A Collect for Fridays

The way of the cross: the way of life and peace.

The Cross

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 99

For those who pray Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer this is a familiar Collect used on Fridays throughout the year. This prayer is heard/prayed by many on Palm Sunday and also on Monday in Holy Week. That we should pray to find pain and “death” (“the way of the cross”) to be the way of life and peace indicates how fully we embrace life—all of life. God never promised a life without pain, sorrow, and many “little deaths” before death itself; but in Jesus Christ we have the hope and promise of eternal life and peace. ~Fr. Dan

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Make us a refuge for the poor

Pay attention to graces received as you intercede for others.

Hungry children in Refugee Camp

Lord, make us a refuge to the poor.
Help us prepare a feast for the hungry.
Teach us to wipe away the tears of those who mourn,
even as you shelter us, feed us, and wipe away our tears. Amen.

Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (p. 84). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

From the Book of Genesis through Revelation, the final book of the Bible, God makes the point about sheltering, feeding, and comforting those whom the world considers “poor.” Today, as we make our intercession, let us recognize the poverty in which we approach and are sheltered, fed, and comforted by God. ~Fr Dan

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Common Prayer (Amazon.com)

Fast from … Feast on Litany by William Arthur Ward

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Just for today

A prayer to live in the moment.

Time

Just for today,
What does it matter, O Lord, if the future is dark?
To pray now for tomorrow—I am not able.
Keep my heart only for today,
give me your protection today,
grant me your light—just for today.

A prayer of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, France (1873-1897) quoted in Lyn Klug; Lyn King, All Will Be Well: A Gathering of Healing Prayers (p. 13). Kindle Edition.

Be present today; even as God is present in every moment, be present yourself in the moments, in the places, with the people you encounter today. ~Fr. Dan

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Be all my love

Self-dedication along the Way

Leaves in the form of a heart

O God, be all my love,
all my hope,
all my striving;
let my thoughts and words flow from you,
my daily life be in you,
and every breath I take be for you. Amen.

John Cassian (c. 360-435). Adapted from Conferences 10 and quoted in Michael Counsell, Ed., 2000 Years of Prayer (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1999) p. 34

A prayer for clarifying priorities and giving focus to both our words and actions. ~Fr. Dan

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A Pilgrim’s Prayer

To see Christ in others and to be Christ for others.

Couple on the Camino de Santiago

Lord God,
whoever you bring into our path today,
may we see Christ in them,
and may they see Christ in us,
for your love’s sake. Amen.

John Pritchard, Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims (Kindle Locations 490-493). Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle Edition.

A simple prayer on this Monday in Lent. A simple prayer with profound implications as God answers and sends “whoever” into our path today. Be blessed in your walk today. ~Fr. Dan

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Deep Peace to You

Blessings of words and music this day.

The Sundays in Lent are not counted in the 40 days of Lent. On the Sundays in Lent we share words of blessing. Be blessed ~Fr. Dan

Deep Peace is today’s blessing:

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For the beauty of the earth

Beauty is all around us. Slow down. Enjoy. Give thanks.

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 840

Enjoy the beauty of creation. As you do, give thanks, and do what you can to “safeguard [this beauty] for our posterity.” ~Fr, Dan

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