Monday Question Series: What are you using for Monday Prayer Time?

Posted by tom | Mar 12, 2012

Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. -- Psalm 66:16

Today, I'm leading opening prayer for SF823: Spiritual Direction Strategies(Professor Jo Ann Kurz, Evangelical). As last term, I turned to Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, & Enuma Okoro, Zondervan, 2010) for insight. Note: For the song we'll listen to and/or sing visit Prayer Time: "Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Jesus". On-line material available at http://commonprayer.net/.

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

As for the entry itself, material is drawn from

  • Two saints who have gone before us on this day . . .
    • Maximillian of Thavaste's martyrdom (3/12/295) is celebrated by a feast day today. Apparently because his father Fabius Victor was a soldier in the Roman army, Maximilian was obliged to join at the age of 21. But he refused based on his understanding of the call of Christ, leading him to be considered one of the early conscientous objectors.  
      • "I cannot enlist for I am a Christian. I cannot serve. I cannot do evil . . . You can cut off my head, but I will not be a soldier of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ."
    • Jesuit priest Rutilio Grande (7/5/1928- 3/12/1977, El Salvador) was the first of 17 priests to be martyred in his country due to the countercultural nature of the Gospel. He was driving through the sugar fields near the village of El Paisnal in the Aguilare parish on his way to evening Mass with Manuel Solorzano (72 years old) and Nelson Rutilio Lemus (16 years old), when all three were killed by a machine gun attack. Note: a close friend of Archbishop Oscar Romero and an outspoken opponent of the abuses of the U.S.-backed government.
      • "In 1971 in Rome, the Synod of Bishops on Justice in the World declared: "Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation. . . . [Rutilio Grande, S.J.] had taken the bishops' statement seriously, and was supporting the efforts of the poor to organize themselves and to struggle for justice." -- Remembering a Salvadoran Martyr (Joseph E. Mulligan, S.J.).
      • 3/12/2012 is the 35th anniversary of the assination of Rutilio Grande, S.J.
  • Psalm 66:16-20: Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. . . . Note: citation correction to text.
  • Genesis 49:29-50:14: Death of Jacob and the response of the sons as they interact with one-another (remember the drama with Joseph in Egypt!).
  • Mark 5:1-20: Jesus restores a demon-possessed man
  • What are you using for Monday Prayer Time in your own life and/or with a gathering of believers?

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