Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Corpus Christi *
* Evelyn Underhill *


Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that in the wonderful sacrament of holy communion which you have given us the memorial of your passion: grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that we may know within ourselves and show forth in our lives the fruits of your redemption; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


I am the bread of life,
anyone who comes to me shall not hunger,
anyone who believes in me shall never thirst.
Alleluia. Lord, give us this bread always.

The bread of God comes down from heaven,
and gives life to the world.
Alleluia. Lord, give us this bread always.

Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life
and I will raise them up on the last day.
Alleluia. Lord, give us this bread always.

It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is of no avail.
The words I speak, they are spirit and they are life.
Alleluia.Lord, give us this bread always.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Evelyn Underhill: Martha and Mary combined

Today Saint Laika’s is remembering Evelyn Underhill who was born on the sixth of December, 1875. In 1907 she married Hubert Stuart Moore, a barrister, whom she had known since childhood. They had many interests in common in country life and country lore, and in a love of cats.

Initially she considered herself an agnostic, but she was drawn to the Roman Catholic Church. This ecclesial wrestling eventually led to her commitment to the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England.

She published one of her most famous works “Mysticism” in 1911. She was convinced that the mystical life is not only open to a saintly few, but to anyone who cares to nurture it and weave it into everyday experience. Overall she authored numerous works on religion and spiritual practice.
She was fond of quoting Saint Teresa's saying that "to give our Lord a perfect service Martha and Mary must combine."

Her days consisted of writing in the morning, and in the afternoon she would visit the poor and devote time to the practice of spiritual direction.

During the First World War she worked in naval intelligence for the British Admiralty, but after the war, developed into an articulate adherent of pacifism. Her widely read book “Worship” was published in 1936. In 1939 she was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the University of Aberdeen.

Her love of souls coupled with the determination to help them to grow at God's pace and not at their own or hers, won her the love and trust of all who sought her help and counsel. She died on the fifteenth of June, 1941.

Quote: "God is always coming to you in the sacrament of the present moment. Meet and receive him there with gratitude in that sacrament."

Scripture: In "Psalm Thirty-Seven", verses three to five, we read:

"Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for mystics, spiritual guides and spiritual writers.

... for the safety and mental wellbeing of those working in the fire damaged remains of Grenfell Tower; for those still waiting for news about missing loved ones; for those recovering in hospital and those who have been traumatised by this tragic disaster. DETAILS

... for those killed or injured during a combined suicide bomb and gun attack at a hotel and restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. 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 "Practical Mysticism: a Little Book for Normal People" by Evelyn Underhill:

Eternity is with us, inviting our contemplation perpetually, but we are too frightened, lazy, and suspicious to respond; too arrogant to still our thought, and let divine sensation have its way. It needs industry and goodwill if we would make that transition; for the process involves a veritable spring-cleaning of the soul, a turning-out and rearrangement of our mental furniture, a wide opening of closed windows, that the notes of the wild birds beyond our garden may come to us fully charged with wonder and freshness, and drown with their music the noise of the gramophone within. Those who do this, discover that they have lived in a stuffy world, whilst their inheritance was a world of morning-glory where every tit-mouse is a celestial messenger, and every thrusting bud is charged with the full significance of life.


God, grant that your church, taught by your servant Evelyn Underhill, guarded evermore by your power, and guided by your Spirit into the light of truth, may continually offer to you all glory and thanksgiving, and attain with your saints to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have promised us by our saviour Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 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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