The Venerable Bede, scholar

January 24, 2013

Bede’s parents brought him to the monastery at Jarrow at the age of seven. He spent the remainder of his life there. The Venerable Bede (673-735) is the greatest scholar of Saxon England, having produced 37 works. He is sometimes called the father of English history. His Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation is the source of most information on English history to the year 731. He died while dictating a translation of the Gospel of St. John.

I pray you, noble Jesu, that as You have graciously granted me joyfully to imbibe the words of Your knowledge, so You will also of Your bounty grant me to come at length to Yourself the Fount of all wisdom, and to dwell in Your presence forever.

Our Father in heaven,
Jacob’s sheep and goats looked at the spotted tree branches at the watering trough and gave birth to spotted offspring. Bede imbibed the words of Your knowledge, and the words of his heart reflected Your glory. We praise Your holy name, and we thank You for his life and ministry.
We pray that the scholars of the Church of England will in like manner drink deeply of Your words of knowledge and wisdom. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. May godly counsel be drawn out for the establishment of Your kingdom in the Church of England as it is in heaven. Amen. Amen.

Ephesians 5:16-21

January 24, 2013

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, (Ephesians 5:15)
      Holy Spirit, please give us wisdom in our walk with Jesus.

redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)
      Jesus, help each of us to be a part of your plan of redemption in the midst of the surrounding evil.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:17)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to understand and do the mind and will of Jesus.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 )
      Help us, Holy Spirit, to avoid all dissipation and be filled to overflowing with your presence.

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)
      Jesus, help us speak to one another in ways that build each other up in you. Help us to make melody in our heart to you.

giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 5:20)
      Father, thank you for your mercy and love for me in the name of your son Jesus.

submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:21)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be mutually submitted to one another in Christ Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for the seed of my word to produce a rich harvest in you.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isa. 45:5-17; Eph. 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34
Friday: 31 * 35; Isa. 45:18-25; Eph. 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 24 St. Luke’s, Catskill – The Rev’d David Sutcliffe, The Rev’d Henry Verdaasdonk

***** A couple of years ago when I started using a cane I noticed an odd thing at work: some people who used to nod to me in the hallways no longer did any more. They didn’t know how to handle my disability so I became invisible to them. No matter how disabled I am by sin, I am NEVER invisible to God. I am always in his sight and he acknowledges my presence. Thank you, Jesus! [Note from Torre]

Albany Intercessor

St. Chad, monk and Bishop of Mercia

January 24, 2013

One of four brothers dedicated to service in the church, Chad (623-672) was trained by Aidan of Lindisfarne (Holy Island). His elder brother Cedd had built a monastery at Lastingham, where he governed as abbot. At his death, Cedd left the abbacy to Chad.

Shortly afterwards he was irregularly made Bishop of the Northumbrians, with his see at York, by the king, the king having become impatient at the absence of St. Wilfrid, who had originally been appointed to the see but had gone to France to receive consecration. On Wilfrid’s return, Archbishop Theodore denied the legitimacy of Chad’s appointment. Chad responded, “If you consider that I have not been properly consecrated, I willingly resign this charge of which I never thought myself worthy. I undertook it, though unworthy, under obedience.” Impressed by his humility, Theodore regularized his consecration and in the same year provided for him to be Bishop of the Mercians with his see at Lichfield.

Following apostolic example, Chad traveled on foot. Theodore ordered him to ride, at least on longer journeys. When Chad hesitated, the Archbishop is said to have lifted him bodily onto the horse

Father in heaven,
We thank You for the lives of Chad and his brothers. We pray that Bishop Justin Welby and the leaders of the Church of England will likewise be marked by humility. Amen.

Hat tip: SF

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