September 19, 2013

A Celtic Prayer :: A Haven

Posted in Celtic Prayers, Prayer Books at 7:43 pm by davebayne


Lord, take this song
and fill it with Your presence.
Let it bring a word of hope
to weary care-full hearts.
Take this song
and fill it, Lord.
Fill it with Yourself.

Lord, take my life
and fill it with Your praises.
Let me speak a word of peace
that Jesus brings in me.
Take this life
and fill it, Lord.
Fill it with Yourself.

Lord, take this place
and fill it
with Your blessing.
Let it be a haven
where the
poor in spirit
Take this place
and fill it, Lord.
Fill it with Your praise.

Taken from: Northumbria Community Morning Prayer, September 19


January 4, 2013

Prayer of John of the Cross

Posted in Ancient Prayers, New Year's Prayer, Prayer Books at 5:55 pm by davebayne

It is well and good, Lord, if all things change,
provided we are rooted in You.
If I go everywhere with You, my God,
everywhere things will happen for Your sake;
that is what I desire.

~ John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Taken from: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

December 31, 2012

New Year’s Eve Prayer

Posted in New Year's Prayer, Prayer Books at 7:02 pm by davebayne

Night is drawing nigh.
For all that has been —
For all that shall be–

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Taken from: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

December 28, 2012

New Year’s Prayer by Ted Loder

Posted in Contemporary Prayers, New Year's Prayer, Prayer Books at 6:19 pm by davebayne

I Hold My Life up to You Now

Patient God,
the clock struck midnight
and I partied with a strange sadness in my heart,
confusion in my mind.

Now, I ask you
to gather me,
for I realize
the storms of time have scattered me,
the furies of the year past have driven me,
many sorrows have scarred me,
many accomplishments have disappointed me,
much activity has wearied me,
and fear has spooked me
into a hundred hiding places,
one of which is pretended gaiety.
I am sick of a string of “have-a-nice-days.”
What I want is passionate days,
wondrous days,
dangerous days,
blessed days,
surprising days,
What I want is you!

Patient God
this day teeters on the edge of waiting
and things seem to slip away from me,
as though everything were only memory
and memory is capricious.
Help me not to let my life slip away from me.
O God, I hold up my life to you now,
as much as I can,
as high as I can,
in this mysterious reach called prayer.

Come close, lest I wobble and fall short.
It is not days or years I seek from you,
not infinity and enormity,
but small things and moments and awareness,
awareness that you are in what I am
and in what I have been indifferent to.

It is not new time,
but new eyes,
new heart I seek,
and you.

Taken from: Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder

December 14, 2012

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent

Posted in Advent, liturgy, Prayer Books at 5:47 pm by davebayne

God of hope,
you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression
to the freedom of justice,
the balm of healing,
and the joy of sharing.
Make us strong to join you in your holy work,
as friends of strangers and victims,
companions of those whom others shun,
and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Taken from: Online Revised Common Lectionary, Vanderbilt Divinity Library

October 5, 2012

A Prayer for Fresh Vision

Posted in Prayer Books, prayers from history at 3:27 pm by davebayne

Lord, purge our eyes to see
Within the seed a tree
Within the glowing egg a bird,
Within the shroud a butterfly:

Till taught by such, we see
Beyond all creatures Thee;
And hearken for Thy tender word,
And hear it, “Fear not: it is I.”
~ Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Taken from: At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time
Compiled by Sarah Arthur

June 22, 2012

Teach us to pray

Posted in Contemporary Prayers, Prayer Books at 5:19 pm by davebayne

Teach us to pray O Lord,
Draw us closer to you, to your world , to each other.
Teach us to pray, O Lord,
With compassion and love and forgiveness.
Teach us to pray, O Lord,
Until all that we are and all that we do,
Becomes a gift of prayer to you.

By Christine Sine on “Light for the Journey”

December 17, 2011

O Antiphons – An Advent Litany

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Prayer Books at 4:20 am by davebayne

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care;
– Come and show your people the way to salvation.

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, you showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the holy law on Mt. Sinai;
– Come, stretch out your might hand to set us free.

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you;
– Come, let nothing deter you from coming to our aid.

O Key of David, O royal power of Israel, you control at your will the gate of heaven;
– Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice;
– Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O King of the nations, the only joy of every heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of humankind;
– Come and save the creatures you fashioned from the dust.

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people.
– Come and set us free, Lord our God.

The Spirit and the Bride say: Come!
– Amen, Lord Jesus, come soon!

Father in heaven,
our hearts desire the warmth of your love
and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Savior
and give us the strength to grow in love,
that the dawn of his coming
may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Taken from: Franciscans at Prayer (1982)

September 23, 2011

Prayer for a Rich Spiritual Life from Saint Francis

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Prayer Books, Saint Francis tagged , , at 5:56 pm by davebayne

Prayer for a Rich Spiritual Life

Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God,
grant to us miserable ones the grace to do for you
what we know you want us to do.
Give us always to desire what pleases you.
Inwardly cleansed, interiorly illumined
and enflamed with the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow in the footprints
of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
and attain to you, Most High, by your grace alone,
who in perfect Trinity and simple Unity
lives and reigns and is glorified as God almighty,
forever and ever. Amen.

Taken From: The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life by Jon M. Sweeny

September 16, 2011

Saint Francis of Assisi ~ Prayer for Doing God’s Will

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Prayer Books, prayers from history, Saint Francis tagged , , , , , at 4:15 am by davebayne

Most High
and glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me
truer faith,
more certain hope,
and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge
of you,
so that I may carry out
your holy and true command
for my life.

Taken From: The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life by Jon M. Sweeny

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