Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

MONDAY THE TWENTY-FOURTH OF APRIL, 2017
* Genocide Remembrance Day *

OPENING PRAYER

Holy Spirit, you came to us in every language
of every culture and every nation.
Pour out your power upon our divisions;
make us remember that every tongue
is a reflection of your creation.
You converted our babble of sounds into speech;
you made our differences become our hope;
but we have run away from each other,
and have created enclaves of race, colour and creed.
Bring us back to a place where we can hear you, see you,
and feel your presence in every human being.
We pray for peace among us in your name. Amen.

CANTICLE

Salvation belongs to our God,
who will guide us to springs of living water.

Behold, a great multitude
which no one could number,
from every nation,
from all tribes and peoples and tongues,
standing before the throne and the Lamb.

They were clothed in white robes
and had palms in their hands,
and they cried with a loud voice, saying,
"Salvation belongs to our God
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb."

These are they
who have come out of the great tribulation,
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb;
therefore they stand before the throne of God,
whom they serve day and night within the temple.
And the One who sits upon the throne
will shelter them with his presence.

They shall never again feel hunger or thirst,
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the heart of the throne
will be their shepherd,
he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Salvation belongs to our God,
who will guide us to springs of living water.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Genocide Remembrance Day

This day is set aside at Saint Laika's to hold in remembrance those who have died and those whose lives have been severely damaged as a result of acts of genocide: the systematic and intentional destruction of a people by death, by the imposition of severe mental or physical abuse, by the forced displacement of children, or by other atrocities designed to destroy the lives and human dignity of large groups of people.

This day is chosen for the commemoration because the international community recognises the twenty-fourth of April as a day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide, the systematic annihilation of the Armenian people during and just after World War I. On the twenty-fourth of April, 1915, more than two hundred and fifty Armenian notables (civic and political leaders, teachers, writers, and members of the clergy) were rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, and killed. Before the cessation of conflict, it is estimated that as many as one-and-a-half million Armenians perished, many as the result of forced marches, deliberate starvation, and heinous massacres.

Tragically, human history is littered with such atrocities and the Armenian Genocide was far from the last such mass extermination of people in the twentieth century. One need only mention Croatia, Nazi Germany, Zanzibar, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, East Timor, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Kurdish Iraq, and Tibet, and this is by no means a comprehensive list. The unflinching resolve of people of faith, in prayer and in action, is critical if the travesty of human genocide is to be curbed and eventually stopped.

Scripture. In the second chapter of "Isaiah," at verse four, we read:

"He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those whose lives are affected by genocide, past and present.

... for an end to ethnic cleansing.

... for laboratory animals. 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

It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."

( Albert Barnes )

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, our refuge and our rock, defend and protect those who fall victim to the forces of evil, because of who they were, not because of what they had done or failed to do. Give us the courage to stand against hatred and oppression, and to seek the dignity and well-being of all for the sake of our saviour, Jesus Christ, in whom you have reconciled the world to yourself; 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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