Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

TUESDAY THE SIXTEENTH OF MAY, 2017
* Caroline Chisholm *

OPENING PRAYER

We humbly beseech you, O heavenly Father, to do away as the night all our transgressions, and to scatter our sins as the morning cloud. Lord, forgive whatsoever is amiss in us, cleanse us from our sin, and let your Holy Spirit so prevent and accompany and follow us day by day, that we may believe in you, and love you, and keep your commandments, through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

( Goulburn’s Family Prayers )

PSALM EIGHTY-THREE ( abridged )

The wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement.

Hold not your peace, O God, do not keep silent;
be not unmoved, O God;
for your enemies are in tumult
and those who hate you lift up their heads.
They take secret counsel against your people
and plot against those whom you treasure.

They say, "Come, let us destroy them as a nation,
that the name of Israel be remembered no more."

O my God, make them like thistledown,
like chaff before the wind.
Like fire that consumes a forest,
like the flame that sets mountains ablaze,
so drive them with your tempest
and dismay them with your storm.

Cover their faces with shame, O Lord,
that they may seek your name.
Let them be disgraced and dismayed for ever;
let them be put to confusion and perish;
and they shall know that you, whose name is the Lord,
are alone the Most High over all the earth.

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 wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement.

Lord God, most high over all the world,
when the pride of nations obscures
your glorious purpose,
draw us into that unity
which is your will for all people
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Caroline Chisholm: giving immigrants a voice

Today Saint Laika’s remembers Caroline Chisholm.

When Caroline was a child, in the early eighteen hundreds, her father, a wealthy, landed gentleman, brought into their home a poor, maimed soldier. He instructed his family that they were obliged to care for this man who had fought for them. This experience made a deep impression on Caroline, and she dedicated her life to helping others.

In 1832 the East India Company posted her husband to India, and Caroline saw the bleak living conditions the wives and daughters of British soldiers had to face. She started a school for them and greatly improved their standard of living.

Life next took her to Australia, to Sydney, where she worked tirelessly on finding work opportunities for female immigrants. Later she expanded her work to cover entire families. It is estimated that during her time there, she helped over fourteen thousand immigrants to find employment and homes.

Back in England, she organised a group of wealthy people to provide loans for folks migrating to Australia. She got Parliament to pass laws for better shipboard condition for passengers.

She died at age sixty-eight in 1877. The Church of England also remembers her today.

Scripture. In the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah, as verses six and seven we read:

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?"

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for immigrants and those who assist them.

... for all who live in poverty and struggle to better their conditions.

... for the families of servicemen, in particular those living abroad.

... for young people killed or injured in road traffic accidents, for their families and friends. DETAILS

... for the twenty-three people who have died and those who were injured after a tourist bus fell from a cliff near the southern Turkey seaside resort of Marmaris. DETAILS

... for Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, known for his award-winning coverage of the drug trade, who has been shot dead by unidentified attackers and for the safety of all members of the media who risk their lives investigating the criminal organisations of the world. DETAILS

... for the survival of the vaquita porpoise and all endangered species. 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 Pope Francis' address to the participants in the plenary of the Pontifical
Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the twenty-fourth of May, 2013:

The Church is mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration. This tension destroys people. Christian compassion (this "suffering with" compassion) is expressed first of all in the commitment to obtain knowledge of the events that force people to leave their homeland, and where necessary, to give voice to those who cannot
manage to make their cry of distress and oppression heard. They are all elements that dehumanise and must push every Christian and the whole community to concrete attention.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, though divided by geography, nationality, and political systems, all the mortal race are your children. We thank you for raising up among us Caroline Chisholm, who had such a passion for work with immigrants, easing their passages and bettering their conditions. Teach us to regard with dignity all human beings, and help us understand we are all migrating to that kingdom where you live and reign, with your son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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

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