Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale *


Brightness of eternal glory, Comfort of the pilgrim soul, with you is my tongue without voice and my very silence speaks unto you. Come, oh, come; for without you I shall have no joyful day or hour; for you are my joy and without you my table is empty. Praise and glory be unto you; let my mouth, my soul, and all creatures together, praise and bless you. Amen.

( Thomas à Kempis )


Our eyes wait upon the Lord our God.

To you I lift up my eyes,
to you that are enthroned in the heavens.
As the eyes of servants look
to the hand of their master,
or the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God,
until he have mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of the arrogant,
and of the contempt of the proud.

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.

Our eyes wait upon the Lord our God.

Sovereign God, enthroned in the heavens,
look upon us with your eyes of mercy,
as we look on you with humility and love,
and fill our souls with your peace
through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale:
God’s vulgar word

Today Saint Laika’s remembers two giants in English Literature and religion, William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale. They struggled against king and church to see that the English people had God’s word in their own common language.

It may not be obvious to people living today, why translating the "Bible" into the common (or vulgar) tongue was such an issue of controversy. After all, Jerome, in ancient times translated the "Bible" from Greek and Hebrew into Latin, the vulgar tongue at that time. His version even bore the name “Vulgate,” so there would be no confusion. So, now when Latin was giving way to more modern languages, why not encourage the "Bible" to be translated into common everyday speech?

Prior to the invention of the printing press, copies of the "Bible" were a precious commodity. A church was lucky to have one copy and it was often locked away or chained up to keep it from being stolen. Many churches had just a simple book of readings or a lectionary which contained only those readings from the "Bible" used in public worship. Those in control of church and state during the later stages of medieval times exercised control over people who really didn’t know what the bible taught, only what the church said it taught. And there were parts of the "Bible" that those in charge didn’t want people to know about, because it offered an understanding of salvation, repentance, and church order that differed from the current line.

William Tyndale was passionate about giving people a translation of the "Bible" they could understand. He had to flee England in order to accomplish the task. Visiting Martin Luther and having his "New Testament" printed in the German city of Worms, he then smuggled eighteen thousand copies copies into England. He paid for this with his life. He was captured and burned at the stake for heresy.

Miles Coverdale picked up the work of Tyndale and carried on with it. Tyndale had begun to translate the "Old Testament" but never finished it before his martyrdom. Coverdale took what Tyndale did, and added to it, so that a complete "English Bible" was published. By the time the "Coverdale Bible" was ready to print, King Henry VIII was already having his troubles with the Pope and Roman Church, so Coverdale was spared the brutal fate of his friend Tyndale.

Coverdale’s translation of the "Psalms" was included in the "Book of Common Prayer," and has had a profound effect on English spirituality and hymnody.

Scripture. In "Psalm one hundred and nineteen: verses eighty-nine and ninety, we read:

"O Lord, your word is everlasting; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for translators, in particular for those who translate the scriptures and other Christian writings.

... for those who risk their freedom, and even their life, to bring the word of God to those who are prevented from hearing it.

... for the people of Egypt who celebrate their national day today.

... for nuclear disarmament throughout the world.

... for those killed or injured when a train hit a bus on a crossing in the Russian region of Vladimir. DETAILS

... for homeless people who are also addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

... for the nursery school children and teachers killed or injured in the remote Brazilian town of Janauba when a security guard threw flammable liquid on them and set them on fire. 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 ""Answer to Sir Thomas More’s Dialogue" by William Tyndale:

Our love and good works make not God first love us, nor change him from hate to love. No, his love and deeds make us love and change us from hate to love. For he loved us when we were evil and his enemies, as Paul testifies in diverse places; and chose us to make us good and to show us love and to draw us to him, that we should love again.

The father loves his child when it has no power to do good and when it must be suffered to run after its own lusts without law; and never loves it better than then, to make it better, and to show it love, to love again. If you could see what is written in the first epistle of John, though all the other scripture were laid apart, you should see all this.


Almighty God, you planted in the heart of your servants William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale a consuming passion to bring the scriptures to people in their native tongue. Reveal to us your saving word, as we read and study the scriptures and hear them calling us to repentance and life; 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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