Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Genocide Remembrance Day *


Thanksgiving and glory we will give you always. You give nourishment to the flowers of the valley and to the birds in the sky. We always enjoy your graces, dear Father, beneficent God. Glory to you, forever. Amen.

( Armenian prayer of thanksgiving )


Come with your love to make us whole;
come with your light to lead us on,
driving the darkness far from our souls;
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Into the darkness of this world;
into the shadows of the night;
into this loveless place you came,
lightened our burdens, eased our pain
and made these hearts your home.
Into the darkness once again,
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Into the longing of our souls,
into these heavy hearts of stone,
shine on us now your piercing light,
order our lives and souls aright
by grace and love unknown,
until in you our hearts unite;
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

O holy child, Emmanuel,
hope of the ages, God with us,
visit again this broken place
till all the earth declares your praise
and your great mercies own.
Now let your love be born in us,
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Come with your love to make us whole;
come with your light to lead us on,
driving the darkness far from our souls;
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

( Maggi Dawn )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Genocide Remembrance Day

This day is set aside to hold in remembrance those who have died and those whose lives have been severely damaged as a result of acts of genocide: the systematic and intentional destruction of a people by death, by the imposition of severe mental or physical abuse, by the forced displacement of children, or by other atrocities designed to destroy the lives and human dignity of large groups of people.

This day is chosen for the commemoration because the international community recognises the twenty-fourth of April as a day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide, the systematic annihilation of the Armenian people during and just after World War I. On this day in 1915, more than two hundred and fifty Armenian notables (civic and political leaders, teachers, writers, and members of the clergy) were rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, and killed. Before the cessation of conflict, it is estimated that as many as one-and-a-half million Armenians perished, many as the result of forced marches, deliberate starvation, and heinous massacres.

Tragically, human history is littered with such atrocities and the Armenian Genocide was far from the last such mass extermination of people in the twentieth century. One need only mention Croatia, Nazi Germany, Zanzibar, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, East Timor, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Kurdish Iraq, and Tibet, and this is by no means a comprehensive list. The unflinching resolve of people of faith, in prayer and in action, is critical if the tragedy of human genocide is to be curbed and eventually stopped.

Scripture. In the second chapter of "Isaiah," at verse four, we read:

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the victims of genocide and for the survivors of genocide; for their descendants; that, although they should never forget, they will find the peace of God and no longer be consumed with the desire for revenge.

... for justice; for the bringing of the perpetrators of mass killings to court to answer for what they have done.

... for animals kept in laboratories and subject to scientific experimentation; for the success of those seeking and employing uncruel, alternative ways of carrying out such experiments. DETAILS

... for those who were killed or injured when a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto yesterday; for those who are still waiting for news of loved ones.

... for shop workers who have lost their jobs because of retail chains downsizing.

... for those who rely on food banks to feed their families and an end to the greed of the rich which makes this necessary.

... for the people of Nicaragua following days of deadly rioting in the country. 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 "A Grief Observed" by C. S. Lewis:

Meanwhile, where is God? This is one of the most disquieting symptoms (of grief).

When you are happy, so happy that you have no sense of needing him, so happy that you are tempted to feel his claims upon you as an interruption, if you remember yourself and turn to him with gratitude and praise, you will be, or so it feels, welcomed with open arms. But go to him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become. There are no lights in the windows. It might be an empty house. Was it ever inhabited? It seemed so once. And that seeming was as strong as this. What can this mean? Why is he so present a commander in our time of prosperity and so very absent a help in time of trouble?

I tried to put some of these thoughts to C. this afternoon. He reminded me that the same thing seems to have happened to Christ: "Why hast thou forsaken me?"

I know.

Does that make it easier to understand?

Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to believe such dreadful things about Him. The conclusion I dread is not, "So there’s no God after all," but, "So this is what God’s really like. Deceive yourself no longer."


Almighty God, our refuge and our rock, defend and protect those who fall victim to the forces of evil, because of who they are, not because of what they have done or failed to do. Give us the courage to stand against hatred and oppression and to seek the dignity and well-being of all for the sake of our saviour, Jesus Christ, in whom you have reconciled the world to yourself; and 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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