Collect: Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945 (Jun 6)

A prayer for strength to fulfill our Baptismal Covenant

Ini Kopuria. Chapel at Tabalia.

Collect for the Commemoration

Loving God, we bless your Name for the witness of Ini Kopuria, founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood: Open our eyes that we, with these Anglican brothers, may establish peace and hope in service to others; for the sake of Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Open our eyes that we … may establish peace and hope in service to others.” Read a short summary of the story of Ini Kopuria to understand better what we are asking of God. Then, remember your (Baptismal) Covenant with God and other Christ-followers: With the help of God I will strive for justice and peace among all people and will respect the dignity of every human being. Finally, know that God will surely answer this prayer in our own lives. ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Image: The Melanesian Brotherhood. “The picture on the left is of the stained glass window from the chapel at Tabalia The picture is of Ini Kopyria (in the middle) flanked by (left) non Christian – heathen; and on the right by a (female) companion – praying for the work of the brothers.”

A prayer in the aftermath of terror

In the aftermath of evil: a prayer of confidence in God

A woman lays flowers for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, in central Manchester.

To Bend Light is a Blog of “Jewish Prayers from the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy.” Let his prayer “For Manchester and England” touch your heart and inform your own prayers this day. ~Fr. Dan

 

Begin quote

For Manchester and England
Author of life,
Grant peace and consolation
To the victims and the injured
After the attack in Manchester,
Where youths, teens and their parents were murdered
In an act of calculated terror.

Source and Creator,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To the victims of this attack,
Whose lives were cut off
In an act of witless aggression.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.
May they rest in peace.

Remember the survivors of this horror.
Grant them shelter and solace,
Comfort and consolation,
Blessing and courage.
May their healing —
And the healing of this nation —
Continue with devotion and courage.

We also remember the victims
And survivors of the 7/7 and Westminster attacks,
Praying for their souls and their healing.

Heavenly Guide,
Hand of love and shelter,
Put an end to anger and hatred,
Bigotry and fear.
Let terrorists put down their weapons
To discover a new path.
May the victims of all violence
Find hope and renewal.
Lead us to a time when no one
Suffers or dies at the hand of another.

,עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ
וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְעַל כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי תֵּבֵל, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן

Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu,
V’al kol Yisraeil, v’al kol yosh’vei teivel, V’imru, Amen.

May the One who creates harmony above, make peace for us,
For all Israel, and all who dwell on earth. And say: Amen.

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Image: Reuters—A woman lays flowers for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, in central Manchester. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Collect: Martin Luther King, Jr, Civil Rights Leader and Martyr, 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta. […] King lived in constant danger: his home was dynamited, he was almost fatally stabbed, and he was harassed by death threats. He was even jailed 30 times; but through it all he was sustained by his deep faith. […] After preaching at Washington Cathedral on March 31, 1968, King went to Memphis in support of sanitation workers in their struggle for better wages. There, he proclaimed that he had been “to the mountain-top” and had seen “the Promised Land,” and that he knew that one day he and his people would be “free at last.” On the following day, April 4, he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet.

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

Martin Luther King, Jr.Commemorations in the Episcopal Church often occur on the day the Holy Woman or the Holy Man entered into glory. While America remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday (Jan. 15) the Episcopal Church remembers him on April 4, the day he was assassinated. In the collect for the day we pray for the strength to resist oppression with love. May it be so in all that we say and do so that “all [God’s] children [may enjoy] the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” ~Fr. Dan

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Like Roman Catholics and the Orthodox, Episcopalians honor our ancestors in the faith, men and women of exceptional character and action as Christ-followers, who inspire and encourage us along the Way. The Collect used on the day they are honored often asks for graces to become a better Christ-follower in our day and in our lives. What did you hear today?

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