Thursday, July 11, 2013

Saint Benedict

Today, July 11th, is the “Saint Day” of Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550.
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One of the the staples of my prayer life, the Church of England Daily Prayer, is a direct descendant of the Daily Office that Benedict taught his followers.  A style of prayer that has truly stood the test of time (15 centuries good enough for you?) and has also proven very adaptable to 21st century technology.  I read the Daily Prayer using a smartphone app. (There’s also an iphone app, but since I’ve not used it I can’t vouch for it).
Eternal God,
who made Benedict a wise master
      in the school of your service
and a guide to many called into community
      to follow the rule of Christ:
grant that we may put your love before all else
and seek with joy the way of your commandments;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Updated: I know I could have written this better.  Just as well there's others out there who do.

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