History:Based on Lectionary Lessons.
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Method:On the Cross:
Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. - 2 Timothy 2:22b-26
Almighty God, you upheld your servant Irenaeus with strength to maintain the truth against every blast of vain doctrine: Keep us, we pray, steadfast in your true religion, that in constancy and peace we may walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. --Psalm 85:13b
1st: The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
2nd: The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
3rd: All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.
4th: They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,
5th: to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
6th: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
7th: The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
Father, give perfection to beginners, understanding to the little ones, and help to those who are running their course. Give sorrow to the negligent, fervor to the lukewarm, and a good consummation to the perfect. --St Irenaeus of Lyons, Bishop, Defender of the Faith and Martyr
Jesus said, "No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays." --Luke 11:33-36