Shrewsbury Abbey

Daily Prayers

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An on-line Prayer Book for every day

We hope you will be able to make use of this Prayer Book as part of your own continuing walk with God.

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Monday Morning Mid Day Early Evening Night
Tuesday Morning Mid Day Early Evening Night
Wednesday Morning Mid Day Early Evening Night
Thursday Morning Mid Day Early Evening Night
Friday Morning Mid Day Early Evening Night
Saturday Morning Mid Day Early Evening Night
Sunday Morning Mid Day Early Evening Night

Prayer Patterns: A How-To Guide to Prayer

  1. Using your hand

  2. ACTS

  3. Lord, How Do We Pray?

  4. Persistent Psalmody

  5. Using Your Senses

Frequently Asked (Prayer) Questions

An Anthology of Prayers

 

Forward by Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury

  I am delighted to commend ‘Prayer Drops’. This online prayer book will help to guide us and give us a pattern without being too restrictive. It encourages us to pray as we can, not as we can’t! I hope you will find it an aid to keeping close to God and to growing into the kind of person you are called to be.

Bishop Mark’s Favourite Prayer

… is that of the Breton Fisherman -- it’s short and to the point:

 

‘Guide me dear Lord as my boat is so small

and the sea is so big. Amen’

 

Prayer Drops is sponsored by The Guild of St. Winefride

In 1487 Abbot Thomas Mynde received a licence from King Henry VII to found the Guild of St. Winefride whose members were to offer daily prayers at her shrine for the King, the Abbot and the Guild and to support the church by prayer and thanksgiving. In 1540 King Henry VIII dissolved the Abbey and with it the Guild.

In 1987 the Guild was restored to be a group of people who would contribute to the service of God in the Abbey by prayer and through action.

Membership of the Guild is available -- contact the Abbey Office

01743 - 232723 or connexion@shrewsburyabbey.com

Monday - in the Morning

 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; O my God, in you I trust.

 Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger, order us in all our doings and guide us to do alwayswhat is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Word of God

The Lord says this: Lo, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come; buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

(Isaiah 55:1 - 3)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

The people of God, for inspiration by the Spirit

The media, for healthy communication

Lord's Prayer

Collect

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.

(Alcuin of York, 804)

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Monday - During the Day

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above.

Opening Prayer

I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation;
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen.

(from St Patrick’s Breastplate)

 The Word of God

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

(Colossians 3.1 - 3)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

Those who travel, for safety and protection

Those who are facing death

Lord's Prayer

Collect

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this timewith one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them;granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

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 Monday - Early Evening

Jesus said to the disciples again, 'Peace be with you.

Opening Prayer

Kindle in our hearts, O God,
the flame of love which never ceases,
that it may burn in us, giving light to others.
May we shine for ever in your temple,
set on fire with your eternal light,
even your Son Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and our Redeemer. Amen.

The Word of God

Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

(I Corinthians 12:12 - 13)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

Those who do not feel loved by anyone

Those who are in financial hardship

Lord's Prayer

Collect

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.

 Monday - Compline (Night)

Thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

Opening Prayer

Lighten our darkness,
Lord, we pray,
and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,
for the love of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

[Keep a short time of silence to give thanks for the good things of the day]

 

In the name of the King of life;

In the name of the Christ of love;

In the name of the Holy Spirit

The Trinity of God’s eternal blessing.

 

[Keep a short time of silence to empty the thoughts of the day]

Collect

Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord's Prayer

[A Time of Silence is kept]

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

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Tuesday - in the Morning

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal you to the world: forgive us the sins which tear us apart;
give us the courage to overcome our fears and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will;
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.

The Word of God

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.' Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.

(Isaiah 52:7 - 9)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

The persecuted Church, for protection and faithfulness

The criminal justice system, for wisdom and fairness

Lord's Prayer

Collect

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.

(Anselm, 1109)

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 Tuesday - During the Day

 They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

Opening Prayer

Eternal God, in whose perfect realm no sword is drawnbut the sword of righteousness,
and no strength known but the strength of love:
so guide and inspire the work of those who seek your kingdom that all your people may find theirsecurity in that love which casts out fear and in the fellowship revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 The Word of God

The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Jesus. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.' And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, 'Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.'

(Luke 4:17 - 21)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

Those who are searching for God’s meaning in their life

Those who are facing unemployment

Lord's Prayer

Collect

Eternal God, the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you: grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may truly serve you,
whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Tuesday - Early Evening

 O God, will you not give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you?

Opening Prayer

 As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,
so may your mercy come down upon us
to cleanse our hearts
and set us free to sing your praise
now and for ever. Amen.

The Word of God

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:10 - 11)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

The world's displaced people, for freedom and security

The protection of relief workers around the world

Lord's Prayer

Collect

Abide with us, Lord, for it is evening,
and day is drawing to a close.
Abide with us and with your whole Church,
in the evening of the day,
in the evening of life,
in the evening of the world;
abide with us and with all your faithful ones, O Lord,
in time and in eternity. Amen.

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Tuesday - Compline (Night)

You, O Lord, are in the midst of us and we are called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God.

Opening Prayer

Look down, O God, from your heavenly throne,
illuminate the darkness of this night with your celestial brightness,
and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

[Keep a short time of silence to give thanks for the good things of the day]

 

Calm me Lord, as you stilled the storm.

Still me Lord, and keep me from harm.

Let any tumult within me cease.

Lord, enfold me in your peace.

[Keep a short time of silence to empty the thoughts of the day]

Collect

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord's Prayer

[A Time of Silence is kept]

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

Wednesday - in the Morning

Make me to know your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles,
‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you’:
look not on our sins but on the faith of your Church
and grant it the peace and unity of your kingdom;
where you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word of God

Jesus said to the crowds: 'You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. 'You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.'

(Matthew 5:13 - 16)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

All who follow Christ, for growth in discipleship

All in the medical profession

Lord's Prayer

Collect

You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you took our flesh to set us free
you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

(From the Te Deum)

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Wednesday - During the Day

 The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Opening Prayer 

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace; and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; 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.

The Word of the Lord

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

(I Corinthians 13:4 - 7)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

All who have no one to pray for them

All who work in residential homes for the elderly

Lord's Prayer

Collect

 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.

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Wednesday - Early Evening

 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried in the fire; he is a shield to all who trust in him.

Opening Prayer

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.

The Word of God

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

(I Peter 2:9 - 10)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers, which may include these concerns

All who work as missionaries, away from their own loved ones

All in the rescue services

Lord's Prayer

Collect

Eternal Lord,
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Wednesday - Compline (Night)

Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

Opening Prayer

Before the ending of the day, Creator of the world, we pray;
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.

From evil dreams defend our sight, from fears and terrors of the night;
Tread underfoot our deadly foe
That we no sinful thought may know.

O Father, that we ask be done through Jesus Christ, your only Son;
And Holy Spirit, by whose breath
Our souls are raised to life from death.

[Keep a short time of silence to give thanks for the good things of the day]

 

May the peace of all peace, God’s peace, be with me this night.

[Keep a short time of silence to empty the thoughts of the day]

Collect

Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Lord's Prayer

[A Time of Silence is kept]

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

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Thursday - in the Morning

Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; Let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.

Opening Prayer

Almighty God, whose will it is that the earth and the sea should bear fruit in due season: bless the labours of those who work on land and sea, grant us a good harvest and the grace always to rejoice in your fatherly care; 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.

The Word of God

Brothers and sisters, I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

(I Corinthians 11:23 - 26)

 [A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

 

Ministers of the gospel

Those who work for reconciliation

Lord's Prayer

Collect

O gracious and holy Father,give us wisdom to perceive you,diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you,eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you,and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spiritof Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Benedict of Nursia, c.550)

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Thursday - During the Day

 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Opening Prayer

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life: Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife: Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength: Such a Light, as shows a Feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length: Such a Strength, as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart: Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part: Such a Heart, as joys in Love.

(George Herbert, 1633)

The Word of God

‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.'

(John 13:34 - 35)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

 

Those who work closely with children in care

Those who are peacemakers

Lord's Prayer

Collect

 O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  

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Thursday - Early Evening

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Opening Prayer

Heal us, O God, from all our afflictions
and keep us steadfast in your love;
bind up our wounds,
raise us from death,
and lead us to fullness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
 

The Word of God

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ; there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise.

(Galatians 3:27 - 29)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

Those who care for elderly relatives, friends or neighbours

Those who feed the hungry

Lord's Prayer

Collect

 Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Thursday - Compline (Night)

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.

Opening Prayer

The Father of Creation: Shield me from harm.

The Son of Salvation: Shield me with power.

The Spirit of Sustenance: Shield me this night.

 

[Keep a short time of silence to give thanks for the good things of the day]

 

I am placing my soul and my body

In thy safe keeping this night, O God,

In thy safe keeping, O Jesus,

In thy safe keeping, O Spirit.

The three in One who defends my being,

Keep me this night from harm.

 

[Keep a short time of silence to empty the thoughts of the day]

Collect

Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, give rest to the weary,
sustain the dying,
calm the suffering,
and pity the distressed;
all for your love’s sake, O Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

Lord's Prayer

[A Time of Silence is kept]

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

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Friday - in the Morning

 Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  

Opening Prayer

Almighty God, you have entrusted to your Church
a share in the ministry of your Son our great high priest:
inspire by your Holy Spirit the hearts of many
to offer themselves to the ministry of your Church,
that strengthened by his power,
they may work for the increase of your kingdom
and set forward the eternal praise of your name;
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.

 The Word of God

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

(Amos 5:14 - 15)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

The local church, for courage to take up the cross of Christ

Those in authority, for the right use of power

Lord's Prayer

Collect

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for all the benefits you have won for us, for all the pains and insults you have borne for us. Most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

(After Richard of Chichester, 1253)

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Friday - During the Day

 Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.’

Opening Prayer

 Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word.
May it be a lantern to our feet, a light upon our paths,
and strength to our lives.
Take us and use us to love and serve all people
in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Word of God

 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

(2 Chronicles 7:13 - 14)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

Those who work in dangerous occupations

Those who are single parents

Lord's Prayer

Collect

 O Lord, from whom all good things come:
grant to us your humble servants, that by your holy inspiration
we may think those things that are good,
and by your merciful guiding may perform the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Friday - Early Evening

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Opening Prayer

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. Amen.

The Word of God

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.

(2 Corinthians 4:8 - 10)

 [A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

 

Victims and perpetrators of violence, for healing and repentance

Christians who face daily persecution because of their faith

Lord's Prayer

Collect

O God, the source of all good desires,
all right judgements, and all just works:
give to your servants that peace
which the world cannot give;
that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments,
and that, freed from the fear of our enemies,
we may pass our time in rest and quietness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Friday - Compline (Night)

God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
who at this evening hour lay in the tomb
and so hallowed the grave
to be a bed of hope for all who put their trust in you:
give us such sorrow for our sins,
which were the cause of your passion,
that when our bodies lie in the dust,
our souls may live with you for ever. Amen.

 

[Keep a short time of silence to give thanks for the good things of the day]

 

I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity.

 [Keep a short time of silence to empty the thoughts of the day]

Collect

Holy God,
our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
iin Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord's Prayer

[A Time of Silence is kept]

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

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 Saturday - in the Morning

 I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger,
order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Word of the Lord

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

(Isaiah 11:6 - 9)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

 

That Christians may live as citizens of heaven

That the nations of the world will live in harmony

Lord's Prayer

Collect

God be in my head, and in my understanding;  
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
 
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
 
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
 God be at mine end,
and at my departing.
(Sarum Primer)
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Saturday - During the Day

 We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you’: look not on our sins but on the faith of your Church and grant it the peace and unity of your kingdom; where you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word of God

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.'

(Isaiah 6:1 - 4)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

 Prayers may include these concerns

 

That the dying will know the joy of resurrection

For those who have the privilege of Christian ministry

Lord's Prayer

Collect

 Grant, Lord, that we who are baptized into the death of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ may continually put to death our evil desires and be buried with him; and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass to our joyful resurrection; through his merits, who died and was buried and rose again for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saturday - Early Evening

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Opening Prayer

 What shall I give you, Lord, in return for all your kindness?
Glory to you for your love. Glory to you for your patience.
Glory to you for forgiving us all our sins.
Glory to you for coming to save our souls.
Glory to you for your incarnation in the virgin’s womb.
Glory to you for your bonds. Glory to you for receiving the cut of the lash.
Glory to you for accepting mockery. Glory to you for your crucifixion.
Glory to you for your burial. Glory to you for your resurrection.
Glory to you that you were preached to all.
Glory to you in whom they believed.

(Ephrem the Syrian, 373)

 The Word of God

Jesus said, 'The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.'

(John 4:23 - 24)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

Those who teach our children and young people

Those who seek to care for the environment.

Lord's Prayer

Collect

Stay with us, O God, this night, so that by your strength
we may rise with the new day
to rejoice in the resurrection of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

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Saturday - Compline (Night)

A Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labours as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest.

Opening Prayer

Stir up your power, O God, and come among us.
Heal our wounds, calm our fears and give us peace;
through Jesus our Redeemer. Amen.

[Keep a short time of silence to give thanks for the good things of the day]

 

Restore us again, O God of hosts;
show us the light of your countenance
and we shall be saved.
Bless and keep us, this night and always.

[Keep a short time of silence to empty the thoughts of the day]

Collect

We give you thanks, O God, for the gift to the world of our Redeemer;
as we sing your glory at the close of this day,
so may we know his presence in our hearts,
who is our Saviour and our Lord, now and for ever.

May the love of the Word made flesh enfold us,
his joy fill our lives, his peace be in our hearts;
aand the blessing of God be with us this night and always. Amen.

Lord's Prayer

[A Time of Silence is kept]

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

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Sunday - in the Morning

  I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.

Opening Prayer

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.

(St Patrick's Breastplate)

The Word of God

'With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?' He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

(Micah 6:6 - 8)

[A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

The universal church, so she may proclaim the living Lord

That we might use creation in a sustainable way

Lord's Prayer

Collect.

 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or conceive, by the power which is at work among us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all ages. Amen.

Sunday - During the Day

 Wisdom says, ‘I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.’

Opening Prayer

We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as the Lord;
all creation worships you, the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

(From Te Deum Laudamus)

The Word of God

'Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.'

(Revelation 3:20 - 22)

 [A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

The needy, that they may know new life

The wealthy, that they may know the gift of generosity

Lord's Prayer

Collect.

 God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Sunday - Early Evening

Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.

 Opening Prayer

 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
the Lord is the strength of my life..
The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 The Word of the Lord

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself.

(2 Corinthians 5:17 - 19a)

 [A Time of Silence is kept]

Prayers may include these concerns

The angry, that they may find peace

The abusive, that they may find self-control

Lord's Prayer

Collect.

Lighten our darkness,
Lord, we pray,
and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,
for the love of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Sunday - Compline (Night)

You, O Lord, are in the midst of us and we are called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God.

Opening Prayer

Almighty God,
by triumphing over the powers of darkness
Christ has prepared a place for us in the new Jerusalem:
may we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection,
praise him in the eternal city
of which he is the light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Keep a short time of silence to give thanks for the good things of the day]

 

Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

[Keep a short time of silence to empty the thoughts of the day]]

Lord's Prayer

Look down, O God, from your heavenly throne,
illuminate the darkness of this night with your celestial brightness,
and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

[A Time of Silence is kept]

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.


A Guide to Prayer

Much prayer is corporate, that is to say we do it together and this is reflected in much of what you will say when you come to Church. Yet there is another side to our prayer life, our own individual prayers.

Whether you are a child, young person or an adult, it is easier than you might imagine! Millions of people of every age pray every day. You don't have to know any prayers if you want to pray - in fact, words can often get in the way. Say what is in your heart, what you feel.

Remember!

God hears every prayer - but not all prayers are answered in the way we might expect or desire!

 

Thankfully we don't (usually) live all our lives in moments of extreme crisis. What about day-to-day praying? We need to come closer to God, to experience His love for us and to try to make sense of where we are in the world. Prayer is the way we do this.

How to start? There are lots of ways and the next few pages are some examples of how we might begin to pray.

However you pray, and whether you have your own way or use one of the ways described in this Booklet, it is always good to have a few general guidelines -

  • Wherever it is possible set aside regular times for prayer.

  • Have some idea of what and who you want to pray for.

  • Ask God in prayer, but don’t forget to give thanks as well.

 

The main pattern of prayer is this:

We speak - God listens

God speaks - we listen

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Prayer Pattern 1:     Use your hand.

Your fingers can be used to bring to your mind different things to pray for.

Thumb - This is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life that support and sustain you.

Index finger - This is the pointing finger.  Pray for all those people and organisations in your life which guide and help you. Examples might be friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency services and so on.

Middle finger - This is the tallest finger. Pray for all the people who have power, like world leaders and their governments, Members of Parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, and the people who support them in their work.

Ring finger - This is the weakest finger on your hand. It cannot do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.

Little finger - this is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.

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Prayer Pattern 2:     ACTS

This serves to remind us of the Prayer life of the early church and the ‘Acts of the Apostles’ but it is also a jolly good acronym for a daily prayer discipline:

A - is for Adoration. Begin your time of prayer by acknowledging how great God really is - One of the prayers in the anthology section begins, ‘You are holy, Lord, the only God, and your deeds are wonderful....’

C - is for Confession. Then move into a time in which you bring before God anything which you know is not right in your life. Someone once said, ‘the only sins God is aware of are the ones we haven’t told Him about’!! The great gift of God where sin is concerned is the gift of forgiveness - so tell Him.

T - is for Thanksgiving. Very often prayer can become a shopping list of ‘God... will you do this, that and the other’. Nothing at all wrong with such asking, but it is a good idea to give thanks first.

S -  is for Supplication. This is when we ask God to hear our prayers. Sometimes these can be simple prayers, God bless Mummy, Daddy, Nanny, Grampy, Auntie Dot etc, etc, etc... Other times they can be focused on one person or particular need.

It is good to finish with a formal prayer - The Lord’s Prayer is an example of such a concluding prayer.

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Prayer Pattern 3:     Lord, How Do We Pray?

Jesus’ followers asked him this question - and he replied by relating to them the prayer which is the most famous in the world, the one we call the ‘Lord’s Prayer’. This has 3 sections - The first section consists of a series of statements about God. The second section is a series of requests with a ‘twist’. The third section has been added by the church as a concluding sentence.

The Lord’s Prayer can be used as a framework for our own prayers by using each phrase as a starter for our own prayers as follows:

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; this is rather like the A in Acts (see previous page) and is an acknowledgement of God’s holiness. After you have said these words, take time to praise God who is the infinite creator God.

thy kingdom come; thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. This continues the theme of God’s greatness and can lead us to pray for the ministry of His church on earth, that His mission will be done on earth, and it can help us to focus prayers on places where there is strife and unrest.

Give us this day our daily bread. This begins the second section of the prayer and it is an opportunity for us to pray for our needs; as another prayer puts it, ‘that which is most expedient for us’.  There is nothing wrong with praying for one’s self —— sometimes we need to earnestly!

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. This is a confessional with a two edged sword. We need to bring before God those things which are wrong in our life; our impatience, temper, intemperance, harsh words, impure thoughts and all that might be described as ‘sin’. But when others wrong us we need to be able to forgive them. So in this section, as hard as it may be, we need to pray for those who have hurt us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. This section gives us an opportunity to pray for things that are coming up in the future - that meeting or appointment, that holiday or contract, anything which we are planning. It is an opportunity to listen to God’s word before we make decisions - but careful though, it is not meant to help us prevaricate or have someone (God) to blame if we make the wrong decision.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. This is the part added by the church and we can use this to conclude our prayer time with thanksgiving and praise.

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Prayer Pattern 4:     Persistent Psalmody

The Psalms are the day-by-day link between two sides of Christian responses to God; the ‘Collective Worship’ of the gathered community we call ‘church’ when it comes together to worship and the ‘Re-collective Worship’ of individual Christians for the specific and personal thanksgiving, penitential and intercessory prayers which we are called to pray as and when they are needed.

 

Coming from the Judaic roots of Christianity and over centuries distilled into the regular pattern of the spiritual life of monastic, especially Benedictine, early Christianity, the Psalms have been said on weekly or monthly cycles. Amazingly, and encouragingly, the Anglican corpus of liturgy retains the following pattern of praying the Psalms according to the Judeo-Christian traditions which date back some 3000 years. This pattern of prayer is raw, dynamic and life changing.

 

Praying the Psalms in this twice daily pattern is the most recommended:

 

Psalms 1 - 5:                      Day 1. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 6 - 8:                      Day 1. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 9 - 11:                     Day 2. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 12 - 14:                   Day 2. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 15 - 17:                   Day 3. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 18:                          Day 3: Evening Prayer.

PPsalms 19 - 21:                   Day 4. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 22 - 23:                   Day 4. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 24 - 26:                   Day 5. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 27 - 29.                   Day 5. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 30 - 31:                   Day 6. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 32 - 34:                   Day 6. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 35 - 36:                   Day 7. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 37:                          Day 7. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 38 - 40:                  Day 8. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 41 - 43:                  Day 8. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 44 - 46:                  Day 9. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 47 - 49:                  Day 9. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 50 - 52:                  Day 10. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 53 - 55:                  Day 10. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 56 - 58:                  Day 11. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 59 - 61:                  Day 11. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 62 - 64:                  Day 12. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 65 - 67:                  Day 12. Evening Prayer.

Psalm 68:                          Day 13. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 69 - 70:                   Day 13. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 71 - 72:                   Day 14. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 73 - 74:                   Day 14. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 75 - 77:                   Day 15. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 78:                          Day 15. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 79 - 81:                   Day 16. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 82 - 85:                   Day 16. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 86 - 88:                   Day 17. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 89:                          Day 17. Evening Prayer.

PPsalms 90 - 92:                   Day 18. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 93 - 94:                   Day 18. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 95 - 97:                   Day 19. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 98 - 101:                 Day 19. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 102 - 103:               Day 20. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 104:                        Day 20. Evening Prayer.

Psalm 105:                        Day 21. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 106:                        Day 21. Evening Prayer.

Psalm 107:                        Day 22. Morning Prayer.

PPsalms 108 - 109:               Day 22. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 110 - 113:               Day 23. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 114 - 115:               Day 23. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 116 - 118:               Day 24. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 119 v1 - 32:              Day 24. Evening Prayer.

Psalm 119 v33 - 72:            Day 25. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 119 v73 - 104:          Day 25. Evening Prayer.

Psalm 119 v105 - 144:        Day 26. Morning Prayer.

Psalm 119 v145 - 176:        Day 26. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 120 - 125:               Day 27. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 126 - 131.               Day 27. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 132 - 135:               Day 28. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 136 - 138:               Day 28. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 139 - 141:               Day 29. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 142 - 143:               Day 29. Evening Prayer.

Psalms 144 - 146:               Day 30. Morning Prayer.

Psalms 147 - 150:               Day 30. Evening Prayer.

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Prayer Pattern 5:     Using your senses

It can be very helpful to focus on something as you pray. Some examples of this are:

Candles - Think about what or who you are going to pray for. Then light one or more candles. If you are going to pray for one person or thing, maybe just light one candle, if for several then perhaps light one candle for each. Night lights (tea lights) are very good and can burn for a long time. There are short stubby candles which are sold as ‘church candles’ and are very good for this. You can buy wrought iron candlesticks very easily these days to allow candles to be ‘3D’ in their effect.

Icons - Icons are very special pictures. They are not images in the manner proscribed by the second commandment. Icons have been described as ‘Doorways to the Sacred’ and they are used to help us focus not on the picture itself, but on what is ‘behind’ the picture. So, an Icon of Christ is not an idol or image, but a doorway to help us focus on the divinity of Christ. Very often they can be used to concentrate prayers on the nature of God and can be aids to praise and thanksgiving. Candles and Icons can be used together.

Pictures - The use of pictures can help us in many ways and a picture of nature in all its glory can be a tremendous aid to prayer. Pictures that are not pretty can also be helpful in aiding our prayers for those in need.

Music - The use of music can be a wonderful aid to prayer. Such music can be ancient or modern, simple or grand, short or long, played once or played repetitively. You can chose different music to help prayer with different themes.

Incense - This can be used to give a sense of well-being - after all, prayer should touch all our senses.

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Frequently Asked (Prayer) Questions

Q: Do I have to kneel to pray?

A: No, only kneel if you want to.

Q: Is silence needed for prayer?

A: No, but it is helpful not to have too much distracting background noise.

Q: Do I need to write things down for prayer?

A: Some people keep a prayer diary and find this very useful. If you're struggling, give it a try and see if it helps.

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An Anthology of Prayer

 

The most direct way to others is always through prayer.

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

 

O God, the living God, who has

put your own eternity in our hearts,

and has made us to hunger and

thirst after you. Satisfy, we pray you, the

instincts which you have implanted in

us, that we may find you in life, and life in you,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Anon)

 

O Lord, help us to turn and seek you; for you

have not forsaken your creatures as we have

forsaken you, our Creator. Let us turn and seek you,

for we know you are here in our hearts when we

confess to you, when we cast ourselves on you and

weep because of our evil ways. You gently wipe away

our tears and we weep all the more for joy because

you, Lord, who made us, remake and comfort us

Hear, Lord, my prayer, and grant that

I may love you completely

(St. Augustine)

 

My God, I pray that I may so know you and love you that I may rejoice in you. And if I may not do so fully in this life, let me go steadily onto the day when I come to that fullness.

Let the knowledge of you increase in me here, and there let it come to its fullness. Let your love grow in me here, and there let it be fulfilled, so that here my joy may be in a great hope, and there in full reality.    

(Anselm)

 

 Thank you, good Lord, thank you,

for it was by your gift that I first believed,

and now by your illumination I understand.

(Anselm)

 

 Thanks be to thee, Lord Jesus Christ,

for all the benefits which thou hast won for us,

for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us.

O most merciful Redeemer,

Friend and Brother,

may we know thee more clearly,

love thee more dearly

and follow thee more nearly day by day

(Richard of Chichester)

 

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Lord, I do not know what I ought to ask of you;

you alone know what I need; you love me better

than I know how to love myself. 0 Father, give to your

child that for which he himself knows not how to ask.

I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations, I

simply present myself to you, I open my heart to you.

Behold my needs which I know not myself, see and do

according to your tender mercy. Let me suffer, or heal;

cast me down, or raise me up, I adore all your

purposes without knowing them; I am silent, I offer

myself in sacrifice, I yield myself to you, I would have

no other desire than to accomplish your will.

Teach me to pray, Pray yourself in me

(François de la Mothe-Fénelon)

 

  O Lord God, who never failest both

to hear and to answer the prayer

that is sincere: Let not our hearts be

upon the world when our hands are

lifted up to pray nor our prayers end

upon our lips, but go forth with power

to work thy will in the world, through

Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Eric Milner-White)

 

 Almighty and merciful God, the fountain of all

goodness, who knows the thoughts of our

hearts, we confess that we have sinned against you,

and done what you see as evil. Wash us, we implore

you, from the stains of our past sins, and give us grace

and power to put away all hurtful things so that,

being delivered from the bondage of sin, we may

produce the good fruits of repentance.

(Alcuin)

 

Forgive me my sins, 0 Lord; forgive me the sins

of my youth and the sins of mine age, the sins of

my soul, and the sins of my body, my secret and my

whispering sins, my presumptuous and my crying

sins, the sins that I have done to please myself, and

the sins that I have done to please others. Forgive me

those sins which I know, and those sins which I know

not, forgive them, 0 Lord,

forgive them all of thy great goodness.

(Private Devotions, 1560)

 

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 Grant us, O Lord Christ, to desire to have you as

our Saviour, not in the next world, but in this,

that you will change and alter all that is within us, as

you helped the blind to see and the lame to walk, that

your nature may be formed and created in our hearts,

your humility and self-denial, your love of the Father,

the desire of doing his will and seeking only his

honour; that so the kingdom of God may be in us now,

and our possession for ever, world without end.

(Anon)

 

Deliver me, O God,

from all idolatrous love of any creature.

Preserve me from all such blind affection

Be a guard to all my desire And be my security

that I may never open my heart to anything

but out of love to you.

(John Wesley)

Christ be with me, Christ within 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.

(Attributed to St. Patrick of Ireland)

 

Give me your strength; give me your love; and be

the motive of all the use I make of my

understanding, my affections, my senses, my health,

my time, and whatever other talents I have received

from you. Only thus can I fulfil my duty and your

command of loving you with all my heart, and mind,

and soul and strength.

John Wesley

Stir us up to offer to you, 0 Lord, our

bodies, our souls, our spirits, in all

we love and all we learn, in all we plan

and all we do, to offer our labours, our

pleasures, our sorrows to you, to work

through them for your Kingdom, to live

as those who are not their own, but

bought with your blood

(Charles Kingsley)

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand,

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born

To eternal life

(Francis of Assisi)

 

 O God of all the nations of the earth, remember

the multitudes who, though created in your

image, have not known you, nor the dying of your Son

their Saviour Jesus Christ; Grant that by the prayers

and work of your holy church they may be delivered

from all ignorance and unbelief, and brought to

worship you; through him whom you have sent to be

the resurrection and the life of all people, your Son

Jesus Christ our Lord

(Francis Xavier)

  

 Father, who hast made all men in thy likeness

And lovest all whom thou hast made,

suffer not our family to separate itself from thee

by building barriers of race and colour.

As thy Son, our Saviour, was born of a Hebrew mother,

but rejoiced in the faith of a Syrian woman

and of a Roman soldier,

welcomed the Greeks who sought him,

and suffered a man from Africa to carry his cross,

so teach us to regard the members of all races

as fellow-heirs of the kingdom of Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Toc H Prayer)

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O Lord, the author and persuader of peace, love

and goodwill, soften our hard and steely

hearts, warm our icy and frozen hearts, that we may

wish one another well, and may be the true disciples

of Jesus Christ. And give us grace even now to begin

to display that heavenly life in which there is no

disagreement or hatred, but peace and love on all

hands, one towards another.

(Ludovicus Vives)

 

O Lord, help us to forgive as we

would be forgiven; neither

mentioning old offences committed

against us, nor dwelling upon them in

thought, nor being influenced by them in

heart; but loving our brother freely as

you freely loved us.

(Christina Rossetti)

 

Lord, make possible for me by grace what is

impossible to me by nature. You know that I am

not able to endure very much, and that I am downcast

by the slightest difficulty. Grant that for your sake

I may come to love and desire any hardship that puts

me to the test, for salvation is brought to my soul

when I undergo suffering and trouble for you.

(Thomas à Kempis)

 

Almighty God, have mercy on us, who, when

troubled with the things that are past, lose

faith, and life, and courage, and hope. So have mercy

on us, and uphold us, that we, being sustained by a

true faith that you are merciful and forgiving, may go

on in the life of the future to keep your commandments,

to rejoice in your generosity to trust in your mercy

and to hope in eternal life. Grant to all of us, whatever

may happen to us, to remember always that it is all of

your guidance, under your care, by your will; that so,

in darkest days, seeing you we may have courage to

go on, faith to endure, patience to bear, and

hopefulness to hold out, even to the end

(George Dawson)

ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all people. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

(The Book of Common Prayer)

O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions: that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholick Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those, who are any ways afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

(The Book of Common Prayer)

 

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

(A Prayer of St. Chrysostom)

 

O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(A Collect from Morning Prayer)

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

(2 Corinthians 13)

 

God our Father, you give us joy
in honouring the memory of St. Winefride.
May her example of courage and faith be our inspiration.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(The Guild of St. Winefride’s Prayer)

 

Hear our humble prayer, 0 God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering;

for any that are hunted or lost

or deserted or frightened or hungry;

for all that must be put to death.

We entreat for them all thy mercy and pity and for those

who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion,

gentle hands and kindly words.

Make us ourselves to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessing of the merciful.

(Albert Schweitzer)

 

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and, until we meet again, may God

hold you in the palm of His hand.

(A Celtic Prayer)

 

The Lord’s Prayer – Contemporary and Traditional

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

 

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.

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