May God …

An Easter Blessing for you in the Great Fifty Days

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

May God, who is present in sunrise and nightfall,
and in the crossing of the sea,
guide our feet as we go.

May God who is with us when we sit
and when we stand,
encompass us with love
and lead us by the hand.

May God who knows our paths,
and the places where we rest,
be with us in our waiting,
be our good news for sharing
and lead us in the way that is everlasting.
Amen.

The Iona Community

In Jan McFarlane (2012-02-27). Pocket Prayers of Blessing (Pocket Prayers Series)
(Kindle Locations 535-544). Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle Edition.

Be blessed throughout the Great Fifty Days of Easter ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Image: Watercolor by Elanie Moore and used as the cover art for the Easter Season Worship Booklet at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Idyllwild, CA.

Peace to you

An Easter Blessing for you from the People of God in Idyllwild, CA.

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

Solemn Blessing in the Easter Season

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever. Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

Book of Occasional Services 2003, p. 26

Be blessed throughout the Great Fifty Days of Easter ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Image: Watercolor by Elanie Moore and used as the cover art for the Easter Worship Booklet at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Idyllwild, CA.

A Baptismal Prayer

Images of BaptismOn Sunday, January 8, 2017, we celebrated the Baptism of our Lord in Word and Sacrament. In our worship at St. Hugh’s we renewed our Baptismal Covenant. The prayer offered for the newly baptized (p. 308, Book of Common Prayer) was adapted for an Octave of Prayer by our Episcopal Church in its General Convention of 2006. It is a prayer we expect to use throughout 2017. ~Fr. Dan

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sin, and have raised us to the new life of grace. Sustain us, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit and renew in us an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen

Book of Common Prayer, 308 (adapted)

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