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Twenty First Sunday after Trinity MXII

Thy Family, we beseech thee, O Lord, continually keep in godliness, free from all adversities by thy protection, and devoutly given to good works in thy name; through the Lord...

Familiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, continua pietate custodi: ut a cuncti adversitatibus te protegente sit libera, et in bonis activus tui nominis sit devota, per Dominum
[Galacian Sacramentary]
Introit  ...The whole world is thy power, O Lord, King Almighty...
Ps.  ...Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord
Epistle ... Ephesians 6:10-17  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, an din the power of his might...
Gradual  ...Lord thou hast been our dwelling-place
Gospel John 4: 46-54 And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum...

First English translation:
LORDE we beseche thee to kepe thy housholde the churche in continuall godlines; that throughe thy proteccion it maye be free from al adversities, and devoutly geven to serve thee in good workes, to the glory of thy name; Through Jesus Christ our Lorde. Amen.
[1549 BCP]

The Latin version used the word familia, which points to the traditional Roman family that was the basic and most important element of society. It included all in the household, including slaves, and was headed by the pater familias who was responsible for the welfare of all. This concept of the household is the basis of the Gospel story today.

This web page has a small article on the Roman Family which will  give the reader a better understanding of the use of the term in the prayer as relating to God's family.  

Today many believe the family is under considerable pressure from many sources that tend to weaken it.  Concerned citizens have responded with support as Focus on the Family.  It has take on a political and social meaning as well with Family Values



(Portions were paraphrased and passages cited from The Collect of the Day, by Paul Zeller Strodach, 1939, The United Lutheran Press, Philadelphia)
The Ancient Collect: Its history and form

Released by Fundator, Ordo Centurionum
Legio Christi-Ecclesia Militans
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]


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