TUESDAY THE TWELFTH OF SEPTEMBER, 2017
O God, our true Life, in whom and by whom all things live, you command us to seek you, and are ready to be found; you bid us knock, and open the door when we do so. To know you is life, to serve you is freedom, to enjoy you is a kingdom, to praise you is the joy and happiness of the soul. I praise, and bless, and adore you, I worship you, I glorify you, I give thanks to you for your great glory. I humbly beseech you to abide with me, to reign in me, to make this heart of mine a holy temple, a fit habitation for your divine majesty. O maker and preserver of all things, visible and invisible, keep, I beseech you, the work of your own hands, who trusts in your mercy alone for safety and protection. Guard me with the power of your grace, here and in all places, now and at all times, forevermore. Amen.
( Augustine of Hippo )
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN part two (abridged)
My delight shall be in your commandments.
Teach me, O Lord,
the way of your statutes
and I shall keep it to the end.
Give me understanding
and I shall keep your law;
I shall keep it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for therein is my delight.
Incline my heart to your testimonies
and not to unjust gain.
Turn away my eyes
lest they gaze on vanities;
O give me life in your ways.
Confirm to your servant your promise,
which stands for all who fear you.
Turn away the reproach which I dread,
because your judgements are good.
Behold, I long for your commandments;
in your righteousness give me life.
Let your faithful love
come unto me, O Lord,
even your salvation,
according to your promise.
Then shall I answer those who taunt me,
for my trust is in your word.
O take not the word of truth
utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is in your judgements.
So shall I always keep your law;
I shall keep it for ever and ever.
I will walk at liberty,
because I study your commandments.
I will tell of your testimonies,
even before kings,
and will not be ashamed.
My delight shall be
in your commandments,
which I have greatly loved.
My hands will I lift up
to your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.
Remember your word to your servant,
on which you have built my hope.
This is my comfort in my trouble,
that your promise gives me life.
The proud have derided me cruelly,
but I have not turned aside from your law.
I have remembered
your everlasting judgements, O Lord,
and have been comforted.
Your statutes have been
like songs to me
in the house of my pilgrimage.
I have thought on your name
in the night, O Lord,
and so have I kept your law.
These blessings have been mine,
for I have kept your commandments.
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.
My delight shall be in your commandments.
God of loving mercy,
in this place of our pilgrimage
turn your laws into songs,
that we may find your promises
fulfilled in Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
In 1867, Bishop Charles Quintard of Tennessee was attempting to rebuild his diocese after the Civil War. He arranged for sisters from the Community of Saint Mary, an order of Anglican nuns, to come to Memphis and start a home for war orphans and a school.
In 1872, the sisters came, and just as their work was underway, Memphis was devastated by an attack of the yellow fever. The sisters, under the leadership of Sister Constance, turned their headquarters into a hospital and ministered courageously to the victims of the fever. In the end there were over two thousand casualties.
By 1874 they had gotten their school up and running, with a complement of eighty students. Things were going well for them, when in 1878 Memphis was struck again with s virulent form of the yellow fever. Thousands fled Memphis, but the sisters stayed to minister to the victims. By August half the population of Memphis had fled, casualties from the fever were mounting at seventy dead per day. By September the death toll was up to eighty per day, and the nuns started to succumb to the fever. Many of them, together with other clergy and lay helpers died serving the sick of Memphis. Sister Constance died on the ninth of September. She was only thirty-three years old. Her dying words were inscribed on the high altar of the Memphis Cathedral: “Alleluia! Hosanna!”
Saint Laika’s also remembers Charles Fuge Lowder, an Anglican priest, very active in urban ministry, and the Oxford Movement. In February 1855, he and five other priests founded The Society of the Holy Cross. In 1860 an epidemic of cholera broke out in the London docks area where his church was located. The tireless efforts of himself and his mission priests and sisters, won them enduring respect and admiration. He died on the ninth of September, 1880.
Scripture. In "Second Corinthians," chapter one, at verses three and four, we read:
“Blessed be the god and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and the god of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.”
... for peace in the world.
... for confidence in God, so strong that we would sacrifice all, even our own lives, in the commission of the commandments of God.
... for the eradication of the epidemics that sweep through our world and the will to relieve the poverty that makes them virulent.
... for the people of Cape Verde who celebrate their national day today.
... for those living in lands devastated by Hurricane Irma and for those working to get aid to them.
... for an end to nuclear escalation.
... 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 "Practical Religion" by J. C. Ryle:
A zealous man in religion is pre-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in spirit. He sees one thing, he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed-up in one thing and that one thing is to please God. Whether he lives or whether he dies; whether he has health or whether he has sickness; whether he is rich or whether he is poor; whether he pleases man or whether he gives offence; whether he is thought wise or whether he is thought foolish; whether he gets blame or whether he gets praise; whether he gets honour or whether he gets shame; for all this the zealous man cares nothing at all. He burns for one thing and that one thing is to please God and to advance God's glory. If he is consumed in the very burning he is content. He feels that, like a lamp, he is made to burn and if consumed in burning he has but done the work for which God appointed him. Such a one will always find a sphere for his zeal. If he cannot preach and work and give money he will cry and sigh and pray. Yes, if he is only a pauper, on a perpetual bed of sickness, he will make the wheels of sin around him drive heavily by continually interceding against it. If he cannot fight in the valley with Joshua then he will do the prayer-work of Moses, Aaron, and Hur, on the hill. (Exodus 17:9-13.) If he is cut off from working himself he will give the Lord no rest until help is raised up from another quarter and the work is done. This is what I mean when I speak of "zeal" in religion.
Compassionate God, we give you thanks for the heroic witness of Constance and her companions and Charles Lowder and his companions who, in times of plague and pestilence, were steadfast in their care for the sick, without regard for their own lives. Inspire in us a similar love and commitment to those in need; for the sake of your dear son, Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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