Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Cuthbert *


Guide us in Thy way, O Lord, and mercifully show the fountain of wisdom to our thirsting minds; that we may be free from sorrowful heaviness, and may drink in the sweetness of life eternal

( Mozorabic )

PSALM FIFTY-SEVEN ( abridged )

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and your glory over all the earth.

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for my soul takes refuge in you;
in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge
until the storm of destruction has passed by.

I will call upon the most high God,
the God who fulfils his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me
and rebuke those that would trample upon me;
God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.

My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready;
I will sing and give you praise.
Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre,
that I may awaken the dawn.

I will give you thanks, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praise to you among the nations.
For your loving-kindness is as high as the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and your glory over all the earth.

Tender God,
gentle protector in time of trouble,
pierce the gloom of despair
and give us, with all your people,
the song of freedom and the shout of praise;
in Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Cuthbert: “Healer of the Breach”

Cuthbert was the most popular saint of the pre-Conquest Anglo- Saxon Church. He was born about 625.

In response to a vision of the death of Aidan of Lindisfarne, Cuthbert entered religious life and was formed in the austere traditions of Celtic monasticism. He was Prior of Melrose Abbey from 651 to 664 and was then Prior of Lindisfarne.

The seventh century was the time in England when Roman rite and custom were imposed on the Christians who had previously followed Celtic rite and custom. While many voiced schism or bitterly opposed the rule of Rome, Cuthbert accepted the decisions of the Council of Whitby in 663. He was, therefore, a “healer of the breach” that threatened to divide the church into Celtic and Roman factions.

The Venerable Bede wrote a “Life of Saint Cuthbert” which detailed his faithfulness to Christ, his devotion to the people of God, and his simple, austere lifestyle. Late in his life, in 684, he was consecrated Bishop of Hexham. At that time Bede wrote this:

"The venerable man of God, Cuthbert, adorned the office of bishop, which he had undertaken, by the exercise of many virtues, according to the precepts and examples of the Apostles. For he protected the people committed to his care with frequent prayers, and invited them to heavenly things by most wholesome admonitions, and followed that system which most facilitates teaching, by first doing himself what he taught to others. He saved the needy man from the hand of the stronger, and the poor and destitute from those who would oppress them. He comforted the weak and sorrowful; but he took care to recall those who were sinfully rejoicing to that sorrow which is according to godliness. Desiring still to exercise his usual frugality, he did not cease to observe the severity of a monastic life, amid the turmoil by which he was surrounded. He gave food to the hungry, raiment to the shivering, and his course was marked by all the other particulars which adorn the life of a bishop.”

Cuthbert continued to live in Lindisfarne and died at his hermitage on the twentieth of March, 687.

Scripture. In the fifty-fifth chapter of "Isaiah," at verses ten and eleven, we read:

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those who choose to live a monastic life.

... for bishops and church leaders who are caring, prayerful and not eager for authority.

... for the flourishing of a variety of expression in our worship.

... for the people of Tunisia who are celebrating their national day today.

... for those who were killed or injured when a large tree fell on them at a popular waterfall spot in Kintampo, Ghana and for the successful rescue of those still trapped. 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.


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.


From "Prejudice and Faith," a sermon by John Henry Newman:

Now is it not strange that persons who act in this way, who skip over things in scripture, and go by their prejudices, and by the bad teaching they have received in scripture, should yet boast that they are scriptural and go by scripture, and use their private judgement? No, they do not judge, they do not examine, they do not go by scripture; but they take just so much of scripture as suits them, and leave the rest. They go, not by their private judgement, but their private prejudice, and by their private liking.


Ever-living God, you called your servant Cuthbert to proclaim the gospel in northern England and gave him a loving heart and a gentle spirit: grant us grace to live as he did, in simplicity, humility and love for the poor; through Jesus Christ, who came among us as one who serves, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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


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