God encompass you

A blessing for you.

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

Throughout the day the good God encompass you;

throughout the night the saving God enfold you;

throughout your life, the loving God behold you.

And the blessing of God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

be in you and remain with you forever. Amen

David Adam, The Open Gate: Celtic Prayers for Growing Spiritually
(Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1995) p. 111

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.

Comfort of the sad

A prayer requiring us to be part of the answer.

Comfort me

Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer; Let the prayers of Thy children who cry out of any tribulation come unto Thee, and unto every soul that is distressed grant Thou mercy, relief, and refreshment; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gelasian Sacramentary (8th century, CE) in Albert E. Campion, Ed., Prayers For Christian Healing (New York: Morehouse-Gorham Co., 1958) p. 26 [Out of print]

As we continue to grieve and suffer with those who hurt or harmed by violence in so many parts of the world: let us turn to God who is “comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer.” Beyond prayer, let us listen for the Spirit’s guidance in order to be the “mercy, relief, and refreshment” of God in Jesus Christ. ~Fr. Dan

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

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Be strengthened to walk with the Risen Christ

A blessing for you in the Easter Season.

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

God the Father,
by whose glory
Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him
in his risen life, and
the blessing of God almighty,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

A Prayer Book for New Zealand, p. 538

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.

Come Lord! Do not smile …

A prayer to make us uncomfortable enough to make a difference.

A Lion in the heavens

Come Lord! Do not smile and say you are already with us.
Millions do not know you and to us who do, what is the difference?
What is the point of your presence if our lives do not alter?
Change our lives, shatter our complacency.
Make your word flesh of our flesh, blood of our blood and our life’s purpose.
Take away the quietness of a clear conscience.
Press us uncomfortably.
For only thus that other peace is made, your peace.

Dom Helder Camara in Carrie Leadingham, Joann E. Moschella, Hilary M. Vartanian, Peace prayers: Meditations, affirmations, invocations, poems, and prayers for peace, (San Francisco: HarperSanFrnaciso, 1992), pp. 80-81

Even in the Easter Season we are reminded that we are a work in progress. Christ, the Risen Christ, calls us to new life in a variety of ways. And, our new life, is meant to be transformative in many dimensions. Let us not be complacent. ~Fr. Dan

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

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Healing and Strength: a blessing for you

A blessing for body and soul.

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

May God the Father bless you,
God the Son heal you,
God the Holy Spirit give you strength.

May God the holy and undivided Trinity
guard your body,
save your soul, and
bring you safely
to that heavenly country
where peace and harmony reign
for ever and ever. Amen.

Adapted from a blessing in Common Worship, p. 38

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.

Shine upon all who are in darkness

A prayer of expectation from a child-like faith.

Darkness and light in the wilderness

Lord Christ, shine upon all who are in the darkness of suffering and grief, that in your light, they may receive hope and courage and in your presence, may find their rest and peace, for your love’s sake.

Alan Warren in Christopher Herbert, Pocket Prayers for Children, (Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, Kindle Edition).

Even in the “darkness of suffering and grief” the Risen One is present. Light will overcome the darkness. Hope is possible. Courage can be summoned to defeat fear and sadness. Rest and peace will return in the presence of the Risen One. A child-like faith is the entrance to such a prayer and such a hope. ~Fr. Dan

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Breathe by thy Spirit such love…

United with Christ in prayer.

Woman in praise at sunrise

Blessed Lord, lifting up holy hands perpetually for all mankind;
breathe by thy Spirit such love into the prayers we offer,
that they may be taken into thine, and prevail with thine;
to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

A Prayer of Eric Milner-White [1884-1964] in 2000 Years of Prayer.

Let your mind and heart savor the request that our prayers be taken into the prayers of Jesus, our faithful intercessor, for the glory of God and the welfare of God’s people (indeed, all of God’s creation). ~Fr. Dan

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