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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of Father Aleksandr Men’, Orthodox priest from Moscow, barbarically murdered in 1990.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Colossians 3, 1-11

Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, you must look for the things that are above, where Christ is, sitting at God's right hand.

Let your thoughts be on things above, not on the things that are on the earth,

because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.

But when Christ is revealed -- and he is your life-you, too, will be revealed with him in glory.

That is why you must kill everything in you that is earthly: sexual vice, impurity, uncontrolled passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god;

it is precisely these things which draw God's retribution upon those who resist.

And these things made up your way of life when you were living among such people,

but now you also must give up all these things: human anger, hot temper, malice, abusive language and dirty talk;

and do not lie to each other. You have stripped off your old behaviour with your old self,

and you have put on a new self which will progress towards true knowledge the more it is renewed in the image of its Creator;

and in that image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between the circumcised and uncircumcised, or between barbarian and Scythian, slave and free. There is only Christ: he is everything and he is in everything.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle reminds the Christians of Colossae that they are already now risen with Christ and therefore freed from the slavery of evil and death. Paul knows well, however, that the fight against fear and sin is not yet finished. For this one must stay connected to Christ and seek "the things that are above." It is not an impossible task, because the goal is not far away and unknown. Disciples need to remain with Christ and follow the new life he has given us which is, in effect, to let the power of the resurrection of which we are made partakers work in us. The apostle urges therefore not to think about the "things that are on earth," that is, not to hold them as definitive, not to sacrifice our lives on their altar because they are ephemeral and fleeting. Christians who live with Jesus participate already now in the final Kingdom. Thus, as members of the Body of Christ, they are called to realize the Gospel in their daily life, becoming a new creation. Salvation dwells in them already, as Jesus himself had said, "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgement, but has passed from death to life” (Jn 5:24). But we know that the new life given to us by Christ is still hidden and will manifest itself in its fullness at the end of time. We are asked to keep it and make it grow so as to hasten the coming of the last day.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets