Thursday, June 21, 2018


Commemoration of Onesimos Nesib

Onesimos, born in 1855 in Ethiopia, was captured by salve traders and taken from his homeland to Eritrea, where he was bought and freed by Swedish missionaries. The educated and baptized him, giving him the name Onesimos, the slave St. Paul knew, and sent him back to his homeland as a missionary. He translated the Bible into Galla and, despite difficulties, was a faithful missionary. He died on this date in 1923.

In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In the morning: Psalm 73

In the evening: Psalm 130

Read hymn “How blest are they who hear God’s Word”

Read one or more of the following lessons:

Job 29:1-20,  Acts 20:1-16

In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus

In the evening: Magnificat

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

Almighty God, whose will it is to be glorified in your saints, and who raised up your servant Onesimos to be a light in the world: Shine, we pray, in our hearts, that we also in our generation may show forth your praise who called us out of darkness into your marvelous light; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to lead a holy life
For the remembrance of our baptism
For a deepened love of the Holy Communion
For the gift of love
For the grace of humility
For the Church in Ethiopia
For social justice
For a deeper understanding of political and religious freedom

Our Father…

The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.


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