Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

MONDAY THE SECOND OF APRIL, 2018

OPENING PRAYER

O God, who by your only-begotten son has overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; grant, we beseech you, that those who have been redeemed by his passion may rejoice in his resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord Amen.

CANTICLE

All hail to the Prince of Life! "Hosanna" to him we sing.
He comes as a mighty victor, he comes as a conquering king.

All hail to the Prince of Life, all hail to the Lord divine,
for over the whole glad earth, his glorious light shall shine.
He comes from the tomb of night, the shadow of death laid by;
he comes as a conqueror comes, his banner of light on high.

Go forward ye sons of men and welcome the glorious king!
Go meet him with songs of joy that over his path shall ring!
He brings from the grave of death the blessing of life and peace;
who seeks him shall find a part in joys that shall never cease.

Then come with your hearts of love and come with your songs of praise!
For Christ who has risen indeed, your anthems of victory raise!
For never in ages past and never in coming years
shall victor and monarch rise like him whom the world reveres.

All hail to the Prince of Life! "Hosanna" to him we sing.
He comes as a mighty victor, he comes as a conquering king.

( Fronie B. Turner )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Frederick Dennison Maurice: Christian socialist
( transferred from Sunday )

“A true Socialism is the necessary result of a sound Christianity.” ( F. D. Maurice )

F. D. Maurice was one of the Church’s greatest thinkers in nineteenth-century England, a man about whom people drew conflicted opinions. Someone called him “the greatest mind since Plato,” while someone else noted that trying to understand him was like “eating pea soup with a fork.” Lewis Carroll enjoyed his sermons, while John Henry Newman tired of them.

In the same year that Karl Marx declared religion to be the “opiate of the people,” Frederick Denison Maurice wrote, “We have been dosing our people with religion when what they want is not this but the living God.”

He called for a radical, but non-violent, reform, by the renewal of “faith in a God who has redeemed mankind, in whom I may vindicate my rights as a man.”

Maurice was born in 1805. His father was a Unitarian minister. His early life was marked by religious controversy within the home. He studied civil law at Cambridge but was not allowed to get a degree because he would not subscribe to the "Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith" that characterised the Anglican Church.

Soon after, however, he did become an Anglican, and got himself ordained in 1834. In 1836 he was appointed the professor of English literature and history at King’s College, London, and, in 1846, to the chair of theology.

Controversy continued to surround him. In his book, "The Kingdom of Christ," published in 1838, Maurice investigates the causes and cures of Christian divisions. The book has become a source of Anglican ecumenism. Maurice was dismissed from his professorships because of his leadership in the Christian Socialist Movement, and because of the supposed unorthodoxy of his "Theological Essays" (1853).

Maurice founded the Working Men’s College and resumed teaching at Queen’s College, London. Maurice awakened Anglicanism to the need for concern with the problems of society. In later years, he was honoured even by former opponents. He was rector of two parishes and was the professor of moral theology at Cambridge from 1866 until his death on this day in 1872.

Scripture. In "Psalm Seventy-Two," verses twelve to fourteen, we read:

For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, and the oppressed who has no helper. He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; he shall preserve the lives of the needy. He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... an equal sharing of the wealth of humankind among all its people.

... for people with autism, that they may enjoy life; for those who love them and care for them; that the people of the world make become more understanding and accepting of those who live with the condition. DETAILS

... for those killed or injured during fierce clashes between militants and government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday. 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 "Theological Essays" by F. D. Maurice:

There is a light within you, close to you. Do you know it? . Are you coming to it? Are you desiring that it should penetrate you through and through? Oh, turn to it! Turn from these idols that are surrounding you, from the confused, dark world of thought within you! It will reveal yourself to you! It will reveal the world to you.

"What do you mean?" asks the well-instructed, formally, habitually religious man. "My conscience, I suppose."

Call it that, or what you please; but in God‘s name, my friend. do not cheat yourself with a phrase. I mean a reality; I mean that which has to do with your innermost being: I mean something which does not proceed from you or belong to you: but which is there, searching you and judging you. Nay! Stay a moment. I mean that this light comes from a Person, from the King and Lord of your heart and spirit, from the Word, the Son of God.

When I say, repent; I say, turn and confess his presence. You have always had it with you. You have been unmindful of it.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, who restored our human nature to heavenly glory through the perfect obedience of our saviour, Jesus Christ: keep alive in your Church, we pray, a passion for justice and truth; that, like your servant Frederick Denison Maurice, we may work and pray for the triumph of the kingdom of your Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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

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