Father of all mercies, for your gifts of healing and forgiveness, for grace to love and care for one another, for your hidden blessings, and for all you have in store for us, we give you thanks, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer Book for Australia (1995) in Michael Counsell, Ed., 2000 Years of Prayer (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1999) p. 508
You and I are indeed gifted with the chance to pass along God’s healing and God’s forgiveness. We are able to love and care for others (and all creation). Let us give thanks by using these God=given graces. ~Fr. Dan
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer, 101
This prayer for mission from the Office of Morning Prayer beautifully proclaims a truth we (as Christ-followers in the Anglican tradition) hold dear: Christ did stretch out his arms of love on the hard wood of the cross so that the whole world might know the embrace of God’s love. We boldly ask God for the same Spirit, the same grace. May it be so. ~Fr. Dan
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
Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.
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.
We entrust, to your love and care, those dear to us.
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
I wear a continuous mobius bracelet, the beginning becomes the end which leads back to the beginning. On the bracelet is inscribed the following prayer:
I bind myself today:
God’s power to guide me
God’s might to uphold me
God’s wisdom to teach me
God’s eye to watch over me
God’s ear to hear me
God’s word to give me speech
God’s hand to guide me God’s way to lie before me
God’s shield to shelter me
God’s Host to secure me
—Prayer attributed to St. Patrick. Shared by Suzanne P.
[Jesus continued teaching], “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.…” Matthew 5:43-44
Richard J. Foster is a teacher and mentor for prayers and praying to many, including me. Here is a prayer of Richard Foster from his book, Prayers from the heart. ~Fr. Dan
Stir me, O Lord, to care;
for a world that is lost and dying,
for values that are rejected and scorned,
for enemies that hate and malign me.
Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.
Source: Richard J. Foster, Prayers From the Heart (San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994) p. 75
Acknowledging that God supports us in doing good, we ask for help in keeping God’s commandments for the good of all.
Jesus taught them, “So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
The Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, 216
As this prayer is spoken aloud today in worship I wonder (about myself and those with whom I pray) just how completely I/we trust in God? Do I/we trust God’s strength in every time and place? Certainly I/we believe that God will mercifully accept our prayers (always). And then I/we have the audacity to ask for grace to keep the commandments so “we may please you [God] in will and deed.” After praying this way we’ll hear Jesus continue his teaching of the disciples (that’s us) that what is in our hearts is as important as what we do. Lots to consider through the day and the week. ~Fr. Dan
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta. […] King lived in constant danger: his home was dynamited, he was almost fatally stabbed, and he was harassed by death threats. He was even jailed 30 times; but through it all he was sustained by his deep faith. […] After preaching at Washington Cathedral on March 31, 1968, King went to Memphis in support of sanitation workers in their struggle for better wages. There, he proclaimed that he had been “to the mountain-top” and had seen “the Promised Land,” and that he knew that one day he and his people would be “free at last.” On the following day, April 4, he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet.
Lesser Feasts and Fasts
Commemorations in the Episcopal Church often occur on the day the Holy Woman or the Holy Man entered into glory. While America remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday (Jan. 15) the Episcopal Church remembers him on April 4, the day he was assassinated. In the collect for the day we pray for the strength to resist oppression with love. May it be so in all that we say and do so that “all [God’s] children [may enjoy] the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” ~Fr. Dan
Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Like Roman Catholics and the Orthodox, Episcopalians honor our ancestors in the faith, men and women of exceptional character and action as Christ-followers, who inspire and encourage us along the Way. The Collect used on the day they are honored often asks for graces to become a better Christ-follower in our day and in our lives. What did you hear today?