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Great Lent Today

Day 2 - First Tuesday of the Great Lent

Prayer

"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Collect:

Prompt our actions with your inspiration, we pray, O Lord,
and further them with your constant help,
that all we do may always begin from you
and by you be brought to completion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

In His Steps - A Lenten Series

Today: Bethlehem: Birthplace of a King

Daily Meditation:

The Journey Begins
There are so many lessons for our journey in this prayer.
It starts with God's inspiration.
We are reminded of the breath of life that God breathed at the beginning of creation
and the driving wind of the Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost.
The grace for all we are about to do comes from God.
Today we pray to be open to it.
Today we also acknowledge that for us to what we need to do these six weeks,
we need God's continuing help.
Each day, with every prayer, every sacrifice, every act of generosity
we will need help which can only come from God.
And, finally, we need God's guidance to persevere to the end.
There will be tough choices, not only between good and evil,
but choices about what is the greater good.
We may even be called to do something quite heroic and self-sacrificing.
A wonderful prayer. Easy to remember, even memorize.
It is possible to say it every day.

(Source: Creighton University Online Ministries)

Preface for meditation
by Prince Mathew

Great Lent is a wonderful opportunity to do our job, that is, mainly our returning to Him, repentance. Indeed, repentance is the most blessed and God-given way of returning to Him. In Orthodox perspective, our whole life as believers is a way of constant returning to Him with gratitude – to the point of union with God. Even in the midst of spiritual growth, our main job has to remain in repentance. Then, God does His part, multiplying His blessing, purifying, illumining and sanctifying us. It is only through our repentance, we meet His grace.

According to St. John Chrysostom, repentance consists of confession, fasting, prayers, forgiveness, almsgiving and humility. Here, we see why the Great Lent is a blessed time, as we are reminded by all of these. Our endeavor on the path of repentance makes us to remain in Him and ultimately to encounter His power and glory.

The Great Lent is a spiritual journey, during which we do fast for fifty days. This journey symbolizes the entire human life. This is about the way of our returning for the reconciliation with God. It reminds us the fall of humanity and the way of restoration. It teaches us what the human being is and what the relationship with God means to us. It is indeed our turn to commit ourselves to return to Him, confessing our sins, with fasting and prayers, in humility and simplicity, in mindfulness and watchfulness, and in compassion and love, so that we may make this journey to be fruitful; we may make this Lent, a time of personal transformation, a renewal of our souls and bodies. We may eventually rejoice in our arrival to the Light of Christ’s Resurrection.

Bible Reading:

Fifty-Day Gospel Planner
(Read all Gospels during the Great Lent)

Evening

Morning

Gospel Readings:

Luke 4:1-15 (KJV)

1And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

2Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

3And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

9And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

10For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

11And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

12And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

13And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

Matthew 6:1-6 (KJV)

1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Bible Verse for the Day:

St. Luke 4:14 - Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
 

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