Feast of St. Alexander of Alexandria (February 26)   Leave a comment

Above:  Trefoil and Triangle

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SAINT ALEXANDER OF ALEXANDRIA (CIRCA 250-328)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Alexandria

Bishop of Alexandria from 313, St. Alexander opposed Arianism.  At first he tried gentle means, but felt the need in time to excommunicate Arius, a decision other bishops upheld in 321.  St. Alexander also drew up the acts of the First Council of Nicaea (325), from which the Nicene Creed began to emerge.  The final version came out of the Council of Constantinople (381).  The original draft follows:

We believe in one God,

the Father Almighty,

maker of all things, visible and invisible,

and in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten of the Father,

that is, of the substance of the Father,

God from God,

light from light,

true God from true God,

begotten not made,

of one substance with the Father,

through whom all things were made,

those things that are on earth,

who for us men and for our salvation,

came down and was made man,

suffered,

rose again on the third day,

ascended into the heavens

and will come

to judge the living and the dead.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit.

–Quoted in Karen Armstrong, A History of God:  The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1994), page 111

The saint died at Alexandria in 328.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 8, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN RINCKART, ARCHDEACON OF EILENBURG

THE FEAST OF RICHARD BAXTER, ANGLICAN THEOLOGIAN

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Almighty God, your Holy Spirit gives

to one the word of knowledge,

and to another the insight of wisdom,

and to another the steadfastness of faith.

We praise you for the gifts of grace imparted to your servant Saint Alexander of Alexandria,

and we pray that by his teaching we may be led to a fuller knowledge

of the truth we have seen in your Son Jesus, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Proverbs 3:1-7 or Wisdom 7:7-14

Psalm 119:89-104

1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16 or 1 Corinthians 3:5-11

John 17:18-23 or Matthew 13:47-52

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 61

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Revised on December 8, 2016

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