King Oswald

January 26, 2012

While exiled, Oswald (604-642) spent part of his boyhood with the monks on Iona. He later became King of Northumbria and evangelized it. Cadwallon had killed Oswald’s brother, the king, after he attempted to negotiate peace. From Wiki:

Subsequently, Oswald, at the head of a small army . . . met Cadwallon in battle at Heavenfield . . . Before the battle, Oswald had a wooden cross erected; he knelt down, holding the cross in position until enough earth had been thrown in the hole to make it stand firm. He then prayed and asked his army to join in.

Adomnán in his Life of Saint Columba offers a longer account, which Abbot Ségéne had heard from Oswald himself. Oswald, he says, had a vision of Columba the night before the battle, in which he was told:

Be strong and act manfully. Behold, I will be with thee. This coming night go out from your camp into battle, for the Lord has granted me that at this time your foes shall be put to flight and Cadwallon your enemy shall be delivered into your hands and you shall return victorious after battle and reign happily.

Oswald described his vision to his council and all agreed that they would be baptised and accept Christianity after the battle. In the battle that followed, the British were routed despite their superior numbers; Cadwallon himself was killed.

Once king, Oswald requested a missionary bishop be sent to Northumbria. Oswald gave the island of Lindisfarne to Aidan as his episcopal see, and Aidan achieved great success in spreading the Christian faith; Bede mentions that Oswald acted as Aidan’s interpreter when the latter was preaching, since Aidan did not know English well and Oswald had learned Irish during his exile.

We thank You for the saints before us. May we too plant the cross in the battles of our daily lives and heaven come to the field of our existence. Amen.

Psalm 118:1-4

January 26, 2012

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
      Jesus, let your people throughout this diocese give you thanks for your goodness and mercy.

Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:2)
      Father, let the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church now say, “His mercy endures forever.”

Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:3)
      Holy Spirit, let the clergy and lay leaders of this diocese now say, “His mercy endures forever.”

Let those who fear the LORD now say, “His mercy endures forever. ” (Psalm 118:4)
      Father, let the men and women, youths and children in the pews acknowledge your enduring mercy. Thank you.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Gen. 16:15-17:14: Heb. 10:1-10: John 5:30-47
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Gen. 17:15-27: Heb. 10:11-25: John 6:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday (Mark 1:21-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111) so that you can receive all that God has for you.

***** Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Note to self. Move from negative thinking to positive thinking. Is there a coincidence that the math sigh for negative is – the sign for positive is + a cross? Friend, seek first the Kingdom of God though the Cross +. Matt 6:33 put a + before and after everything you do and think.

Albany Intercessor

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