Do you know this prayer?

An invitation to hear a familiar prayer with a new heart.

At prayer with the Bible

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth!

With the bread we need for today,
feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another,
forgive us.
In times of temptation and test,
strengthen us.
From trial too great to endure,
spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil,
free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever. Amen.

From A New Zealand Prayer Book (Harper Collins, 1997), 181

When a prayer is used frequently, like the Lord’s Prayer, it can be quite comforting and yet ‘unheard’ by us. To hear a well-loved, often-used prayer with a different cadence, and with different words, can sometimes lead to spiritual growth. It has for me. ~Fr. Dan

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A prayer for one in pain

A prayer to Jesus, the Pain-bearer who holds me in eternal life

One who experiences pain

In the remaining Fridays of Lent 2017 let us be mindful of those who experience acute or chronic pain. If you experience either acute or chronic pain, this prayer may be for you. ~Fr. Dan

Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will: Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to you will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.

Enriching Our Worship 2, 71

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For those we love, but see no longer

A prayer of love and hope in the midst of loss.

Grieving

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, page 504

I trust in the Communion of Saints. I trust that this, and all my prayers, for my mother and two sisters and a host of other family and friends—whom I love, but see no longer—is indeed heard and answered as they experience the never-failing love and beauty of God. ~Fr. Dan

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  • What is the Communion of saints? The communion of saints is the whole family of God, the living and the dead, those whom we love and those whom we hurt, bound together in Christ by sacrament, prayer, and praise. Book of Common Prayer, 862
  • Prayers for those who have died, and those who grieve, can be found in the Book of Common Prayer, 503-505.
  • Fast from … Feast on Litany by William Arthur Ward

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A Prayer for Those We Love

We entrust, to your love and care, those dear to us.

 

Votive candles

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 831

Spike was 99 years old when he died. “For those we love” was his favorite prayer and Spike had a very long list of loved ones. Every time I use this prayer I remember Spike and the lessons he taught me. ~Fr. Dan

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Abba, Father …

Help us trust your love.

Child praying

Abba, Father,
in darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source unknown; this prayer was used by the children of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (1994-2010). It remains one of my favorites. ~Fr. Dan

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Saint Joseph remembered

Let us walk in God’s ways, delighting in God’s will.

 

Embroidered symbol of St. Joseph

O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day, March 19, St. Joseph in The Book of Common Prayer, 219

On March 19th the church remembers Joseph, husband of Mary and, to all earthly appearances, the father of Jesus. May you experience God’s grace as you hear, listen, ponder, and then act upon God’s call and invitation to you to walk in his ways and delight in his will. ~Fr. Dan

“Joseph” from Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 2006

In the face of circumstances that distressed even a man of such tenderness and obedience to God as Joseph, he accepted the vocation of protecting Mary and being a father to Jesus. He is honored in Christian tradition for the nurturing care and protection he provided for the infant Jesus and his mother in taking them to Egypt to escape Herod’s slaughter of the innocents, and in rearing him as a faithful Jew at Nazareth. The Gospel according to Matthew pictures Joseph as a man of deep devotion, open to mystical experiences, and as a man of compassion, who accepted his God-given responsibility with gentleness and humility.

Joseph was a pious Jew, a descendant of David, and a carpenter by trade. As Joseph the Carpenter, he is considered the patron saint of the working man, one who not only worked with his hands, but taught his trade to Jesus. The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives an example of a loving husband and father.

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May…the wildness and warmth of God be in us

A Blessing for the Lenten Journey.

 

 

 

Cover art at St. Hugh's in Lent 2017

The Sundays in Lent are not counted in the 40 days of Lent. On the Sundays in Lent we will share words of blessing.

On the Third Sunday in Lent we share a “Pocket Prayer of Blessing.” The idea behind these pocket prayers is that the booklet can be carried in your pocket and brought into use whenever the occasion presents itself. Here is a blessing that can be used in a group setting (where two or more are gathered). I especially like the invitation of the blessing that “the wildness and the warmth of God, be in us.” Amen. May it be so.  –Fr. Dan

May the blessing of God,
the eternal goodwill of God,
the shalom of God,
the wildness and the warmth of God,
be in us,
be among us and
between us, now and always.

Source: St Hilda Community (adapted) In Jan McFarlane, Pocket Prayers of Blessing (Pocket Prayers Series) (Kindle Locations 131-135). Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle Edition.

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Image: Watercolor by Gary Glasheen, 2017. Used as Cover Art on the 2017 Lenten Worship Booklet at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Idyllwild, CA.