Prayer for the Day – Saturday 17 October

Feed us, O Lord, with the living bread
and make us drink deep of the cup of salvation
that, following the teaching of your bishop Ignatius
and rejoicing in the faith
   with which he embraced a martyr’s death,
we may be nourished for that eternal life
   for which he longed;
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.

Mark 16.9-20
And all that had been commanded them they told briefly to those around Peter. And afterwards Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.

Psalm 104
    Bless the Lord, O my soul.
   O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
    You are clothed with majesty and honour,
   wrapped in light as in a garment.
    You spread out the heavens like a curtain
   and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
    You make the clouds your chariot
   and ride on the wings of the wind.
    You make the winds your messengers
   and flames of fire your servants.
    You laid the foundations of the earth,
   that it never should move at any time.
    You covered it with the deep like a garment;
   the waters stood high above the hills.
    At your rebuke they fled;
   at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
    They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath,
   to the place which you had appointed for them.
      You have set them their bounds that they should not pass,
   nor turn again to cover the earth.
      You send the springs into the brooks,
   which run among the hills.
      They give drink to every beast of the field,
   and the wild asses quench their thirst.
      Beside them the birds of the air make their nests
   and sing among the branches.
      You water the hills from your dwelling on high;
   the earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
      You make grass to grow for the cattle
   and plants to meet our needs,
      Bringing forth food from the earth
   and wine to gladden our hearts,
      Oil to give us a cheerful countenance
   and bread to strengthen our hearts.
      The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
   the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
      In which the birds build their nests,
   while the fir trees are a dwelling for the stork.
      The mountains are a refuge for the wild goats
   and the stony cliffs for the conies.
      You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,
   and the sun knows the time for its setting.
      You make darkness that it may be night,
   in which all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
      The lions roar for their prey
   and seek their food from God.
      The sun rises and they are gone
   to lay themselves down in their dens.
      People go forth to their work
   and to their labour until the evening.
      O Lord, how manifold are your works!
   In wisdom you have made them all;
      the earth is full of your creatures.
      There is the sea, spread far and wide,
   and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
      There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
   which you have made to play in the deep.
      All of these look to you
   to give them their food in due season.
      When you give it them, they gather it;
   you open your hand and they are filled with good.
      When you hide your face they are troubled;
   when you take away their breath,
      they die and return again to the dust.
      When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
   and you renew the face of the earth.
      May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
   may the Lord rejoice in his works;
      He looks on the earth and it trembles;
   he touches the mountains and they smoke.
      I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
   I will make music to my God while I have my being.
      So shall my song please him
   while I rejoice in the Lord.
      Let sinners be consumed out of the earth
      and the wicked be no more.
   Bless the Lord, O my soul.

[ The Longer Ending of Mark
Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it. ]