Daily Devotional for November 27 – December 3
Ecclesiasticus 3: Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe.
2For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.
3Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins:
4And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.
5Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard.
6He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother.
7He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters.
8Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them.
9For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children; but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations.
10Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father’s dishonour is no glory unto thee.
Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace good will among men.
Ecclesiasticus 3: For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour is a reproach to the children.
12My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth.
13And if his understanding fail, have patience with him; and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength.
14For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee up.
15In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembered; thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather.
16He that forsaketh his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother is cursed: of God.
17My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved.
18The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord.
19Many are in high place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek.
20For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly.
Prayer: May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us. – Against the snares of the evil one.
Prayer for the Faithful of St. Patrick Part 1
Ecclesiasticus 3:21Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength.
22But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence, for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret.
23Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand.
24For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment.
25Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not.
26A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein.
27An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin.
28In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him.
29The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man.
30Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins.
31And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.
May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all!
May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
Prayer for the Faithful of St. Patrick Part 2
Ecclesiasticus 4: My son, defraud not the poor of his living, and make not the needy eyes to wait long.
2Make not an hungry soul sorrowful; neither provoke a man in his distress.
3Add not more trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give to him that is in need.
4Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; neither turn away thy face from a poor man.
5Turn not away thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to curse thee:
6For if he curse thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that made him.
7Get thyself the love of the congregation, and bow thy head to a great man.
8Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer with meekness.
9Deliver him that suffereth wrong from the hand of the oppressor; and be not fainthearted when thou sittest in judgment.
10Be as a father unto the fatherless, and instead of an husband unto their mother: so shalt thou be as the son of the most High, and he shall love thee more than thy mother doth.
Glory to Jesus Christ – Glory forever!
Ecclesiasticus 4: 11Wisdom exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her.
12He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early shall be filled with joy.
13He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she entereth, the Lord will bless.
14They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that love her the Lord doth love.
15Whoso giveth ear unto her shall judge the nations: and he that attendeth unto her shall dwell securely.
16If a man commit himself unto her, he shall inherit her; and his generation shall hold her in possession.
17For at the first she will walk with him by crooked ways, and bring fear and dread upon him, and torment him with her discipline, until she may trust his soul, and try him by her laws.
18Then will she return the straight way unto him, and comfort him, and shew him her secrets.
19But if he go wrong, she will forsake him, and give him over to his own ruin.
For as many have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ…Alleluia
Ecclesiasticus 4:20Observe the opportunity, and beware of evil; and be not ashamed when it concerneth thy soul.
21For there is a shame that bringeth sin; and there is a shame which is glory and grace.
22Accept no person against thy soul, and let not the reverence of any man cause thee to fall.
23And refrain not to speak, when there is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.
24For by speech wisdom shall be known: and learning by the word of the tongue.
25In no wise speak against the truth; but be abashed of the error of thine ignorance.
26Be not ashamed to confess thy sins; and force not the course of the river.
27Make not thyself an underling to a foolish man; neither accept the person of the mighty.
28Strive for the truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee.
29Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss.
30Be not as a lion in thy house, nor frantick among thy servants.
31Let not thine hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay.
Christ is in our midst – He is and always shall be
Ecclesiasticus 5: Set thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.
2Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart:
3And say not, Who shall controul me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge thy pride.
4Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? for the Lord is longsuffering, he will in no wise let thee go.
5Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin:
6And say not His mercy is great; he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon sinners.
7Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance.
8Set not thine heart upon goods unjustly gotten, for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity.
9Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every way: for so doth the sinner that hath a double tongue.
10Be stedfast in thy understanding; and let thy word be the same.
11Be swift to hear; and let thy life be sincere; and with patience give answer.
12If thou hast understanding, answer thy neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy mouth.
13Honour and shame is in talk: and the tongue of man is his fall.
14Be not called a whisperer, and lie not in wait with thy tongue: for a foul shame is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue.
15Be not ignorant of any thing in a great matter or a small.
Preserve O Lord while waking and guard us while sleeping that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.