Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

WEDNESDAY THE THIRTEENTH OF SEPTEMBER, 2017
* John Chrysostom *

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you and you have promised through your well-beloved son that when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

( John Chrysostom )

PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN part three (abridged)

I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right.

You only are my portion, O Lord;
I have promised to keep your words.
I entreat you with all my heart,
be merciful to me according to your promise.

I have considered my ways
and turned my feet back to your testimonies.
I made haste and did not delay
to keep your commandments.

Though the cords of the wicked entangle me,
I do not forget your law.
I am a companion of all those who fear you,
those who keep your commandments.

The earth, O Lord, is full of your faithful love;
instruct me in your statutes.
O teach me true understanding and knowledge,
for I have trusted in your commandments.

Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn your statutes.

Let your faithful love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live,
for your law is my delight.

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.

I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right.

God our comforter,
send your Holy Spirit
to reveal your hidden mercy
even in our failures and troubles;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

John Chrysostom,
golden words from a golden mouth

Today Saint Laika’s remembers one of the Church’s greatest preachers and teachers, John Chrysostom, who began his ministry as a preacher in Antioch, and was raised to become the Patriarch of Constantinople.

John was widely known for his excellent sermons. The word “Chrysostom” is not a last name but a honorific. It means “Golden-Mouth.” While others were stressing allegorical meanings for the scriptures, he preferred to preach on the plain sense of the scripture and applied them in practical ways to daily living. He often preached against the abuse of power by those who held authority in government. Against his will, he was brought from Antioch to Constantinople, for the Empress wanted to have the great preacher in her entourage. Unfortunately, John was as resolute in his preaching against government corruption in Constantinople as he was in Antioch, so the Empress quickly turned against him and he was banished into exile. He died in exile on this date in the year 407AD.

John left a significant amount of writing behind him: homilies, commentary on the scriptures, works of theology. His ongoing influence in the life of the Eastern Church is the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, an order of service that has been used throughout the centuries.

Quote: "Even if we have thousands of acts of great virtue to our credit, our confidence in being heard must be based on God's mercy and his love for us. Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved."

Scripture: In "Psalm Forty-Nine, verses one to three, we read:

"Hear this, all you peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world, both low and high, rich and poor together. My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... that we may understand more fully the word of God and apply what we learn in our everyday lives.

... for preachers and liturgists.

... for the inhabitants of the Florida Keys and all whose homes have been destroyed or badly damaged by Hurricane Irma.

... 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 a sermon by John Chrysostom:

Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may receive your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you. If, on the other hand, you help the person in a spirit of joy, then the help will be received joyfully. The person will feel neither demeaned nor humiliated by your help, but rather will feel glad to have caused you pleasure by receiving your help. And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver.

CLOSING PRAYER

O God, who gave to your servant, John Chrysostom, grace eloquently to proclaim your righteousness, and fearlessly to suffer for the honour of your name: bless all preachers of your word with wisdom and skill, and bless all who minister in your name with compassion and mercy; 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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