MONDAY THE SEVENTEENTH OF JULY, 2017
Though we know not what is best, give to us, Lord, what you see fit; only fit us for what you give, and let it bring to our souls health and peace, with some good to our neighbour and the world, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
Make me to yourself a temple of holy things, and abiding with me, O Lord, at the last, be ever gracious unto your servant.
Let me do some work which may be accepted in your mercy, though unworthy in your pure sight.
Bless my work to good, to the fullness of which it is capable, and let me thank you for it with joy in the end.
Into your hands we commend our spirit, soul, and body, of which you are creator, saviour, restorer, a God of truth.
Lord, to you I commit my going out and my coming in this day. Amen.
( Rowland Williams )
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR ( abridged )
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Alleluia.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
You are clothed with majesty and honour,
wrapped in light as in a garment.
You spread out the heavens like a curtain
and lay the beams of your dwelling place
in the waters above.
You make the clouds your chariot
and ride on the wings of the wind.
You make the winds your messengers
and flames of fire your servants.
You laid the foundations of the earth,
that it never should move at any time.
You covered it with the deep like a garment;
the waters stood high above the hills.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
They rose up to the hills
and flowed down to the valleys beneath,
to the place which you had appointed for them.
You have set them their bounds
that they should not pass,
nor turn again to cover the earth.
You send the springs into the brooks,
which run among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field,
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
Beside them the birds of the air make their nests
and sing among the branches.
You water the hills from your dwelling on high;
the earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
You make grass to grow for the cattle
and plants to meet our needs,
bringing forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden our hearts,
oil to give us a cheerful countenance
and bread to strengthen our hearts.
The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
in which the birds build their nests,
while the fir trees are a dwelling for the stork.
The mountains are a refuge for the wild goats
and the stony cliffs for the conies.
You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows the time for its setting.
You make darkness that it may be night,
in which all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
The sun rises and they are gone
to lay themselves down in their dens.
People go forth to their work
and to their labour until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, spread far and wide,
and there move creatures beyond number,
both small and great.
There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
which you have made to play in the deep.
All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it them, they gather it;
you open your hand and they are filled with good.
When you hide your face they are troubled;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return again to the dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
he looks on the earth and it trembles;
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being.
So shall my song please him
while I rejoice in the Lord.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Alleluia.
send your Holy Spirit to renew this living world,
that the whole creation,
in its groaning and striving,
may know your loving purpose
and come to reflect your glory;
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Beginning of the Great Schism, 1054
On the sixteenth of July, 1054, legates from Pope Leo the Ninth placed a notification of excommunication on the altar of the Hagia Sophia for the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius. He responded by excommunicating Pope Leo. The Great Schism had begun.
The relation of the Byzantine Church to the Roman may be described as one of growing estrangement from the fifth to the eleventh century. The issues were many. The Byzantine Church allowed for a married clergy. They used leavened, rather than unleavened bread for Communion. The geo-political changes in Europe had left the pope as a temporal and spiritual leader, while the patriarch led the Church alongside the Christian emperor in Constantinople. Most importantly, the Roman Church had altered the ancient Nicene Creed to say that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father and the Son. While the Byzantine Church kept the original idea that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father alone. This controversy came to be known by the Latin word "filioque" which means “and the Son.”
Attempts have been made throughout the centuries to heal the schism. But the mutual excommunications of the sixteenth of July, 1054 remained in effect until 1965, when Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul the Sixth agreed to remove them. Even though the excommunication is lifted, the two great branches of the Christian Church are still not in communion with one another, though progress is being made.
Scripture. In the "First Letter of John," chapter four, verses twenty and twenty-one, we read:
“Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”
... for peace in the world.
... for all efforts to reunite the divided Churches.
... that Christians may learn to make loving deeds a priority over theological uniformity.
... for accountability and subjection to international law at all levels of our societies on this, the World Day for International Justice; for those who work for the International Criminal Court and those who seek to bring corrupt leaders of nations and armed forces to justice. DETAILS
... for those who are nearing their death.
... for those who want to take their own lives rather than go through a painful death.
... for those suffering from motor neurone disease.
... for those who are undergoing treatment or palliative care for cancer or for another life threatening illness.
... for the people of Venezuela who are experiencing civil unrest in their country at this time; that their government may turn away from despotic rule.
... for those who drowned when flash floods, after monsoon-like rains, swept through a swimming hole in the US state of Arizona. DETAILS
... for the safety of those who are travelling or on vacation.
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
From "Wisdom of the Sadhu" by Sundar Singh:
God has created us with spiritual faculties and powers, but these must be used or else they will decay and be lost. Faith must be fixed on the living God or else irreverence and sin will rule; they will lead to doubt and ultimately destroy all faith.
Sometimes people say that they are ready to believe in God if only this or that doubt is removed or satisfied. Can one go to a doctor and ask that the pain of a broken arm be removed before the bone is set? This would be ridiculous because the pain is the result of the break. Once the limb has been set, the pain will pass away by itself. Doubts are spiritual pains that arise from our sin. Irreverence has broken our spiritual oneness with God. We must first restore spiritual union with God; then doubts with regard to the existence of God or the divinity of the Master will disappear on their own. Only then will the pain fade. Only then will we experience the wonderful spiritual peace that the world can neither give nor take away.
The Master reveals God to us so that the union between God and us sinful humans might be restored. He has opened the way for us to enter his heavenly realm. Whoever sincerely seeks truth with an open heart will find it revealed in the Master.
We do not need knowledge of Hebrew or Greek, but we do need to be united with the Spirit. This Spirit guided the prophets and followers who recorded his words, and this spirit alone can reveal their true meaning to us. The language of the Master is spiritual, and we can only understand its meaning if we are awake in spirit. We do not need to know or understand anything about theological questions or criticisms. Indeed, a child can most readily grasp the Master’s teaching, for the child is still united with the spiritual world from which it came. But those who possess wisdom that is only of this world can never understand, for the Master’s spirit is not in them.
Dear Jesus, you are our prince of peace and you prayed for unity in the body of Christ, that we may be united in love just as you are united with the Father in love. Give your children the desire to love one another, as you have loved us, for by this will all people know that we are your disciples. Give us a hunger to live in union with each other and may we be united as one in the bond of peace and fellowship in the Spirit. Amen
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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