TIME AFTER PENTECOST
Commemoration of Ignatius of Antioch
Ignatius, a convert from paganism, is known primarily through seven letters he wrote on his way to Rome as a prisoner condemned to die. Ignatius strongly defended the proper ordering of the Church’s teaching and worship, and staunchly upheld its apostolic ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons. He is said to have been the successor of St. Peter as bishop of Antioch in Syria. He was put to death, probably in the Coliseum, ca. 115.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 119
In the evening: Psalm 142
Read hymn “All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night”
Read one or more of the following lessons:
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, you gave your servant Ignatius boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; 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 courage to face death unafraid
For willingness to give all for Christ
For the Church in Syria and throughout the Near East
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.