EChurch@Wartburg 8.14.2021 Wade Burleson: Contentment

A Prayer of Ambrose (c 339-97) link

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 hecart 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.
In Jesus name,

Prayer attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi link

Lord, make me an instrument of Your 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

Prayer of St. Benedict link

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you;
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Luke 23:46 NIV

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
When he had said this, he breathed his last.


Romans 16:25-27 link
Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to [the] gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed
and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, to bring about the obedience of faith
–to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ!


EChurch@Wartburg 8.14.2021 Wade Burleson: Contentment — 3 Comments

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    This devotional inspired (triggered?) a sudden urge to research the prayer *attributed* (as noted here) to St Francis – it was a revealing exercise. But I didn’t stop there. Ambrose, cited at the top, is considered the father of church hymnody, so I opened my hymnal and sang “Deus creator omnium” – in Latin plainsong, an evening hymn which I nonetheless sang in the morning.

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    Thank you.