Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Adelaide Teague Case *


“What shall I render unto him for all his benefits?”

I can only give my own self—all I have, and all I am.

I desire to surrender myself wholly unto you, O my God, to live more simply as one separated unto you, not finding my joy and comfort in the earthly blessings you so richly bestow on me, but, while thankful for the gracious gifts, looking only to the giver as the source of my happiness and the object of my life. I cannot shake off the habits of thought and feeling which many years have wrought in me; I can only ask you to have mercy on me, poor and needy as I am, and subdue in me all that is perverse and wayward in my heart, and so fill me with your pure and heavenly love, that all my narrowness and selfishness may be done away in the wideness of your love. Amen.

( Maria Hare )


The Lord remembered his covenant.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,
for his faithfulness endures for ever.
Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord
or show forth all his praise?

Remember me, O Lord, in the favour
you bear for your people;
visit me in the day of your salvation;
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen
and rejoice in the gladness of your people,
and exult with your inheritance.

Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting and to everlasting;
and let all the people say, "Amen."

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 remembered his covenant.

Holy God,
when our memories blot out your kindness
and we ignore your patient love,
remember us, re-make us,
and give to us poor sinners
the rich inheritance of Jesus Christ our Lord.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Adelaide Teague Case: religious educator

Today, Saint Laika’s remembers Adelaide Teague Case (1887-1948), an Episcopalian, who was interested in "progressive" religious education from the perspective of the Christian active in the world. Some of her areas of interest included, the religious development of children, the teaching of religion for all ages, the Bible and religious education, social ethics, and peace education.

Case became the first woman appointed to full professorial rank in any Episcopal or Anglican seminary in 1941 when she joined the faculty of Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts as professor of Christian Education. At ETS, where she remained until her death in 1948, Case taught a variety of courses in religious education and directed field work.

Baptised and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, Adelaide Teague Case's religious faith followed a conventional pattern until she had a conversion experience after college. Thereafter, the living Christ became the dominant force in her life and ministry. Though she continued within the Episcopal Church, Case became a devout Anglo-Catholic, and was strongly attracted spiritually to the sacramental and liturgical life of the church.

Her passion for the religious education of children and adults in congregations rubbed off on many of her students, who later went on to ordination. They would often describe her classes, as the best time they had in seminary.

Quote .”The liberal attitude toward the Bible and toward traditional theology has released Jesus of Nazareth alike from the machinery of a prearranged scheme of salvation and from the dead hand of pious superstition.”

Scripture: In the "Book of Jeremiah," chapter thirty-one, verse thirty-three, we read:

“'But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,' says the LORD: 'I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.'"


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for catechists, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, lecturers at seminaries and all involved in religious education.

... for victims of cyber-bullying, especially the young.

... for those affected by flash flooding in the south of England.

... 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 an address by Pope Francis to Italian school teachers, parents, educators, pupils and other workers, the tenth of May, 2014:

Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessens, even corrupts him. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects — because development is the results of different elements that act together and stimulate intelligence, knowledge, the emotions, the body, and so on.

If something is true, it is good and beautiful; if it is beautiful; it is good and true; if it is good, it is true and it is beautiful. And together, these elements enable us to grow and help us to love life, even when we are not well, even in the midst of many problems. True education enables us to love life and opens us to the fullness of life.


Ever-living God, we thank you for your teacher and peacemaker, Adelaide Case, who inspired generations of students with a love of learning that built up the Church and their communities. Grant that we, following her example, may serve you tirelessly as learners and teachers, labouring for the transformation of the world toward your reign of peace, through Jesus Christ, 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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