WEDNESDAY THE THIRD OF MAY, 2017
O Lord our God, who has bid the light to shine out of darkness, who has again woken us to praise your goodness and ask for your grace: accept now, in your endless mercy, the sacrifice of our worship and thanksgiving, and grant to us all such requests as may be wholesome for us. Make us to be children of the light and of the day, and heirs of your everlasting inheritance. Remember, O Lord, according to the multitude of your mercies, your whole Church; all who join with us in prayer; all our brothers and sisters by land or sea, or wherever they may be in your vast kingdom, who stand in need of your grace and succour. Pour out upon them the riches of your mercy, so that we, redeemed in soul and body, and steadfast in faith, may ever praise your wonderful and holy name. Amen.
( Liturgy of the Greek Church )
PSALM SEVENTY-SIX ( abridged )
The Lord has made fast his throne for judgement.
In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.
At Salem is his tabernacle,
and his dwelling place in Zion.
In the light of splendour you appeared,
glorious from the eternal mountains.
Terrible are you in majesty:
who can stand before your face when you are angry?
You caused your judgement to be heard from heaven;
the earth trembled and was still,
when God arose to judgement,
to save all the meek upon earth.
Make a vow to the Lord your God and keep it;
let all who are round about him bring gifts
to him that is worthy to be feared.
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.
The Lord has made fast his throne for judgement.
Majestic and gracious God,
more awesome than the agents of war,
more powerful than the wrath of nations,
restrain the violence of the peoples
and draw the despised of the earth
into the joyful life of your kingdom,
where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Marie de l’Incarnation: émigré and missionary
(transferred from Sunday)
Born in France in 1599, Marie Guyart was already widowed with one son by the age of nineteen. She entered the Ursuline Convent in 1631, leaving her sister and brother-in-law to raise her son. While in the convent she sensed a call from God to go to Canada to witness to the faith. In August 1639 she landed in Quebec City, which, at the time consisted of no more than a half-dozen homes. By 1642 she had established the first school there. And both the transplanted French and the first peoples of Canada sent their children to be educated. Marie mastered the languages of the first peoples and wrote dictionaries in both the Algonquin and Iroquois languages. She also wrote a catechism in the Iroquois language. She also kept a detailed record of the history of the colony.
Her ministry and dedication is representative of the dedication of religious women who were willing to sacrifice all that was familiar to them in the culture of Europe, to reach out to the first peoples in the name of Christ. Marie is considered to be one of the founders of Canada, and her statue stands outside the Quebec Parliament building. In 2008 the National Film Board of Canada recounted her story in a film entitled "The Madwoman of God." Pope Francis just added her to the official list of Catholic Saints on the second of April, 2014.
Scripture. In the forty-third chapter of "Isaiah," in the eighteenth and nineteenth verses we find:
"Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
... for peace in the world.
... for the nation of Canada; in particular for the first peoples of that land.
... for teachers and missionaries.
... for the freedom of the press. DETAILS
... for the people of Poland who celebrate Constitution Day today.
... for those killed or injured in a suicide attack on a convoy belonging to the Nato mission in Afghanistan. DETAILS
... for honey bees and bumblebees and all creatures whose existence is threatened by the agricultural practices of humankind. DETAILS
... for people suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders.
... 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.
From "The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians":
Let us then continually persevere in our hope and the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ, “who bore our sins in his own body on the tree,” “who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth,” but endured all things for us, that we might live in him. Let us then be imitators of his patience; and if we suffer for his name’s sake, let us glorify him. For he has set us this example in himself, and we have believed that such is the case.
Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you for your servant Marie de l’Incarnation, whom you called to Canada to preach the gospel to the first peoples. Raise up among us evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your church may always preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord, 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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