Monday, April 23, 2018

WEEK OF EASTER IV

Commemoration of Toyohiko Kagawa

Kagawa was born in 1888 in Kobe, Japan. When he was in his teens he became a Christian and was disinherited by his wealthy family. He studied at the Presbyterian College in Tokyo, became aware of Christian responsibility in the face of social evils, and lived for several years in the slums of Kobe. By his writings he drew attention to the appalling conditions, and he worked for social reform in many areas. He established hospitals, schools, credit unions, churches, and after World War II he was a leader in the movement to adapt democratic institutions to Japan. He died on this date in 1960.

In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In the morning:  Psalm 97  Earth rejoices in its king

In the evening :  Psalm 124  The savior of Israel

Read hymn  “All people that on Earth do dwell”

One or more of the following lessons:

1 Samuel 16:1-13,  1 Peter 5:1-5

In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus

In the evening: Magnificat

Prayer of the Day      

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given your Church the great joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Give us also the greater joy of the kingdom of your elect, when the flock of your Son will share in the final victory of its shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us, like your servant Toyohiko Kagawa, to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your Name; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Pray for the holy ministry
For all ministers of the Church
For monastic orders throughout Christianity
For all Christians in their vocation
For reconciliation of peoples and nations
For laborers
For those who work among the poor, the diseased, the unemployed

Our Father…

The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.

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