Fr. James' Lectionary

The Lectionary is both a reading program for completing all of Holy Scripture on a one year schedule, and a daily comment on a portion of the day's reading wedded to a poem to give an added perspective on the theme.

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Day of the Lord: Zechariah 14 with poem by Edward Wight, How Do I Know?

The Feast of St. Stephen

Daily Readings
Psalm 31, I Maccabees 12, Zechariah 14, Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51-60

Daily Text: Zechariah 14

Day of the Lord
Zechariah 14 discloses the climax of the LORD’s intervention in human affairs on the eschatological Day of the LORD. This intervention will require that the LORD will establish Jerusalem as his capital and that from it he will reign over the world. Here he attacks the nations with plague, with psychological attacks and with Jerusalem’s own defense. Once he has established himself as supreme, the nations will come yearly to worship him in Jerusalem. This is the conclusion to his promises throughout redemption history to make Israel chief among the nations. His own oneness, or integrity, will be established, presumably for all time.

How Do I Know?
Edward Wight

How do I know, you ask, that in the end
God’s power will conquer all, and through
Eternity His love prove master of
Our souls? Need I have proof?
I tell you, sir, between a world of chaos
And a world where God works on
Through moments men call time there lies a choice,
And I choose God.
546:35

Collect for the Day
We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

[BCP:237 Saint Stephen]

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