Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Adelaide Teague Case *


I am heartily sorry, and beg pardon for my sins, especially for my little respect, and for wandering in my thoughts when in your presence, and for my continual infidelities to your graces; for all which I beg pardon, by the merits of the blood you shed for them. Amen.

( Lady Lucy Herbert )


You mighty rulers of the land, give praise and glory to the Lord
and while before his throne you stand, his great and powerful acts record.

O render unto God above the honours which to him belong
and in the temple of his love, let worship flow from every tongue.

His voice is heard the earth around, when through the heavens his thunders roll;
the troubled ocean hears the sound and yields itself to his control.

When he upon the lightning rides, his voice in loudest thunder speaks;
the fiery element divides and earth to its deep centre shakes.

God on the floods has fixed his throne, his government shall never cease;
he shall his power and strength make known and bless his chosen sons with peace.

( William Wrangham 1784-1832 )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Adelaide Teague Case: religious educator

Today, Saint Laika’s remembers Adelaide Teague Case (1887-1948), an Episcopalian who was interested in "progressive" religious education from the perspective of the Christian active in the world. Some of her areas of interest included the religious development of children, the teaching of religion for all ages, the Bible and religious education, social ethics and peace education. Case became the first woman appointed to full professorial rank in any Episcopal or Anglican seminary in 1941 when she joined the faculty of Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as Professor of Christian Education. At ETS, where she remained until her death, Case taught a variety of courses in religious education and directed field work.

Baptised and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, Adelaide Teague Case's religious faith followed a conventional pattern until she had a conversion experience after college. Thereafter, the living Christ became the dominant force in her life and ministry. Though she continued within the Episcopal Church, Case became a devout Anglo-Catholic, and was strongly attracted spiritually to the sacramental and liturgical life of the church.

Her passion for the religious education of children and adults in congregations rubbed off on many of her students, who later went on to ordination. They would often describe her classes as the best time they had in seminary.

Quote .”The liberal attitude toward the Bible and toward traditional theology has released Jesus of Nazareth alike from the machinery of a prearranged scheme of salvation and from the dead hand of pious superstition.”

Scripture: in the book of "Jeremiah," chapter thirty-one, verse thirty-three, we read:

"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days," says the LORD: "I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those whose task it is to teach the Christian faith to the children of the Church, that they will speak words of truth that will maintain them in their discipleship to Christ throughout their lives.

... for an intelligent and informed faith, free from superstition and magical thinking, based on the reality of the Word made flesh.

... for those waiting for surgery.

... for those who have lost or mislaid something important to them.

... for those whose lives have been damaged by false accusations.

... 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 "Religion and the Child's Life" by Adelaide Teague Case:

In no area of life is it so true as in the area of religion that we are living suspended between two worlds: a past that has gone and a future that is yet to be. The paraphernalia and forms of our fathers' faiths are all about us, but they are like the furniture and ornaments of an empty house. Children see them, of course, and wonder about them. They hear words associated with religious experiences: "God," "Jesus," "the Sabbath," "the Bible." They see around them in familiar pictures representations of the Jewish-Christian epic: the cross, angels and figures of Christmas legends. At certain seasons of the year their environment takes on a special colouring which is in some vague way connected with religious tradition. Quaint tales and curious fables find their way to them through all sorts of unsupervised channels: their playmates at school, the cook's sister. They may perhaps have received some formal instruction and enjoy the authorised fellowship of a Sunday school or some other religious group. But that is usually a dull business. For most children the passion and the beauty and the practical serviceableness formerly associated with religious symbols and religious experiences are no longer accessible. The shell is there but not the substance. Religion is a deserted house. The people who used to live in it are in a foreign country camping on the hills; they have built for themselves other shelters and their adventures lead them in other directions. Devotion and despair speak a different tongue from the spiritual dialects of the past. And the mysteries of birth and death are quite without emotional house room.


Ever-living God, we thank you for your teacher and peacemaker Adelaide Case, who inspired generations of students with a love of learning that built up the Church and their communities. Grant that we, following her example, may serve you tirelessly as learners and teachers, labouring for the transformation of the world toward your reign of peace, 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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