Lenten Meditations: Friday 15 March

Mar 15, 2019 by

Fri
Mar 15
am: 40, 54
pm: 51
Deut 10:12-22 Heb 4:11-16 John 3:22-36

 

FIRST FRIDAY OF LENT Martyr Agapios and his 7 companions, 304

LITURGICAL THEME OF THE DAY:  :   The holy Martyrs contested for piety’s sake during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), when Urban was Governor of Caesarea of Palestine.  Urbanus, the governor of the region, observed a pagan festival by having some Christians publicly tortured and executed: some by fire, others on the gallows, and some by being thrown to wild beasts in the arena.

When Urban commanded that together with the heathen festival, certain condemned Christians be publicly cast to wild beasts, Timolaus, Dionysius of Tripolis in Phoenicia, Romulus of Diospolis, Plesius (or Paisius) and Alexander from Egypt, and another Alexander from Gaza, seeing the patience and serenity with which the Christians endured their torments, were reached by the Holy Spirit, tied their own hands and presented themselves to Urban when the exhibition was about to begin, professing their faith in Christ; they were immediately cast into prison.  A few days later Agapius (the only baptized Christian amongst these youths) and Dionysius also presented themselves. All were beheaded together at Caesarea. Their martyrdom is recorded by Eusebius (Eccl. Hist.,Book VIII, ch.3, called The Martyrs of Palestine).

MEDITATION FOR THE DAY – Psalm 51 is one of the most important Psalms in the Spiritual life and fitting it comes to us on this first Friday of Lent. We know well that King David expresses well that he wanted God’s mercy  but isn’t it our deepest desire as well? . It is a mercy only God can grant because the sin was so great and the spiritual the cleansing from guilt and sin to find grace again can only come from him.. Again, like David we desire that God’s presence and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit but must come to terms with why that was not our modus operandi earlier.

 

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY –  O Lord, I come before you just as David did so many years ago. I come freely admitting my sins. I come humbly, acknowledging that my offenses have been an affront to your holiness, your justice, and your love. Have mercy on me, Lord especially on this Friday in Lent  as I consider your holy cross. Amen

 

LENTEN DISCIPLINE – 

 

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:   “Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.” – St. Cyril

 

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