Saturday, January 2, 2010
Saints And Feasts Of East And West
I like to think of today as a day when East meets West in the Catholic Church. In the Eastern church, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is celebrated; in the Western church, it is the feast of two great saints who, along with St John Chrysostom, in the Eastern church are part of the three Hierarchs.
God raised up these two saints as examples of hard working servants for His Church and also to extol His earthly gift of friendship. May their lives of both service and friendship be models for us today.
You can read more about these saints here.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.