Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

TUESDAY THE TWENTY-FIFTH OF APRIL, 2017
* Mark *

OPENING PRAYER

Holy God, holy mighty, holy immortal, who was born of the Virgin, have mercy on us. Holy God, holy mighty, holy immortal, who was crucified for us, have mercy on us. Holy God, holy mighty, holy immortal, who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, have mercy on us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now, and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.

Lord, forgive our sins.
Lord, forgive our iniquities.
Lord, forgive our trespasses.

Lord, visit the sick of your people, heal them for the sake of your holy name. Our fathers and brothers who have fallen asleep, repose their souls.

O you who alone are without sin, help us and accept our prayers. For yours is the glory, dominion, and triple holiness.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
Lord send your blessings. Amen.

( The Trisagion )

CANTICLE

Behold the messengers of Christ,
who bear to every place
the unveiled mysteries of God,
the gospel of his grace.

The things through mists and shadows dim,
by holy prophets seen,
in the full light of day they saw
with not a cloud between.

What Christ, true man, divinely wrought,
what God in manhood bore,
they wrote, as God inspired, in words
that live for evermore.

Although in space and time apart,
one Spirit ruled them all;
and in their sacred pages still
we hear that Spirit's call.

To God, the blessèd three in one,
be glory, praise, and might,
who called us from the shades of death
to his own glorious light.

( Jean B. de Santëuil - translated into English by Isaac Williams )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

St. Mark; the enigmatic disciple

Today Saint Laika’s calendar coincides with other Christian calendars in remembering Mark , an early disciple of Jesus Christ, and the author of the gospel that bears his name. We can rightly call him enigmatic because although his name appears in several places in the "New Testament," we are never sure if we’re reading about the same person.

Perhaps he was the son of a woman who owned a house in Jerusalem, perhaps the same house in which the disciples and Jesus ate their last supper together. Perhaps he was the young man who fled naked at the time Jesus was arrested. In Colossians there is a Mark who is called “cousin of Barnabas” Though Mark was a traveling companion of Paul and Barnabas, he somehow angered Paul, who refused to take him on his later missionary journeys. Was he the same Mark who became closely aligned with Peter, who refers to “my son Mark” in the first letter of Peter chapter five, verse thirteen. The authorship of the second gospel is attributed to him as well.

The Church of Alexandria in Egypt claimed Mark as its first bishop and most illustrious martyr, and the great Church of St. Mark in Venice commemorates a raid conducted by Venetian merchants in 838 AD, when Egypt had come under the domination of Islam. These merchants stole the body of Saint Mark out of Egypt covering it with slabs of pork and cabbage to avoid detection by the Muslims. The Copts insisted that whatever else they had gotten, the Venetians didn’t have Saint Mark’s head, which the Copts have enshrined in the Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria, which they bring out once a year to venerate.

In these days, when the Egyptian people, like so many in the Middle East, are living in such volatile times, and with the memories of the Palm Sunday bombings still fresh, let us use the occasion of Saint Mark’s festival to pray for the Coptic and other Christians of Egypt, for peace in their land, and for the courage to make a bold proclamation of their faith in Jesus Christ.

Scripture. In the fourth chapter of "Ephesians," at verses eleven and twelve we read:

"The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the Copts and other Christians of Egypt.

... for the safety of Christians in Muslim majority lands.

... that Christian places of worship are respected by members of other faiths and not vandalised or destroyed.

... for lawyers, notaries, opticians, pharmacists, painters, secretaries, interpreters, prisoners and all who claim Saint Mark as their patron. For the congregations of churches dedicated to Saint Mark.

... for those suffering from malaria and for those working to find a cure for the disease. DETAILS

... for the people of Italy who celebrate Liberation Day today.

... for a calming of tension between the U.S.A. and North Korea; for an end to the mutual sabre rattling.

... for an end to capital punishment throughout the world as it demeans us all.

... 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

From the treatise "Against Heresies" by Irenaeus:

The Church, which has spread everywhere, even to the ends of the earth, received the faith from the apostles and their disciples. By faith, we believe in one God, the almighty Father who made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God, who became man for our salvation. And we believe in the Holy Spirit who through the prophets foretold God’s plan: the coming of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ, his birth from the Virgin, his passion, his resurrection from the dead, his ascension into heaven, and his final coming from heaven in the glory of his father, to recapitulate all things and to raise all men from the dead, so that, by the decree of his invisible father, he may make a just judgement in all things and so that every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth to Jesus Christ our lord and our god, our saviour and our king, and every tongue confess him.

The Church, spread throughout the whole world, received this preaching and this faith and now preserves it carefully, dwelling as it were in one house. Having one soul and one heart, the Church holds this faith, preaches and teaches it consistently as though by a single voice. For though there are different languages, there is but one tradition.

The faith and the tradition of the churches founded in Germany are no different from those founded among the Spanish and the Celts, in the East, in Egypt, in Libya and elsewhere in the Mediterranean world. Just as God’s creature, the sun, is one and the same the world over, so also does the Church’s preaching shine everywhere to enlighten all men who want to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Now of those who speak with authority in the churches, no preacher however forceful will utter anything different (for no one is above the master) nor will a less forceful preacher diminish what has been handed down. Since our faith is everywhere the same, no one who can say more augments it, nor can anyone who says less diminish it.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the gospel of Jesus Christ the son of God: we thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; 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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