Prayers for the Day

These prayers are provided as a comfort and help, and to enable us to pray when we might not be able to find the words ourselves. 

Normally these prayers will be added to each day.

 

Do not be afraid - I will save you

I have called you by name – you are mine

When you pass through deep waters – I will be with you

                                                            Isaiah 43

Lord, I worry because I forget your wisdom, I resent because I forget your mercy, Icovet because I forget your beauty, I sin because I forget your holiness, I fear because I forget your sovereignty. You always remember me: help me to always remembrt you. Amen

 

Psalm 63

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

1 You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

 

 

O God to the world

Lover of all nations

We pray for peace

in our hearts

in our homes

in our world.

The peace of your will

The peace of our need. 

 

 

Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Oh Holy Spirit

Giver of lght and life,

impart to us thoughts higher than our own thoughts,

and prayer better than our own prayers,

and powers beyond our own powers,

that we may spend and be spent

in the ways of goodness and love,

after the perfect image

of our Lord and Saviou Jesus Christ.

 

 

Christ, as a light

illumine and guide me.

Christ, as a shield

overshadow me. 

Christ underme;

Chisrt over me; 

Christ beside me;

on my left and my right.

This day be within and woithout me,

lowly and meek, yet all powerful.

Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;

in the mouth of each who speaks unto me,

lowly and meek, yet all powerful.

Christ as a light;

Christ as a shield;

Christ beside me

on my left and my right. 

 

 

O lord our God,

grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart;

that so desiring, we may seek and find you;

and so finding, may love you;

and so loving, may hate those sins from which

you have delivered us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Father, thank you for the communities you have placed us in. We have no knowledge of why you have brought us to this place. Help us be the blessing that your love and grace intends for us to be to all those that we meet today. We thank you for the beautiful gift of prayer. We pray for courage, opportunities and revival, as our local areas open up after lockdown may they be filled with your presence this week and beyond.

Amen

 

Lord, give Your people Your peace that we may shine brightly in a dark world. Grant us the courage to live faithfully even in the midst of hard times. Let our fear of You be the beginning of wisdom rather than allowing the fear of the world to drive our actions. Help us to embrace our heavenly citizenship and live strangely in the midst of a world that needs to know You.  

Show Your mercy and heal those who are suffering in Your fallen creation. Most of all Lord, come. Restore the world You have made and make all things new. We pray that Your will would be done. Amen.

 

Softly as the dew fall of heaven,

may the Holy Spirit come upon me

to aid me and to raise me,

to bind my prayer firmly

at the throne of the King of life.

 

God's will would I do,

my own will bridle;

God's due would I give,

my own due yield;

God's path would I travel, 

my own path refuse.

 

All whom I love,

into your safe keeping; 

all that I am,

into your tender care;

all that will be,

into your perfect will.

Amen

 

 

O, Lord our God

grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart

that so desiring, we may seek and find you; 

and so finding, may love you;

and so loving, may hate those sinsfrom which you have delivered us; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Celtic Prayer

 

Lord, I have heard your voice, calling at a distance.

Guide my steps to You, Lord, guide my steps to You

Lord, I have heard your voice, calling at a distance.

Guard my way to You, Lord, guard my way to You.

Lord, I have heard your voice, calling at a distance.

Keep my heart for You, Lord, keep my heart for You.

Lord, I have heard your voice.

Amen

 

Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God,
    aloud to God, that he may hear me.
2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
    in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
    my soul refuses to be comforted.
3 I think of God, and I moan;
    I meditate, and my spirit faints.

Prayer

Lord, teach how to meditate on your word. Give me patience and habits of mind that can notice, savour and relish your words that they may in dwell in me richly. 

 

5 I consider the days of old,
    and remember the years of long ago.
6 I commune[a] with my heart in the night;
    I meditate and search my spirit:[b]
7 “Will the Lord spurn forever,
    and never again be favorable?
8 Has his steadfast love ceased forever?
    Are his promises at an end for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
    Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”
10 And I say, “It is my grief
    that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”

11 I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
    I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all your work,
    and muse on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
    What god is so great as our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
    you have displayed your might among the peoples.
15 With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

 

Prayer

Lord I thank you for being a God who takes questions. Help me ask them honestly to reflect myself and lead to a greater trust in you. Open up my eyes and stir up my heart to trust everyone of your promises, so that I can live in the peace you have prepared for all.

16 When the waters saw you, O God,
    when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
    the very deep trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water;
    the skies thundered;
    your arrows flashed on every side.
18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
    your lightnings lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was through the sea,
    your path, through the mighty waters;
    yet your footprints were unseen.
20 You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Prayer

If the infinite power of the universe is also our loving shepherd we have nothing to fear. Lord, you bind all things to yourself through your cosmic cobweb of love. Small in that cobweb we might be, but we are nonetheless held, listened to, cared for and loved forever. Amen

 

Psalm 65

In this psalm we move from the depth of God's love and desire for us personally, to the amazing breadth of grace that is given to the entire world regardless of nationality, race and class and finally to the bounty of the beauty of his grace that surrounds us and is within us. 

 

(depth)

1 Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;
    to you our vows will be fulfilled.
2 You who answer prayer,
    to you all people will come.
3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,
    you forgave our transgressions.
4 Blessed are those you choose
    and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
    of your holy temple.

Prayer

Lord, because your grace is undeserved I should be humble; because it is costly I should be holy and loving; because it is unconditional I should be at peace. O let your tender, loving grace cleanse me of all my sinful, wrongful frames of heart, and give me joy in your loving presence. Amen

 

(breadth)

5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
    God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas,
6 who formed the mountains by your power,
    having armed yourself with strength,
7 who stilled the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    and the turmoil of the nations.
8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy.

 

Prayer

Lord I am so absorbed by my own troubles I don't see and praise you for what you are doing across the world. Help me to escape the defense mechanism of racial stereotyping, so I can embrace, learn from and rejoice in my brothers sisters across boundaries of race, class and nationality. Amen. 

 

(bounty)

9 You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.[d]
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.
13 The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;
    they shout for joy and sing.

 

Prayer

Lord, help me receive the beauty and riches of nature as gifts from you that reflect your own abundance and life. Teach me how to glory in it, so I neither rob you of your due nor myself of joy. Amen

 

 

 

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Let nothing disturb you,

let nothing frighten you,

all things are passing away,

but God never changes.

Patience obtains all things, 

whoever has God lacks nothing,

God alone suffices. 

 

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2     Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old is gone the new is here.

 

Lord, my wounds are important. They are part of my life story. We all bear some scars, some are deeper than others. Yet, somehow it is through my wounds that I grow. Wounds do heal and when they do they can provide me with a different perspective. Help me be brave enough to see through my wounds.

Moreover Lord, when we expose our wounds to others it invites them in, it provides the other with a different perspective of us. Lord, help me brave enough to show my wounds and receive your loving care through the trust of the other.    

 

Dear Lord, you have made me beautiful inside and out. You have made me glorious at my core. I have been created and created well. I can love me and I can love all.  

 

The cross in my pocket.

I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me,

of the fact I am a Christian no matter where I be.

This little cross is not magic, nor is it a lucky charm,

it isn't meant to protect me from every physical harm.

It's not for indentification for all the world to see.

it's simply and understanding between my saviour and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket to bring out a coin or a key,

the cross is there to remind me of the price he paid for me.

It reminds me, too, to be thankul for my blessings day by day,

and to strive to serve him better in all that I do and say.

It's also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share,

with all who know my master and give themselves, to his care.

So, I carry a cross in my pocket reminding no one but me, 

that Jesus Christ is Lord of my life, if only I let him be!

 

 

Ephesians 2:10

For we are what he has made us, created in in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Lord, cast out the demons of my being that I may see your purpose and life in me. 

 

 

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.

A new commandment I give unto you:
that you love one another as I have loved you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
By this shall all know that you are my disciples:
if you have love one for another.
By this shall all know that you are my disciples:
if you have love one for another.

A new commandment I give unto you:
that you love one another as I have loved you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:7

One might seem a small amount over the ninety-nine. However, think about what one positive comment can do. The power of one good deed for another, the joy of one new precious life. Who is the one in your life to rejoice with today. 

 

Father, I abandon myself 

into your hands. Do with me what you will,

whatever you do, I will thank you,

I am ready for all, I will accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,

and set my course, by the star of compassion,

mercy, love and grace.

 

 

Psalm 67

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—[b]
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
5 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

6 The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
7 May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Lord, how poorly I pray! Either I pray vaugely and halfleartedly or I pray heatedly, accusingly telling you exactly what you have to do. Teach me to pray with discipline and passion and yet also with contentment with your love and will. Then through my prayers you will do much good in the world and in my heart. Amen.

Tim Keller

 

Luke 11:5-10 New International Version (NIV)

5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[a] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

Psalm 70

1 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
    O Lord, make haste to help me!
2 Let those be put to shame and confusion
    who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who desire to hurt me.
3 Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
    turn back because of their shame.

4 Let all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
    say evermore, “God is great!”
5 But I am poor and needy;
    hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
    O Lord, do not delay!

 

Celtic Prayer

It is a difficult lesson to learn

to leave one's friends and family

and deliberately practise the art of solitude

for an hour or a day or a week

For me the break is most difficult.....

And yet, once is done

I find there is a quality

to being alone that is incredibly precious

Life rushes back into the void

richer, more vivid

fuller than before. 

 

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Yesterday I was crucified with Christ;

today I am glorified with him.

Yesterday I was dead with Christ;

today I am sharing in his resurrection.

Yesterday I was buried with him;

today I am waking with him from the sleep of death.

 

Christ yesterday and today,

the beginning and the end,

Alpha and Omega,

all time belongs to you,

and all ages;

to you be glory and power

through every age and for ever.

 

Good Friday

Luke 23. 42-43

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Jesus dies on the Cross - Malcolm Guite

The dark nails pierce him and the sky turns black
We watch him as he labours to draw breath
He takes our breath away to give it back,
Return it to it’s birth through his slow death.
We hear him struggle breathing through the pain
Who once breathed out his spirit on the deep,
Who formed us when he mixed the dust with rain
And drew us into consciousness from sleep.
His spirit and his life he breathes in all
Mantles his world in his one atmosphere
And now he comes to breathe beneath the pall
Of our pollutions, draw our injured air
To cleanse it and renew. His final breath
Breathes us, and bears us through the gates of death.

Prayers for The Watch

Psalm 117

1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;
    extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

 

Psalm 113

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
    praise the name of the Lord.
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,
    both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.

4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
    his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
    the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
    on the heavens and the earth?

7 He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
    with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
    as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 116

1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Lord, save me!”

5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
6 The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.

7 Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.

10 I trusted in the Lord when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 in my alarm I said,
    “Everyone is a liar.”

12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord—
    in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

 

Maundy Thursday - Malcom Guite

Here is the source of every sacrament,

The all-transforming presence of the Lord,

Replenishing our every element

Remaking us in his creative Word.

For here the earth herself gives bread and wine,

The air delights to bear his Spirit’s speech,

The fire dances where the candles shine,

The waters cleanse us with His gentle touch.

And here He shows the full extent of love

To us whose love is always incomplete,

In vain we search the heavens high above,

The God of love is kneeling at our feet.

Though we betray Him, though it is the night.

He meets us here and loves us into light.

 

Come Close - Malcolm Guite

Come close with Mary, Martha ,  Lazarus
So close the candles stir with their soft breath
And kindle heart and soul to flame within us
Lit by these mysteries of life and death.
For beauty now begins the final movement
In quietness and  intimate encounter
The alabaster jar of precious ointment
Is broken open for the world’s true lover,

The whole room richly fills to feast the senses
With all the  yearning such a fragrance brings,
The heart is mourning but the spirit dances,
Here at the very centre of all things,
Here at the meeting place of love and loss
We all foresee, and see beyond the cross.

John 12 1-8, , tells us of how Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus. I love this intense and beautiful moment in the Gospels, The God of the Cosmos enters as a vulnerable man into all the particular fragility of our human friendships and intimacy. I love the way Jesus responds to Mary’s beautiful, useless gesture and recognises it as something that is always worth while, something that will live forever, for all the carping and criticism of Judas, then and now.

 

The cleansing of the Temple - Malcolm Guite

Come to your Temple here with liberation

And overturn these tables of exchange

Restore in me my lost imagination

Begin in me for good, the pure change.

Come as you came, an infant with your mother,

That innocence may cleanse and claim this ground

Come as you came, a boy who sought his father

With questions asked and certain answers found,

Come as you came this day, a man in anger

Unleash the lash that drives a pathway through

Face down for me the fear the shame the danger

Teach me again to whom my love is due.

Break down in me the barricades of death

And tear the veil in two with your last breath.

 

When Solomon dedicated the Temple he rightly declared that not even the Heaven of Heavens could contain almighty God, much less this temple made with hands, yet God himself still came into the temple. He came as a baby, the essence of all light and purity in human flesh, he came as a young boy full of questions, seeking to know his father’s will, and today he came in righteous anger to clear away the blasphemous barriers that human power-games try to throw up between God and the world he loves. Then finally, by his death on the cross he took away the last barrier in the Temple, and in our hearts, the veil that stood between us and the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God, in us and beyond us.

 

Prayer for Palm Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race, 

sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility

at this difficult time and be partakers of his resurrection

and to live in his risen existance;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, 

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
3     He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
    for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
    forever.[g]

 

 

Our Father,who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

 

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

 

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

 

 

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Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;

you are gentlewith us as a mother with her children.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;

through your gentleness we find comfort in fear

your warmth gives life to the dead

your touch makes sinners righteous

Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us;

in your love and tendererness remake us.

In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness,

for the beuty of heaven may your love prepare us

 

 

How wonderful, O lord are the works of your hands!

The heavens declare your glory

the arch of the sky displays your handiwork.

In your love you have given us power

to behold the beauty of your world in all its splendour

 

The sun and stars, the valleys and hills,

the rivers and the lakes, all disclose your presence.

the roaring breakers of the sea tell of your awesome might:

the beasts of the field and the birds of the air proclaim your wondrous will

in your goodness you have made us able to hear the music of the world.

Th voices of loved ones reveal to us that you are in our midst.

A Divine song sings through all creation. 

 

I am trying to give you worship with all my life - but I fail

I am trying to give you obedience with all my power - but I fail

I am trying to give you praise with all my strength - but I fail

I am trying to give you honour with all my speech - but I fail

I am trying to give you love with all my heart - but I fail

I am trying to give you affection with all my sense - but I fail

I am trying to give you by being with all my mind - but I fail

I am trying to give you my soul, o most high and holy God

please do not let me fail. 

 

Let nothing disturb you, nothing alarm you:

While all things fade away

God is unchanging.

Be patient

And you will gain everything:

For with God in your heart

Nothing is lacking,

God meets your every need.

                                                                                     St. Theresa of Avila

 

Christ be with me, Christ within me

Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger

Christ in hearts of all that love me

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger

                                                         From St. Patrick’s breastplate

 

 

Give us a sense of humour, Lord, and things to laugh about.

Give us the grace to laugh at ourselves and see the funny side of the things we do.

Save us from annoyance or bad temper.

May laughter in the face of trouble, turn us away from from fear and towards your love.

Fill our minds with the love of Jesus; for his name’s sake.

 

 

Eternal light, shine into our hearts, 

Eternal goodness, deliver us from evil,

Eternal power be our support,

Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance,

Eternal pity, have mercy upon us;

That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength

We may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Amen.