Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prayer diary, Thursday April 25th 2013 (Feast of St Mark the Evangelist)

Jesus said: 'And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.' 
Mark 12. 13

The Way of the Lord is a challenge to the world. And the world will hate those who refuse its message over Christ's. But we must endure. Not to do so is to give up the rewards of eternal life for the fleeting and empty pleasures of this life.

O almighty God, 
who hast instructed thy holy Church 
with the heavenly doctrine of thy evangelist Saint Mark; 
Give us grace, that, being not like children 
carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, 
we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel; 
through  Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect for the feast of St Mark, Book of Common Prayer

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