Daily Prayer A Saint Laika’s

* Marie de l’Incarnation *


Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Hail the victor! He has conquered, death is fettered, he is free;
resurrection after dying, Easter after Calvary!

Over the holy city slumbering night her sable wings yet spread,
but the hours their slow march numbering, see the life among the dead.
Seraph hands turned back the portal, opened the dark and rock-bound grave,
and the victor robed immortal, stood revealed the world to save.

From the hill of death and anguish, may we to the garden turn;
there we see the sufferer languish, here Jehovah’s power we learn.
There the sun in darkness hiding, veiled her face before that sight;
now as king of Heaven abiding, dwells he as its sun and light.

Now no more are thorns his crowning, glory sits upon his brow,
and reviling stripes and frowning, perish in his triumph now.
Death the king he has subjected, Satan lies beneath his heel,
over them see the cross erected, love’s eternal bond and seal.

Hail the victor! He has conquered, death is fettered, he is free;
resurrection after dying, Easter after Calvary!

( Marian Froelich )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Marie de l’Incarnation: émigré and missionary

Today on the Saint Laika’s calendar we remember Marie de l’Incarnation.

Born in France in 1599, Marie Guyart was already widowed with one son by the age of nineteen. She entered the Ursuline Convent in 1631, leaving her sister and brother-in-law to raise her son. While in the convent she sensed a call from God to go to Canada to witness to the faith.

In August 1639 she landed in Quebec City, which, at the time consisted of no more than a half-dozen homes. By 1642 she had established the first school there. And both the transplanted French and the First Peoples of Canada sent their children to be educated.

Marie mastered the languages of the first peoples and wrote dictionaries in both the Algonquin and Iroquois languages. She also wrote a catechism in the Iroquois language and kept a detailed record of the history of the colony.

Her ministry and dedication is representative of the dedication of religious women who were willing to sacrifice all that was familiar to them in the culture of Europe, to reach out to the first peoples in the name of Christ.

Marie is considered to be one of the founders of Canada, and her statue stands outside the Quebec Parliament building. In 2008 the National Film Board of Canada recounted her story in a film entitled "The Madwoman of God." Pope Francis added her to the official list of Roman Catholic saints on the second of April, 2014.

Scripture. In the forty-third chapter of "Isaiah," in the eighteenth and nineteenth verse we find:

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the first peoples of Canada.

... for teachers and missionaries.

... for jazz musicians. DETAILS

... for those who died or were injured in two bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul; for the journalists hurt or killed in the attack. 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.


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.


From "Learning in War-Time," a sermon by C. S. Lewis:

I reject at once an idea which lingers in the mind of some modern people that cultural activities are in their own right spiritual and meritorious— as though scholars and poets were intrinsically more pleasing to God than scavengers and bootblacks. I think it was Matthew Arnold who first used the English word spiritual in the sense of the German geistlich, and so inaugurated this most dangerous and most anti-Christian error. Let us clear it forever from our minds. The work of a Beethoven and the work of a charwoman become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly “as to the Lord.” This does not, of course, mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep rooms or compose symphonies. A mole must dig to the glory of God and a cock must crow. We are members of one body, but differentiated members, each with his own vocation.


Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you for your servant Marie de l’Incarnation, whom you called to Canada to preach the gospel to the first peoples. Raise up among us evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may always preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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


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Daily Prayer A Saint Laika’s — 1 Comment

  1. in relation to C.S. Lewis’s sermon:

    It is not only prayer that gives God glory, but work. Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, white-washing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God some glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty. To go to communion worthily gives God glory, but to take food in thankfulness and temperance gives him glory too. To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a woman with a slop pail, give him glory, too. God is so great that all things give him glory if you mean that they should.
    –Gerard Manly Hopkins