits before us. Strengthen our resolve as we strengthen the society around us. Walk with your flock as they go out into the world. Let them rise in stature to bring further glory to you. Make them lord of all they survey as you are Lord of all. Grant to them your righteous fury, as you bring judgment to the world. For yours and yours alone is all the kingdoms and all the power.

Amen

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
My God, all praise is due to you for the miracle of transformation that you bestowed upon the centurion. Blessed are we who know the truth of divinity in the world because of the blood of the Christ that gave the Centurion sight and life! May we ever walk in his ways and follow his example, by your power and will.

Amen

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