Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday in Easter 2: The purifying discipline of Thy burning love

Opening Sentence
On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Commemoration: Bernadette of Lourdes

Gracious Father, whose Son Jesus Christ went about healing the sick: We praise you for the gift of healing, whether granted directly or through the work of dedicated physicians, surgeons, and nurses; and we pray you to keep us always grateful for deliverance from illness whenever it pleases you to heal us, and patient and cheerful in affliction when for any reason you call us to endure it; and this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.

Psalm 1, 2, 3

Lessons: Exodus 14:21-31, 1 Peter 1:1-12, John 14:1-17

O Thou who art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, who dost require of those who would truly worship Thee clean hands and a pure heart, what can we do, whom sin has stained but cast ourselves upon Thy mercy and accept the purifying discipline of Thy burning love? We thank Thee for the fire that consumes our dross, for the blood of Jesus Christ Thy Son which cleanses us from all sin, for the pain that purifies, for the despairs of earth from which the sure hope of heaven is born, for the light out of darkness, and for the Everlasting Day beyond our mortal night. Amen.

Robert E. Speer

Purify Me