Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

MONDAY THE TWENTY-SECOND OF OCTOBER, 2018

OPENING PRAYER

O Lord, greatest and most true light, whence the light of the day does spring, 0 wisdom of the eternal Father, lighten my mind, that I may see only those things that please you and may be blinded to all other things. Grant that I may walk in your ways and that nothing else may be light and pleasant.

( John Bradford, 1510-1555 )

CANTICLE

Blow the trumpet, trusty watchman, blow it loud over land and sea;
God commissions, sound the message! Every captive may be free.

Watchman, blow the Gospel trumpet, every soul a warning give;
whosoever hears the message may repent and turn and live.

Sound it loud over every hilltop, gloomy shade and sunny plain;
ocean depths repeat the message, full salvation’s glad refrain.

Sound it in the hedge and highway, Earth’s dark spots where exiles roam;
let it tell all things are ready, Father waits to welcome home.

Sound it for the heavy laden, weary, longing to be free;
sound a saviour’s invitation, sweetly saying, "Come to Me."

Blow the trumpet, trusty watchman, blow it loud over land and sea;
God commissions, sound the message! Every captive may be free.

( Henry Lake Gilmour, 1836–1920 )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Nunilo and Alodia: stepchildren can be such a bother

Reaching back to the ancient calendar of the church, we discover two ninth-century saints with a contemporary relevance. Let me introduce you to Nunilo and Alodia, two children, daughters, born of a Muslim father and Christian mother in the village of Huesca, in northeastern Spain.

Muslims had controlled most of Spain since the early ninth century and often Muslim and Christian lived together in relative peace. But there were always flare-ups and times of persecution. It is said that when Nunilo and Alodia’s Muslim father died, their mother decided to marry another Muslim man, a man of importance in the Court of the Emir of Cordoba. He was definitely not happy to have inherited Christian step-children.

At first, the girls were banished and sent to live with their Christian aunt. But then, under the leadership of Abd ar-Rahman II, who came to power in Cordoba in 822, Christians came into a time of persecution, and the girls were summoned by their stepfather and ordered to convert to Islam. When they refused, he tried to marry them off to Muslim men. When they refused again, he sent them to a brothel, where, as Alban Butler says, they “preserved their virtue.” Finally, the step-father had had enough and they were executed in 842 AD.

We are living through a brutal historical time today and again, at the hands of Muslim extremists, we are hearing of the execution of children in various places, of Christian children being forced to convert to Islam, of young girls being kidnapped and forced into marriages with Muslim men. Nunilo and Alodia bear witness to the fact that atrocities like that have been going on for a long time.

And yet there is more to be said on this day of remembrance, which applies to Christian and non-Christian alike. Here in the states, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to become aware of the violence inflicted on children in abusive homes. It is also time to remember that often children are used as pawns in the power-struggles between adults whose marriages are tumultuous or deteriorating. Children do not ask to be victimised by adults, and whether it be for religious or other purposes, children should never be subjected to violence by adults who are supposed to care for them.

Scripture. In "Psalm Eight," verse two, we find these words:

Out of the mouths of babes and infants, you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for children whose lives are threatened by the sectarianism of adults.

... for children who suffer abuse in their own homes or live in fear of it.

... for those who stutter. DETAILS

... for those killed or injured in a passenger train derailment in northeast Taiwan and all who have been involved in accidents whilst travelling over the weekend. DETAILS

... for those living with multiple sclerosis.

... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.

... for Chris and all who are undergoing surgery today.

... 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 "The Person and Work of Christ" by John Walvoord ( 1910-2002 ):

The death of Christ has been disputed in two major areas by those who reject the scriptural revelation. Some liberals affirm that Christ died but did not literally rise from the dead, thereby casting doubt upon the significance of his death. Some few have held that Christ did not actually die and was merely revived. In this case both the death and resurrection of Christ are in question. Either of these two positions is destructive to Christian faith.

The Biblical record of the death of Christ is a complete presentation both from the prophetic and the historic standpoints. Many passages in the "Old Testament" as well as in the gospels predicted the death of Christ, such as Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Mark 8:31, Luke 9:22, and similar references. If one accepts the Biblical testimony, it is unavoidable that one also accepts the fact of the death of Christ. All the gospels and all of the epistles either state or assume the fact of his death (cp. Matt 27:32-66; Mark 15:21-47; Luke 23:26-56; John 19:16-42; Rom 5:6; 1 Cor 15:3; 2 Cor 5:15; Rev 5:9).

The Biblical testimony, of course, is confirmed by the history of the church and the fact of the existence of the church itself. Historically, the Biblical doctrine of the person and work of Christ are essential to explain the existence of the church. Without the death of Christ, there would be no sacrifice for sin, no salvation, no resurrection and all the other elements that form the content of Christian faith from the beginning. The fact that the Christian church was able to endure centuries of persecution and survived centuries of neglect and opposition is difficult to explain apart from the system of theology stemming from the belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who actually died, rose and ascended into heaven.

CLOSING PRAYERS

Give to all young people, Lord, the ability to grow up in homes free from fear and harm. Guide them in all right paths, and through the example of Nunilo and Alodia, help them to know that you are ever near; through your son, Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.

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

NOW LIGHT A CANDLE

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