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Lenten Meditations: Thursday 14 February

Feb 14
am:  Ps 37:1-18
pm: 37:19-42
Deut 7:6-11
Titus 1:1-16
John 1:29-34
Thursday After Ash WednesdayThe Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, 869, 884 AD
LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Today these brothers are commemorated in theWestern Church while in the Eastern Church the date is May 11. In either case these brothers are known for mission work to the Slavic people and for influencing the religious and cultural development of all Slavic peoples received the title. They are often known as “the apostles of the Slavs.” As both were outstanding scholars, theologians, and linguists. They started their work among the Slavs, using Slavonic in the liturgy. They translated the Holy Scriptures into the language later known as Old Church Slavonic (or Old Bulgarian) and invented a Slavic alphabet based on Greek characters that now known in its final form as Cyrillic which is still in use as the alphabet for modern Russian and a number of other Slavic languages.
MEDITATION OF THE DAY: In the Epistle to Titus in the Office Readings for today there is a line that should get the attention of us all regarding the call to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness —in the hope of eternal life”. On these early days of Lent this verse from St. Paul could set the tone and tenor of our lives for this holy season. Do we not live in a world and a church that needs to be more deeply formed in the truth that leads to Godliness and Holiness? What prevents us from offering that witness? Are we embarrassed? Are we too busy? Are we too private? Are we to selfish? Are we sure of that hope that is ours….eternal life? When we stop and consider the question of Godliness, it is certainly difficult to consider such a path in a world that has its vocation distracting us from growing deeper in faith. How else could you explain the consumerist culture? Thus the question of how do you and I become Godlier in light of recent Super Bowl advertising or the Massacre of small children at Newtown elementary school is not a philosophical one but one of salvific proportions. Lent reminds us that the key is the steps of the Christian life which we call spiritual disciplines.
PRAYER OF THE DAY: O Almighty God, who enlightened the Slavic peoples through the brothers Saints Cyril and Methodius, grant that our hearts may grasp the words of your teaching, and perfect us as a people of one accord in true faith and right confession. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:  “These are fountains of salvation that they who thirst may be satisfied with the living words they contain. In these alone is proclaimed the doctrine of godliness. Let no man add to these, neither let him take out from these.” – St. Athanasius (Treatises and Tracts).
Lenten DisciplineInstead of going out for Valentines Day, watch a story of true love called Amish Grace. This film show is the story of Amish family whose daughters were shot to death by a man who was angry with God. But their hope of eternal life in the midst of their inconsolable grief enabled them to forgive the murderer of their children and to embrace his widow and his 3 children.

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