St. David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales

January 19, 2013

David (c. 544) was born to a noble family in Menevia, Wales. While fairly young, he founded a monastery and became its abbot. His natural inclination was to study and meditate in the quiet of his monastery, but he was virtually dragged to an assembly of bishops called to combat the heresy of Pelagianism. Legend has it that he was so eloquent and learned in this synod that he was chosen to be the successor to the primate of Wales.

In time, he founded eleven other monasteries in Wales. The monasteries were known for their asceticism, but David was loving in his treatment and correction of wrongdoers. One of David’s nicknames, “the Waterman,” may indicate that he allowed the monks in his care to drink only water at meals instead of wine or mead.

He remains the patron saint of Wales to this day. His dying words were, “Be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith, and do the little things that you have seen and heard with me.”

Our Father in Heaven,
We thank You for the life and ministry of David. We, too, must combat the heresy of Pelagianism. We humbly ask for eloquent and learned persons to be effective advocates against the many heresies that besiege us in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. In particular, we ask that Bishop Justin Williams will be such a faithful and wise steward of Your mysteries. Amen.

Eph. 3:14-21

January 19, 2013

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 3:14)
      Holy Spirit, please us such a spirit of humility that we may submit ourselves to the Father in heaven in all things.

from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (Ephesians 3:15)
      Father, thank you for the family you have given me. Thank you for the extended family you have given me and thank you for my church family.

that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, (Ephesians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, strengthen me in the inner man and grant me according to the riches of my Father in heaven’s glory.

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Ephesians 3:17)
      Jesus, come and dwell in my heart by faith so that I am rooted and grounded in love.

may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height–to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)
      Holy Spirit, help me comprehend the full dimension of the love of Jesus and be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Ephesians 3:20)
      Jesus, thank you that it all depends on you and what you can do in me and not on what I can do by myself.

to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21)
      Father, I pray that the glory of Jesus will dwell in the generations of my family. Amen.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Isa. 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Isa. 43:14-44:5; Heb. 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42
HC: 96 or 96:1-10; Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

Albany Intercessor

St. Columba, pilgrim for Christ

January 19, 2013

Columba came of Irish royal lineage, but from an early age preferred the religious life. Even before ordination to the presbyterate in 551, he had founded monasteries at Derry and Durrow. After the battle of Cul-debrene, for which he was held in part responsible, he and a dozen companions sailed to Britain as ‘a pilgrim for Christ’ and founded a monastery at Iona.

This monastery became the center for the conversion of the Picts. From Iona, also, his disciples went out to found other monasteries, which in turn, became centers of missionary activity. For thirty years, he evangelized, studied, wrote, and governed his monastery at Iona. He died peacefully while working on a copy of the Psalter.

He wrote this prayer,

Almighty Father, Son and Holy Ghost, eternal ever-blessed gracious God; to me the least of saints, to me allow that I may keep a door in paradise. That I may keep even the smallest door, the furthest, the darkest, coldest door, the door that is least used, the stiffest door. If so it be but in your house, O God, if it so be that I can see your glory even afar, and hear your voice, O God, and know that I am with you, O God.

Father, we pray that Bishop Justin Welby will lead many in the Church of England to be pilgrims for Christ. Amen.

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