Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* The Venerable Bede *


O Christ, our morning star, splendour of light eternal, shining with the glory of the rainbow, come and waken us from the greyness of our apathy, and renew in us your gift of hope. Amen.

( Bede )


Come, Holy Spirit, like a dove descending,
rest now upon us while we meet to pray;
show us the Saviour, all his love revealing,
lead us to him, the life, the truth, the way.

Come, Holy Spirit, every cloud dispelling,
fill us with gladness, through the Master’s name;
bring to our memory words that he has spoken,
then shall our tongues his wondrous grace proclaim.

Come, Holy Spirit, sent from God the Father;
our friend and teacher, comforter and guide;
our thoughts directing, keep us close to Jesus,
and in our hearts forevermore abide.

( Fanny Crosby )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

The Venerable Bede: historian of the early English church

At Saint Laika’s, the twenty-fifth of May is the day to remember the Venerable Bede.

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of Bede to the English speaking church. He lived in the early eighth century at the monastery of Jarrow.

He wrote: “There, spending all the remaining time of my life, I wholly applied myself to the study of scripture and amidst the observance of regular discipline, and the daily care of singing in the church, I always took delight in learning, teaching, and writing.”

Bede wrote many commentaries on the Bible, giving us insight into the way Bible passages were interpreted at that time. But Bede is most famous for his book, "The Ecclesiastical History of England." It tells of the development of the Anglo-Saxon culture and the triumph of the Christian faith in England.

Bede was an exemplary monk, a faithful Christian, and a devoted scholar. He died in the year 735. He received the title “Venerable” more than a century after his death. Legend tells that a monk was charged with writing the inscription for his tomb. The monk decided on a couplet, but was stuck for one word.

The monk wrote: "Hac sunt in fossa Bedae _________ossa" (This grave contains the ________Bede’s remains).

The next morning he went to the scriptorium and found the blank filled in with the word, "Venerabilis." This was attributed to an angel, and the title stuck.

Scripture. In "Psalm Forty-Eight," verses nine and ten we read:

We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for Christian scholars.

... for historians.

... for the people of Argentina, Jordan and Lebanon who are celebrating their national day today.

... for those injured when a homemade bomb exploded at a restaurant in the Canadian city of Mississauga. 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 commentary of the "Letter of James" by the Venerable Bede:

You should not think you are doing something great by believing that God is one, for the demons also do this, nor do they believe only in God the Father but also in God the Son.

So it is Luke says, "The demons also went out from many shouting and saying, 'That you are the Son of God;" and rebuking them, he did not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was Christ." (Lk. 4:41)

And they do not only believe, they also tremble.

So the legion who were besieging the man; cried out to him in a beseeching voice, “What is there between me and you, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I earnestly entreat you by God, do not torment me.” (Mk. 5:7)

Therefore, those who do not believe that there is a God, or believe and do not fear, must be judged slower-witted and more shameless than the demons. But it is no great thing to believe there is a God and tremble if one does not also believe in him, that is, if love for him be not held in the heart. For it one thing to believe him, another to believe that he exists, another to believe in him. (credere illi, credere illum, credere in illum)

To believe him is to believe that the things he speaks are true; to believe that he exists is to believe that he is God; to believe in him is to love him. Many, even the wicked, are able to believe the things he speaks are true; they believe that they are true and do not wish to make them their own because they are too lazy to do anything about them. Even the demons believe, however, that he is God. But they alone know how to believe in God who love God, who are Christians not only in name but also in action and life, because without love faith is empty; with love, it is the faith of a Christian, without love the faith of a demon.

Therefore, anyone who does not wish to believe that Christ is God still does not imitate the demons. He believes that Christ is but hates Christ, he makes a confession of faith out of fear of punishment not out of love of a crown. For they too were afraid of being punished.

Accordingly, when blessed Peter, confessing the Lord, said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," (Mt. 16:16) he appears to utter by his mouth almost the same words as the demons; but their confession, because it was uttered with hatred for Christ, was rightly condemned, his, because it came forth from inward love, was rewarded.


Heavenly Father, you called your servant Bede to devote his life to your service as a biblical scholar and historian, a faithful monk and priest. Grant that as he laboured to make you known in his generation, we may strive, in our various ways, to make you known today in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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