Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart *


This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

( Book of Common Prayer )


Accept my service, Lord; accept this heart of mine.
Lo! at your feet, I humbly pray, you will make me yours alone.

These hands of mine I bring you, Lord,
fill them with the humblest work for you;
these feet, oh guide them in the paths
that you shall choose for them and me.

These eyes to scan your handiwork,
and read the love reflected there;
these ears to hear the message sweet
which whispers of the Father’s care.

These lips, dear master, do I bring
for you to touch and tuneful make;
my thoughts, Lord, consecrate even these
to loving service for your sake.

Thus heart and soul, dear Lord, I bring,
and humbly ask you to renew
with each day’s needs the strength and grace,
to render faithful service true.

Accept my service, Lord; accept this heart of mine.
Lo! at your feet, I humbly pray, you will make me yours alone.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart:
overcoming “the powerful force of prejudice”

Today Saint Laika’s remembers two courageous Americans who were leaders in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States, William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart. Much more could be written of them, than space allows here.

Garrison was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper "The Liberator," which he founded in 1831 and published in Massachusetts until slavery was abolished by constitutional amendment after the American Civil War. He was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He promoted "immediate emancipation" of slaves in the United States. In the 1870s, Garrison became a prominent voice for the woman suffrage movement.

"The Liberator" was a significant factor in the spread of anti-slavery feeling in the country. It gradually gained a large following in the northern states. By 1861 it had subscribers across the North, as well as in England, Scotland, and Canada. It was received in state legislatures, governor's mansions, Congress, and the White House. Garrison published the last issue (number one thousand, eight hundred and twenty) on the twenty-ninth of December, 1865, when slavery had been abolished.

In addition to its abolitionist advocacy, Garrison's Liberator continued to be the leading advocate of woman's rights beginning in the 1840s, publishing editorials, speeches, legislative reports and other developments concerning the subject. Garrison died in 1879, long before women’s suffrage was achieved.

Maria Stewart was a domestic servant who became an African-American journalist, lecturer, abolitionist, and women's rights activist. The first American woman to speak to a mixed audience of men and women, whites and black, Stewart was also the first African-American woman to make public lectures, as well as to lecture about women’s rights and make a public anti-slavery speech. Stewart enunciated African-American exceptionalism, the special bond she saw between God and African Americans, and advocated social and moral advancement, even as she vocally protested against social conditions African Americans experienced and touched on several political issues. Her Christian faith strongly influenced Stewart. She often cited Biblical influences and the Holy Spirit, and implicitly critiqued societal failure to educate her and others like her. "The Liberator" published her writings. One of the most famous is “Why Sit Ye Here and Die?”

Like Garrison, she saw the intrinsic connection between the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage. She was an advocate for women, and especially African-American women. After her speaking career, Stewart then moved to New York, then to Baltimore, and finally Washington, where she worked as a schoolteacher, and then as head matron at Freedmen's Hospital, where she ultimately died on this day in 1880.

Scripture. In the third chapter of "The First Letter of John," at verses one and two, we read:

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for an end to slavery in all its forms; for the liberation of those who are enslaved.

... for equality between women and men at work and at home, and that all women, throughout the world, may be able to participate all aspects of the political process.

... for an end to the cruel and completely unnecessary practice of female genital mutilation. DETAILS

... for the people of New Zealand who celebrate their national day today.

... for the people of the Maldives who are experiencing political turmoil at this time; for the release of political prisoners; for the removal of President Abdulla Yameen and a return of democracy and proper legal process to the nation. DETAILS

... for Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who is critically ill; that the reformation of democracy in Zimbabwe may continue. DETAILS

... for those who have died recently 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 in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.


From "Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality, the Sure Foundation on Which We Must Build" by Maria Stewart:

All the nations of the earth are crying out for liberty and equality. Away, away with tyranny and oppression! And shall Afric's sons be silent any longer? Far be it from me to recommend to you, either to kill, burn, or destroy. But I would strongly recommend to you, to improve your talents; let not one lie buried in the earth. Show forth your powers of mind. Prove to the world, that:

"Though black your skins as shades of night,
your hearts are pure, your souls are white."

This is the land of freedom. The press is at liberty. Every man has a right to express his opinion. Many think, because your skins are tinged with a sable hue, that you are an inferior race of beings; but God does not consider you as such. He has formed and fashioned you in his own glorious image, and has bestowed upon you reason and strong powers of intellect. He has made you to have dominion over the beasts of the field, the fowls of the air, and the fish of the sea. He has crowned you with glory and honour; has made you but a little lower than the angels and, according to the Constitution of these United States, he has made all men free and equal.

Then why should one worm say to another, "Keep you down there, while I sit up yonder; for I am better than you?"

It is not the colour of the skin that makes the man, but it is the principles formed within the soul.

Many will suffer for pleading the cause of oppressed Africa, and I shall glory in being one of her martyrs; for I am firmly persuaded, that the God in whom I trust is able to protect me from the rage and malice of my enemies and from them that will rise up against me; and if there is there is no other way for me to escape, he is able to take me to himself.

Never will virtue, knowledge and true politeness begin to flow, till the pure principles of religion and morality are put into force.


Almighty God, we thank you for your prophets William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart, who testified that we are made not by the colour of our skin but by the principle formed in our soul. Fill us, like them, with the hope and determination to break every chain of enslavement and to build that community of justice and love which is founded on 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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