TUESDAY THE SEVENTEENTH OF OCTOBER, 2017
O Lord, in whom is the truth, help us, we entreat you, to speak the truth in love, to hate a lie, to eschew exaggeration, inaccuracy, affectation. Yea, though tribulation or persecution should arise for the truth’s sake, suffer us not to be offended. Amen.
( Christina G. Rossetti )
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE ( abridged )
Glorious things are spoken of you,
Zion, city of our God.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
As the hills stand about Jerusalem,
so the Lord stands round about his people,
from this time forth for evermore.
The sceptre of wickedness shall not hold sway
over the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous turn their hands to evil.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are true of heart.
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.
Glorious things are spoken of you,
Zion, city of our God.
God of power, you are strong to save and you never fail those who trust in you; keep us under your protection and spread abroad your reign of peace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Ignatius of Antioch,
ground down by the teeth of wild beasts
Many Christians remember Ignatius of Antioch on this day and his is a story worth telling, for he made a deep impact on the Church of Jesus in its early days.
Seven authentic letters which Ignatius wrote to churches while he journeyed across Asia Minor in the custody of ten soldiers, give valuable insights into the life of the early Church.
In the late first, early second century, doctrine was unsettled, and many ideas and notions of who Jesus was and what his life and teachings were all about, contended for acceptance. Many taught that Jesus was not really a human being, but only “seemed” so. Ignatius was a fierce opponent of this view.
He wrote: “Be deaf to any talk that ignores Jesus Christ; who was really born, ate, and drank; was really persecuted under Pontius Pilate; was really crucified and died in the sight of heaven and earth and the underworld. He was really raised from the dead.”
Ignatius maintained that the Church’s unity would always spring from that liturgy by which all are initiated into Christ through Baptism.
He exhorted: “Try to gather more frequently to celebrate God’s Eucharist and to praise him. At these meetings you should heed the bishop and attentively and break one loaf, which is the medicine of immortality.”
He wrote: “Flee from schism as the source of mischief. You should all follow the bishop as Jesus Christ did the Father. Follow, too, the presbytery as you would the apostles; and respect the deacons as you would God’s law. Where the bishop is present, there let the congregation gather, just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.”
When asked about his upcoming death, at which time he was to be set in an arena with wild beasts, he remarked: “May they grind me down like flour, to make a sweet-tasting bread for God.”
Scripture. In the forty-third chapter of "Isaiah," at verses twenty and twenty-one we read:
"The wild animals will honour me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise."
... for peace in the world.
... for the leaders of the churches; that they may teach wisely, after the teaching of Jesus Christ, and lead by example, imitating his life of love and sacrifice.
... on this, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, for the ending of poverty throughout the world and for all time.
... for the people of Kirkuk in Iraq, that their aspirations may be achieved without bloodshed; for those fleeing the city, that they may find sanctuary and be able to return home safely very soon.
... for those affected by stormy weather in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
... for Catalonian political prisoners. DETAILS
... for the Maltese journalist, Caruana Galizia, who has been assassinated in a car bomb attack, and for all who use the written word to expose corruption in high places. DETAILS
... for those killed or injured when Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a police training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez. DETAILS
... for the victims of the recent wildfires in Portugal, in particular those who have died. DETAILS
... 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 Epistle to the Ephesians" by Ignatius of Antioch:
Wherefore none of the devices of the devil shall be hidden from you, if, like Paul, you perfectly possess that faith and love towards Christ which are the beginning and the end of life. The beginning of life is faith, and the end is love. And these two being inseparably connected together, do perfect the man of God; while all other things which are requisite to a holy life follow after them.
No man making a profession of faith ought to sin, nor one possessed of love to hate his brother. For he that said, “You shall love the Lord your God,” said also, “and your neighbour as yourself.”
Those that profess themselves to be Christ’s are known not only by what they say, but by what they practise. “For the tree is known by its fruit.”
Almighty God, we praise your name for your bishop and martyr Ignatius of Antioch, who offered himself as grain to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts that he might present to you the pure bread of sacrifice. Accept, we pray, the willing tribute of our lives and give us a share in the pure and spotless offering of your son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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