WEDNESDAY THE EIGHTH OF NOVEMBER 2017
* Matushka Olga Michael of Alaska *
Lord, living or dying I would be yours; keep me your own for ever and draw me day by day nearer to yourself until I be wholly filled with your love and fit to behold you face to face. Amen.
( E. B. Pusey )
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY ( abridged )
Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked.
Deliver me, O Lord, from evildoers
and protect me from the violent,
who devise evil in their hearts
and stir up strife all the day long.
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;
adder's poison is under their lips.
Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
protect me from the violent
who seek to make me stumble.
The proud have laid a snare for me
and spread out a net of cords;
they have set traps along my path.
I have said to the Lord, "You are my God;
listen, O Lord, to the voice of my supplication.
Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O Lord,
do not prosper their wicked plans."
I know that the Lord
will bring justice for the oppressed
and maintain the cause of the needy.
Surely, the righteous
will give thanks to your name,
and the upright shall dwell in your presence.
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.
Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked.
Glorious Saviour, rescue us from the subtle evils that are too strong for us, from poisonous words and the spirit of war; by your judgement overthrow the forces of violence, that all the world may join to worship you in thanksgiving and peace, now and for ever. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Matushka Olga Michael of Alaska:
doing what was needed
Today Saint Laika’s journeys to the Alaskan wilderness of the early twentieth century, to remember and celebrate the life of Matushka Olga Michael, a woman of deep faith who served the people in and around the Kuskokwim River in the Alaskan wilderness, as a priest’s wife, a midwife, healer, and
Matushka Olga married the village postmaster and general store keeper of the village of Kwethluk and her husband became more and more influenced by her faith. He studied for the priesthood, eventually becoming the priest in the village. She raised eight children of her own, and was much in demand as a midwife.
Olga came from a poor family and she showed great compassion in this poor and remote community. As a child she had known trauma and sexual abuse and as the village midwife she alone, outside the victim’s family, noticed signs of domestic and sexual abuse and cared for the victims and helped the women address it.
Someone wrote this about her: “She didn’t talk a lot. She just would go ahead and do what was needed in order to help anyone with just about anything. She used to make traditional fur boots and parkas as donations to other communities which were trying to raise money.”
As the priest’s wife, she cared tenderly for the village church, sewing the liturgical vestments for her husband, taking care of baking the Eucharistic bread. She lived a long, happy, and holy life, successfully making the transition from her primitive beginnings to life in modern Alaska. She died on the eighth of November, 1979.
Scripture: In the thirty-first chapter of "Proverbs," verses twenty-eight to thirty, we read:
Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
... for peace in the world.
... for the indigenous peoples of the world and those who enact the love of God within their communities.
... for midwives.
... for clergy spouses.
... for an end to all forms of domestic abuse.
... for radiologists. 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.
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.
From "The Divine Institutes (Book One)" by Lactantius:
Let the commencement of our work therefore be: Whether the universe is governed by the power of one God or of many.
There is no one, who possesses intelligence and uses reflection, who does not understand that it is one being who both created all things and governs them with the same energy by which he created them. For what need is there of many to sustain the government of the universe unless we should happen to think that, if there were more than one, each would possess less might and strength? And they who hold that there are many gods, do indeed effect this; for those gods must of necessity be weak, since individually, without the aid of the others, they would be unable to sustain the government of so vast a mass. But God, who is the eternal mind, is undoubtedly of excellence, complete and perfect in every part. And if this is true, he must of necessity be one. For power or excellence, which is complete, retains its own peculiar stability. But that is to be regarded as solid from which nothing can be taken away, that as perfect to which nothing can be added.
Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses: grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servant Matushka Olga Michael of Alaska, may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at last we may with him attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, 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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