Do you know how much symbolism the Easter candle holds? From the wax, wick, flame and light to all the decorative symbols, it's full of theological meaning. Learn about it all with Richaél Lucero. Plus it's significance all year round.
Which is more true for you? "Jesus, I trust in you" or "Jesus help me trust in you better." If it's the latter, I have a tried and true practice to share with you that will grow your trust in God. It's an ancient habit hiding in plain sight in the scriptures. Listen to this episode with Richaél Lucero and reap the benefits that go with having an unshakeable trust in the Lord.
Isaiah gave many prophecies of Jesus, the Messiah who was coming to bring restoration. How far does Jesus' restoration stretch into our lives? Richaél Lucero looks at the woman with the hemorrhage to get a taste of the promise Jesus offers us. From reconciling us to the Father to our daily life situations, Jesus restores it all. Listen now.
The sign of the cross is full of spiritual symbolism and theological declarations. When making the sign of the cross we’re making many theological declarations and we don’t even realize. Richaél Lucero describes traditions in the Church for this prayer and their meaning. Look back on the history of the Roman and Byzantine Rites with her to expand your appreciation of this ancient prayer.
Celebrating the Cross is a source of power for all Christians. Richaél Lucero shares the symbolism of four Byzantine Catholic customs for venerating the Cross. They're a mighty source of encouragement and assurance of the promise of our salvation. Listen today. You'll be amazed by how simple they are to adopt in your worship space.
During Lent we hone our ability to live the Christian life. We should look to the Christian life user manual—the Beatitudes. When they have pride of place during Lent, they create a fruitful ripple effect for the rest of your liturgical year. Listen as Richaél Lucero observes the connection between the Beatitudes, Lent and the liturgical seasons that follow.
The Prayer of St. Ephrem is the perfect prayer for the Lenten season. It teaches us what to leave behind, what to strive for, how to approach God, and how to overcome the shortcomings of others. Listen as Richaél Lucero goes through this four line prayer. She’ll highlight some of the ways the Prayer of St. Ephrem offers us the best devotion for this season.
Kenosis speaks to how the Son of God emptied himself to become like man. What if I told you, by imitating Jesus' kenosis we become more like God, more immersed in theosis? In this episode that's exactly what I do! Plus I share what kenosis looks like—practically speaking and some actionable steps you can take to experience the love of God by entering into kenosis.
My favorite scripture for Lent? Joel 2 "rend your hearts..." Do you want to know why we rend our hearts, what prompts us, and what it's for? In this episode, Richaél Lucero shares the answers she learned through prayer. Listen and you too may experience new life for this season and spiritual understanding.
Pray, fast, and give alms—these three requests means Lent must be here. Did you know these acts link to Jesus' temptations in the desert and the three sins that led to the Fall in the Garden? Well they are. And! They are an invitation from Jesus to partner with him in something so significant to his mission it will blow your mind. Tune in and I'll share it all with you. I don't think you'll ever look at prayer, fasting and almsgiving the same again.
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of Jesus' last words on the Cross. Why those words? The answer lies in Psalm 22. Richaél Lucero gives a run through of this prophetic Psalm. Listen and hear how it parallels the Passion of Christ with eerie detail. You'll also learn the answer to the pressing question: why did Jesus speak those words on the Cross? And was he communicating a bigger message?
What has the Church been praying every December 17th-23rd since the eighth century? The O Antiphons—seven prayers, full of prophetic titles and Old Testament imagery of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Plus! From first to last, they climb climatically through salvation history. Listen as Richaél Lucero delves into the hopeful anticipation of the O Antiphons. You'll also get some pointers to help you lean into them this Advent and a free downloadable sheet.