EChurch@Wartburg: 4.17.21: Wade Burleson: Love Rejoices in the Truth


Landscape with Lake

A Morning Prayer (Syrian Clementine Liturgy) link

O God, Who are the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea of love,
the fountain of blessings, and the bestower of affection,
Who sends peace to those that receive it; open to us this day the sea of Your love,
and water us with the plenteous streams from the riches of Your grace.
Make us children of quietness, and heirs of peace. Kindle in us the fire of Your love; sow in us Your fear;
strengthen our weakness by Your power; bind us closely to You and to each other in one firm bond of unity;
for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Clement of Rome (c.96 AD) link

We ask you, Master, be our helper and defender. Rescue those of our number in distress;
raise up the fallen; assist the needy; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who stray;
feed the hungry; release our captives; revive the weak; encourage those who lose heart.
Let all the nations realize that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your Child,
and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.


For Joy and Gladness (The Clementine Liturgy) Link

Blessed are You, O Lord, who has nourished me from my youth up, who gives food to all flesh.
Fill our hearts with joy and gladness. that we, always having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to every good work in Christ Jesus our Lord,
through whom to You be glory, honor, might, majesty, and dominion, forever and ever.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Benediction: Harry K. Zeller, from the BRETHREN HYMNAL link

“And now may the courage of early morning’s dawning,
And the strength of eternal hills at noontime,
And the peace of open spaces at evening’s ending,
And the love of God abide in your hearts now and forever.”


EChurch@Wartburg: 4.17.21: Wade Burleson: Love Rejoices in the Truth — 3 Comments

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    We are gifted by the prayers of the ancient Syriac liturgy – found in the fourth century Apostolic Constitutions, contemporaneous with Ambrose and Augustine. I’m only popping my head out of this rabbit hole to thank Wade for this. It will make for rich Sunday study. (The Moravian benediction reminds me of a Celtic lorica – quite beautiful.)

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    Coming up for a breather – there are a lot of tunnels in this rabbit hole! Adherents of liturgical traditions (@dee) will be pleased to discover how far back liturgical practices go – we revisit every Sunday the practices already well-established in the churches of the fourth century. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going back in.