Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

THURSDAY THE FIRST OF MARCH, 2018
* David *

OPENING PRAYER

Glory to you, O God, Creator and Father, for the universe in which we live, and for people made in your own image. Glory to you, O Christ, who took a human body and redeemed our fallen nature. Glory to you, O Holy Spirit, who made our bodies the temple of your presence. Glory to Father, Son and Holy Spirit, whose will it is that we should be made whole in body, mind and spirit. Glory to God to all eternity. Amen.

( George Appleton )

CANTICLE

We praise your name, all-holy Lord,
for him, the beacon-light
that shone beside our western sea
through mists of ancient night;
who sent to Ireland’s fainting Church
new tidings of your word:
for David, prince of Cambrian saints,
we praise you, holy Lord.

For all the saintly band whose prayers
still gird our land about,
of whom, lest men disdain their praise,
the voiceless stones cry out;
our hills and vales on every hand
their names and deeds record:
for these, your ancient hero host,
we praise you, holy Lord.

Grant us but half their burning zeal,
but half their iron faith,
but half their charity of heart,
and fortitude to death;
that we with them and all your saints
may in your truth accord,
And ever in your holy Church,
may praise you, holy Lord.

( E. J. Newell )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

David: Shepherd of Wales

Today Saint Laika’s remembers David, in ancient times, Bishop of Wales and protector of Christ’s flock.

Britain was not spared in the mass migration of the human population that occurred in the fifth century. The “barbarians,” as Roman citizens called them, were on the move. This effectively brought to an end the ancient Roman empire in the West, and as the Ostrogoths settled in and around Italy, the Franks in France, the Visigoths in Spain, Britain was settled by the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes, pagan tribes, that would become Christian in subsequent centuries.

There were, of course, already Christians in Britain prior to the invasion. And these Christians sought refuge in the region called Wales. There they developed a style of Christian life devoted to learning, asceticism, and missionary fervour. Since there were no cities, the centres of culture were the monasteries, and most abbots were bishops as well. David was the founder, abbot, and bishop of the monastery of Mynyw (Menevia in English). He was responsible for much of the spread of Christianity in Wales, and his monastery was sought out by many scholars from Ireland and elsewhere. He is commonly accounted the apostle of Wales, as Patrick is of Ireland. His tomb is in Saint David’s Cathedral, on the site of ancient Mynyw, now called Ty-Dewi (House of David).

He is said to have been strict in the governing of his own monastery at Menevia, yet loving in his treatment and correction of wrongdoers. It is said that his monks called him, “the Waterman,” which may indicate that he allowed the monks in his care to drink only water at meals instead of the customary wine or mead.

Some facts of his life can be historically established. Among them is that toward the end of his life he had several Irish saints as his pupils at the monastery. But much of his life is shrouded in legend and mystery.

David is clearly the foremost saint of Wales. He is revered and loved to this day as patron of Wales, a foremost Christian priest and courageous leader.

Scripture. In “The First Letter to the Thessalonians,” chapter two, at verses seven and eight we read:

But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves because you have become very dear to us.

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 the Christian people of Wales and all who claim Saint David as their patron.

… for those who self-harm. DETAILS

… for those who use a wheelchair to get around and that all who need a wheelchair get the use of one. DETAILS

… for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Korea and Wales who celebrate their national day today.

… for those travelling today in inclement weather; in particular for those who are stranded at this time.

… for those who face redundancy because their company has gone into liquidation.

… 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 “A Slip of the Tongue” by C. S. Lewis:

William Law, in his terrible, cool voice, said, “If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God, it will make in the end no difference what you have chosen
instead.”

Those are hard words to take. Will it really make no difference whether it was women or patriotism, cocaine or art, whisky or a seat in the Cabinet, money or science?

Well, surely no difference that matters.

We shall have missed the end for which we are formed and rejected the only thing that satisfies. Does it matter to a man dying in a desert by which choice of route he missed the only well?

It is a remarkable fact that on this subject Heaven and Hell speak with one voice.

The tempter tells me, “Take care. Think how much this good resolve, the acceptance of this grace, is going to cost.”

But our Lord equally tells us to count the cost. Even in human affairs great importance is attached to the agreement of those whose testimony hardly ever agrees. Here, more. Between them it would seem to be pretty clear that paddling near the shore is of little consequence. What matters, what Heaven desires and Hell fears, is precisely that further step, out of our depth, out of our own control.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, you called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the gospel of Christ, we may with him receive our heavenly reward; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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