Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Isabel Hapgood *


Almighty and everlasting God, from whom comes every good and perfect gift, mercifully grant that the frequent meditation of your infinite goodness may make us to love you above all things; that we may here steadfastly believe what we do not see, and, hereafter, in the blessed vision of your glory, see what we now cannot comprehend; through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.


The Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting.

O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know that the Lord is God;
it is he that has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and bless his name.
For the Lord is gracious;
his steadfast love is everlasting,
and his faithfulness endures
from generation to generation.

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 gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting.

O Christ, door of the sheepfold,
may we enter your gates with praise
and go from your courts to serve you
in the poor, the lost and the wandering,
this day and all our days. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Isabel Hapgood: bridging east and west

Isabel Hapgood was born on the twenty-first of November, 1851, in Boston Massachusetts. From an early age she showed a great aptitude for languages, mastering most romance and Germanic languages as well as the Slavic languages of Russian, Polish, and Church Slavonic.

Isabel embarked on a lengthy journey through European Russia accompanied by her mother. During the two year sojourn, Isabel was able to meet important persons, including poets, writers, composers, as well as the Procurator of the Holy Synod and senior clergy. Her fame from translating earlier many Russian literary works into English had opened many doors into the intellectual world of Russia.

After her first trip to Russia, Isabel returned annually to Russia. Enchanted with the Russian choral singing, she embarked on a course of making the beauty of the Orthodox liturgy available in English. The succession of bishops of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands warmly supported her efforts. Archbishop Nicholas gave her a complete set of Church Slavonic texts for use in her translation effort. Archbishop Tikhon provided her practical advice and was remembered by Miss Hapgood as a sincere friend. Her work led to the translation of the service book that carries her name. The first edition appeared in 1906. She was instrumental in bringing the liturgy of the Russian Church to English speakers. She encouraged dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church.

She died on this day in 1929.

Scripture. In the "Book of Revelation," chapter five, verses thirteen and fourteen we read:

"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, 'To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever!'

"And the four living creatures said, 'Amen!'

"And the elders fell down and worshipped."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for translators and interpretors.

... for ecumenists.

... for understanding and good relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion.

... for members of the Russian Orthodox Church, in particular those living elsewhere than Russia.

... for an end to drug abuse and the illegal trafficking of drugs; for drug addicts and their families and friends; for those who have been killed or injured as a result of drug crime and those who live in fear because of the presence of drug running gangs where they live. DETAILS

... for the people of Madagascar who are celebrating their Independence Day today.

... for those killed, injured or orphaned when a lorry carrying fuel has burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East; for an end to the poverty that leads to people risking their lives for nothing more than a few pints of petrol. DETAILS

... for those who drowned when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia and for those still missing. DETAILS

... for those who were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir when the wire supporting a cable car snapped in the high-altitude tourist resort of Gulmarg; for those who are still trapped. 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.


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.


From "The Divine Presence" by Sundar Singh:

Some say that desire is the root cause of all pain and sorrow. According to this philosophy, salvation consists in eliminating all desire, including any desire for eternal bliss or communion with God. But when someone is thirsty, do we tell him to kill his thirst instead of giving him water to drink? To drive out thirst without quenching it with life-sustaining water is to drive out life itself. The result is death, not salvation. Thirst is an expression of our need for water and a sign of hope that somewhere there is water that can satisfy our thirst. Similarly, the deep longing in our soul is a clear sign of hope that spiritual peace exists. Something can satisfy our thirsty souls. When the soul finds God, the author of that spiritual thirst, it receives far greater satisfaction than any thirsty man who receives water. When the soul’s desire is satisfied, we have found heaven.

The water of a river that has its source in one country may flow through many different countries before it reaches the sea. It passes within the domain of many chiefs, rajahs, and princes. Yet no country has the right to stop it and keep it within its territory. It is the common property of all, and wherever it goes, it quenches the thirst of all. In the same way, the stream of life comes forth from the ocean of God’s love, streaming to earth again as rain and then flowing as a river through the channels of the prophets and holy  ones to irrigate the world. In this way, it quenches thirsty souls, enriching and restoring the lives of people and nations everywhere. Whoever desires it can freely take of this gift of life.


Loving God, we thank you for the work and witness of Isabel Florence Hapgood, who introduced the Divine Liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church to English speaking Christians and encouraged dialogue between Anglicans and Orthodox. Guide us as we build on the foundation that she gave us, that all may be one in Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, unto ages of ages. Amen.

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


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