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Our Morning Offering – 2 July – O God, Be With Us

Our Morning Offering – 2 July – “Month of the Precious Blood”

O God, Be With Us
By St Benedict (c 480-547)

O God,
from Whom to be turned,
is to fall,
to Whom to be turned,
is to rise
and in Whom to stand,
is to abide forever,
grant us in all our duties,
Your help,
in all our perplexities,
Your guidance,
in all our dangers,
Your protection,
and in all our sorrows,
Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

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Thought for the Day – 11 July – “O God, Be With Us”

Thought for the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Benedict’s name means “blessed.”   His most famous monastery, Monte Cassino, has been destroyed and rebuilt three times.   His monks follow the motto Ora et labora, which means “Pray and work.”

It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography has been written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in the West.   Benedict is well recognised in the later Dialogues of Saint Gregory but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career.   Pope Benedict did a great Catechesis on him, excerpt here and at the end, is a link to the Rule:   https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/11/thought-for-the-day-11-july-the-memorial-of-st-benedict-of-nursia-osb-c-480-547/

The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labour and living together in community under a common abbot.   Benedictine asceticism is known for its moderation and Benedictine charity has always shown concern for the people in the surrounding countryside.   In the course of the Middle Ages, all monasticism in the West was gradually brought under the Rule of St Benedict.

Today the Benedictine family is represented by two branches:  the Benedictine Federation encompassing the men and women of the Order of St Benedict and the Cistercians, men and women of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance.

The Church has been greatly blessed through Benedictine devotion to the liturgy, not only in its actual celebration with rich and proper ceremony in the great abbeys but also through the scholarly studies of many of its members.   Liturgy is sometimes confused with guitars or choirs, Latin or Bach.   We should be grateful to those who both preserve and adapt the genuine tradition in the Church, our great act of worship!

O God, Be With Us
St Benedict (c 480-547)

O God,
from Whom to be turned,
is to fall,
to Whom to be turned,
is to rise,
and in Whom to stand,
is to abide forever,
grant us in all our duties,
Your help,
in all our perplexities,
Your guidance,
in all our dangers,
Your protection,
and in all our sorrows,
Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Our Morning Offering – 11 July – St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Our Morning Offering – 11 July – St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

O God, Be With Us
St Benedict (c480-547)

O God,
from Whom to be turned, is to fall,
to Whom to be turned, is to rise,
and in Whom to stand, is to abide forever,
grant us in all our duties, Your help,
in all our perplexities, Your guidance,
in all our dangers, Your protection,
and in all our sorrows, Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ameno god from whom to be turned is to fall - st benedict - 11 july 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 10 February – The Memorial of St Scholastica (c 480-543), the Twin Sister of St Benedict (480-547)

Our Morning Offering – 10 February – The Memorial of St Scholastica (c 480-543), the Twin Sister of St Benedict (480-547)

Father, in Your Goodness, Grant Me ….
St Benedict

Father, in Your goodness,
grant me
the intellect to comprehend You,
the perception to discern You,
and the reason to appreciate You.
In Your kindness
endow me with
the diligence to look for You,
the wisdom to discover You
and the spirit to apprehend You.
In Your graciousness
bestow on me
a heart to contemplate You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to see You,
and a tongue to speak of You.
In Your mercy confer on me
a conversation pleasing to You,
the patience to wait for You,
and the perseverance to long for You.
Grant me a perfect end,
Your holy presence.
Amen.father, in your goodness, grant me - st benedict - 10 feb 2018 memorial of st scholastica

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Our Morning Offering – 5 February

Our Morning Offering – 5 February

Morning Prayer
St Benedict (480-547)

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom
to discover You,
the intelligence
to understand You,
the diligence
to seek after You,
the patience
to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart
to meditate upon You,
and a life
to proclaim You,
through the power
of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord.
Amengracious and holy father - st benedict - 5 feb 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 10 February

Our Morning Offering – 10 February

PRAYER OF ST BENEDICT OF NURSIA

Father, in Your goodness
grant me the intellect to comprehend You,
the perception to discern You,
and the reason to appreciate You.
In Your kindness
endow me with the diligence to look for You,
the wisdom to discover You
and the spirit to apprehend You.
In Your graciousness
bestow on me a heart to contemplate You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to see You,
and a tongue to speak of You.
In Your mercy confer on me
a conversation pleasing to You,
the patience to wait for You,
and the perseverance to long for You.
Grant me a perfect end,
Your holy presence.
Amen.

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