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

 

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.