Let us pray (in silence) [that the more we see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, the more we may be drawn closer to God]
the source of all our strength;
watch over us within and without,
that in body we may be protected from all adversity,
and in mind cleansed from all destructive thoughts;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
From The Gregorian Sacramentary through Sarum into the Book of Common Prayer Tradition, the original is:
Deus, qui conspicis omni nos virtute destitui: interius exteriusque custodi; ut ab omnibus adversitatibus muniamur in corpore, et a pravis cogitationibus mundemur in mente. Per Dominum . . .
A commentary can be found here.
John 2:15, in this Sunday’s Gospel reading, is particularly strong – and quickly overlooked. Jesus didn’t just pick up a whip. Jesus looks around, observes what is happening, thinks about it, and then goes and makes a whip…
Although this is one of the few events in all four gospels, John has it at the start of Jesus’ public ministry; the synoptics have it towards the end. Good luck to those who have everything in the Bible being historically precise…
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