THURSDAY THE THIRTIETH OF NOVEMBER 2017
* Andrew *
O God, the father of the forsaken, the help of the weak, the supplier of the needy, who hast diffused and proportioned your gifts to body and soul, in such sort that all may acknowledge and perform the joyous duty of mutual service; who teaches us that love towards the human race is the bond of perfectness, and the imitation of your blessed self; open our eyes and touch our hearts, that we may see and do, both for this world and for that which is to come, the things which belong unto our peace. Strengthen me in the work I have undertaken; give me counsel and wisdom, perseverance, faith and zeal, and in your own good time, and according to your pleasure, prosper the issue. Pour into me a spirit of humility let nothing be done but in devout obedience to your will, thankfulness for your unspeakable mercies, and love to your adorable son Christ Jesus. Amen.
( Antony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury )
Great Saint Andrew friend of Jesus,
lover of his glorious cross,
quickly at the master's bidding,
called from ease to pain and loss.
Sweet Saint Andrew, Simon's brother,
like him started life anew,
gladly spread the holy gospel
which from word of God he drew.
Blessed Saint Andrew, noble herald,
true apostle, martyr bold,
who, by deeds his words confirming,
sealed with blood the truth he told.
Never was a crown more glorious,
never prize to heart so dear,
as to him the cross of Jesus
when its promised joys drew near.
To the Father, Son, and Spirit,
fount of sanctity and love,
give we glory, now and over,
with the saints who reign above.
( Frederick Oakley )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Saint Andrew: “the Peter before Peter”
Today, Saint Laika’s remembers Andrew the apostle, brother of Saint Peter.
Andrew, according to John’s gospel, was the one to bring his brother Simon Peter to Jesus, leading Saint John Chrysostom to call Andrew “the Peter before Peter.” In fact John had a warm regard for Andrew. Not only did he bring his brother to Jesus, but in "John," chapter six, he was the one to bring the lad with the five barley loaves and two fish to Jesus, and in "John," chapter twelve, together with Philip, he is the one who brings the Greeks to see Jesus.
His brother Peter went on to become the leader of the Twelve, and Andrew seems to fade into the background. In the fourth century, when the Emperor Constantine moved the capitol of the empire to Constantinople, the patriarch there dedicated the patriarchate to Saint Andrew. Several centuries after his death, relics of Saint Andrew were brought to Scotland to a place once known as Fife, but now known as Saint Andrews.
The Western Church has always kept his festival near the beginning of Advent. He makes a wonderful complement to the other great Advent saint, John the Baptist. Andrew was John’s disciple first, before he met Jesus. Perhaps Andrew started the movement of disciples away from John to Jesus, leading John to comment in "John," chapter three, “He must increase, I must decrease.”
In any case, there’s much to be gained from Andrew. His desire to lead others to Jesus is a virtue we all can cultivate. Saint Laika’s exists out of a desire to introduce to Jesus, people who might not otherwise get the opportunity. And Andrew’s self-effacing humility is again something for us to remember in our own spiritual efforts: It’s not about me. May my actions point to Christ.
Scripture: In the tenth chapter of "Romans," at verses fourteen and fifteen we read:
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?
... for peace in the world.
... for evangelists, in particular those who risk their lives proclaiming the good news of the cross of Jesus Christ.
... for fishermen and singers; for the people of Barbados, Romania, Russia, Scotland and Ukraine and all places and institutions that claim Saint Andrew as their their patron.
... that the governments of North Korea and the U.S.A. stop their belligerent war-mongering.
... for those who have died recently 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 "Confessions" by Augustine of Hippo:
But you, “chosen generation, you weak things of the world," who have forsaken all things that you might “follow the Lord," go after him, and “confound the things which are mighty;” go after him, you beautiful feet, and shine in the firmament, that the heavens may declare his glory, dividing between the light of the perfect, though not as of the angels, and the darkness of the little, though not despised ones. Shine over all the earth, and let the day, lightened by the sun, utter to the day the word of wisdom; and let night, shining by the moon, announce to the night the word of knowledge. The moon and the stars shine for the night, but the night obscures them not, since they illumine it in its degree.
For behold God (as it were) saying, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven.”
There came suddenly a sound from heaven, as it had been the rushing of a mighty wind, and there appeared cloven tongues like as of ﬁre, and it sat upon each of them. And there were made lights in the firmament of heaven, having the word of life.
Run to and fro everywhere, you holy ﬁres, you beautiful ﬁres; for you are the light of the world, nor are you put under a bushel. He to whom you cleave is exalted, and has exalted you. Run to and fro, and be known to all nations.
Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: give unto us, who are called by your Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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