Lent Prayers – St. Augustine: Move me to do what is Holy

February 24, 2015

Thanks to John Birch at Faith and Worship, I was reminded of this great prayer from St. Augustine, which we first posted in 2007, and then again in Lent 2009,

Breathe on me, Holy Spirit,
that I may think what is holy.
Move me, Holy Spirit,
that I may do what is holy.
Attract me, Holy Spirit,
that I may love what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may guard what is holy.
Guard me, Holy Spirit,
that I may keep what is holy.

– St Augustine of Hippo (AD354-430)

There are at least 8 or 9 other great quotes and prayers from St. Augustine we’ve posted in years’ past.  You can find them here.

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Lent Quotes: St. Augustine – in Him we have overcome the devil

March 12, 2014

Thanks to Will at Prydain for posting this wonderful quote from Saint Augustine of Hippo:

Our Lord’s will has been to prefigure us, who are His body, in that Body of His in which He has already died and risen, and ascended into Heaven; that whither the Head has gone before, thither the members may trust to follow. Therefore He represented us in Himself, when He willed to be tempted by Satan. For in Christ you were tempted, since Christ had flesh for Himself from you, salvation from Himself for you; death for Himself from you, life from Himself for you; insults for Himself from you, honours from Himself for you; therefore temptation for Himself from you, victory from Himself for you. If in Him we have been tempted, in Him we overcome the devil. Do you observe that Christ was tempted, and not also that He conquered? Recognize yourself as tempted in Him, and recognize yourself as conquering in Him.   (emphasis added)

–St. Augustine, on Psalm lx.


England

January 5, 2014

Revelation 12:15 (NKJV)
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

Excerpt from Chapter 26 of The City of God by St. Augustine of Hippo:

. . . inasmuch as God commanded him [Noah], I say, to make an ark, in which he might be rescued from the destruction of the flood, along with his family, i.e., his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, and along with the animals who, in obedience to God’s command, came to him into the ark: this is certainly a figure of the city of God sojourning in this world; that is to say, of the church, which is rescued by the wood on which hung the Mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus. For even its very dimensions, in length, breadth, and height, represent the human body in which He came, as it had been foretold. For the length of the human body, from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, is six times its breadth from side to side, and ten times its depth or thickness, measuring from back to front: that is to say, if you measure a man as he lies on his back or on his face, he is six times as long from head to foot as he is broad from side to side, and ten tittles as long as he is high from the ground. And therefore the ark was made 300 cubits in length, 50 in breadth, and 30 in height. And its having a door made in the side of it certainly signified the wound which was made when the side of the Crucified was pierced with the spear; for by this those who come to Him enter; for thence flowed the sacraments by which those who believe are initiated. . . .

O Father,
The nation of England is awash in a flood of lies. May the people of England be rescued by the Mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Just as You called the different kinds of animals to enter Noah’s ark and live, we pray for Your call to the different people groups of England to come to the wooden cross of Christ and enter the church by His shed blood. Just as the ark had three levels, we ask for a thirty-fold, sixty-fold, and hundred-fold harvest of the gospel across this land.
New life! New life! New life in Christ. Amen.


A Holy Week and Good Friday Reflection – St. Augustine

March 28, 2013

Man’s maker was made man . . . that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey, that Truth might be accused of false witness, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.

St. Augustine, Sermons 191.1

H/T All Saints Church, Chapel Hill


Ash Wednesday: A favorite prayer from St. Augustine

February 13, 2013

I’ve posted this prayer in the past, but I find that once again it expresses what I need to tell the Lord about my heart as we begin Lent.  My soul needs housecleaning.  My heart needs enlarging that I may receive and share the Lord’s love and grace more fully:

O Lord,
The house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases Your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
and spare Your servant from strange sins.

–St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)
Source: Churchyear.net

For the traditional Ash Wednesday Prayers from the 1928 BCP, see here.

Here’s the link For all Lent-themed prayers posted here at Lent & Beyond over the years.

For Daily Lenten Prayers and Readings, this is a very good site.


St. Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

January 20, 2013

Augustine of Canterbury (?-604) was the apostle to the English nation and the first Archbishop of Canterbury. A monk in Rome, he was called by Pope Gregory I to lead a band of missionaries to England. The group landed in 597. As they entered Canterbury, carrying a silver cross and a picture of our Saviour before them, they sang these words:

“We beseech Thee, O Lord, in all Thy mercy that Thy wrath and Thine anger may be turned from this city and Thy Holy House, though we have sinned. Alleluia.”

Their preaching turned thousands of the English to Christianity, including the king.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, in all Thy mercy that Thy wrath and Thine anger may be turned from Canterbury and the Church of England, though we have sinned. Alleluia.

Hat tip: SF


St. Augustine’s Prayer: “Strengthen our weakness…”

July 11, 2012

This is a favorite prayer of mine. Kendall Harmon has posted it this morning at TitusOneNine. It’s a very apt prayer, especially in interceding today for the orthodox Episcopalians at General Convention. May our Gracious Father indeed strengthen them in weakness to do valiantly in this spiritual battle.

O God, our Father, we are exceedingly frail, and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking: Strengthen our weakness, we beseech thee, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

–St. Augustine (354-430)


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