The Chronicle » July 5, 2020

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yolk is easy, and my burden in light.”
{ Matthew 11:28-30 }

In the Kingdom of Captivenia

The chill of winter has finally melted into the damp of springtime, and now Captivenia enjoys the bliss of warmer days. However, as thankful as we are for frequent rain showers, we wouldn't be opposed to a few more days of scorching heat to dry the roads—it is very arduous pulling a heavy-laden cart over soft earth on one's way to and from the Market. Particularly for those selling stone and iron goods.

The Princess and the Ambassador have departed for the city of Meridianas Arbor. Rumour has it that they have gone to explore the archives of The Great Library of the Blessed. There was talk in the Market last week that the Messengers stumbled upon intriguing information regarding the self-proclaimed Dark Queen, who escaped from the Tower of Preador last year. Apparently, the news greatly troubled the Princess and she has gone in search of answers. What it is that she is seeking, no one really knows, though many are speculating.

What we do know is that in all things, the King prevails. And this time of uncertainty is no exception.

Help Needed!

Woodworker needed to help our dear Gretchen waterproof her home. The poor woman hasn’t been dry in three days!

In exchange for your service, she is delighted to reward you with 2 gallons of fresh rainwater.

Prayer of the Week

Healing Prayer of Surrender

Dear Lord Jesus, it is my will to surrender to you everything that I am and everything that I’m striving to be. I open the deepest recesses of my heart and invite your Holy Spirit to dwell inside of me.

I offer you my life, heart, mind, body, soul, spirit, all my hopes, plans and dreams. I surrender to you my past, present and future problems, habits, character defects, attitudes, livelihood, resources, finances, occupation and all my relationships.

I give you my health, physical appearance, disabilities, family, marriage, children and friendships. I ask you to take Lordship over every aspect of my life. I surrender to you all my hurt, pain, worry, doubt, fear and anxiety, and I ask you to wash me clean.

I release everything into your compassionate care. Please speak to me clearly, Lord. Open my ears to hear your voice. Open my heart to commune with you more deeply. I want to feel your loving embrace. Open the doors that need to be opened and close the doors that need to be closed. Please set my feet upon the straight and narrow road that leads to everlasting life. Amen.

You Will Find Rest

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28

Part of what can make our daily burdens so heavy is the fact that we are usually trying to carry them by ourselves.

Sometimes we carry our burdens silently out of fear of being an inconvenience to those around us, sometimes we are afraid to allow others to see our inability. And sometimes, when our burdens feel like too much to bear, it is because we expect more of ourselves than we actually should. Sometimes our burdens feel overwhelming because they are not the burdens God wanted us to carry.

Of course, God intends to make each and every one of us a saint, but He will do so at His own pace and in His own time. We should be careful to only take on those burdens that we are called to carry and not be ensnared by the temptation to compare ourselves to others. We are each of us unique and we can either rail against the person we were created to be, or we can learn to care for and love ourselves as God does. What someone else is able to carry, may not be possible for you. And that's okay! Because you were not created to be them. Keep your eyes fixed upon the King and you will find rest.

A Message from the Meresera Café

"Smile, you are a Beloved Daughter of the King.

Let your smile radiate His Light and Love to all those He brings to you this day!" ~Lady Sapientia

WANTED!

Lady Aria is in need of a net, preferably with a long handle. Bonus if it comes with someone who can run faster than her.

Lost & Found

Lost: A leather boot. It may be difficult to spot on account of the mud. If found, please return to the blacksmith. The one with a bare foot.

Intercepted Transmissions

 

Quotable Quotes

"I propose that we add a new sport to our annual tournament: Chicken Catching.
No really, it would be very entertaining.”
—Lady Aria

The Chronicle » April 24, 2020

"He then said to his disciple, "Look, here is your mother!" From that very time the disciple took her into his own home.” { John 19:27 }

In the Kingdom of Captivenia

While we are deeply saddened by the news that the Maidens and Bellesera from the mortal realm will not be joining us this year for the Festival of Maidens, life has continued as usual here in Captivenia. The market continues to flourish as the weather grows more pleasant. The Messengers are ever busy, running throughout all of Lumenorus and keeping a watchful eye for any signs of the fallen Duxarium Amalaya, the Coven, or the other Inferiun that mysteriously escaped from Praedor at the end of last year’s festival.

Many troubled souls continue to flock to the shelter of our Kingdom, seeking rest and healing that they know only the King can provide. We gladly open our doors to ones such as these! For that is the mission of Captivenia—to be a shelter for all and a place of healing, where all may discover new life and have it abundantly in the King.

Help Needed!

Volunteers needed to help prepare meals for the Rangers out patrolling the furthest reaches of the lands of Captivenia. Must be nutrient-dense, reasonably delicious, and high in protein.

The food, that is.

Prayer of the Week

Mary Dear, you are my mother. Please take my hand, tell me where to go, who to see, and what to say. Please don’t let go of my hand Mary, because I need you and I will always love you.

Never Alone

“Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your Mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” —John 19:27

Imagine for a few seconds that you are in St. John’s or Mary Magdalene’s place at the foot of the cross. They are watching their best friend die, and it's unfair and cruel. This is literally the worst day of their lives. It’s also the worst day for their friends, the other apostles. So why are they the only ones who made it all the way to the foot of the cross?

The other apostles loved Jesus too, and St. John and Mary Magdalene were probably just as scared as everyone else. They were probably terrified of what might happen to them. Perhaps the reason they were able to make it to the cross was because they were doing it with Our Lady by their side.  They weren’t doing this on their own.

This cross, this challenge, this fear they had to overcome—they chose not to try it on their own. Jesus, from the cross, confirms their choice by telling us all that Mary is to be our mother, the one always on our side against everything we must face.

Every single one of us has crosses (or fears), but not a single one of us is meant to carry or face them alone. It doesn’t make us stronger to carry our crosses alone. As daughters of the King, we have the Queen with us, waiting for us to look to her for help. All it takes is for us to ask, and we have all the power of the Queen of Heaven on our side. How amazing is that?! Look to Our Lady and remember, “Behold my Mother!”

Wise Words

Despair is when:
You desire something good
And know it is difficult to achieve
But you believe it is IMPOSSIBLE.

Hope is when:
You desire something good
And know it is difficult to achieve
But believe it IS POSSIBLE

So have HOPE because the King has made all things POSSIBLE!

WANTED!

A prize of 100 gold pieces awarded to whoever is able to apprehend the bothersome thief who continues to intercept important Messenger transmissions. Enough is enough! There will be no more publishing of their personal communications in the Chronicle.

Intercepted Transmissions

Lost & Found

Lost: Cloak clasp.
Found: Cloak.

Quotable Quotes

"I didn't fall. I was checkng to see if gravity still works. It does.” —Lady Celestria

The Chronicle » July 26, 2018

“No gift is too small if it is in service of the King.” An outpouring of generosity was exhibited yesterday as gifts and supplies were provided to the ailing village of Borealton. After a brief altercation with the guards, everyone was free to pass and administer to those in need.

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The Chronicle » July 24, 2018

Bellesera and Maidens alike were summoned by the Ambassador Andor yesterday afternoon after a letter from Princess Leisaura was received. This letter requested that a group of Captivenians be sent to investigate reports from the northern region of Meridianas. The Princess, due to other matters of state, expressed her regrets on not being able to do so herself, but that she had no doubt in the abilities of the maidens of Captivenia performing such a task.

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The Chronicle » July 23, 2018

Although there is fear since Lady Mara’s escape last year, Captivenia has again opened the gates for the annual Festival of Maidens. Maidens from all across the land have travelled to participate in this event.

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