Irenaeus of Lyons Morning Prayer, 30th June 2020

Irenæus was probably a native of Smyrna, born in about the year 130. As a boy, he had heard Polycarp preach, who had in turn been a disciple of the apostle John. Irenæus is thus one of the important connections between the apostolic Church and the second century. He studied at Rome, and became a priest at Lyons in Gaul, succeeding as bishop upon the martyrdom of his predecessor in 177. He contended against the mythological, unhistorical beliefs of the Gnostics, giving positive value to the full humanity of the incarnate Christ, and affirmed the public teaching rôle of the episcopate to combat false doctrine. He is honoured as the first great Catholic theologian, one who drew upon the emerging traditions of East and West. Irenæus died in about the year 200. Kershaw, Simon. Exciting Holiness: Collects and Readings for the Festivals and Lesser Festivals of the Calendars of the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Scottish Episcopal

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Alexander Jolly Evening Prayer, 27th June 2020.

Born in Stonehaven in 1756, Alexander Jolly was educated at Aberdeen, ordained in Peterhead and sent to minister at Turriff. After almost twelve years he moved to Fraserburgh, where he spent the rest of his life. A man of great learning and deep personal devotion, he was consecrated in 1796 as coadjutor to Bishop Macfarlane, who had superintendence of Moray, Ross and Argyll and Caithness. When Caithness was disjoined in 1798 Alexander was unanimously elected by the four presbyters of Moray as their diocesan. His wisdom guided the church through the difficult years which followed the repeal of the Penal Laws, and his learning and saintly life brought considerable prestige to the church he loved. He died in 1838. Kershaw, Simon. Exciting Holiness: Collects and Readings for the Festivals and Lesser Festivals of the Calendars of the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Church in Wales . Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle

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Robert Leighton Morning Prayer, Friday 26th June 2020

Robert Leighton, born in 1611, the son of a puritanical physician, studied at Edinburgh and on the continent, where he was influenced by the piety and tolerance of the French Jansenists. In 1641 he became minister of Newbattle, but was highly critical of the Covenanting policy of those days. In 1652 he was sent to negotiate with Cromwell the release of Scots prisoners taken at the battle of Worcester, and Cromwell’s influence caused him to be appointed in the following year as Principal of Edinburgh University, where he exercised a remarkable influence. At the Restoration he accepted the bishopric of Dunblane, the least remunerative, in the hope that he might use that office for the healing of the schisms within the Scottish Church. ‘My sole object has been to procure peace and to advance the interests of true religion.’ His plans for an accommodation with the Presbyterians led to his appointment as Archbishop of Glasgow in 1670. After four years

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Moulag of Lismore Evening Prayer, 25th June 2020.

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. OPENING   Variable Psalms Thursdays: From Psalm 107, Confitemini Domino Give thanks to the Lord who is good, * and whose mercy endures for ever.Let all those whom the Lord has re deemed proclaim *that God redeemed them from the hand of the foe.The Lord gathered them out of the lands; *from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.Some wandered in desert wastes; *they found no way to a city where they might dwell.They were hungry and thirsty; * their spirits languished within them.Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, * who delivered them from their distress.The Lord put their feet on a straight path * to go to a city where they

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Morning Prayer, Thursday 25th June 2020

Moulag of Lismore, Bishop Moluag was an Irish missionary who came to Scotland about the same time as Columba and established a missionary community on the island of Lismore, Loch Linnhe, where the church of St Moluag subsequently became the seat of the bishopric of the Isles. He and his followers worked mainly in the Pictish areas. He was consecrated bishop and established other centres of mission at Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, where, according to tradition, he died in the year 592. Kershaw, Simon. Exciting Holiness: Collects and Readings for the Festivals and Lesser Festivals of the Calendars of the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Church in Wales . Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle Edition. Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. 

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Evening Prayer, Thursday, 24th June 2020

The Birth of John the Baptist Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. FROM Psalm 131, Domine, non est O Lord, I am not proud; * I have no haughty looks.I do not occupy myself with great matters, * or with things that are too hard for me.But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother’s breast; *my soul is quieted within me.O Israel, wait upon the Lord, * from this time forth for evermore. READING: Malachi 4:1–6 See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for

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24th June Morning Prayer

The Birth of John the Baptist Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Sing to the Lord a new song;* sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.Sing to the Lord and bless his name;*proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.Declare his glory among the nations* and his wonders among all peoples.For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*he is more to be feared than all gods.As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;*but it is the Lord who made the heavens.Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence!*Oh, the power and the splendour of his sanctuary!Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;*ascribe to the Lord honour and power.Ascribe to the Lord the honour due his name;*bring offerings and

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Tuesday after Pentecost 3 Evening Prayer, 23rd June 2020.

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. OPENING   Variable Psalms Tuesdays: From Psalm 84, Quam dilecta!  How dear to me is your dwelling, * O Lord of hosts!My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord; * my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.The sparrow has found her a house *and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young;by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, * my Sovereign and my God.Happy are they who dwell in your house! * They will always be praising you.Happy are the people whose strength is in you, *whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way!Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, *for

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23rd June, Tuesday after Pentecost 3, Morning Prayer

Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Sing to the Lord a new song;* sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.Sing to the Lord and bless his name;*proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.Declare his glory among the nations* and his wonders among all peoples.For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*he is more to be feared than all gods.As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;*but it is the Lord who made the heavens.Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence!*Oh, the power and the splendour of his sanctuary!Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;*ascribe to the Lord honour and power.Ascribe to the Lord the honour due his name;*bring offerings and come into his courts.Worship the Lord

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