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Lenten Devotions 6

Prayer

Clement of AlexandriaO Educator, be gracious to thy children, O Educator, Father, Guide of Israel, Son and Father, both one, Lord. Give to us, who follow thy command, to fulfill the likeness of thy image, and to see, according to our strength, the God who is both a good God and a Judge who is not harsh. Do thou thyself bestow all things on us who dwell in thy peace, who have been placed in thy city, who sail the sea of sin unruffled, that we may be made tranquil and supported by the Holy Spirit, the unutterable Wisdom, by night and day, unto the perfect day, to sing eternal thanksgiving to the one only Father and Son, Son and Father, Educator and Teacher with the Holy Spirit.

 —Clement of Alexandria (c. 150–215)

Scripture Reading

April 7     John 13:31–14:14
April 8     John 14:15–31
April 9     John 15:1–16:4
April 10   John 16:5–33
April 11    John 17

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Lent 4, 2014

PrayerSantambrogio mosaicosacello

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore thee,
a heart to delight in thee,
to follow and to enjoy thee,
for Christ’s sake.

(Ambrose of Milan, c 339-97)


Scripture Readings

March 24     John 8:31–59
March 25     John 9:1–16
March 26     John 9:17–41
March 27     John 10:1–21
March 28     John 10:22–42

 

Lent 3, 2014

Prayer

May God the Father, and the Eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, build us up in faith and truth and martyrdom of polycarplove, and grant to us our portion among the saints with all those who believe on our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for all saints, for kings and rulers, for the enemies of the Cross of Christ, and for ourselves we pray that our fruit may abound and we may be made perfect in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

-Polycarp,
Bishop of Syrmna
Martyred c. 155

Readings for the 3rd Week of Lent

  • March 17     John 6:22-43
  • March 18     John 6:44-71
  • March 19     John 7:1-24
  • March 20     John 7:25-52
  • March 21     John 7:53-8:30

Lent 2, 2014

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,St. Ambrose of Milan
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake, Amen

St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397)

Readings for the Week

March 10     John 4:1–23

March 11     John 4:24–54

March 12     John 5:1–18

March 13     John 5:19–47

March 14     John 6:1–21

Lenten Devotions 10

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be generous.saint_ignatius_of_loyola_large
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Scripture

Monday, April 11          Luke 18

Tuesday, April 12         Luke 19:1–27

Wednesday, April 13    Luke 19:28–48

Thursday, April 14        Luke 20

Friday, April 15            Luke 21

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Lenten Devotions 9

Prayer

imageMay God the Father, and the Eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, build us up in faith and truth and love, and grant to us our portion among the saints with all those who believe on our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for all saints, for kings and rulers, for the enemies of the Cross of Christ, and for ourselves we pray that our fruit may abound and we may be made perfect in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.
– Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna

Born 69AD, Martyred 156 AD (a disciple of St. John)

Scripture

Monday, April 04, 2011         Luke 13

Tuesday, April 05, 2011        Luke 14

Wednesday, April 06, 2011    Luke 15

Thursday, April 07, 2011        Luke 16

Friday, April 08, 2011            Luke 17

Lenten Devotions 5

Prayer

imageChrist be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, and in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

St. Patrick c. 387-493

From Saint Patrick’s Breast Plate ()

 

Scripture

Friday, March 18, 2011 Luke 5
Monday, March 21, 2011 Luke 6
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Luke 7:1–17
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Luke 7:18–50

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