January 17, 2013
St. Alban’s Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago – more than 200 years before St Augustine arrived in Canterbury. The building’s amazing mixture of architectural styles bears witness to the many centuries of its life, first as a monastic Abbey and now as a Cathedral. Down all those centuries countless pilgrims have come to honour the saint’s sacrifice and offer their prayers at his shrine – and they still come in their thousands today.
Father, bless The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans; The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, Bishop of Bedford; The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Hertford; and The Very Reverend Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Alban’s Cathedral. Amen.
From the diocesan website:
draw us deeper into your love;
Jesus our Lord,
send us to care and serve;
make us heralds of good news.
Stir us, strengthen us,
teach and inspire us
to live your love
with generosity and joy,
imagination and courage;
for the sake of your world
and in the name of Jesus,
January 17, 2013
According to tradition, Alban (c. 304) is the first British martyr. A soldier in the Roman army, he gave shelter to a Christian priest who was fleeing persecution and was converted by him. When officers came to Alban’s house, he dressed himself in the garments of the priest and gave himself up. Alban was tortured and martyred in place of the priest, on the hilltop where the Cathedral of St. Alban’s now stands.
When Alban was brought in, the judge happened to be standing before an altar, offering sacrifice to devils… Alban said, “I worship and adore the living and true God, who created all things.”
Revelation 5:9-14 (ESV)
9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” . . .
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” . . .
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
O Lord, we join our voices with the living creatures and the elders and the myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands of angels and say, Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever! We send our praise over the site of St. Alban’s martyrdom and the entire diocese of St. Alban. Amen.
January 17, 2013
Praying the Apostles’ Creed
He descended into hell;
Jesus, you went to the place of the dead to preach to the dead that they might live according to God in the spirit. Come and visit all the dead branches of your church and graft them back into the vine. Thank you. (1 Peter 4:6)
Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh–who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands — that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13)
Jesus, we pray for all those who are without hope and without you, that they will be found by you and brought to new life and hope in you. Thank you.
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Isa. 41:17-29; Eph. 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Isa. 42:(1-9)10-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22