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Thu, May 29th - 4:29AM

Apostolic Fathers

St Paul Healing the Cripple at LystraApostolic Fathers were certain disciples and successors of the 12 apostles. In a more restricted sense, the term is applied to a group of Greek-language writers who were among the martyrs and major figures of the 1st and 2nd centuries in the Christian church. Widely favored but finally rejected for inclusion in the Bible, their writings may be ranked as a continuation of the writings of the apostles themselves and are considered a valuable source of early church history.

Generally accepted as Apostolic Fathers are Clement I of Rome, St. Ignatius of Antioch, and St. Polycarp. Opinion is divided on whether Saint Barnabas and Hermas are Apostolic Fathers.

Among the writings also associated with the Apostolic Fathers is the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, or Didache. The document was unknown until its discovery in 1873 but was probably written in Syria during the 1st century. It contains the oldest recorded eucharistic prayers and directives on baptism, fasting, prayer, and the treatment of bishops, deacons, and prophets.

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Thu, May 22nd - 3:54AM

An Instrument For Thee

Irish Harpby Patricia Bankhead 2008, 2009

Lord I want to be an instrument for Thee
A love song for You, a beautiful melody

Flowing from my heart a worthy song
Giving You the glory all the day long

You are my Savior, the Lover of my soul
Now I want You to take full control

Whether an organ, a violin or a flute
I'll be any instrument that You choose

Let your hands guide the rhythm and rhyme
I surrender, I am Your's and You are mine

Pull my heart's strings, Lord have Your way
In perfect harmony, let the music play

Lord I want to be an instrument for Thee
Praising You all my days, through out eternity

Reference: Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

About the author: I am just a humble servant who loves writing for God. It brings me much joy to uplift and to inspire others. It is my desire to be all that God wants me to be and help others do the same.


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Thu, May 15th - 4:37AM

Evening Prayer

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Thu, May 8th - 3:34AM

Saint Andrew the Apostle

Saint AndrewOne of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. He was a native of Bethsaida, the son of Jona and brother of Simon Peter. He was a disciple of Saint John the Baptist, but followed Our Lord and became one of the first disciples (John 1:40).

Afterwards he took his brother Simon to Him. They were with Christ at Cana but then returned to their occupation as fisherman. While they were so engaged, Our Lord called to them to become fishers of humanity, and they left everything and became His constant attendants (Matt 4:19-20)

It was Saint Andrew who gave Christ the five loaves and two fishes with which He fed the multitude (John 6:9). He appeared also as introducing some Gentiles brought by Saint Philip, and asking when the destruction of the Temple was to take place (John 12:22)

Eusebius, the earliest historian of the Church, says he preached in Scythia. Others say that he preached also in Greece and was crucified in Achaia. According to Church Tradition: St. Andrew was crucified on a cross-shaped like the letter X. He is the patron Saint of Russia, Greece, and of Scotland.

St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Petersburg, Alaska is one of many churches named after St Andrew. His feast day is November 30.

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Thu, May 1st - 5:30AM

Mercy Seat

Mercy SeatIn Christian art since the Middle Ages, the Mercy Seat has been the most popular way of portraying the Trinity. As a rule, it consists of three elements: The Father sits on a throne in heaven and holds his Son, the crucified Christ, in his hands. The Holy Spirit hovers over both of them in the form of a dove.

This motif has been around since the 12th century, but the name "Mercy Seat" dates back to the translation by William Tyndale of Martin Luther's German term "Gnadenstuhl" from the Epistle to the Hebrews. Due to its connection with the Last Supper, the Mercy Seat is often integrated into great altar compositions.

The illustration left is taken from the
Apostles' Creed webpage.

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