Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s



We worship you, O Lord God, and give thanks to you for your great glory and power, which you show to your servants in your wonderful world. All the things which we enjoy are from your mighty hand, and you alone are to be praised for all the blessings of the life that now is. Make us thankful to you for all your mercies and more ready to serve you with all our heart; for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

( "The Narrow Way" )


Jesu, from you we learn duteously our Lenten fast to keep,
a healing time, by your decree, for all your wounded sheep.

A time in which towards paradise, once lost by carnal sense,
the souls redeemed by you may rise through chastening abstinence.

Now with your Church be present, Lord, in all your saving grace,
and hear us as with one accord mourning, we seek your face.

Most Merciful, forgive the past, the sins which we deplore;
your sheltering arms around us cast, that we may sin no more.

To you our sacrifice we bring of Lenten fast and prayer,
till, cleansed by you, our God and king, your Paschal joy we share.

Grant this, O Father, through your Son, and through the Spirit blest,
who are with them forever one, eternally confessed.

( unknown pre-thirteenth century author )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Perpetua, Felicitas and the martyrs of Carthage

It might be good to remember the ancient martyrs of Carthage (Perpetua, Felicitas and their companions) today because this is their feast day on the ancient church calendar.

Carthage is in Tunisia, next door to Libya, where, in 2015, twenty-one Coptic Christians were martyred by ISIS terrorists.

There were thousands who died as Christians in the early centuries of the Church. What makes the martyrs of Carthage unusual is that a record of their deaths is preserved for us by an unnamed author who many suspect was Tertullian.

Perpetua was a young widow, mother of an infant and owner of several slaves, including Felicitas and Revocatus. With two other young Carthaginians, Secundulus and Saturninus, they were catechumens preparing for baptism.

Just after the turn of the third century, Roman emperor Septimius Severus decreed that all persons should sacrifice to the divinity of the emperor. There was no way that a Christian, confessing faith in the one Lord Jesus Christ, could do this. Perpetua and her companions were arrested and held in prison under miserable conditions.

While in prison, Perpetua experienced visions, the most notable of which involved her climbing a ladder towards heaven. When she reached the top she found herself in a garden, where she encountered a shepherd who offered her something to eat.

Her own father, a pagan, made soulful entreaties to Perpetua, encouraging her to worship the emperor’s divinity.

She reportedly told him: "On that scaffold, whatever God wills shall happen. For know that we are not placed in our own power but in that of God."

On the seventh of March, Perpetua and her companions, encouraging one another to bear bravely whatever pain they might suffer, were sent to the arena to be mangled by wild beasts.

To encourage the others she cried, “Stand fast in the faith and love one another. And do not let what we suffer be a stumbling block to you.”

When the animals had finished with them, they were put to death by a sword stroke to the throat. This occurred in the year 202AD.

Scripture: In the "Book of Hebrews," chapter ten, verses thirty-two, thirty-three and thirty-five we read:

But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward.


Let us now call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.

God the Father, have mercy upon us.
God the Son, have mercy upon us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us.

From all evil and mischief; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy;
from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all evil intent,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sloth, worldliness and love of money;
from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sins of body and mind;
from the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil,
good Lord, deliver us.

In all times of sorrow; in all times of joy;
in the hour of death, and at the day of judgement,
good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation;
by your birth, childhood and obedience;
by your baptism, fasting and temptation,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your ministry in word and work;
by your mighty acts of power;
and by your preaching of the kingdom,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and trial;
by your cross and passion;
and by your precious death and burial,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your mighty resurrection;
by your glorious ascension;
and by your sending of the Holy Spirit,
good Lord, deliver us.

Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins; and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy word.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.
Make our hearts clean, O God; and renew a right spirit within us.

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or put under pressure to worship false gods by the state authorities of the nation in which they live.

... for martyrs.

... for those recovering from surgery.

... 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 “Mere Christianity” by C. s. Lewis:

We must think of the Son always, so to speak, streaming forth from the Father, like light from a lamp, or heat from a fire, or thoughts from a mind. He is the self-expression of the Father, what the Father has to say. And there never was a time when he was not saying it.

But have you noticed what is happening? All these pictures of light or heat are making it sound as if the Father and Son were two things instead of two persons. So that after all, the "New Testament" picture of a father and a son turns out to be much more accurate than anything we try to substitute for it.

That is what always happens when you go away from the words of the "Bible." It is quite right to go away from them for a moment in order to make some special point clear. But you must always go back. Naturally, God knows how to describe himself much better than we know how to describe him. He knows that father and son is more like the relation between the first and second persons (of the Trinity) than anything else we can think of.

Much the most important thing to know is that it is a relation of love. The Father delights in his son; the Son looks up to his father.


O God the king of saints, you strengthened your servants Perpetua and Felicitas and their companions to make the good confession, encouraging one another in their time of trial: grant that we who cherish their blessed memory may share their pure and steadfast faith and give effective witness to Jesus Christ, their saviour and ours, 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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