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.”

After violence in Egypt

Mourning those killed in Minya Province, Egypt, on 5/26/17

Once again I turn to Alden Solovy for a heartfelt prayer as the horror of another terrorist attack burdens the hearts of all people of goodwill. This prayer was originally posted on To Bend Light on May 27, 2017. The attack in Egypt occurred on May 26th.

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For the Christians of Egypt
Oh people of conscience,
Cry out.
For G-d calls us to stand
With our Christian brothers and sisters.

Source and Creator,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To the victims of the ongoing attacks
Against Christians in Egypt.
Remember, too, those murdered
Throughout the Christian world.

Today we remember with sorrow the recent
Attack on pilgrims to St. Samuel the Confessor.
Their lives were cut off
In acts of aggression and hate.
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 comfort and consolation.
Bless them with endurance to survive,
Strength to rebuild,
Faith to mourn,
Courage to heal,
And devotion to each other.

Oh G-d,
We implore You,
Look down upon the suffering
Of the Christians of Egypt.
Hold them close with Your mercy.

G-d of All,
With Your gentle and loving hand
Unite Your children
Under a canopy of peace.
Bring the light of salvation and healing
To the four corners of the earth.

© 2017 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: On April 9, suicide bombings killed 44 at two Coptic churches in Egypt. This prayer is based on  for “Racist Violence against Houses of Worship” and my “Liturgy after Terror Attacks.”

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Comfort of the sad

A prayer requiring us to be part of the answer.

Comfort me

Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer; Let the prayers of Thy children who cry out of any tribulation come unto Thee, and unto every soul that is distressed grant Thou mercy, relief, and refreshment; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gelasian Sacramentary (8th century, CE) in Albert E. Campion, Ed., Prayers For Christian Healing (New York: Morehouse-Gorham Co., 1958) p. 26 [Out of print]

As we continue to grieve and suffer with those who hurt or harmed by violence in so many parts of the world: let us turn to God who is “comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer.” Beyond prayer, let us listen for the Spirit’s guidance in order to be the “mercy, relief, and refreshment” of God in Jesus Christ. ~Fr. Dan

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

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Save us from admiration

Admiration is not enough.

Follow along

O Lord Jesus Christ … save us from the error of wishing to admire you instead of being willing to follow you and resemble you.

Søren Kierkegaard, (1813-1866) in Horton Davies, Ed., The Communion of Saints: Prayers of the Famous (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company., 1990) p. 33

It is a momentous step to move beyond admiration to action. Let us walk with and resemble Jesus today. ~Fr. Dan

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

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O wonder of wonders!

A prayer flowing with joyful ecstasy.

Splash on water

O wonder of wonders! when I think of the union of my soul with you, O God! You make my soul flow out of herself in joyful ecstasy, for nothing but you can content her. A spring of divine love surges over my soul, sweeping her out of herself into you, O God, her original source.

Meister Eckhart in Michael Counsell,  2000 Years of Prayer, Church Publishing Inc., Kindle Edition.

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Breathe by thy Spirit such love…

United with Christ in prayer.

Woman in praise at sunrise

Blessed Lord, lifting up holy hands perpetually for all mankind;
breathe by thy Spirit such love into the prayers we offer,
that they may be taken into thine, and prevail with thine;
to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

A Prayer of Eric Milner-White [1884-1964] in 2000 Years of Prayer.

Let your mind and heart savor the request that our prayers be taken into the prayers of Jesus, our faithful intercessor, for the glory of God and the welfare of God’s people (indeed, all of God’s creation). ~Fr. Dan

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

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