Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

MONDAY THE TWENTY-SEVENTH OF FEBRUARY, 2017
* GEORGE HERBERT *

OPENING PRAYER

Come, my way, my truth, my life:
such a way as gives us breath;
such a truth as ends all strife;
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my feast, my strength:
such a light as shows a feast;
such a feast as mends in length;
such a strength as makes his guest.

Come, my joy, my love, my heart:
such a joy as none can move;
such a love as none can part;
such a heart as joys in love.

( George Herbert )

CANTICLE

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and king!
The heavens are not too high, his praise may thither fly,
the earth is not too low, his praises there may grow.
Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and king!

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and king!
The church with psalms must shout, no door can keep them out;
but, above all, the heart must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and king!

( George Herbert )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

George Herbert: faithful in small things and large

Today Saint Laika’s remembers George Herbert, priest and servant of Christ, a poet and one who shaped the life of the clergy in post-Reformation England.

George Herbert was born in 1593, and later attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and became the Public Orator of the University, responsible for giving speeches of welcome in Latin to famous visitors, and writing letters of thanks, also in Latin, to acknowledge gifts of books for the university library. This brought him to the attention of King James I, who had him in mind for a career in the king’s court. However, when the King died in 1625, he returned to his first desire, holy orders, and was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1626.

Herbert was devoted to his parish ministry. He was a good visitor, regularly visiting his parishioners, bringing holy communion if they were ill, and food and clothing if they were in need. Instead of reading morning and evening prayer privately, as many priests did, he read them in church and invited his parishioners to attend. He would also ring the church bell at the hour of prayer, so that those unable to attend might at least pause in their day to offer their own prayer. He was an example of Christian compassion and charity, very edifying to his parishioners.

He set down his thoughts on the parish ministry in a book entitled “A Priest in the Temple: the Country Parson.” It was very influential in shaping the practice of ministry in post-Reformation England. He was also a poet and some of his poems have found their way into English hymnody.

Of his poems, Herbert said they were: “a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have passed betwixt God and my soul, before I could submit mine to the will of Jesus my master; in whose service I have found perfect freedom.”

George Herbert died on this day in 1633.

Scripture: In the fourth chapter of "Philippians," at verses eight and nine we read:

"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for parish priests.

... for poets and hymn writers.

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

... for abandoned wives and children. DETAILS

... for those affected by rain storms and mudslides in Chile, in particular those who are without water. DETAILS

... for those who are not able to work or who are unable to get work because of a physical or mental disability.

... for those suffering from hunger due to the famine in South Sudan. DETAILS

... for those injured when a pick-up truck was driven into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade in the US city of New Orleans. DETAILS

... for people born intersex, in particular those who are mistreated because of ignorance and bigotry. DETAILS

... for those who have died 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, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

READING

"Prayer" ( 1 ) by George Herbert:

Prayer the church's banquet, angel's age,
God's breath in man returning to his birth,
the soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
the Christian plummet sounding heaven and earth,
engine against the Almighty, sinner's tower,
reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
the six-days world transposing in an hour,
a kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
exalted manna, gladness of the best,
heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
the milky way, the bird of Paradise,
church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood,
the land of spices; something understood.

CLOSING PRAYER

Our God and king, you called your servant George Herbert from the pursuit of worldly honours to be a pastor of souls, a poet, and a priest in your temple: Give us grace, we pray, joyfully to perform the tasks you give us to do, knowing that nothing is menial or common that is done for your sake; through Jesus Christ our lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

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