Commemoration for King Oswald

Today is the commemoration for King Oswald, the namesake of St Oswald Church in Grasmere. 
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Lift High the Cross,
is the hymn for the day which you will find at https://youtu.be/GbcBXYP4AlE

Readings include 1 Peter 4:12 to the end and John 16:29 to the end.

For Meditation consider this:

Oswald, had a vision of Columba the night before the battle, in which he was told

Be strong and act manfully. Behold, I will be with thee.[13] This coming night go out from your camp into battle, for the Lord has granted me that at this time your foes shall be put to flight and Cadwallon your enemy shall be delivered into your hands and you shall return victorious after battle and reign happily.

Oswald described his vision to his council and all agreed that they would be baptised and accept Christianity after the battle.[14] In the battle that followed, the British were routed despite their superior numbers; Cadwallon himself was killed.[8]

What words is Christ saying to you right now?  What is keeping you from listening and putting them into practice?

Today’s prayer

Lord God almighty,
who so kindled the faith of King Oswald with your Spirit
that he set up the sign of the cross in his kingdom
and turned his people to the light of Christ:
grant that we, being fired by the same Spirit,
may always bear our cross before the world
and be found faithful servants of the gospel;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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