Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Emily Ayckbowm *


O God, who through the grace of your Holy Spirit, pours the gift of love into the hearts of your faithful people, grant us health, both of mind and body, that we may love you with our whole strength, and with entire satisfaction may perform those things which are pleasing to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

( Sarum Breviary )

PSALM SIXTY-NINE ( abridged )

Hide not your face from your servant, O Lord.

Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up, even to my neck.
I sink in deep mire where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters and the flood sweeps over me.
I have grown weary with crying; my throat is raw;
my eyes have failed from looking so long for my God.

For your sake have I suffered reproach;
shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my kindred,
an alien to my mother's children.

Zeal for your house has eaten me up;
the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
Those who sit at the gate murmur against me,
and the drunkards make songs about me.
But as for me, I make my prayer to you, O Lord;
at an acceptable time, O God.

Answer me, O God, in the abundance of your mercy
and with your sure salvation.
Draw me out of the mire, that I sink not;
let me be rescued from those who hate me
and out of the deep waters.
Let not the water flood drown me,
neither the deep swallow me up;
let not the Pit shut its mouth upon me.

Answer me, Lord, for your loving-kindness is good;
turn to me in the multitude of your mercies.
Hide not your face from your servant;
be swift to answer me, for I am in trouble.
Draw near to my soul and redeem me;
deliver me because of my enemies.

As for me, I am poor and in misery;
your saving help, O God, will lift me up.

I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
This will please the Lord more than an offering of oxen,
more than bulls with horns and hooves.
The humble shall see and be glad;
you who seek God, your heart shall live.
For the Lord listens to the needy,
and his own who are imprisoned he does not despise.

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.

Hide not your face from your servant, O Lord.

Thirsting on the cross,
your son shared the reproach of the oppressed
and carried the sins of all;
in him, O God, may the despairing find you,
the afflicted gain life
and the whole creation know its true king,
Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Emily Ayckbowm: finding Jesus at the margins of Victorian life

Today Saint Laika’s remembers Mother Emily Ayckbowm , servant of Christ and founder of the Community of the Sisters of the Church (CSC). She was a pioneer who challenged Victorian society for the sake of all who were seen as marginal. She offered dignity as well as practical help, and was a controversial figure in her day for doing so.

In 1864 Emily founded the Church Extension Association, commonly known as the CEA. The association helped the poor, in particular, by feeding and providing a basic education to children. It supported the establishment of places of free and open worship (in opposition to pew-ownership), and it gave assistance to churches overseas.

As a fuller expression of her sense of call and mission, Mother Emily founded the CSC in 1870.

She said: “The Sisters shall consider the call to instruct the ignorant, feed the hungry and tend the poor and suffering, as a precious opportunity of showing forth their love to Jesus Christ by serving Him in His members.”

Christ’s Kingdom on Earth was also to be extended to the homeless, the poor, to children abused and neglected, to men working on the docks and building London’s underground. Orphanages were established. Convalescent homes for sick children from poor backgrounds were built.

Mother Emily felt a special call to minister to children who were often raised in appalling conditions in workhouses. She undertook to provide for children an atmosphere of kindness, order, fun and respect. She believed that a child properly nurtured stood a real chance of embarking upon a happy and creative life. In the face of virulent opposition, she cared for foundlings and illegitimate children.

Mother Emily died on this day in 1900. Today her sisters can be found not only in Britain, but in Canada, Australia, and the Solomon Islands.

Scripture. In the fourth chapter of the "First Letter of John," at verses seven and eight we read:

"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the Community of the Sisters of the Church and for the success of their ministry to those in need.

... for those who live on the margins of society, for the despised, the shunned and the avoided.

... for orphans and homeless children; for the street children of the world.

,,, for the residents of the town of Edgecumbe on New Zealand's North Island who have all been evacuated, after severe flooding and for all who have had to leave their homes because of Cyclone Debbie. 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 "What Is Man?" a sermon by Martin Luther King, Junior:

Man is more than flesh and blood. Man is a spiritual being born to have communion wth the eternal God of the universe. God creates every individual for a purpose - to have fellowship wth him. This is the ultimate meaning of the image of God. It is not that man as he is in himself bears God’s likeness, but rather that man is designated for and called to a particular relation wth God. This concept of the image of God assures us that we, unlike our animal ancestry and the many inanimate objects of the universe, are privileged to have fellowship wth the divine.

Man is made for that which is high and noble.

When I see how we fight vicious wars and destroy human life on bloody battlefields, I find myself saying, “Man is not made for that.”

When I see how we live our lives in selfishness and hate, again I say, “Man is not made for that.”

When I see how we often throw away the precious lives that God has given us in riotous living, again I find myself saying, “Man is not made for that."

My friends, man is made for the stars, created for eternity, born for the everlasting. Man is a child of the almighty God, born for his everlasting fellowship.

“What is man that thou art mindful of him and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast crowned him wth glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thou hands, thou hast put all things under his feet. All sheep and oxen, yea and the beasts of the field. The fowl of the air, and the fish of sea. and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the sea."

This is man’s kingly prerogative. Who this afternoon will rise out of the dark and dreary valleys of sin and evil, realising that man’s proper home is in the high mountain of truth, beauty and goodness, yea even where God the eternal dwells forever.


O God, by whose grace Emily Ayckbowm became a light in your Church: may we like her devote ourselves to the fulfilment of your will in a life of adoration and service; 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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