Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

He saved us

Notes of meeting on 9 January 2018

We ask the blessing of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit at beginning of this New Year and ask them to lead and guide us throughout the year.
We also place ourselves under the mantle of Mary, Mother of God, Theotokos.


Titus 3

Saved in order to do good

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle towards everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.

Lord pour out the light of your Spirit upon us.
Lead us into your truth, your mercy, your love, your peace, joy and hope.
Help us love you and one another and all those we encounter.
Let us be with You lights in the darkness.
May all people and nations be drawn to your Light and Truth and the Salvation that you promise for those who repent and turn to you.
Save us all O Lord.