WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-FIRST OF JUNE, 2017
O Lord, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth, fill us, I beseech you, with graces. Make us long-suffering and patient, cordial and sympathising, kind and good; teach us to hold and speak the truth in love, and to show mercy that we also obtain mercy. Amen.
( Christina G. Rossetti )
You, Lord, are most high over all the earth.
The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him;
righteousness and justice
are the foundation of his throne.
His lightnings lit up the world;
the earth saw it and trembled.
The mountains melted like wax
at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declared his righteousness
and all the peoples have seen his glory.
The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he preserves the lives of his faithful
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light has sprung up for the righteous
and joy for the true of heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous
and give thanks to his holy name.
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.
You, Lord, are most high over all the earth.
Most high and holy God,
enthroned in fire and light,
burn away the dross of our lives
and kindle in us the fire of your love,
that our lives may reveal the light and life
we find in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Eusebius of Samosata and the politics of Arianism
In the ancient western calendar today was the feast day of Eusebius of Samosata, a fourth century Syrian bishop, whose life and entire service to the Church was wrapped around the Arian controversy, which spanned the fourth century from the Council of Nicea in 325 AD to the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD.
Arianism was a variant of Christianity which confessed that Jesus, the Word of God, was not the equal to God but was, in fact, created by God, and inferior to God. In 325 AD at the Council of Nicea, this notion was condemned, and Jesus was declared “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God.” However the Council of Nicea’s ruling did not end the controversy. The Emperor Constantine, to the extent that we know, died as a Nicene Christian. But his son, Constantius II, favoured Arianism, and many of the fourth century emperors were Arian.
Eusebius became bishop of Samosata in 361 AD. In that same year, the emperor Julian began to rule. Julian reverted to paganism and persecuted the Nicene Christians.
During that time Eusebius traveled throughout Syria dressed as a military officer, secretly ordaining leadership for local churches and strengthening their faith. Julian died after being wounded in a battle against the Persians in 363. But in 364 the emperor Valens, another Arian, banished Eusebius and he had to leave Samosata under cover of darkness. He was able to return to Samosata in 378, but in 379 on his way to participate in the consecration of a neighbouring bishop he was killed when a woman of Arian convictions struck him in the head with a roof tile.
In 381 AD the Council of Constantinople met and once again Nicene Christianity was affirmed. The “Nicene Creed” which many churches still use in Sunday worship, was actually written following the Council of Constantinople. It may seem hard for us to understand what the intensity of feeling was all about, but Christians wanted to get their theology right, and they held their beliefs with a passion we rarely see nowadays.
Scripture. In the beginning of the "Letter to the Hebrews," chapter one, verses one to three, we read:
"Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word."
... for peace in the world.
... for theologians.
... that we may have the wisdom to discern what is essential to our faith and not fall out with each other over beliefs which are not necessary for our salvation.
... for those who make music in the streets of our nations. DETAILS
... for the people of Greenland who celebrate the longest day of the year as a national day.
... 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 "The Parable of the Saint" by Sundar Singh:
Some people equate watching and praying with laziness or carelessness. This is wrong. As a matter of fact, it means diving into the ocean of reality and finding pearls of divine truth that will enrich not only the diver, but others as well. As a diver holds his breath while he is diving, so a man of contemplation and prayer shuts himself in a chamber of silence, away from the distractions of the noisy world. Then he is able to pray with the Holy Spirit from above, without which it is impossible to lead a spiritual life.
My meaning is clear: God works in silence. No man has ever heard him speak or make any sound. To hear his voice, we must wait for him in silence. Then, without voice or words, he will speak to the soul in the secret room of the heart. As he himself is spirit, he addresses the soul in spiritual language, fills it with his presence, and finally revives and refreshes it forever.
Almighty God, you gave to Eusebius of Samosata the grace to suffer death for his faith in Jesus, your only begotten son. Help us always to be steadfast in this same faith, and give us the grace both to live and to die as servants of your son, Jesus Christ, 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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