January 20, 2021

Welcome to Celtic Evening Prayer.

Christ Be Beside Me”   Hymn Stanza 3 is used as an opening for today’s service.

 3.      Christ on my right hand
          Christ on my left hand
          Christ all around me
          Shield in the strife.
          Christ in my sleeping
          Christ in my sitting
          Christ in my rising
          Light of my life.   Amen

Peace Be With You... And Also With You...Let Us Pray.

Quotes from Today’s Lectionary Wednesday  January 20, 2021

This is what the Lord says--- your Redeemer, who formed you  in the womb:
I am the Lord who made all things, who alone stretched out the Heavens, who spread out the Earth by Myself.      Isaiah 44: 24

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.       Ephesians 5: 1-2

Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop---thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times what was sown.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mark 4: 20

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.  I hold fast to your statures, O Lord; Do not let me be put to shame.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Psalm 119: 30-31

Holy Women Holy Men: 

Today we honor Fabian, Bishop and Martyr of Rome 250 CE 

Fabian was an unlikely Pope.  In 236, an assembly was held at Rome to elect a pope as successor to Antherus.  In the throng was Fabian,

a layman from another part of Italy ( historian Eusebius chronicles ). 

A dove flew over the crowd and lighted on Fabian’s head.  Although a stranger and not a candidate for election, the crowd unanimously shouted, “ He is worthy!!  He is worthy!!”  So Fabian went from being a layman in the crowd to being the Vicar of Christ. 

He was pontiff for 14 years, having during that time a good relation with the Roman government.  Pope Fabian established the custom of venerating martyrs at their shrines in the catacombs; he appointed numerous deacons to write the lives of these saints and martyrs, so their deeds would not be forgotten. 

Pope Fabian was martyred by Emperor Decius when the emperor ordered a general persecution of the Church 239- 240.  He set a courageous example for his followers, many who died in this torment.  Today January 20 is his feast day.  

Pope Fabian’s tombstone is a slab covering his gravesite and still exists; the ancient stone reveals the discernable words:  Fabian…bishop…martyr.  The tomb is located at San Sebastian, a basilica in Rome.  

The Collect in honor of Pope Fabian: 
Almighty God, you called Fabian to be a faithful pastor and servant of your people, and to lay down his life in witness to your Son:  Grant that we, strengthened by his example and aided by his prayers, may in times of trial and persecution remain steadfast in faith and endurance, for the sake of him who laid down his life for us all, Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen
                                                                                                     Information taken from Holy Women Holy Men,  Church Publishing Incorporated 2010.

Let us continue our worship by saying The Lord’s Prayer.

Take a moment or two to meditate on the following petitions: 

     We take the light of our prayer into the World.
     To pray for those unable to pray; to offer ourselves as answers to prayer.

     We take the light of God’s compassion into the World.
     To come along side those who are oppressed and suffering, may we be as Christ for them.

     We take the light of God’s power into the World.
     God’s strength made perfect in weakness.       

     Sun of Righteousness, so gloriously risen, shine in our hearts as we celebrate our redemption, that we may see your way to our eternal  
     home, where you reign, one holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever.  Amen

Let us end with a night prayer from the Iona Community, Scotland. 

We sleep tonight with the whole realm of nature around us,  with earth, sea, and sky.
                         with the angels of light who envelop us,
                         with Michael and the host of heaven protecting us,
                         with all Saints before and beside us,
                         with Columba, Brigid, Patrick, and Margaret,
                         with brothers and sisters, east and west,
                         with our loved ones separate from us now who yet in this mystery are close to us,
                         We join in prayer to the Trinity’s unending protection of us.  Amen

The peace and the love of the Trinity to each of you; we gratefully appreciate your participation in our Celtic Evening Prayer…

Peace in Christ . . . Susan

 The Evening Prayer Service is based on the prayers of the Iona Abbey Worship, Iona being the island off the west  coast of Scotland,
  a place of ancient Celtic Spirituality and a cradle of Christianity in Scotland. 

  The service on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm is attended by faithful Christians seeking a mid-week spiritual   devotion and usually 
  numbers between 4 and 9 participants.  It is 20 minutes of quiet  prayer, the three daily  Lectionary readings plus Psalm, a homily
  of the "Saint for the Day" listed in Holy Women Holy Men, and Prayer  Requests.
  The service is followed by fellowship in the Parish Hall.  We enjoy conversation and refreshments.

  Please join us for evening Prayer on Wednesday nights.  It is an excellent discipline no matter the season of the   Church calendar

Wednesday Evening Celtic Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
                hallowed be thy Name,
                thy kingdom come,
                thy will be done,
                   on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread.
            And forgive us our trespasses,
                as we forgive those who trespass against us.
           And lead us not into temptation,
                but deliver us from evil.
           For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
           for ever and ever. Amen.