Mar 23 2007

Lent: Day 33 – Prayer & Scripture

Week 5 (Day 33): Service

To Do Today

Take part in a church or community activity that promotes social justice.

Today’s Prayer

But you yourself blessed, immortal king,
kind, heavenly Christ, who loves mankind,
only-begotten Son of the living God,
almighty exalted beyond understanding,
beyond telling, who pardons us, awesome God,
scold the undulating agitation of my soul
whipped up by the winter tempest,
calm the uncontrollable commotion in my troubled heart,
whip in the reins and subdue the wild urges of my mind.

By the grace of your command, O great God,
may the storm that constantly pelts me with
icy gusts be calmed.
Put to rest and banish forever
the multi-headed ghosts of secret shame
which attack like pirates in their vulgar ways.
Consider my constant prayer
whose letters are written with ever
renewed compunction in this book of the sighs of my grieving heart.
Lift me out of the abyss of death?s depths
and grant me miraculous life among the
redeemed prophets.
Receive my repentance, my self-reproaches
offered with savory smoke.
Console me, for I am out of hope,
and ease my afflictions and sighs.
To you with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
glory, honor and dominion forever.

Today’s Scripture (Reading)

Isaiah 45:1-13

Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and ungird the loins of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed
“I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I gird you, though you do not know me,
that men may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe, I am the LORD, who do all these things.
“Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth, and let it cause righteousness to spring up also; I the LORD have created it.
“Woe to him who strives with his Maker, an earthen vessel with the potter! Does the clay say to him who fashions it, `What are you making’? or `Your work has no handles’?
Woe to him who says to a father, `What are you begetting?’ or to a woman, `With what are you in travail?’”
Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker “Will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands?
I made the earth, and created man upon it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
I have aroused him in righteousness, and I will make straight all his ways; he shall build my city and set my exiles free, not for price or reward,” says the LORD of hosts.

Daily Prayer and Scripture taken from the Armenian Church website

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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