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  • To the Father

     

    A Prayer by St. Teresa of Avila on a Mystic Monday

     

    Although I have often abandoned You,

    O Lord, you have never abandoned me.

    Your hand of love is always outstretched towards me,

    even when I stubbornly look the other way.

    And Your gentle voice constantly calls me,

    even when I obstinately refuse to listen…

    What a good friend You are, Lord!

    You are so patient, willing to wait

    as long as necessary for me to turn to You.

    You rejoice at the times when I love You, but

    You do not hold against me the times when I ignore You.

    Your patience is beyond my understanding.

    Even when I pray, my mind fills with

    worldly concerns and vain daydreams.

    Yet you are happy

    if I give only a single second of honest prayer,

    turning that second into a seed of love.

    Oh Lord, I enjoy your friendship so much,

    why is it not possible for me to think of you constantly?

     

     

     

  • Blessed Mary

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    Today the Roman Church observes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  This dogma teaches that Mary, from the moment of her conception in her mother's womb, was free from the power of sin by the grace of God.  Earlier this year, Msgr. Charles Pope posted a most provocative suggestion on whatnot do whenever someone wrongly accuses Catholics of worshipping Mary.

     

    Here is a beautiful prayer honoring Mary whom God first honored.

     

    A Marian Prayer by Saint Germaine

    Hail Mary, full of grace,

    more holy than the Saints,

    more elevated than the heavens,

    more glorious than the Angels,

    and more venerable than every creature.

    Hail heavenly paradise,

    all fragrant and a lily

    that gives off the sweetest scent,

    a perfumed rose that opens up for the health of mortals.

    Hail immaculate temple of the Lord,

    constructed in a holy fashion,

    ornament of Divine magnificence,

    open to everyone,

    and oasis of mystical delicacies.

    Hail mountain of shade,

    grazing ground for the holy Lamb

    who takes upon himself

    the miseries and sins of all.

    Hail sacred throne of God,

    blessed dwelling,

    sublime ornaments,

    precious jewel,

    and splendidferous heavens.

    Hail urn of purest gold,

    who contained the manna Christ,

    the gentle sweetness of our souls.

    Hail most pure Virgin Mother,

    worthy of praise and veneration,

    fount of gushing waters,

    treasure of innocence,

    and splendor of sanctity.

     

    O Mary, lead us to the port of peace and salvation,

    to the glory of Christ

    who lives in eternity

    with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.

     

     

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    Most Catholics and many priests are unaware of the existence of the two volume Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary consisting of a sacramentary -- a book of antiphons, prayers and the Mass-- and a lectionary -- the readings used during Mass.  There are 46 different Masses with their own prayers and a preface for the eucharistic prayer that can be used on a weekday or Saturday mornings under certain conditions.  The Marian sacramentary is a must for anyone with a deep love for Mary and the liturgy of the Church. Here is the preface for the Mass: Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, I.

     

    Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, I

     

    Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

    we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks;

    we especially praise you and proclaim your glory

    as we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    She received your Word in purity of her heart

    and, conceiving in her virgin womb,

    gave birth to our Savior

    and so nurtured the Church at it’s very beginning.

    She accepted God’s parting gift of love

    as she stood beneath the Cross

    and so became the mother of all those

    who were brought to life

    through the death of her only Son.

    She joined her prayers with those of the apostles,

    as together they awaited the coming of your Spirit,

    and so became the perfect pattern of the Church at prayer.

    Raised to the glory of heaven,

    she cares for the pilgrim Church with a mother’s love,

    following it’s progress homeward

    until the day of the Lord dawns in splendor.

    Now, with all the angels and saints,

    we proclaim your glory

    and join in their unending hymn of praise.

    with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.

     

    Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, II

    Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

    we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    In your infinite goodness

    you have given to the virgin Church

    the model of true worship in the Virgin Mary.

    She is the Virgin who listens,

    who embraces your words with joy,

    treasuring them in the silence of her heart.

    She is the Virgin of prayer,

    who sings of your mercy in her canticle of praise,

    who shows concern for the bridegroom and bride of Cana

    and intercedes for them with her Son

    by the power of the Holy Spirit

    and at the foot of the Cross

    is proclaimed as mother

    of the people of the New Covenant.

    She is the Virgin who offers,

    presenting the Firstborn in your temple

    and sharing in his self-offering

    beside the tree of everlasting life.

    She is the Virgin who keeps vigil,

    awaiting the resurrection of her Son with unwavering hope

    and looking forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit,

    with steadfast faith.

    In our joy we sing to our glory

    with all the choirs of angels:

    Holy, Holy, Holy ………………………….

    For another beautiful prayer praising God for the gift and example of the Blessed Virgin Mary please press HERE

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    On the first of of the year the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Solemniry of Mary, the Mother of God.  Most Protestants and many Catholics don't know that the origins of this title first came into use to express an infallible teaching of the Church: namely that Jesus Christ was truly God and truly human from the moment of his conception in Mary's womb.  The Church honors Mary because God first honored her.

    Most Catholics and many priests are unaware of the existence of the two volume Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary consisting of a sacramentary -- a book of antiphons, prayers and the Mass-- and a lectionary -- the readings used during Mass.  There are 46 different Masses with their own prayers and a preface for the Eucharistic prayer that can be used on a weekday or Saturday mornings under certain conditions.  The Marian sacramentary is a must for anyone with a deep love for Mary and the liturgy of the Church.  The above is the preface for the Mass: Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, II

    Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Volume I Sacramentary.  New York: Catholic Book Publishing, Co., 1992, p. 130.

     

    Holy Mary, Teach Us Your Silence

     

    Holy Mary, Mother of God,

    you who treasured all things and

    pondered them carefully in your heart,

    teach us that deep, interior silence

    which enfolded you throughout your lifetime

    the silence of the Annunciation, of faith, mission and obedience;

    the silence of the Visitation, of humility, service and praise;

    the silence of Bethlehem, of birth, incarnation and wonder;

    the silence of the Flight into Egypt, of perseverance, hope and trust;

    the silence of Nazareth, of simplicity, intimacy and communion;

    the silence of Mt. Calvary, of courage, death and abandonment;

    the silence of Easter, of resurrection, jubilation and glory;

    the silence of Ascension, of fulfillment, transformation and new creation;

    the silence of Pentecost, of peace, power and love.

    Mary, in your wisdom, teach us that silence

    which enables us to listen to the small, still voice of our God;

    which compels us to worship Him alone in spirit and in truth;

    which empowers us to acknowledge our nothingness and exult confidently in our Savior;

    which frees us to lose ourselves in unceasing adoration of the God who is Infinite Love.

    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now and always,

    that we may enter into that silence of yours which unites us to Jesus, your Son,

    in the mystery of His silence before the Father of mercies. AMEN.

    – Alice Claire Mansfield, © May 1993

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    Most Catholics and many priests are unaware of the existence of the two volume Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary consisting of a sacramentary -- a book of antiphons, prayers and the Mass-- and a lectionary -- the readings used during Mass.  There are 46 different Masses with their own prayers and a preface for the Eucharistic prayer that can be used on a weekday or Saturday mornings under certain conditions.  The Marian sacramentary is a must for anyone with a deep love for Mary and the liturgy of the Church. Here is the preface for the Mass:

     

    Mary, Mother and Teacher in the Spirit

     

    Father, all powerful and ever-living God,

    we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks

    and, as we celebrate the memory of blessed Mary, ever-virgin,

    to praise, to bless, and to proclaim your holy name.

    So intimately does she share in the mystery of Christ

    that she is still a mother,

    continuing to give you children with the Church,

    encouraging them by her love, and

    drawing them by her example to pursue perfect charity.

    She is the model of all

    who live live by the Spirit of the gospel;

    As we look up to her in prayer we learn

    from her mind to love you above all things,

    from her spirit to be rapt in contemplation of your Word, and

    from her heart to serve the needs of others.

    In our joy we sing to your glory with all the choirs of angels:

    Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might,

    heaven and earth are full of your glory.

    Hosanna in the highest.

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Hosanna in the highest.

     

  • Jesus Christ

     

    Jesus Christ

     

    I Give You Glory by St. Ephrem of Syria

    I give You glory, O Christ,

    because You, the Only-begotten,

    the Lord of all,

    underwent the death of the Cross

    to free my sinful soul from the bonds of sin.

    What shall I give to You, O Lord,

    in return for all this kindness?

    Glory to You, O Lord,

    for Your love,

    for Your mercy,

    for Your patience.

    Glory to You,

    for forgiving us all our sins,

    for coming to save our souls,

    for Your incarnation in the Virgin’s womb.

    Glory to You,

    for Your bonds,

    for receiving the cut of the lash,

    for accepting mockery.

    Glory to You,

    for Your crucifixion,

    for Your burial,

    for Your resurrection.

    Glory to You,

    for Your resurrection,

    for being preached to men,

    for being taken up heaven.

    Glory to You who sit at the Father’s right hand

    and will return in glory.

    Glory to You for willing that the sinner

    be saved through Your great mercy and compassion.

    – St. Ephrem of Syria.  (306-373)

    ANIMA CHRISTI

    Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

    Body of Christ, save me.

    Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

    Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

    Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

    O good Jesus, hear me.

    Within your wounds conceal me.

    Do not permit me to be parted from you.

    From the evil foe protect me.

    At the hour of my death call me.

    And bid me come to you,

    to praise you with all your saints

    for ever and ever. Amen.

    [This prayer dates from the 15th century and has been much beloved ever since, especially as a prayer after receiving Holy Communion.]

     

    THE ANIMA CHRISTI

     

    Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

    Body of Christ, save me.

    Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

    Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

    Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

    O good Jesus, hear me.

    Within your wounds conceal me.

    Do not permit me to be parted from you.

    From the evil foe protect me.

    At the hour of my death call me.

    And bid me come to you,

    to praise you with all your saints

    for ever and ever. Amen.

     

    THE ANIMA CHRISTI OF ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON

     

    Soul of Jesus,

    Sanctify me.

    Blood of Jesus,

    Wash me,

    Passion of Jesus,

    Comfort me.

    Wounds of Jesus,

    Hide me.

    Heart of Jesus,

    Receive me.

    Spirit of Jesus,

    Enliven me.

    Goodness of Jesus,

    Pardon me.

    Beauty of Jesus,

    Draw me.

    Humility of Jesus,

    Humble me.

    Peace of Jesus,

    Pacify me.

    Love of Jesus,

    Inflame me.

    Kingdom of Jesus,

    Come to me.

    Grace of Jesus,

    Replenish me.

    Mercy of Jesus,

    Pity me.

    Sanctity of Jesus,

    Sanctify me.

    Purity of Jesus,

    Purify me.

    Cross of Jesus,

    Support me.

    Nails of Jesus,

    Hold me.

    Mouth of Jesus,

    Bless me in life, in death, in time and eternity.

    Mouth of Jesus,

    Defend me in the hour of death.

    Mouth of Jesus,

    Call me to come to you.

    Mouth of Jesus,

    Receive me with your saints in glory evermore.

    Let Us Pray

    Unite me to yourself,

    O adorable Victim.

    Life-giving heavenly Bread,

    feed me,

    sanctify me,

    reign in me,

    transform me to yourself,

    live in me;

    let me live in you;

    let me adore Thee in Thy life-giving Sacrament as my God,

    listen to Thee as to my Master,

    obey Thee as my King,

    imitate Thee as my Model,

    follow Thee as my Shepherd,

    love Thee as my Father,

    seek Thee as my Physician

    who wilt heal all the maladies of my soul.

    Be indeed my Way,

    Truth and Life;

    sustain me,

    O heavenly Manna,

    through the desert of this world,

    till I shall behold Thee unveiled in Thy glory.

    Two Sacred Heart Prayers by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

    Hail, Heart of Jesus, save me!

    Hail, Heart of my Creator, perfect me!

    Hail, Heart of my Savior, deliver me!

    Hail, Heart of my Judge, grant me pardon!

    Hail, Heart of my Father, govern me!

    Hail, Heart of my Spouse, grant me love!

    Hail, Heart of my Master, teach me!

    Hail, Heart of my King, be my crown!

    Hail, Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me!

    Hail, Heart of my Shepherd, guard me!

    Hail, Heart of my Friend, comfort me!

    Hail, Heart of my Brother, stay with me!

    Hail, Heart of the Child Jesus, draw me to yourself!

    Hail, Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross, redeem me!

    Hail, Heart of Jesus in all your states, give yourself to me!

    Hail, Heart of incomparable goodness, have mercy on me!

    Hail, Heart of splendor, shine within me!

    Hail, most loving Heart, inflame me!

    Hail, most merciful Heart, work within me!

    Hail, most humble Heart, dwell within me!

    Hail, most patient Heart, support me!

    Hail, most faithful Heart, be my reward!

    Hail, most admirable and most worthy Heart, bless me!

    Lord Jesus,

    let my heart never rest until it finds You,

    who are its center, its love, and its happiness.

    By the wound in Your heart

    pardon the sins that I have committed

    whether out of malice or out of evil desires.

    Place my weak heart in Your own divine Heart,

    continually under Your protection and guidance,

    so that I may persevere in doing good

    and in fleeing evil until my last breath.  Amen.

    A Prayer of Invitation to Christ

    Open, O doors and bolts of my heart, that Christ the King of Glory may enter!

    Enter, O my Light, and enlighten my darkness;

    Enter, O my Life, and resurrect my deadness;

    Enter, O my Physician, and heal my wounds;

    Enter, O Divine Fire, and burn up the thorns of my sins;

    Ignite my inward parts and my heart with the flame of Thy love;

    Enter, O my King, and destroy in me the kingdom of sin;

    Sit on the throne of my heart and reign in me alone, O Thou, my King and Lord.

    – Saint Dimitri of Rostov (1651-1709)

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    Dmitri of Rostov.  He would pray this before receiving communion.  He is perhaps best known for his Life of the Saints he worked on throughout his life.  Here is one of many stories about this holy Russian monk, ascetic, mystic, and writer:

     

    A robber used to go out to steal and said a “Hail Mary” before an icon by the door of his home. One day, as he was praying to ask God and His Mother for a successful night, the Child Jesus started to move and raised up His arms as blood began to drip from His Hands.  The Mother of God then turned to the thief and said, “Do you see what you do to My Son when you pray to me to help you steal?”  The robber converted and became a monk.  The icon was studied by St Dmitri and he recommended the Orthodox Church declare it miraculous – which it is to this day.]

     

    A Beautiful Prayer from the Hispanic-Mozarabic Liturgy

     

    Holy and blessed indeed

    is our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son;

    he is the faith of the patriarchs,

    the fulfillment of the law,

    the tabernacle of the truth,

    the preaching of the prophets,

    the teacher of the apostles,

    the father of all believers,

    the firmness of the weak,

    the strength of the sick,

    the redemption of captives,

    the inheritance of the redeemed,

    the health of those who live,

    the life of those who die;

    it was he who, being the true priest of God,

    instituted a new genre of sacrifice.

    He offered himself as a pleasing offering

    and ordered us to offer it.

    Jesus is the Christ, Lord and Eternal Redeemer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Holy Spirit

     A Prayer to the Holy Spirit Come, O Holy Spirit, come.Come like holy fire and burn within me.Come like holy wind and cleanse me.Come like holy light and lead me.Come like holy truth and teach me.Come like holy love and enfold me.Come as abundant life and​Fill me,​Convert me, and​Consecrate meUntil I am completely yours.Come, O Holy Spirit, come.​​[St. Augustine is likely the greatest Christian thinker and writer of the Church's first 1200 years. In honor of his feast day in the Western Church, I want to high light a few prayers for your use and reflection.]Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You.And desire nothing save only You.Let me hate myself and love You.Let me do everything for the sake of You.Let me humble myself and exalt You.Let me think nothing except You.Let me die to myself and live in You.Let me accept whatever happens as from You.Let me banish self and follow You,and ever desire to follow You.Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,that I may deserve to be defended by You.Let me fear for myself, let me fear You,and let me be among those who are chosen by You.Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.Let me be willing to obey for the sake of You.Let me cling to nothing save only to You,and let me be poor because of You.Look upon me, that I may love You.Call me that I may see You,And forever enjoy You. Prayer to the Holy Spirit Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,that my thoughts may all be holy.Act in me, O Holy Spirit,that my work, too, may be holy.Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,that I love but what is holy.Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,to defend all that is holy.Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,that I always may be holy. Amen. Prayer of St. Bonaventure to the Holy SpiritLord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you,May the same Spirit rest on us,bestowing his sevenfold gifts.First, grant us the gift of understanding,by which your precepts may enlighten our minds.Second, grant us counsel, by which we may followin your footsteps on the path of righteousness.Third, grant us courage,by which we may ward off the enemy’s attacks.Fourth, grant us knowledge,by which we can distinguish good from evil.Fifth, grant us piety,by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.Sixth, grant us fear,by which we may draw back from eviland submit to what is good.Seventh, grant us wisdom,that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love. A Poem and a Prayer for Pentecost Sunday Holy Spirit of Fire:LightEnergyAll consuming LoveEmpoweringBreath of LifeTransforming PresencePurity of heartFire that warmsFire that thaws cold heartsFire that limbers cold handsFire that illumines our pathFire that burns within usFaith is a walk with God.Living by faith in God is a journey, not a destination.Living by faith is movement, not sitting still orplanting ourselves and waiting for something to happen.Faith happens when we are alive.People see that we have faith by how we live our everyday lives,not because we declare that we have faith.Where would I be today without God’s presence inthe events of my life?On this journey of faith let us open our hearts, our beings,to the Spirit of Life,the Breath that sustains us and gives us life,the Fire that lights our way as we walk with God.– Cindy Nedved In Every Need Holy Spirit,my light, my life, my love, my strength,be with me now, and always:in all my doubts, perplexities and trials,come, Holy Spirit;in hours of loneliness, weariness and grief,come, Holy Spirit;in failure and in loss, in disappointment,come, Holy Spirit;when others fail me, when I fail myself,come, Holy Spirit;when I am ill, unable to work, depressed,come, Holy Spirit;now, and forever, and in all things,come, Holy Spirit       

  • Holy Trinity

     

    The “Te Deum” for Trinity Sunday

     

    You are God, we praise you.

    You are Lord, we acclaim you.

    All creation worships you,

    the Father everlasting.

    To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

    cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

    Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

    heaven and earth are full of your glory.

    The glorious company of apostles praise you.

    The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

    The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

    Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:

    Father, of majesty unbounded,

    your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,

    the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

    You, Christ, are the king of glory,

    the eternal Son of the Father.

    When you became human to set us free

    you did not spurn the virgin’s mother’s womb.

    Instead You overcame the sting of death,

    and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

    You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

    We believe that you will come again to be our judge.

    Come then, Lord, and help your people,

    bought with the price of your own blood,

    and bring us with your saints

    to glory everlasting.

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    This ancient and beautiful prayer dates from the fourth century and is a most appropriate prayer for this Sunday when Chrisrians throughout the world honor God as the Holy Trinity. In Latin, the first line is "Te Deum laudamus" and in English "We praise you, O God"

    St. Dominic (1170-1221) ON PRAYER – Part III

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    [This is the seventh of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.  Because of it's length, the material will be spread out over three posts.]

     

    The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic (Continued)

    The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic was written by an anonymous author, probably at Bologna, sometime between 1260 and 1288. The source of his information was Sister Cecilia of the Monastery of St. Agnes at Bologna (who had been received to the habit by St. Dominic) and others who had been in contact with the Holy Founder. This venerable document testifies to the eminent holiness of the Saint, showing something of his intimate life and intense love of God.

     

    Holy teachers like Augustine, Ambrose, Gregory, Hilary, Isidore, John Chrysostom, John Damascene, Bernard, and other saintly Greek and Latin doctors have discoursed on prayer at great length. They have encouraged and described it, pointed out its necessity and value, explained the method, the dispositions which are required, and the impediments which stand in its way. In learned books, the glorious and venerable doctor, Brother Thomas Aquinas, and Albert, of the Order of Preachers, as well as William in his treatise on the virtues, have considered admirably and in a holy, devout, and beautiful manner that form of prayer in which the soul makes use of the members of the body to raise itself more devoutly to God. In this way the soul, in moving the body, is moved by it. At times it becomes rapt in ecstasy as was Saint Paul, or is caught up in a rapture of the spirit like the prophet David. Saint Dominic often prayed in this way, and it is fitting that we say something of his method.

    Certainly many saints of both the Old and New Testament are known to have prayed like this at times. Such a method serves to enkindle devotion by the alternate action of soul upon body and body upon soul. Prayer of this kind would cause Saint Dominic to be bathed in tears, and would arouse the fervor of his holy will to such intensity that his bodily members could not be restrained from manifesting his devotion by certain signs. As a result, the spirit of the supplicant was sometimes raised up during its entreaties, petitions, and thanksgivings.

     

    The following, then, are the special modes of prayer, besides those very devout and customary forms, which Saint Dominic used during the celebration of Mass and the praying of the psalmody. In choir or along the road, he was often seen lifted suddenly out of himself and raised up with God and the angels.

     

    The Seventh Way of Prayer

     

    While praying he was often seen to reach towards heaven like an arrow which has been shot from a taut bow straight upwards into the sky. He would stand with hands outstretched above his head and joined together, or at times slightly separated as if about to receive something from heaven. One would believe that he was receiving an increase of grace and in this rapture of spirit was asking God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the Order he had founded.

    He seemed to seek for himself and his brethren something of that transcendent joy which is found in living the beatitudes, praying that each would consider himself truly blessed in extreme poverty, in bitter mourning, in cruel persecutions, in a great hunger and thirst for justice, in anxious mercy towards all. His entreaty was that his children would find their delight in observing the commandments and in the perfect practice of the evangelical counsels. Enraptured, the holy father then appeared to have entered into the Holy of Holies and the Third Heaven. After prayer of this kind he truly seemed to be a prophet, whether in correcting the faulty, in directing others, or in his preaching.

    Our holy father did not remain at prayer of this type very long but gradually regained full possession of his faculties. He looked during that time like a person coming from a great distance or like a stranger in this world, as could easily be discerned from his countenance and manner. The brethren would then hear him praying aloud and saying as the prophet: “Hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication which I pray to thee, when I lift up my hands to thy holy temple” (Ps. 27:2).

    Through his words and holy example he constantly taught the friars to pray in this way, often repeating those phrases from the psalms: “Behold, now bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord … in the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless ye the Lord” (Ps. 133:1-3), “I have cried to thee, O Lord, hear me; hearken to my voice when I cry to thee. Let my prayer be directed as incense in they sight; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice” (Ps. 140:1-2). The drawing shows us this mode of prayer so that we may better understand it.

     

    The Eighth Way of Prayer

     

    Our father, Saint Dominic, had yet another manner of praying at once beautiful, devout, and pleasing, which he practiced after the canonical hours and the thanksgiving following meals. He was then zealous and filled with the spirit of devotion which he drew from the divine words which had been sung in the choir or refectory. Our father quickly withdrew to some solitary place, to his cell or elsewhere, and recollected himself in the presence of God. He would sit quietly, and after the sign of the cross, begin to read from a book opened before him. His spirit would then be sweetly aroused as if he heard Our Lord speaking, as we are told in the psalms: “I will hear what the Lord God will speak to me . . . (Ps. 84:9). As if disputing with a companion he would first appear somewhat impatient in his thought and words. At the next moment he would become a quiet listener, then again seem to discuss and contend. He seemed almost to laugh and weep at the same time, and then, attentively and submissively, would murmur to himself and strike his breast.

    Should some curious person have desired to watch our holy father Dominic, he would have appeared to him like Moses who went into the desert, to Horeb, the sacred mountain of God, and there beheld the burning bush and heard the Lord speaking to him as he was bowed down in the divine presence. This holy custom of our father seems, as it were, to resemble the prophetic mountain of the Lord inasmuch as he quickly passed upwards from reading to prayer, from prayer to meditation, and from meditation to contemplation.

    When he read alone in this solitary fashion, Dominic used to venerate the book, bow to it, and kiss it. This was especially true if he was reading the Gospels and when he had been reading the very words which had come from the mouth of Christ. At other times he would hide his face and cover it with his cappa, or bury his face in his hands and veil it slightly with the capuce. Then he would weep, all fervent and filled with holy desires. Following this, as if to render thanks to some person of great excellence for benefits received, he would reverently rise and incline his head for a short time. Wholly refreshed and, in great interior peace, he then returned to his book.

     

    The Ninth Way of Prayer

     

    Our father, Saint Dominic, observed this mode of prayer while traveling from one country to another, especially when he passed through some deserted region. He then delighted in giving himself completely to meditation, disposing for contemplation, and he would say to his companion on the journey: It is written in Osee “I will lead her (my spouse) into the wilderness and I will speak to her ear” (Osee 2:14). Parting from his companion, he would go on ahead or, more frequently, follow at some distance. Thus withdrawn, he would walk and pray; in his meditation he was inflamed and the fire of charity was enkindled. While he prayed it appeared as if he were brushing dust or bothersome flies from his face when he repeatedly fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross. The brethren thought that it was while praying in this way that the saint obtained his extensive penetration of Sacred Scripture and profound understanding of the divine words, the power to preach so fervently and courageously, and that intimate acquaintance with the Holy Spirit by which he came to know the hidden things of God.

     

    Prayer of St. Dominic

     

    May God the Father who made us bless us.

    May God the Son send his healing among us.

    May God the Holy Spirit move within us and

    give us eyes to see with, ears to hear with,

    and hands that your work might be done.

    May we walk and preach the word ofbGod to all.

    May the angel of peace watch over us and

    lead us at last by God’s grace to the Kingdom. Amen.

     

     

    Prayer of St. Patrick

     

    I arise today

    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

    Through a belief in the Threeness,

    Through confession of the Oneness

    Of the Creator of creation.

    I arise today

    Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,

    Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,

    Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,

    Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

    I arise today

    Through the strength of the love of cherubim,

    In obedience of angels,

    In service of archangels,

    In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,

    In the prayers of patriarchs,

    In preachings of the apostles,

    In faiths of confessors,

    In innocence of virgins,

    In deeds of righteous men.

    I arise today

    Through the strength of heaven;

    Light of the sun,

    Splendor of fire,

    Speed of lightning,

    Swiftness of the wind,

    Depth of the sea,

    Stability of the earth,

    Firmness of the rock.

    I arise today

    Through God’s strength to pilot me;

    God’s might to uphold me,

    God’s wisdom to guide me,

    God’s eye to look before me,

    God’s ear to hear me,

    God’s word to speak for me,

    God’s hand to guard me,

    God’s way to lie before me,

    God’s shield to protect me,

    God’s hosts to save me

    From snares of the devil,

    From temptations of vices,

    From every one who desires me ill,

    Afar and anear,

    Alone or in a multitude.

    I summon today all these powers between me and evil,

    Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,

    Against incantations of false prophets,

    Against black laws of pagandom,

    Against false laws of heretics,

    Against craft of idolatry,

    Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,

    Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.

    Christ shield me today

    Against poison, against burning,

    Against drowning, against wounding,

    So that reward may come to me in abundance.

    Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

    Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

    Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

    Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

    Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

    Christ in the eye that sees me,

    Christ in the ear that hears me.

    I arise today

    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

    Through a belief in the Threeness,

    Through a confession of the Oneness

    Of the Creator of creation

     

    Prayer to the Holy Trinity

     

    Glory to God, One God in Three Persons

    Glory to you, God, our Father.

    Glory to you, God, Creator of the Heavens and the earth.

    Glory to You Supreme Omnipotence.

    Glory to You, Fountain of Love and Eternal Wisdom.

    Glory to You, Highest Infinite Majesty.

    Glory to You, Abundant Fountain of Existence.

    Glory to You, Glorious Cause without Cause.

    Glory to You, Divine Promise and Final Goal of all Your Children.

    Glory to You, Whose Name is Reason for Praise and Fear.

    Glory to You. Sovereign God, Truly Beyond Transcendent.

    Glory to You, but Closer to Us than We Are to Ourselves.

    Father, I adore You with all the strength of my heart, my mind, my soul and my Spirit.

    Glory to You, God the Son of our Heavenly Father.

    Glory to You, my most loved Lord Jesus Christ.

    Glory to You, God the Son, begotten of the Father .

    Glory to You, God born human of the Immaculately Conceived Womb of Virgin Mary.

    Glory to You, God King of All Creation, Conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Glory to You, the Word Made Flesh who Dwelt Among Us.

    Glory to You, Promised Messiah, Fully God and Fully Human.

    Glory to You, Lamb of God who Takes Away the Sins of the World.

    Glory to You, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ Offered Daily for Sinners.

    Glory to You Lord Jesus Christ in whose Sacred Heart our souls find refuge.

    Glory to You, Fountain of Mercy & Love Growing in the Hearts of Those Who Love You.

    Lord Jesus Christ, I love You with all the strength of my heart, mind, soul and spirit.

    Glory to You, God the Holy Spirit.

    Glory to You, God who spoke to Patriarchs, Prophets, and Saints.

    Glory to You, Holy Spirit, who Overshadowed the Holy Virgin Mary as She Conceived.

    Glory to You, Holy Spirit, First Gift to Those Who Believe.

    Glory to You, Spirit of Pentecost Who Enlightened Mary and the Apostles.

    Glory to You, Holy Spirit Guides and Sustainer of the Church through your servants. Glory to You, Giver of Spiritual Gifts.

    Glory to You, Promised Paraclete, Our Advocate, Comforter and Guide.

    Holy Spirit, I love You with all the strength of my heart, mind, soul and life.

    Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Power and Might!

    Holy God, Mighty God, Immortal God,

    we praise You,

    we bless You,

    we love You,

    we worship You,

    we give You thank You,

    God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

    both now and forever.  Amen

     

     

     

  • For Healing

     

    Dear God,

    Be my redeemer, my internal teacher, my divine physician.

    Thank You for your presence in my life.

    I surrender to You all I am, all I think, all I feel, and all I have.

    I recognize in this moment that Yours is the power to heal and make whole.

    You who have the power to work miracles,

    You who rule time and space, please take me in Your arms and hold me.

    Dear Lord, please lift me up and heal me.

    Cast out of my mind all thoughts that are not of You.

    Cast out of me all harsh and critical nature.

    Cast out of me all violence and all anger.

    Cast out of me all demons from my past.

    For I would be made new.

    I wish to walk so close to You that we might be as one.

    I ask for new life, new mind, new body, new spirit.

    Dear God, please come into me and release me from this pain.

    – Marianne Williamson

     

    A Jewish Prayer For Healing; Another in Praise of God

     

    God, hear my prayer,

    And let my cry come to You.

    Do not hide from me in the day of my distress

    Turn to me and speedily answer my prayer.

    Eternal God, Source of healing,

    Out of my distress I call upon You.

    Help me sense Your presence

    At this difficult time.

    Grant me patience when the hours are heavy

    In hurt or disappointment give me courage.

    Keep me trustful in Your love.

    Give me strength for today, and hope for tomorrow.

    To your loving hands I commit my spirit

    when asleep and when awake. You are with me; I shall not fear.

     

    A Prayer of Praise to the God Who Comfort and Heals

     

    You are mighty, Lord, who brings healing to the sick,

    You are great in granting salvation,

    providing the living with sustenance, with loving-kindness,

    caring for the sick with great mercies,

    supporting the fallen, healing the sick,

    releasing the captive,

    and keeping faith with those who are lost among the living,

    Who is like you, Master of mighty acts, and who compares to you,

    King who restores health, and causes salvation to sprout,

    You who are faithful, comforting the ill among us,

    Blessed are You, Lord who heals the sick.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Various Prayers

     

    A Prayer for Everyone's Prayerbook on What to Pray For

     

    [Here are two versions of a remarkable prayer indeed: What to Pray For by Rabbi Jack Reimer. I first came across this prayer a few months ago and used it as a spark for meditation. Afterwards, Two thoughts came to mind, "Where has this been all my life?" and "If there was a Hall of Fame for Prayers, this prayer belongs in the initial class of honored prayers." Since ther is no such Hall of Fame for Prayers, I decided to begin my own. I am calling it "Anthology of Prayer." Many of the prayers in my just begun ON PRAYER series will end up in there as well. These posts will feature a mystic, saint, or spiritual writer, a few quotes by him or her on prayer,and a prayer he or she wrote or to whom is has been attributed. Here is both the original version by Rabbi Jack Reimer and an adapted version.]

     

    Afternoon Sabbath Prayer: Likrat Shabbat (original)

    by Rabbi Jack Reimer

     

    We cannot merely pray to you, O God, to end war;

    For we know that You have made the world in a way

    That man must find his own path to peace.

    Within himself and with his neighbor.

    We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end starvation;

    For You have already given us the resources

    With which to feed the entire world,

    If we would only use them wisely.

    We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to root out prejudice;

    For You have already given us eyes

    With which to see the good in all men,

    If we would only use them rightly.

    We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end despair,

    For You have already given us the power

    To clear away slums and to give hope,

    If we would only use our power justly.

    We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end disease;

    For You have already given us great minds

    With which to search out cures and healing,

    If we would only use them constructively.

    Therefore we pray to You instead, O God,

    For strength, determination and will power,

    To do instead of just pray,

    To become instead of merely to wish.

    http://www.appleseeds.org/sabbath-prayer.htm

     

    Serenity Prayer

     

    O God, grant me the serenity

    to accept the things I cannot change

    the courage to change the things I can

    and the wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time,

    enjoying one moment at a time.

    Accepting hardships as the parthway to peace.

    Taking, as he did, the sinful world as it is,

    not as I would have it.

    Trusting that he will make all things right

    if I surrender to His will;

    that I may be reasonably happy in this life,

    and supremely happy with Him forever. Amen!

    (Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892-1971)

     

    Prayer for the Grace to Age Well

     

    When the signs of age begin to make my body

    (and still more when they touch my mind);

    when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off

    strikes from without or is born within me;

    when the painful moment comes

    in which I suddenly awaken

    to the fact that I am ill of growing old;

    and above all at the last moment

    when I feel I am losing hold of myself

    and am absolutely passive within the hands

    of the greatest unknown forces that have formed me;

    in all those dark moments, O God,

    grant that I may understand that it is you

    (provided only may faith is strong enough)

    who are painfully parting the fibres of my being

    in order to penetrate to the very marrow

    of my substance and bear me away within myself.

    - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S..J. (1881-1955)

     

    A Prayer for the Universal Church

     

    Prayer for the Universal Church

    Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith.

    I trust in you: strengthen my trust.

    I love you: let me love you more and more.

    I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.

    I worship you as my first beginning,

    I long for you as my last end,

    I praise you as my constant helper,

    And call on you as my loving protector.

    Guide me by your wisdom,

    Correct me with your justice,

    Comfort me with your mercy,

    Protect me with your power.

    I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;

    My words: to have you for their theme;

    My actions: to reflect my love for you;

    My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

    I want to do what you ask of me:

    In the way you ask,

    For as long as you ask,

    Because you ask it.

    Lord, enlighten my understanding,

    Strengthen my will,

    Purify my heart,

    and make me holy.

    Help me to repent of my past sins

    And to resist temptation in the future.

    Help me to rise above my human weaknesses

    And to grow stronger as a Christian.

    Let me love you, my Lord and my God,

    And see myself as I really am:

    A pilgrim in this world,

    A Christian called to respect and love

    All whose lives I touch,

    Those under my authority,

    My friends and my enemies.

    Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,

    Greed by generosity,

    Apathy by fervor.

    Help me to forget myself

    And reach out toward others.

    Make me prudent in planning,

    Courageous in taking risks.

    Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.

    Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,

    Temperate in food and drink,

    Diligent in my work,

    Firm in my good intentions.

    Let my conscience be clear,

    My conduct without fault,

    My speech blameless,

    My life well-ordered.

    Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.

    Let me cherish your love for me,

    Keep your law,

    And come at last to your salvation.

    Teach me to realize that this world is passing,

    That my true future is the happiness of heaven,

    That life on earth is short,

    And the life to come eternal.

     

    Help me to prepare for death

    With a proper fear of judgment,

    But a greater trust in your goodness.

    Lead me safely through death

    To the endless joy of heaven.

    Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Attributed to St. Clement

     

    A Prayer to Praise God for the Gift of the Saints

     

    O God

    we thank you for the many people throughout the ages

    who have followed your way of life joyfully;

    for the many saints and martyrs, men and women,

    who have offered up their very lives,

    so that your life abundant may become manifest.

    For your love and faithfulness we praise you.

    O God, we thank you for those who chose the way of Christ.

    In the midst of trial, they held out hope

    in the midst of hatred, they kindled love;

    in the midst of persecutions, they witnessed to your power;

    in the midst of despair, they clung to your promise.

    For your love and faithfulness we praise you.

    O God, we thank you for the truth they passed on to us:

    that it is by giving that we shall receive;

    it is by becoming weak that we shall be strong;

    it is by loving others that we shall be loved;

    it is by offering ourselves that the kingdom will unfold;

    it is by dying that t we shall inherit life everlasting.

    O God, give us courage to follow your way of life.

    For your love and faithfulness we praise you.  Amen.

     

     

  • Self Offering

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    This is the first of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.

     

    On Prayer

     

    Be people of prayer;

    like to pray;

    give an example of prayerfulness

    and rest assured,

    that your prayers will be heard.

    What the sun is for the body,

    prayer is for the soul.

    While it is a misfortune for the blind

    not to see the sun,

    then what a great misfortune

    it would be for the Christian not to pray

    and not to bring the light of Christ

    into the soul through prayer?

    Wherever you may be,

    you can pray anywhere.

    Only show good will,

    and neither place nor time will be a hindrance for you.

    And although you might not be bending your knees,

    nor beating your breast,

    or raising your arms to heaven,

    but have merely displayed a fervent soul,

    by this you will have fulfilled everything

    necessary for prayer…

    God does not regard the place.

    He desires only a sincere heart and a meek soul.

    St. Basil the Great (329-379)

     

    A Prayer by St. Basil the Great

     

    I bless You, O Lord.

    Though I am powerless, You strengthen my weakness.

    You stretch from above Your helping hand

    and bring me back unto Yourself.

    What shall I render to You, O all-good Master,

    for all the good things You have done

    and continue to do for me, the sinner?

    I will cease not to bless You all the days of my life,

    my Creator,

    my Benefactor,

    and my Guardian.

    Let us keep our eyes on Jesus Christ to contemplate Him,

    our mouth employed to praise Him,

    our whole heart intent on nothing less than to please Him without limits.

    When you come before the Lord,

    talk to Him if you can;

    if you can’t, just stay there, let yourself be seen,

    and don’t try to be too hard to do anything else.

    The chief exercise of prayer is to speak to God

    and to hear God speak in the bottom of our heart.

    During the course of the day,

    recall as often as possible that you are in God’s presence.

    Consider what God does and what you are doing.

    You will see His eyes turned toward you and

    constantly fixed on you with incomparable love.

    Then you will say to God,

    “O God, why do I not look always at You,

    just as You always look at me?

    Why do You think so often of me, O Lord, and

    why do I think so seldom of You?”

    Where are we, O my soul?

    God is our true place, and where are we?

     

    A Prayer by St. Francis De Sales

     

    Lord, I am yours,

    and I must belong to no one but you.

    My soul is yours,

    and must live only by you.

    My will is yours,

    and must love only for you.

    I must love you as my first cause,

    since I am from you.

    I must love you as my end and rest,

    since I am for you.

    I must love you more than my own being,

    since my being subsists by you.

    I must love you more than myself,

    since I am all yours and all in you.

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    The United Methodist Church has played a big part in the history of Christianity in Appalachia and elsewhere.  Here is a beautiful prayer all Christians can pray in faith and from the heart.

     

    The Covenant Prayer Adapted

     

    by John Wesley

    I am no longer my own but yours.

    Put me to what you will,

    rank me with whom you will;

    put me to doing, put me to suffering;

    let me be employed for you,

    or laid aside for you,

    exalted for you,

    or brought low for you;

    let me be full,

    let me be empty,

    let me have all things,

    let me have nothing:

    I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

    to your pleasure and disposal.

    And now, glorious and blessed God,

    Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

    you are mine and I am yours.

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    Here are two beautiful prayers written by a Russian Orthodox saint to add to your collection of "off-the-rack" prayers."

     

    Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace.

    Help me in all things to rely on Your holy will.

    Reveal Your will to me every hour of the day.

    Bless my dealings with all people.

    Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day

    with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all.

    In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings.

    In unexpected events, let me not forget that all are sent by you.

    Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the physical strength to bear the labors of this day.

    Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray in me. Amen.

    Lord, I know not what to ask of You.

    You alone know what my true needs are.

    You love me more than I myself know how to love.

    Help me to see my real needs which may be hidden from me.

    I dare not ask for either a cross or a consolation.

    I can only wait upon You; my heart is open to You.

    Visit and help me in Your steadfast love.

    Strike me and heal me; cast me down and raise me up.

    I worship in silence Your holy will.

    I offer myself as a living sacrifice.

    I put all my trust in You.

    I have no other desire than to fulfill Your will.

    Teach me to pray. Pray Yourself in me.

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    Some Providence in My Life

    I was searching for a modern version of An Act of Abandonment to Divine Providence by St. Jane Frances de Chantal for an upcoming series I am working on when I came upon this beautiful prayer on the website of the Sisters of Divine Providence, San Antonio, Texas.  Be sure to visit their website.

     

    Beliefs about Prayer and Providence

     

    God’s Providence governs all things provides for everything arranges everything and turns everything to good.

    A person with a spirituality of Providence believes that God cares for each of us as if we are the only person in the entire world. We learn to trust God’s transforming, life-giving presence in every circumstance as we fully embrace the present moment. God will provide what is needed to bring about good for us and the world, even in the most difficult of situations.

    We invite all people regardless of faith background and belief to pray these Providence prayers with us. May they bring you strength, comfort and hope in the joys and trials of your everyday life.

    Act of Abandonment to Divine Providence

    Providence of my God, I adore you in all your designs.

    I place my destiny in your hands,

    confiding to you all that I have,

    all that I am, and all that I am to become –

    my body and my soul, my health and reputation,

    my life, my death, and my eternal salvation.

    As I rely entirely upon you and expect all from your goodness,

    I will not give myself up to any useless anxiety.

    I confide to you the success of all my undertakings,

    and in all difficulties I will have recourse

    to you as a never-failing source of help.

    I know that you will either preserve me from the evils I dread,

    or turn them to my good and your glory.

    Peaceful and contented in all,

    I will allow your Providence to govern my life without worry or over-eagerness.

    Holy, wise, generous, and loving Providence!

    I thank you for the tender care you have taken of me up to this moment.

    I humbly and earnestly entreat you to continue the same for me;

    direct all that I do, guide me in your ways,

    govern me at every moment of my life,

    and bring me to the fullness of being

    that you have destined for me from all eternity.

    May I please you and give you glory forever. Amen.

    John Martin Moye – Founder of the Sisters of Divine Providence

     

  • Liturgical Prayers

     

    Commentary by Fr. Paul Wharton

    Both the photo and the words of this post are from the 2011 Easter Vigil. This year one found a new candle and a new translation of the Exsultet, the great and ancient hymn of praise sung by a deacon, priest or cantor after the Paschal Candle is brought into the church at the beginning of the Easter Vigil. Having missed only one or two Easter Vigils since I was in kindergarten, I heard this sung many times since this translation was introduced circa 1970.  There are many lines here both memorable and meaningful as in I'll find the new translation from the Latin as time goes by.  This is a poem, a prayer, and a promise.

     

    Goodbye to an Old Song

     

    Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!

    Exult, all creation around God’s throne!

    Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!

    Sound the trumpet of salvation!

     

    Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,

    radiant in the brightness of your King!

    Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!

    Darkness vanishes for ever!

     

    Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!

    The risen Savior shines upon you!

    Let this place resound with joy,

    echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!

     

    My dearest friends,

    standing with me in this holy light,

    join me in asking God for mercy,

    that he may give his unworthy minister

    grace to sing his Easter praises.

     

    Deacon: The Lord be with you.

    People: And with your spirit.

    Deacon: Lift up your hearts.

    People: We lift them up to the Lord.

    Deacon: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

    People: It is right and just.

     

    It is truly right

    that with full hearts and minds and voices

    we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful Father,

    and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

    For Christ has ransomed us with his blood,

    and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our eternal Father!

     

    This is our passover feast,

    when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,

    whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

     

    This is the night

    when first you saved our fathers:

    you freed the people of Israel from their slavery

    and led them dry-shod through the sea.

     

    This is the night

    when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

     

    This is the night

    when Christians everywhere,

    washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,

    are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

     

    This is the night

    when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death

    and rose triumphant from the grave.

     

    What good would life have been to us,

    had Christ not come as our Redeemer?

    Father, how wonderful your care for us!

    How boundless your merciful love!

    To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

     

    O happy fault,

    O necessary sin of Adam,

    which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

     

    Most blessed of all nights,

    chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead!

    Of this night scripture says:

    “The night will be as clear as day:

    it will become my light, my joy.”

     

    The power of this holy night dispels all evil,

    washes guilt away, restores lost innocence,

    brings mourners joy;

    it casts out hatred, brings us peace,

    and humbles earthly pride.

     

    Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth

    and man is reconciled with God!

     

    Therefore, heavenly Father,

    in the joy of this night,

    receive our evening sacrifice of praise,

    your Church’s solemn offering.

     

    Accept this Easter candle,

    a flame divided but undimmed,

    a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.

     

    Let it mingle with the lights of heaven

    and continue bravely burning

    to dispel the darkness of this night!

     

    May the Morning Star which never sets

    find this flame still burning:

    Christ, that Morning Star,

    who came back from the dead,

    and shed his peaceful light on all mankind,

    your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

    Amen.

     

  • Morning Prayers

     

    St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) ON PRAYER

     

    [This is the ninth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.  Tomorrow is this saint's Feast. For more about him, visit the Saint of the Day blog on the right column of this blog.]

     

    No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills;

    and the desire of one will be the desire of all; and

    the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God.

     

    A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury

     

    O Lord my God,

    Teach my heart this day where and how to see you,

    Where and how to find you.

    You have made me and remade me,

    And you have bestowed on me

    All the good things I possess,

    And still I do not know you.

    I have not yet done that

    For which I was made.

    Teach me to seek you,

    For I cannot seek you

    Unless you teach me,

    Or find you

    Unless you show yourself to me.

    Let me seek you in my desire,

    Let me desire you in my seeking.

    Let me find you by loving you,

    Let me love you when I find you.

     

    A Morning Prayer by John Baillie (1886-1960)

     

    Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You,

    Let my first impulse be to worship You,

    Let my first speech be Your name,

    Let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer.

     

    For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness:

    For the love with which You love mankind;

    For the love with which You love me;

    For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life;

    For the indwelling of Your Spirit in my heart;

    For the sevenfold gifts of Your Spirit;

    I praise and worship You, O Lord.

     

    Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said,

    Think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You.

    Rather from these moments of quietness,

    let light go forth, and joy and power that will remain with me

    through all the hours of the day,

     

    Keeping me chaste in thought;

    Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech;

    Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work;

    Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself;

    Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealing with others;

    Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past;

    Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of Yours.

    Through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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