Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

THURSDAY THE FIFTH OF OCTOBER, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

Lord, I know not what is before me this day, but you know. I desire to leave all in your hands, and to place myself at your disposal. Do for me as you see best. Prosper me in all that I undertake. Give me good success, if it be your will. But, if you see that crosses and disappointments are better for me, give me grace to accept them as from you. Enable me to bear them meekly and cheerfully, and to say, "Father, not my will, but yours, be done." O my God, make me happy this day in your service. Keep my conscience void of offence. Let me do nothing, say nothing, desire nothing, which is contrary to your will. Give me a thankful spirit. O for a heart to praise you for all that you have given me, and for all you have withheld from me. Amen.

( Ashton Oxenden )

PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts.

I was glad when they said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the Lord."

And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem;
Jerusalem, built as a city
that is at unity in itself.

Thither the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as is decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there are set the thrones of judgement,
the thrones of the house of David.

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls
and tranquillity within your palaces."

For my kindred and companions' sake,
I will pray that peace be with you.
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek to do you good.

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.

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts.

God of our pilgrimage,
bring us with joy to the eternal city
founded on the rock,
and give to our earthly cities
the peace that comes from above;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Eileen Egan:
relief worker, peace activist

Eileen Egan was a devoted Roman Catholic, who spent her days as an active member of Catholic Relief Services and still fund the time to pursue her passion for peacemaking which led her to found the American PAX Association, which later morphed into PaxChristi—USA.

After a career in journalism, she became the first professional layperson on the staff of Catholic Relief Services in 1943. Through her work with CRS she travelled the world, meeting the needs of many. She worked with Polish refugees in Mexico, Holocaust survivors in Barcelona, and later she worked among the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Chinese dissidents in Hong Kong, and displaced civilians in Southeast Asia.

She combined CRS's practical work of providing economic assistance, food, housing, and transportation to war victims with speaking, writing and demonstrating against the causes of war.

As early as 1955 she met Mother Teresa in Calcutta and publicised her work in the West. She introduced Dorothy Day to Mother Teresa in 1970.

One of her major accomplishments was the 1987 recognition of conscientious objection as a fundamental human right by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

After a lifetime of service, she died on the seventh of October, 2000, at the age of eighty-eight.
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Quote: “You can take course after course of so-called theology and never hear the message at the heart of Christianity—the message of Jesus, which is indiscriminate love.”

Scripture, in the fifty-eighth chapter of "Isaiah," at the sixth verse, 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?' says the Lord."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the United Nations and all who work to promote peace and human rights throughout the world.

... for teachers on this, World Teachers' Day.

... 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 "The Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes" by Gregory of Nyssa:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Who are these? Those who imitate the divine love of others, who show forth in their own life the characteristic of the divine energy. The lord and giver of good things completely annihilates anything that is without affinity and foreign to goodness. This work he ordains also for you, namely to cast out hatred and abolish war, to exterminate envy and banish strife, to take away hypocrisy and extinguish from within resentment of injuries smouldering in the heart. Instead, you ought to introduce whatever is contrary to the things that have been removed. For as light follows the departure of darkness, thus also these evil things are replaced by the fruits of the Spirit: by charity, joy, peace, benignity, magnanimity, all the good things enumerated by the apostle, Paul (Gal 5:22).

How then should the dispenser of the divine gifts not be blessed, since he imitates the gifts of God and models his own good deeds on the divine generosity?

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord our God, all thoughts of peace come from you. We thank you for the life and witness of your servant, Eileen Egan, whose passionate desire for peace, led her to a life of care and service to others. Give to your church that same single-hearted devotion, as we wait for the prince of peace, 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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