Lenten Meditations: Saturday 3 March

Mar 3, 2018 by

Mar 3
am: 75, 76
pm: 23, 27
Gen 43:16-34 1 Cor 7:10-24 Mark 5:1-20


SATURDAY OF LENT II – Sts. Eutropius, Cleonicus, and Basiliscus, Martyrs, 308


LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: The Martyrs, who were from Amasia, were fellow soldiers and kinsmen of Saint Theodore the Tyro . They were betrayed to the Governor Asclepiodotus as Christians, during the reign of Diocletian (284-305). After many torments, Eutropius and Cleonicus were crucified; Basiliscus was not slain together with them, but was shut up in prison, in the hope that with time he might change his mind and sacrifice to the idols. He was beheaded on May 22; .


MEDITATION OF THE DAY:  The Psalm appointed for evening, 27 must have been a Psalm that these Martyrs commemorated this day (as well as many others) must have had on their lips as they faced such terrible persecution. They like the author of the psalm must have a had a burning desire for their life to be one where one is to dwell in the house of the Lord ALL OUR DAYS. Despite what is offered here blessing or persecution, that promise offers an opportunity to worship Him, behold His beauty, and meditate on His Word. Perhaps if we lived in a world that supported that world view this would be a yearning for us all, but we live in a world where we battle enemies of the Gospel which may prevent us from accomplishing this life-giving goal. However, until this is accomplished the desire can sustains us and is necessary as we go through the battles of daily life. As a result, our desire for worship results in an opportunity to embrace patience because in all of this we must wait upon the Lord to answer these prayers.


PRAYER OF THE DAY:  Lord, guide us in your gentle mercy, for left to ourselves
we cannot do your will. Grant that this day we may live faithfully to your Holy Word and in any good that we do give Glory to your Father. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever. Amen


Lenten Discipline

  • Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
  • Fast from apparent darkness; Feast on the reality of light.
  • Fast from pessimism…Feast on optimism
  • Fast from thoughts of illness…Feast on the healing power of God.
  • Fast from words that pollute…Feast on phrases that purify.
  • Fast from anger…; Feast on patience.
  • Fast from worry…; Feast on Divine Providence.
  • Fast from unrelenting pressure…Feast on unceasing prayer.
  • Fast from negatives…Feast on positives.
  • Fast from complaining…Feast on appreciation.
  • Fast from hostility… Feast on non-resistance.
  • Fast from bitterness…. Feast on forgiveness.
  • Fast from anxiety; …. Feast on hope.
  • Fast from yourself… Feast on a silent heart.


ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: “If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead. – William Law,





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