Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

FRIDAY THE TWENTY-THIRD OF FEBRUARY 2018

OPENING PRAYER

Creator of the universe, watch over us and keep us in the light of your presence. May our praise continually blend with that of all creation, until we come together to the eternal joys which you promise in your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CANTICLE

Christian, do you see them on the holy ground,
how the powers of darkness rage your steps around?
Christian, up and smite them, counting gain but loss,
in the strength that comes by the holy cross.

Christian, do you feel them, how they work within,
striving, tempting, luring, goading into sin?
Christian, never tremble; never be downcast;
gird you for the battle, watch and pray and fast.

Christian, do you hear them, how they speak you fair?
Always fast and vigil? Always watch and prayer?
Christian, answer boldly, "While I breathe I pray."
Peace shall follow battle, night shall end in day.

Well I know your trouble, O my servant true;
you are very weary, I was weary, too;
but that toil shall make you some day all my own,
at the end of sorrow shall be near my throne.

( Andrew of Crete )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Sophie and Hans Scholl, Cristoph Probst: The White Rose

On the twenty-second of February, 1943, Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie, and their friend, Cristoph Probst, were executed by the Nazis. They were part of a group known as “The White Rose,” which was distributing anti-Nazi propaganda in and around Munich, Germany. They were observed by a custodian at the university passing out their literature and he turned them in to the Nazis on the eighteenth of February. Four days later they were tried and executed. Hans was twenty-four, Sophie was twenty-one, Cristoph was twenty-two.

Hans and Sophie Scholl lived with their family in the southern German city of Ulm when National Socialists took power in 1933. Both children were still in school at the time - Hans was born in 1918 and Sophie in 1921. Their father, Robert, earned enough, as a tax adviser, to support his wife, Magdalena, and five children. A liberal man, Scholl did not approve of Germany's new leader and he and his wife taught their children the importance of tolerance. Nevertheless Hans and Sophie enthusiastically joined the Hitler Youth. They believed that Adolf Hitler was leading Germany and the German people back to greatness. Gradually though, they began to realise that their father was right. They concluded that, in the name of freedom and the greater good of the German nation, Hitler and the Nazis were enslaving and destroying the German people. They became disenchanted with the Hitler Youth, and began drawing their friend Cristoph and others into their resistance.

One day in 1942, copies of a leaflet entitled “The White Rose” suddenly appeared at the University of Munich. The leaflet contained an anonymous essay that said that the Nazi system had slowly imprisoned the German people and was now destroying them. The Nazi regime had turned evil. It was time, the essay said, for Germans to rise up and resist the tyranny of their own government. Ultimately, there were six leaflets published and distributed by Hans and Sophie Scholl and their friends, four under the title “The White Rose” and two under the title “Leaflets of the Resistance.”

Members of the White Rose had various religious backgrounds. Sophie and Hans Scholl were influenced by anti-Nazi Roman Catholics and Cristoph Probst was baptised by a Roman Catholic priest on the night before he died. Even in the deepest darkness of Hitler’s regime, the "White Rose" testifies to the light that shines, which no darkness can overcome.

Quote: “I never knew dying is so easy. I die without any feeling of hatred. Never forget that life is nothing but a growing in love and a preparation for eternity.”
( Chistoph Probst in a farewell letter to his sister )

Scripture. In the twelfth chapter of "Hebrews," at verses three and four, we read:

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us now call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.

God the Father, have mercy upon us.
God the Son, have mercy upon us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us.

From all evil and mischief; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy;
from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all evil intent,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sloth, worldliness and love of money;
from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sins of body and mind;
from the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil,
good Lord, deliver us.

In all times of sorrow; in all times of joy;
in the hour of death, and at the day of judgement,
good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation;
by your birth, childhood and obedience;
by your baptism, fasting and temptation,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your ministry in word and work;
by your mighty acts of power;
and by your preaching of the kingdom,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and trial;
by your cross and passion;
and by your precious death and burial,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your mighty resurrection;
by your glorious ascension;
and by your sending of the Holy Spirit,
good Lord, deliver us.

Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins; and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy word.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.
Make our hearts clean, O God; and renew a right spirit within us.

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those who stand up to tyranny and oppression no matter the personal cost and that we may have the courage and inclination to do so too.

... for the people of Brunei and the people of Guyana, who celebrate their national day today.

... for the children of Ghouta. DETAILS

... for the children of South Sudan. DETAILS

... for those who have died recently 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 in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

READING

From "Letters and Papers from Prison" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

If we look more closely, we see that any violent display of power, whether political or religious, produces an outburst of folly in a large part of mankind; indeed, this seems actually to be a psychological and sociological law: the power of some needs the folly of others. It is not that certain human capacities, intellectual capacities for instance, become stunted of destroyed, but rather that the upsurge of power makes such an overwhelming impression that men are deprived of their independent judgment, and give up trying to assess the new state of affairs for themselves.

CLOSING PRAYER

Holy and righteous God, in every age you have called men and women to contend fearlessly against evil, even at the cost of their own lives. Help us, like your servants Sophie and Hans Scholl, and Cristoph Probst, to make no peace with oppression, and to let the light of our faith shine in all we say and do; 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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Comments

Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s — 1 Comment

  1. The members of the White Rose Society have long been heroes of mine.

    And may I thank you for using the contemporary Our Father here (if I haven’t already done so). It’s what I always use in my personal prayers. Even though it’s not EXACTLY the version we use in the States which has “save us from the time of trial” instead of “lead us not into temptation.” Please pardon me if I’ve already told you all this!