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Daily Devotion for August 29, 2009


<i>The Temptation</i>, archway in St. Volodymyr
The Temptation, archway in St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine, by Viktor Vasnetsov ca. 1892.

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

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Prayer for Purity of Worship

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires are known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you and worthily praise your holy name. Through Christ I pray,

Amen.

For Forgiveness

Almighty Father; I enter your presence confessing the things I try to conceal from you and the things I try to conceal from others. I confess the heartbreak, worry, and sorrow I have caused, that make it difficult for others to forgive me; the times I have made it easy for others to do wrong; and the harm I have done that makes it hard for me to forgive myself. Lord have mercy on me, and forgive me for all my sins against you and against others. And teach the grace to forgive others to all who ask for it, through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Prayer of St. Denis

You are wisdom, uncreated and eternal,
the supreme first cause, above all being,
sovereign Godhead, sovereign goodness,
watching unseen the God-inspired wisdom of Christian people.

Raise us, we pray, that we may totally respond
to the supreme, unknown, ultimate, and splendid height
of your words, mysterious and inspired.

There all Your secret matters lie covered and hidden
under darkness both profound and brilliant, silent and wise.

You make what is ultimate and beyond brightness
secretly to shine in all that is most dark.

In your way, ever unseen and intangible,
You fill to the full with most beautiful splendor
those souls who close their eyes that they may see.

And I, please, with love that goes on beyond mind
to all that is beyond mind,
seek to gain such for myself through this prayer.

Amen.

Benediction

If you are with me, O God, who can be against me? For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus my Lord.

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.



endless knot

Psalm 108:2b-6 (NKJV)

I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth;
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me.


Blue Latin Cross

The Lord’s Prayer (part 8)

“For thine is . . . the glory, forever.”


Notes on the Scripture

W

hen I think of the glory of God, I get images of trumpets and white lights in the sky, and golden objects. Most people acknowledge the glory of God, mostly by simply saying or singing “all glory is yours” or words to that effect, sometimes at great length.

What exactly is “glory”? Webster tells us “worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving.” So initially, praying that glory is God’s means that 1) all praise should go to God, 2) all honor belongs to God, and 3) we should thank Him for everything good.

Let’s dig a little deeper. Mr. Webster tells us that praise means “to glorify especially by the attribution of perfections.” Of course, defining the verb “to honor” as “to glorify” isn’t helpful here, but the phrase “attribution of perfections” is. When we pray that glory is God’s, we are saying that He is perfect.

Like the ultimate source of power that we discussed yesterday, this is something beyond our comprehension. An honest scientist will admit that nothing is perfect in the “real world” — the reality we can observe with our eyes and ears, or measure with instruments. The only understanding scientists have of sub-molecular physics is through quantum mechanics, which, basically, proposes that nothing exists as a certainty. Atomic bombs are entirely based on probabilities. We believe, however, that there is a certainty. This is a matter of faith.

When we pray that glory is God’s, we are expressing our faith that there is something perfect in the universe, and that something is God. We cannot know perfection through our senses; we can only know it through our spirit. The good exists in approaching this unreachable perfection more closely, and evil is the opposite: that which moves us farther from it. This is what we acknowledge in the final words of the Lord’s prayer; a timeless perfection actually does exist and it belongs to God alone.

(The definitions are quoted from Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, © 2010 Merriam-Webster, Inc.)



Virgin and Child, artist unknown, from an altar in Slovakia.
Virgin and Child, artist unknown, from an altar in Slovakia.

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