Daily Prayer

TUESDAY THE SIXTEENTH OF JANUARY 2018

OPENING PRAYER

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, look upon us and have mercy upon us; you who are yourself both victim and priest,
yourself both reward and redeemer, keep safe from all evil those whom you have redeemed, O saviour of the world. Amen.

( Irenaeus )

CANTICLE

Abide not in the realm of dreams,
O man, however fair it seems;
but with clear eye the present scan,
and hear the call of God and man.

Think not in sleep to fold your hands,
forgetful of your Lord’s commands;
from duty’s claims no life is free,
behold, today has need of thee.

The present hour allots your task,
for present strength and patience ask;
and trust his love whose sure supply
meets all your need abundantly.

( William H. Burleigh )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Kentigern: missionary in Strathclyde, the dear one
( transferred from Sunday )

Kentigern was a sixth-century missionary and evangelist, who preached Christ to the people of Strathclyde, in Western Scotland. The cathedral church in Glasgow bears his name.

Like many people from this early period, not much is known about his life. The most detailed story we have about him dates to the eleventh century. It is said that his mother, a Scottish princess, was raped and left pregnant. Kentigern was the child born out of the tragedy. He was left to be raised by monks, who gave him the name “Mungo" (“the dear one”), the nickname by which Kentigern was often called throughout his lifetime.

At the age of twenty-five, Kentigern began his missionary labours on the site of modern Glasgow. He built his church across the water from an extinct volcano, next to the Molendinar Burn, where the present medieval cathedral now stands. For some thirteen years, he laboured in the district, living a most austere life in a small cell and making many converts by his holy example and his preaching.

During a time of anti-Christian violence, Kentigern left Scotland for Wales. He continued his missionary efforts there and was said to have travelled to Rome during that time. Eventually, under a new king, Kentigern was asked to return to Scotland, where he spent the rest of his life serving God and building up the Christian community there. It appears that the Christian community gave the city its name, for Glasgow means “dear family.”

One of the more interesting miracles worked by Kentigern involved an accusation of infidelity levelled at Queen Languoreth of Strathclyde, by her husband, the king. He demanded to see her wedding ring, which he claimed she had given to her lover when, in reality, the king had thrown it into the River Clyde. Faced with execution she appealed for help to Kentigern, who ordered a messenger to catch a fish in the river. On opening the fish, the ring was miraculously found inside, which allowed the queen to clear her name.

Glasgow Cathedral lists 612 AD as the year of his death. The cathedral was built on top of his burial site.

Scripture. In the tenth chapter of "Romans," verses fourteen and fifteen, we read:

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?

As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for missionaries, itinerant preachers, church planters and founders of Christian communities.

... for the people of Glasgow and all congregations who claim Kentigern as their patron.

... for children who are treated cruelly by their parents or guardians.

... for the Rohingyan refugees; that they may return safely to their homes and never again face persecution.

... for the donkeys, horses and camels of Petra DETAILS; for all mistreated working animals.

... for those killed or injured when a motorway bridge under construction in Chirajara, Colombia collapsed DETAILS; for all who have been hurt in accidents recently.

... 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

Almighty God, you endowed the abbot Aelred with the gift of Christian friendship and the wisdom to lead others in the way of holiness: grant to your people that same spirit of mutual affection, that, in loving one another, we may know the love of Christ and rejoice in the gift of your eternal goodness; through the same Jesus Christ our saviour and lord. Amen.

READING

From "The Problem of Pain" by C. S. Lewis:

When Christianity says that God loves man, it means that God loves man: not that he has some ‘disinterested’, because really indifferent, concern for our welfare, but that, in awful and surprising truth, we are the objects of his love.

You asked for a loving God. You have one.

The great spirit you so lightly invoked, the ‘lord of terrible aspect’, is present: not a senile benevolence that drowsily wishes you to be happy in your own way, not the cold philanthropy of a conscientious magistrate, nor the care of a host who feels responsible for the comfort of his guests, but the consuming fire himself, the love that made the worlds, persistent as the artist’s love for his work and despotic as a man’s love for a dog, provident and venerable as a father’s love for a child, jealous, inexorable, exacting as love between the sexes.

How this should be, I do not know. It passes reason to explain why any creatures, not to say creatures such as we, should have a value so prodigious in their creator’s eyes. It is certainly a burden of glory not only beyond our deserts but also, except in rare moments of grace, beyond our desiring; we are inclined, like the maidens in the old play, to deprecate the love of Zeus. But the fact seems unquestionable.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, you gave your servant Kentigern grace to preach the good news of your love for us to the people of Scotland. Bless us today with the grace to share with others the powerful story of Jesus, and so be found faithful by you; through Jesus Christ, your son, 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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