Daily Prayer At Saint Laika

WEDNESDAY THE NINETEENTH OF APRIL, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

Open wide the window of our spirits, O Lord, and fill us full of light;
open wide the door of our hearts, that we may receive and entertain you
with all our powers of adoration and praise. Amen.

( Christina Rossetti )

PSALM SEVENTY-TWO ( abridged )

The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice.

Give the king your judgements, O God,
and your righteousness to the son of a king.
Then shall he judge your people righteously
and your poor with justice.

In his time shall righteousness flourish,
and abundance of peace
till the moon shall be no more.

For he shall deliver the poor that cry out,
the needy and those who have no helper.
He shall have pity on the weak and poor;
he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence,
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

May his name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures;
may all nations be blest in him
and call him blessed.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonderful things.
And blessed be his glorious name for ever.
May all the earth be filled with his glory.

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.

The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice.

May your kingdom come, O God,
with deliverance for the needy,
with peace for the righteous,
with overflowing blessing for all nations,
with glory, honour and praise
for Christ, the only saviour. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

When Easter comes late or not at all

Though the date for Easter varies from year to year, an entire mechanism is engaged to lead the worshipper through from Ash Wednesday to Easter. But it doesn’t take much experience of the human heart to know that we do not operate so well on mechanical schedules. While outwardly we may be participating in the rites of Easter, inwardly we may not yet be ready, or other realities weigh upon us to make us wonder if there will be an Easter for us this year.

Christina Rossetti wrote a beautiful poem entitled “A Better Resurrection” which reflects the stubbornness of the heart, refusing to bend to the liturgical observance. See if you can take or find comfort in her tempestuous, persistent faith:

I have no wit, no words, no tears;
my heart within me like a stone
is numbed too much for hopes or fears.
Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief
no everlasting hills I see;
my life is in the falling leaf:
O Jesus, quicken me.

My life is like a faded leaf,
my harvest dwindled to a husk:
truly my life is void and brief
and tedious in the barren dusk;
my life is like a frozen thing,
no bud nor greenness can I see:
yet rise it shall, the sap of spring;
O Jesus, rise in me.

My life is like a broken bowl,
a broken bowl that cannot hold
one drop of water for my soul
or cordial in the searching cold;
cast in the fire the perished thing;
melt and remould it, till it be
a royal cup for him, my king:
O Jesus, drink of me.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those who mourn whilst others are joyful.

... for those who desire to be close to God but who feel far from God.

... for the three men who were killed and the man who was injured when a gunman opened fire in Fresno, California. 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 "The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus":

If you also desire to possess this Christian faith, you likewise shall receive first of all the knowledge of the Father.

For God has loved mankind, on whose account he made the world, to whom he rendered subject all the things that are in it, to whom he gave reason and understanding, to whom alone he imparted the privilege of looking upwards to himself, whom he formed after his own image, to whom he sent his only-begotten son, to whom he has promised a kingdom in heaven, and will give it to those who have loved him.

And when you have attained this knowledge, with what joy do you think you will be filled? Or, how will you love him who has first so loved you?

And if you love him, you will be an imitator of his kindness. And do not wonder that a man may become an imitator of God. He can, if he is willing. For it is not by ruling over his neighbours, or by seeking to hold the supremacy over those that are weaker, or by being rich, and showing violence towards those that are inferior, that happiness is found; nor can any one by these things become an imitator of God. But these things do not at all constitute his majesty.

On the contrary he who takes upon himself the burden of his neighbour; he who, in whatsoever respect he may be superior, is ready to benefit another who is deficient; he who, whatsoever things he has received from God, by distributing these to the needy, becomes a god to those who receive his benefits: he is an imitator of God.

Then you shall see, while still on earth, that God in the heavens rules over the universe; then you shall begin to speak the mysteries of God; then shall you both love and admire those that suffer punishment because they will not deny God; then shall you condemn the deceit and error of the world when you shall know what it is to live truly in heaven.

CLOSING PRAYER

O Lord God of time and eternity, who makes us creatures of time, that when time is over, we may attain your blessed eternity: with time, your gift, give us also wisdom to redeem the time, so our day of grace is not lost; for Lord Jesus' sake. Amen.

( Christina Rossetti )

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

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