Monday, May 28, 2007

Whit Monday -- Memorial Day (US)

Wisdom 9:1-6
(1) O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word,
(2) And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creatures which thou hast made,
(3) And order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with an upright heart:
(4) Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children:
(5) For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment and laws.
(6) For though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded.
-- Morning prayer, Whit Monday, BCP 1928

Father, help us remember that we are but your creation, and that without your Son we are nothing at all under your sun. Order our steps, that we might please you, that we might not find ourselves rejected by you at your judgement, because of our lack of understanding of your laws, our rebellion against your laws, our misuse of your bounty, or our disinterest in your Word.

Grant to us thy wisdom, enable us to keep thy laws, direct us in all of your paths for us, and grant us the ability to refuse the temptations of the world as we seek your face.

May we keep in mind those, faithful, who have gone before...those heroes of faith and civil life, who have paid a dear price for the freedoms we enjoy, both in our secular lives, and in our faith journeys. Help us to remember, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, now and always. Amen.

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