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Daily Devotion for December 19, 2014


Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth, carving on Reims Cathedral
A carving on Reims Cathedral (@ 14th Cent.) showing the visitation of Mary and Elizabeth. Notice that the plinths descend in height, beginning with Gabriel, and that he and Mary have purer looking garments than Elizabeth and her mother.

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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.

May Luciano Pavarotti’s soul be blessed. He truly gave us a foretaste of the voices of angels.



Prayer for Renewal

As I start this day, oh Lord, I wonder: How will this day be different from any other day? Has my faith in you grown into a stale routine, or will I grow this day, closer to you than I have ever been?

Shake me up, Holy God! Rattle the door of my cage, set off my smoke detector, ring my doorbell until I answer the door! Let me read your Word until something new sinks in; let me pray until I hear your voice, until all smugness has given way to gratitude. By the power of your Holy Spirit, renew me afresh in your Word and power, today and every day, energizing me in your great commission. In Christ's name, I pray.

Amen.

Advent Prayer

Oh King of David, and sceptre of the house of Israel, who opens so that none can shut, and shuts so that none can open: Come, bring the prisoners out of the prison, those who are shut in darkness and the shadow of death.

Oh Dayspring, brightness of the light everlasting, sun everlasting: Come, enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

Oh King of all nations, desire of all nations, cornerstone of the single church within which all may dwell: Come, save divided mankind, whom you have formed from clay.

Oh Emmanuel, our King and lawgiver, the salvation of all: Come, save us, Oh Lord our God.

Amen.

Meditation

[Am I really willing to change?]


Benediction

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted me as a living member of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have blessed me with the grace of forgiveness through the sacrifice He made for me and for all people. Send me now into the world in peace, and grant me strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.


endless knot

Proverbs 18:2 (ESV)

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.

Blue Latin Cross

Luke 1:39-45 (ESV)

Blessed Are You Among Women

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.

And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ”Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”



Notes on the Scripture

The Scripture from today and yesterday forms the basis of the text for the Ave Maria. Although this is known primarily as a Catholic prayer or hymn, I have heard it sung in Methodist and Baptist churches, so I surmise that it is appreciated in most denominations.

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lizabeth is Mary's cousin, and the two have good reason to be friends. Both of them have become pregnant by a miracle announced by Gabriel, an angel of God; in Elizabeth's case, she was unable to have children, and in Mary's case, she has not slept with a man. Moreover, their children's lives will be linked together in the most profound moment of human history. Elizabeth's child, John the Baptist, will be a great prophet in his time and will become the man who announces the imminent arrival of Christ, and then baptizes Him.



<i>The Visitation</i>, Mariotto Albertinelli c. 1503.
The Visitation, Mariotto Albertinelli c. 1503.


As a special Christmas extra, here's a second video, a heartrending version of Ave Maria, voiced over the scene of Elizabeth greeting Mary in The Passion of the Christ.



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Fran Pauly (Powder Springs, US) says...
ANN,I LOVED THE INFO. ON THE HISTORY OF THE NATIVITY SCENE. WE WILL BE GOING TO A LIVE ONE THIS EVE. I WILL SHARE THIS WITH MY FAMILY. CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS, FRAN
20th December 2014 8:36am
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Kathryn Halfman (Wichita, US) says...
Grin Sweet, sweet picture on "Community News" page today.
20th December 2014 7:23am
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Kathryn Halfman (Wichita, US) says...
Grin Sweet, sweet picture on "Community News" page today.
20th December 2014 5:51am
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Margaret ENTWISTLE (Edenfield, UK) says...
A beautiful setting of the Magnificat today.
Christmas blessings to all who use this website and especially to Mason and Ann.
Thank you so much for enriching the faith of so many.
20th December 2014 4:35am
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mary Pregler (Glen Saint Mary, US) says...
I Love the story of Martha and Mary. I must confess that I flip flop between the 2 of them every day. Thank you Stephen for your inspirational comments. I will start my meditation with this prayer "Lord, I am putting this time aside for only you, may I sit at your feet and take you in. Wash me from the inside out." no amen is needed for this will become my life long mantra.
19th December 2014 9:02am
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D Malmberg (Clover, US) says...
Thanks to you, Mason, and all who contributed to today's devotional. The Ave Marias, the artwork, scripture and the lessons were wonderful blessings. Thank you all for the work of today and all year long. Merry Christmas and may God bless you and keep you.
19th December 2014 8:06am
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Nancy Adams (Maitland, US) says...
:smile I am enjoying reading and listening to the Devotional each day and I really enjoy the music also. Sometimes I don't track with the devotion for that day but as I read I pray for discernment. Thank you all and have a blessed Christmas. Nancy Adams
17th December 2014 2:12pm
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