Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s



O Lord Jesus, because, being full of foolishness, we often sin and have to ask pardon, help us to forgive as we would be forgiven; neither mentioning old offences committed against us, nor dwelling upon them in thought, nor being influenced by them in heart; but loving our brothers and sisters freely as you freely loved us. For your name’s sake. Amen.

( Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894 )


Out with the mighty sword of God! Wield it in might, be strong!
The Word of God we’ll spread abroad and triumph over wrong.

You soldiers of the King of kings, your captain calls today;
Oh, heed the message that he brings, the call to arms obey.

The hosts of sin are raging round, the conflict fiercer grows;
march on, the Lord in glory crowned, has vanquished all his foes.

The victory will soon be ours, in him we never can fail;
over death, and hell and all the powers, through Christ we shall prevail.

Out with the mighty sword of God! Wield it in might, be strong!
The Word of God we’ll spread abroad and triumph over wrong.

( Alfred J. Lewis )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Ignatius of Loyola: God’s soldier

Ignatius of Loyola, after a hedonistic period in his youth and young adulthood, was seriously wounded whilst fighting as a soldier in the defence of Pamplona. A cannonball shattered his leg and left him with a permanent limp. During his recovery, he read a book about the life of Jesus Christ which transformed him. He left military service and began a period of intense devotion, centring on Thomas a Kempis’ “Imitation of Christ.” It was during this time that he wrote out his “Spiritual Exercises” which remains to this day a viable model of a deepened spiritual life and a serious commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

As he was gaining an education at the University of Salamanca, he took to preaching on street corners to the general population, and this brought him twice before the Spanish Inquisition. He was imprisoned but eventually acquitted. He was forbidden to preach as a layman.

In 1534 he founded an order of laymen entitled “The Society of Jesus.” People nicknamed them “Jesuits” and in 1537, realising the limitations that his lay status placed upon them, they were ordained as priests. Noted for their education and zeal, they served both as missionaries in foreign lands and, within Europe, as agents of the Roman Catholic Church determined to win back Protestants. He saw his society grow from ten to a thousand men over the course of his life. He died suddenly on the thirty-first of July, 1556.

Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola:

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen.

Scripture. In the tenth and eleventh chapter of "The First Letter to the Corinthians," Saint Paul writes:

Do everything for the glory of God. Give no offence to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for soldiers and educators and all who claim Ignatius of Loyola as their patron.

... for the people of the Republic of Macedonia who celebrate their national day today.

... for peace on the streets of Zimbabwe; for those killed or injured when security forces opened fire on protesters; for the democratic process to be respected by all Zimbabweans. 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 "The Spiritual Exercises" by Ignatius of Loyola:

Man was created for this end, that he might praise and reverence the Lord his
God, and, serving him, at length be saved.

But the other things which are placed on the earth were created for man's sake, that they might assist him in pursuing the end of his creation: whence it follows, that they are to be used or abstained from in proportion as they profit or hinder him in pursuing that end. Wherefore we ought to be indifferent towards all created things so that we seek not health more than sickness, nor prefer riches to poverty, honour to contempt, a long life to a short one. But it is fitting, out of all, to choose and desire those things only which lead to the end.


O God, grant that we, following the example of your servant Ignatius, may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and may ever walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of 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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