Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

TUESDAY THE ELEVENTH OF APRIL, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

All-powerful and eternal God, grant us so to celebrate the mystery of your son's passion, that we may experience your pardon and peace. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

CANTICLE

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praises of the Most High.

Who is this that comes from Edom,
coming from Bozrah, his garments stained crimson?
Who is this in glorious apparel,
marching in the greatness of his strength?

"It is I, who announce that right has won the day,
it is I," says the Lord, "for I am mighty to save."

Why are your robes all red, O Lord,
and your garments like theirs who tread the winepress?

"I have trodden the winepress alone,
and from the peoples no one was with me."

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praises of the Most High;
all that God has done for us in his mercy,
by his many acts of love.

For God said, "Surely, they are my people,
my children who will not deal falsely,"
and he became their saviour in all their distress.

So God redeemed them by his love and pity;
he lifted them up and carried them
through all the days of old.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praises of the Most High.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

The Cleansing of the Temple: even virtual temples need tidying

On this Tuesday in Holy Week a word about Christ's cleansing of the Temple.

"Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.

"He was teaching and saying, ‘Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”? But you have made it a den of robbers.’"
( Mark 11: 14-17 )

The gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, all tell us that following his entry into Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and confronted the money-changers and those buying and selling the animals needed for sacrificing. He made a whip of cords and drove them out, overturning tables, causing havoc.

It is an unsettling image of Jesus. Those who teach about the meaning of such things will want you to understand that this is part of the divine judgment against the Temple culminating in the Temple curtain being torn in two from top to bottom on Good Friday.

But we might more profitably keep our interpretation simple. In all religious institutions, as they are run by fallible men and women, you are likely to find a share of corruption, hypocrisy, and abuse of power. At the time of the Reformation, these were the charges levelled against the Church of Rome by the so-called “Protestants.” But they themselves went on to found churches which became subject to the same spiritual erosion.

One of the reasons Saint Laika’s exists, is to provide an “internet” church to minister to those who have been hurt by a church somewhere, who have felt pushed aside, or who are nervous about belonging to such an institution. Saint Laika’s can be subject to the same kind of spiritual erosion as any other institution. One of the simplest things I can recommend to you in the spirit of Christ’s cleansing the temple, is that you honestly and sincerely pray for the ministry that is done here in Christ’s name. That you pray for Jonathan, our priest, and for the rest of us who strive to convey in our own ways the grace, mercy, and peace of Jesus to you.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for an uncorrupt Church that always places Christ before commerce and the raising of money.

... for church cleaners.

... for those injured in and those displaced by a fire that destroyed the Grande-Synthe migrant camp, near the port of Dunkirk in France. DETAILS

... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

READING

From "On the Holy Spirit" by Basil of Caesarea:

When mankind was estranged from him by disobedience, God our saviour made a plan for raising us from our fall and restoring us to friendship with himself. According to this plan Christ came in the flesh, he showed us the gospel way of life, he suffered, died on the cross, was buried and rose from the dead. He did this so that we could be saved by imitation of him, and recover our original status as sons of God by adoption.

To attain holiness, then, we must not only pattern our lives on Christ’s by being gentle, humble and patient, we must also imitate him in his death. Taking Christ for his model, Paul said that he wanted to become like him in his death in the hope that he too would be raised from death to life.

We imitate Christ’s death by being buried with him in baptism. If we ask what this kind of burial means and what benefit we may hope to derive from it, it means first of all making a complete break with our former way of life, and our Lord himself said that this cannot be done unless a man is born again. In other words, we have to begin a new life, and we cannot do so until our previous life has been brought to an end. When runners reach the turning point on a racecourse, they have to pause briefly before they can go back in the opposite direction. So also when we wish to reverse the direction of our lives there must be a pause, or a death, to mark the end of one life and the beginning of another.

Our descent into hell takes place when we imitate the burial of Christ by our baptism. The bodies of the baptised are in a sense buried in the water as a symbol of their renunciation of the sins of their unregenerate nature.

As the Apostle says, "The circumcision you have undergone is not an operation performed by human hands, but the complete stripping away of your unregenerate nature. This is the circumcision that Christ gave us, and it is accomplished by our burial with him in baptism."

Baptism cleanses the soul from the pollution of worldly thoughts and inclinations.

"You will wash me," says the psalmist, "and I shall be whiter than snow."

We receive this saving baptism only once because there was only one death and one resurrection for the salvation of the world, and baptism is its symbol.

CLOSING PRAYER

Holy and merciful God, we pray for your Church in all the ways it is manifested throughout the world today. Fill it with all truth and peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your son, our saviour and lord. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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