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Lenten Devotions 6


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


Lenten Devotions 11


O Love of God, descend into my heart;image
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling,
And scatter there Your cheerful beams.
Dwell in the soul that longs to be Your temple;
Water that barren soil overrun with weeds and briars
And lost for lack of cultivating.
Make it fruitful with Your dew.
Come, dear Refreshment of those who languish;
Come, Star and Guide of those who sail amidst tempests.
You are the Haven of the tossed and shipwrecked.
Come now, Glory and Crown of the living,
As well as the Safeguard of the dying.
Come, Sacred Spirit;
Come, and fit me to receive You. Amen.

St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo A.D. 354-430


Monday, April 18           Luke 22:1–38

Tuesday, April 19          Luke 22:39–71

Wednesday, April 20     Luke 23:1–43

Thursday, April 21         Luke 23:44–56

Friday, April 22             Luke 24

Lenten Devotions 10


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)


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 7



Lord, make ame an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi – 13th century


Monday, March 28           Luke 9:28–62

Tuesday, March 29           Luke 10

Wednesday, March 30,     Luke 11:1–28

Thursday, March 31          Luke 11:29–54

Lenten Devotions 6



imageAlmighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

1979 Book of Common Prayer


Wednesday, March 23, 2011     Luke 7:18–50

Thursday, March 24, 2011         Luke 8

Friday, March 25, 2011             Luke 9:1–27

Monday, March 28, 2011          Luke 9:28–62

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