Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Martin de Porres, Rose of Lima and Turibius of Mogrovejo *


O God our lord, the stay of all them that put their trust in you, wherever you lead we would go, for your ways are perfect wisdom and love. Even when we walk through the dark valley, your light can shine into our hearts and guide us safely through the night of sorrow. Be our friend and we need ask no more in heaven or earth; for you are the comfort of all who trust in you, the help and defence of all who hope in you. O Lord, we would be yours; let us never fall away from you. We would accept all things without murmuring from your hand, for whatever you do is right. Blend our wills with yours and then we need fear no evil nor death itself, for all things must work together for our good. Lord, keep us in your love and truth, comfort us with your light and guide us by your Holy Spirit. Amen.

( S. Weiss )


Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes.

Blessed are those whose way is pure,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies
and seek him with their whole heart,
those who do no wickedness,
but walk in his ways.

You, O Lord, have charged
that we should diligently keep your commandments.
O that my ways were made so direct
that I might keep your statutes.
Then should I not be put to shame,
because I have regard for all your commandments.

I will thank you with an unfeigned heart,
when I have learned your righteous judgements.
I will keep your statutes;
O forsake me not utterly.

With my whole heart have I sought you;
O let me not go astray from your commandments.
Your words have I hidden within my heart,
that I should not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
O teach me your statutes.

With my lips have I been telling
of all the judgements of your mouth.
I have taken greater delight
in the way of your testimonies
than in all manner of riches.

I will meditate on your commandments
and contemplate your ways.
My delight shall be in your statutes
and I will not forget your word.

O do good to your servant that I may live,
and so shall I keep your word.
Open my eyes, that I may see
the wonders of your law.

I am a stranger upon earth;
hide not your commandments from me.
My soul is consumed at all times
with fervent longing for your judgements.

Turn from me shame and rebuke,
for I have kept your testimonies.
For your testimonies are my delight;
they are my faithful counsellors.

My soul cleaves to the dust;
O give me life according to your word.
My soul melts away in tears of sorrow;
raise me up according to your word.
Take from me the way of falsehood;
be gracious to me through your law.

I have chosen the way of truth
and your judgements have I laid before me.
I hold fast to your testimonies;
O Lord, let me not be put to shame.
I will run the way of your commandments,
when you have set my heart at liberty.

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.

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes.

Faithful God,
let your word be the treasure of our hearts,
that we may delight in your truth
and walk in the glorious liberty of your
Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Martin de Porres, Rose of Lima, and Turibius of Mogrovejo

Today Saint Laika’s celebrates three Christians who were instrumental in rooting the Christian faith in South America. It’s easy from our vantage point today to denigrate the Christianising of South America, especially as its excesses were horrible: the conquest of free peoples by the military might of Europe, the colonialism, which tried to impose Western European values on native peoples and even the politicisation of South America when Spanish born Pope Alexander VI drew a line of demarcation which left Brazil in Portuguese hands and the rest of the continent with the Spanish.

Nevertheless, sincere Christians, like the three we celebrate today, deeply rooted in their own faith, provided caring and compassionate ministry to the peoples among whom they lived.

The earliest of the three, Turibius of Mogrovejo, who died in 1606, was a Spaniard, who became Archbishop of Lima, Peru. He began his mission work by travelling to Lima on foot, baptising and teaching the natives. He built roads, schoolhouses and chapels, many hospitals and convents, and at Lima, in 1591, founded the first seminary in the Western hemisphere.

Next comes Martin De Porres, who died in 1639. He was born in Lima, Peru and lived his entire life there. He was a Dominican brother who was noted for tireless work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He was also remembered for his spiritual practices of fasting and prayer.

Last of all is Rose of Lima, who died in 1617. She helped the sick and hungry around her community. She would bring them to her home and take care of them. She later became a Dominican nun.

Scripture. In the "Book of Sirach," chapter seven, verses thirty-two to thirty-five we read:

"Stretch out your hand to the poor, so that your blessing may be complete. Give graciously to all the living; do not withhold kindness even from the dead. Do not avoid those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn. Do not hesitate to visit the sick, because for such deeds you will be loved."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the Christians of South America, that they may make the good news of Jesus Christ known through both their actions and their words.

... that the whole world may come to know and love its saviour, Jesus Christ, but through gentle means not by force, pressure or bribery.

... on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, for the end of slavery and a healing of the pain, division and inequality that is the legacy of the trade and which still causes much suffering and injustice throughout the world. DETAILS

... for those affected by flooding in Northern Ireland and all suffering from the effects of inclement weather. DETAILS

... for victims of identity theft.

... 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 "Do You Hear the Cry of the Poor? Liberation Theology Today," an interview with Professor Michael Lee posted on the "U.S.Catholic" website, March 2010:

I think liberation theology's understanding of Jesus is part of a wider 20th-century appreciation of the historical Jesus and his ministry. The primary theme of Jesus' preaching was the kingdom of God. It wasn't a purely otherworldly kind of preaching. It wasn't passively accepting the society as it was. Jesus was angry at some religious people. Jesus healed those who were ostracised in his society. I think liberation theology picks up on this. My salvation isn't just spiritual, and salvation isn't strictly otherworldly. It begins in this world.

Liberation theology also asks some questions about Jesus: Does it not matter where and when he lived? Could it have happened any time, any place?

It does matter. Our faith is an incarnational faith. It means we take history seriously. Jesus lived in a particular society, and he had a certain place in that society. He reached out to certain social classes as well, especially those who were rejected. I think that provides a model for where the church should be, where Christians should be.


Merciful God, you sent your gospel to the people of South America through the lives and witness of your servants Turibius, Martin and Rose. Help us to follow their example in bringing fearlessly the comfort of your grace to all downtrodden and outcast people that your Church may be renewed with songs of salvation and praise; through Jesus Christ, 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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