Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Columba *


Incline, O Lord, your merciful ears and illuminate the darkness of our hearts by the light of your visitation. Amen.

( Gelasian Sacramentary )

PSALM NINETY-TWO ( abridged)

You, O Lord, shall be exalted for evermore.

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord
and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to tell of your love early in the morning
and of your faithfulness in the night-time,
upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp,
and to the melody of the lyre.
For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts,
and I sing aloud at the works of your hands.
O Lord, how glorious are your works!
Your thoughts are very deep.

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
Such as are planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
they shall be vigorous and in full leaf;
that they may show that the Lord is true;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

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.

You, O Lord, shall be exalted for evermore.

Give us the music of your praise, Lord,
morning, noon and night,
that our lives may be fruitful
and our lips confess you as the true and only God. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Columba: Irish tempered penitent

Today Saint Laika’s remembers Columba, the great sixth century monk and missionary, perhaps best known for his work of spreading the gospel in Scotland and for founding the monastery of Iona.

Columba had the reputation of being a learned and holy man, but his Irish temper got him in trouble when he was accused of theft by Saint Finnian of Moville Abbey. It seems Columba had copied a psalter at Moville, with the understanding that it would be his upon completion. Saint Finnian denied him, claiming it was property of the abbey. This led to a pitched battle in which many men were killed. A synod of Clerics wanted to excommunicate Columba, but Saint Brendan of Birr spoke on his behalf, so instead Columba, as a penance was allowed to go to Scotland to atone for his sins by spreading the Christian faith among the Picts, a pagan people who inhabited Scotland.

His monastery at Iona became a centre of learning and training for missionaries. Columba wrote hymns, transcribed books and reportedly had a run in with the Loch Ness monster himself in 565, after the beast killed a Pict, and went after one of Columba’s own disciples. Columba banished him to the depths of River Ness, which flows out of the famous Loch.

Columba died in 597 and was buried at Iona. Later his remains were dug up and some made their way back to Ireland, while some remain at Iona.

Quote. "My druid is Christ, the son of God, Christ, son of Mary, the great abbot, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost."

Scripture. In the tenth chapter of "Luke," at verses nineteen and twenty, Jesus admonishes his disciples:

"See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the members of the Iona Community and the success of their work for peace for peace and social justice, the rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.

... for the unemployed who are treated like criminals and idiots by state agencies.

... for children who hate their parents.

... for the people of Venezuela in particular the protestors who have been killed, injured or imprisoned by government forces; for a return to democracy and an end to the food shortages.

... for the Scottish Episcopal Church, that its decision to allow the marriage of same gender couples in its churches may help it show the love of God to those it serves.

... 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.


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.


To walk in the light is to walk freely not fearfully, to see and delight in all the beauty around us: in people, in nature, desiring it to be allowed to remain beautiful. It is to walk with a light heart, relaxed not tense, to have choices. The light is in the world.

There is an old Jewish saying, "Do not say, God is in my heart. Rather, say, I am in the heart of God."

The gospel of Jesus says precisely this thing. I am in God's heart, and you, and you and you. Loved, valued, unconditionally accepted, we live and move and have our being in the heart of God, which is the light of God.

( Kathy Galloway )


O God, who by the preaching of your blessed servant Columba caused the light of the Gospel to shine in Scotland: grant, we pray, that, having his life and labours in remembrance, we may show our thankfulness to you by following the example of his zeal and patience; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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


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