Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

TUESDAY THE SEVENTEENTH OF JULY, 2018

OPENING PRAYER

Our Father in heaven: please forgive me for the wrongs I have done, for bad temper and angry words, for being greedy and wanting the best for myself, for making other people unhappy. Forgive me, heavenly Father. Amen.

( Dick Williams )

CANTICLE

You lands, to the Lord make a jubilant noise; glory be to God!
Oh, serve him with joy, in his presence now rejoice;
sing praise unto God out of Zion!

Not we, but the Lord is our maker, our God; glory be to God!
His people we are, and the sheep led by his rod;
sing praise unto God out of Zion!

Oh, enter his gates with thanksgiving and praise; glory be to God!
To bless him and thank him our voices we will raise;
sing praise unto God out of Zion!

For good is the Lord, and his mercy is sure; glory be to God!
To all generations his truth shall endure;
sing praise unto God out of Zion!

( Ulrik V. Koren 1826-1910 )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Beginning of the Great Schism, 1054

On the sixteenth of July, 1054 legates from Pope Leo the Ninth placed a notification of excommunication on the altar of the Hagia Sophia for the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius. He responded by excommunicating Pope Leo. The Great Schism had begun.

The relation of the Byzantine church to the Roman may be described as one of growing estrangement from the fifth to the eleventh century. The issues were many. The Byzantine church allowed for a married clergy. They used leavened, rather than unleavened bread for communion. The geo-political changes in Europe had left the pope as a temporal and spiritual leader, while the patriarch led the church alongside the Christian emperor in Constantinople. Most importantly, the Roman church had altered the ancient “Nicene Creed” to say that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father and the Son. While the Byzantine Church kept the original idea that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father alone. This controversy came to be known by the Latin word “filioque” which means “and the Son.”

Attempts have been made throughout the centuries to heal the schism. But the mutual excommunications remained in effect until 1965, when Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul the Sixth agreed to remove them. Even though the excommunication is lifted, the two great branches of the Christian Church are still not in communion with one another, though progress is being made. Forces are at work through the efforts of the current Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis, but there are also forces at work to keep the wall high between east and west. It calls for our prayer.

Scripture. In “The First Letter of John,” chapter four, verses twenty and twenty-one, we read:

Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray…

… for peace in the world.

… for all efforts to reunite the divided churches.

… that Christians may learn to put loving deeds rather than theological uniformity in the first place.

… that criminals may not escape justice by hiding behind national borders; that those who commit war crimes, genocide and other such atrocities may be brought to account before the people of all the world. DETAILS

… for those killed or injured when a suicide bomber hit a campaign rally in Mastung, Pakistan, last Friday. 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 “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis:

We begin to notice, besides our particular sinful acts, our sinfulness; begin to be alarmed not only about what we do, but about what we are. This may sound rather difficult, so I will try to make it clear from my own case.

When I come to my evening prayers and try to reckon up the sins of the day, nine times out of ten the most obvious one is some sin against charity; I have sulked or snapped or sneered or snubbed or stormed. And the excuse that immediately springs to my mind is that the provocation was so sudden and unexpected; I was caught off my guard, I had not time to collect myself.

Now that may be an extenuating circumstance as regards those particular acts: they would obviously be worse if they had been deliberate and premeditated. On the other hand, surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light.

Apparently the rats of resentment and vindictiveness are always there in the cellar of my soul. Now that cellar is out of reach of my conscious will. I can to some extent control my acts: I have no direct control over my temperament. And if what we are matters even more than what we do, if, indeed, what we do matters chiefly as evidence of what we are, then it follows that the change which I most need to undergo is a change that my own direct, voluntary efforts cannot bring about.

And this applies to my good actions too. How many of them were done for the right motive? How many for fear of public opinion or a desire to show off? How many from a sort of obstinacy or sense of superiority which, in different circumstances, might equally have led to some very bad act? But I cannot, by direct moral effort, give myself new motives. After the first few steps in the Christian life we realise that everything which really needs to be done in our souls can be done only by God.

CLOSING PRAYER

Heavenly Father, your blessed son asked that your church be one as you and he are one. But Christians have not been united as he prayed. We have isolated ourselves from each other and failed to listen to each other. We have misunderstood and ridiculed and even gone so far as to attack each other. In so doing we have offended against you, and against all who have not believed in you because of our scandalous disunity. Forgive us, Father, and make us fully one. Blot out our sins, renew our minds, enkindle our hearts and guide us by your Holy Spirit into that oneness which is your will. Amen.

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

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