Prayer of the week

PRAYER: A Devout Prayer (2) by Sir Thomas More

November 12, 2018

A prayer made after Sir More was condemned to die and before he was put to death. Almighty God, have mercy on N. and N., and on all that bear me evil will, and would me harm, and their faults and mine together, by such easy, tender, merciful means, as thine infinite wisdom best can devise, vouchsafe to amend and redress, and make us saved souls in Heaven together where we may ever live and love together with thee and thy blessed saints, O glorious Trinity, for the bitter passion of our sweet Savior Christ. O my sweet Savior Christ, which in thine undeserved love towards mankind so kindly would suffer the painful death of the cross, suffer me not to be cold nor lukewarm in love again towards thee. Glorious God, give me grace to amend my [...]

PRAYER: Prayers Of Desiderius Erasmus

November 5, 2018

O Lord Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life, grant that we may never stray from you who are the Way, nor distrust you who are the Truth, nor rest in any thing other than you, who are the Life.  Teach us by your Holy Ghost what to believe, what to do, and wherein to take our rest.  For your own name’s sake, we ask it, O Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. Hear our prayers, O Lord Jesu, the everlasting Wisdom of the Father; who givest unto us, in the days of our youth, aptness to learn: add, we pray thee, the furtherance of thy grace, so to learn knowledge and the liberal sciences that, by their help, we may attain to the fuller knowing of thee, whom to know is the height of blessedness; and by the example of thy boyhood, may duly [...]

PRAYER: Prayers Of Devotion by Thomas Becon

October 29, 2018

O Lord, give us grace not only to be hearers of the word, but also doers of the same; not only to love, but to live thy gospel; not only to profess, but also to practice thy blessed commandments, to the honor of thy holy name.  Amen. Heavenly Father, who watches over thy faithful people and mightily defends them, we thank thee that it has pleased thee to take care of us thy servants during the night past, and to give us needful sleep to refresh our bodies.  We beseech thee to show the same goodness to us this day, so preserving and ruling over us that we may neither think, nor speak, nor do anything displeasing to thee, or hurtful to our neighbor, but that all our doings may be agreeable to thy most holy will, and may advance thy glory, [...]

PRAYER: Prayer To The Father Of Mercies by John Bradford

October 22, 2018

O Lord, thou greatest and most true light, whence this light of the day and of the sun doth spring!  O Light, which dost lighten every man that cometh into the world!  O Light, which knowest no night nor evening, but art always a mid-day most clear and fair, without whom all is most dark darkness, by whom all be most resplendent!  O thou wisdom of the eternal Father of Mercies, lighten my mind, that I may only see those things that please thee, and may be blinded to all other things.  Grant that I may walk in thy ways, and that nothing else may be light and pleasant unto me.  Lighten my eyes, O Lord, that I sleep not in death. [...]

PRAYER: Petition For The Presence Of The Holy Spirit by Nicholas Ridley

October 15, 2018

Written during his final imprisonment O Heavenly Father, the Father of all wisdom, understanding, and true strength, I beseech thee, for thy only Son our Savior Jesus Christ’s sake, look mercifully upon me, wretched creature, and send thine Holy Spirit into my breast; that not only I may understand according to thy wisdom, how this temptation is to be borne off, and with what answer it is to be beaten back; but also, when I must join to fight in the field for the glory of thy holy name, that then I being strengthened with the defense of thy right hand, may manfully stand in the confession of thy faith, and of thy truth, and may continue in the same unto the end of my life; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ. [...]

PRAYER: Shine In Our Hearts by Thomas Cranmer

October 8, 2018

O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the sun of the world, evermore arising, and never going down, which by your most welcome appearing and sight, brings forth, preserves, nourishes, and refreshes all things, as well that are in Heaven as also that are on Earth; We beg you mercifully and faithfully to shine in our hearts, so that the night and darkness of sins, and the mist of errors on every side may be driven away; with you brightly shining in our hearts we may all our life go without stumbling or offense, and may decently and seemly walk as in the day time, being pure and clean from the works of darkness, and abounding in all good works which God has prepared us to walk in; you who with the Father and with the Holy Ghost live and reign for ever [...]

PRAYER: Soften Our Hearts by Henry VIII

October 1, 2018

O most merciful Father, who by the mouth of our Savior Jesus Christ has said, “Ask, and it shall be given you,” receive, we beseech thee, our supplication, and for thy Truth’s sake hear us in thy righteousness.  We make our prayers unto thee, most blessed Father, not trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold mercies.  Have mercy upon us, thy sinful children.  Soften our hard hearts with the dew of thy grace.  Fulfill thy promise made unto us by thy prophet.  Take away from us our stony heart, and put a new spirit within us, and make us to walk after thy commandments.  Lighten, O Father of lights, our blind hearts, blinded with error and ignorance.  Lighten them with the true light of thy holy Word, that we may [...]

PRAYER: Prayer Upon Retiring by Edmund Rich

September 17, 2018

Into thy hands, O Father and Lord, we commend this night our souls and our bodies, our parents and homes, friends and colleagues, neighbors and kindred, our benefactors and the faithful departed, all folk rightly believing, and all who need thy pity and protection: light us with thy holy grace, and suffer us never to be separated from thee, O Lord in Trinity, God everlasting. [...]

PRAYER: My Trewest Tresowre Sa Trayturly Was Taken by Richard Rolle

September 10, 2018

My Truth and my Treasure so treacherously taken, How bitter your bonds and how biting your bands, How soon by your so-called servants forsaken, When horrid men hurt your poor head with their hands. The source of salvation was seized on so sore, Then pulled out of prison to Pilate at prime. Their battering blows then so bravely you bore; The sinners just spat in your face with their slime. My dear, my desire, you were dragged through the dirt, Forced to carry your cross and wear cruel crown of thorn, They harried your heels to your harm and your hurt, To your hanging the back-breaking burden was born. So sadly my Savior in sorrow must die, Stripped naked, then nailed to the cross all alone; They horribly heaved up the gallows on high, Then [...]

PRAYER: The Sarum Rite

September 3, 2018

As used at Salisbury Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen. Proficiscere, anima Christiana de hoc mundo! Go forth upon thy journey, Christian soul! Go from this world! Go, in the name of God, the omnipotent Father, who created thee! Go, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Son of the living God, who bled for thee! Go, in the name of the Holy Spirit, who hath poured upon thee! Go, in the name Of Angels and Archangels; in the name Of Thrones and Dominations; in the name Of Princedoms and of Powers; and in the [...]

PRAYER: Give Us Strength

August 27, 2018

Early Christian prayer  Give us strength to do your will. Do not dwell on the sins we have committed, Or on the sins we shall commit. Put out of your mind our many failings. Keep no record of our wrongs. Both those which were deliberate, And those which we could not help. Remember, Lord, that men are apt to slip, That we are a weak and spineless race, Apt to blunder and fall. Our skins may seem clear and fresh, But beneath the surface are festering spiritual sores. O God, we know you are well disposed to us, So give us your strength and support. Help us to live by the precepts of our faith, Fill our minds with the light of your love. We have heard the holy teachings of your Son. Let us not be content merely to hear him, But give us the [...]

PRAYER: A Prayer For Contentment

August 20, 2018

From The Whole Duty of Man  O merciful God, thy wisdom is infinite to choose, and thy love forward to dispense good things to us: O let me always fully and entirely resign myself to thy disposal, have no desires of my own, but a perfect satisfaction in thy choice for me; that so, in whatsoever state I am, I may be therein content. Lord, grant that I may never look with murmuring on my own condition, nor with envy on other men’s.  And, to that end, I beseech thee, purge my heart of all covetous affections. [...]

PRAYER: A Prayer Of Self-Knowledge by Stephen P. Morris

August 13, 2018

From Pauca Verba Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I may see beyond my nose. Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I might see through the fog of lies. Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I might see your presence – so close. Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I might see myself rightly; others too. Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I might see the stranger rightly, and be done with otherism. Take the veil from my eyes, Lord, that I might see my way to mercy, compassion, and love. [...]

PRAYER: A Prayer For Humility by Andrew Murray

August 6, 2018

From Humility, The Journey Toward Holiness  The secret of secrets: humility is the soul of true prayer.  Until the spirit of the heart is renewed, until it is emptied of all Earthly desires and stands in a habitual hunger and thirst after God, which is the true spirit of prayer, until then, all our prayer will be more or less like lessons given to students.  We will mostly say them only because we dare not neglect them.  But be not discouraged; take the following advice, and then you may go to church without any danger of mere lip-service or hypocrisy, although there may be a hymn or a prayer whose language is higher than that of your heart.  Go to the church as the tax collector went to the temple; stand inwardly, in the spirit of [...]

PRAYER: A Prayer For Quietness

July 30, 2018

Author unknown Grant unto us, Almighty God, that quiet mind and patient waiting to which your comforting Spirit comes, that we may do your will and have our hearts prepared for your peace that passes understanding; which, if we have, the storms of life will hurt us but little, and the cares of life vex us not at all, in face of which death will lose its sting and the grave its victory, and we in calm joy walk all the days of our appointed time until our great change shall come. [...]

PRAYER: God’s Mercy by Catherine of Siena

July 23, 2018

Merciful Lord, it does not surprise me that you forget completely the sins of those who repent.  I am not surprised that you remain faithful to those who hate and revile you.  The mercy which pours forth from you fills the whole world. It was by your mercy that we were created, and by your mercy that you redeemed us by sending your Son.  Your mercy is the light in which sinners find you and good people come back to you.  Your mercy is everywhere, even in the depths of hell where you offer to forgive the tortured souls.  Your justice is constantly tempered with mercy, so you refuse to punish us as we deserve.  O mad lover!  It was not enough for you to take on our humanity; you had to die for us as well. [...]

PRAYER: Enroll Us In Your School Of Love by Helder Camara

July 16, 2018

Teach us to love and be loved in perfect transparency. Let our love be diaphanous, lest we project the more in our eye into the eye of another, and make it a beam besides! Let our love be transparent lest we ever play host to a love that is false. Love that springs from aught but you, love that lives in aught but you, love that returns not to you, is not love. Teach us to love each and every person as if he or she were the only person on Earth. After all, this is how you love: uniquely, truly, robustly; it’s perfect, your way. But our way, in this poor human clay, love creates incredible problems, given the machismo common to the three sexes and most particularly to the unlucky [...]

PRAYER: Prayer For Love

July 2, 2018

Author unknown O thou, who has so loved my soul, make me a lover of souls.  Fill me with an unwearied, unclaimative love, of keen perception and strong fiber, that shall help others to do and be their best.  Help me to be an advocate for the absent, and cast out from me the dumb spirit of nervousness or self-absorption, which hinders me from showing the love I feel.  Heal my heart of all uncontrolled affection, that being inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed, I may be made fit to love, steady to persevere.  Let no sickness or cross accident, no employment or weariness, make me ungracious to those about me, but in all things make me like unto thy Holy Jesus. [...]

PRAYER: Clockmakers’ Prayers

June 25, 2018

From The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers The first listed is the one we usually use: O Lord God, whose Dwelling is in the Eternal City, vouchsafe to protect the earthly cities, towns and villages in which we dwell. And herein we pray Thee to bless and prosper all ancient Guilds and Companies founded of old time in our City of London for the prosperity of its trade and spiritual and temporal well-being of its citizens. Especially at this time we ask Thy blessing on the Company of Clockmakers, the Master, the Wardens and all the members of the Court, Livery and Freedom. Endue thy servants with those gifts, which shall fit them for the due discharge of their duties, and make them to be faithful in all things, to Thy honour and glory, [...]

PRAYER: An Horology by John Keble

June 18, 2018

Note: This selection of short prayers for every hour of the day, made partly from “The Devotions of Bishop Andrewes,” is intended, under God’s blessing, to aid the feeble endeavors of those saints upon Earth who humbly desire to show all faithful obedience to their blessed Master’s words, “Men ought always to pray.”   Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)   O God, in the multitude of thy mercy, hear me. (Psalm 69:13)   The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in Earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive [...]

PRAYER: An Horology by Lancelot Andrewes

June 11, 2018

O thou that hast put in thine own power the times and the seasons, give us grace that we may pray to thee in a convenient and opportune season; and save us. O thou that for us men and for our salvation wast born in the depth of night, grant us to be renewed daily by the Holy Ghost, until Christ himself be formed in us, to a perfect man, and save us. O thou that very early in the morning, at the rising of the sun, didst rise again from the dead, raise us also daily to newness of life, suggesting to us, for thou knowest them, habits meet for repentance; and save us. O thou that at the sixth hour of the sixth day didst nail together with thyself upon the cross the sins of the world, blot out the handwriting of our sins that is against us, and [...]

PRAYER: Prayer To The Holy Trinity

June 4, 2018

10th Century Hymn Father most holy, merciful and tender; Jesus our Savior, with the Father reigning; Spirit of mercy, Advocate, Defender, Light never waning. Trinity sacred Unity unshaken; Deity perfect, giving and forgiving, Light of the Angels, Life of the forsaken, Hope of all living. Maker of all things, all thy creatures praise thee; Lo, all things serve thee through thy whole creation: Hear us, Almighty, hear us as we raise thee Hearts adoration. To the almighty triune God be glory: Highest and greatest, help thou our endeavor; We too would praise thee, giving honor worthy, Now and for [...]

PRAYER: Prayer To The Holy Trinity

May 29, 2018

From The Sun Dances I am bending my knee In the eye of the Father who created me, In the eye of the Son who purchased me, In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me, In friendship and affection. Through thine own Anointed One, O God, Bestow upon us fullness in our need, Love towards God, The affection of God, The smile of God, The wisdom of God, The grace of God, The fear of God, And the will of God To do on the world of the Three, As angels and saints Do in Heaven; Each shade and light, Each day and night, Each time in kindness, Give thou us thy Spirit. [...]

PRAYER: The Flaming Dove by Hildegard of Bingen

May 21, 2018

I beg you, O God, to reveal to me the mystery of your love.  Let your love be to me a new dawn at the end of a long night of gloom.  Let your love be to me a new plan, showing the way of spiritual slavery.  And let that plan be so simple that I can understand and follow it.  Your love is like a white dove with orange flames bursting from its wings.  The dove brings the promise of peace to my troubled soul, and the flames promise joy to my miserable heart. [...]

PRAYER: Ascension by Bernard of Clairvaux

May 14, 2018

To complete your seamless robe, and so to complete our faith, you ascended through the air into the heavens, before the very eyes of the apostles.  In this way you showed that you are Lord of all, and are the fulfillment of all creation.  Thus from that moment every human and every living creature should bow at your name.  And, in the eyes of faith, we can see that all creation proclaims your greatness. [...]

PRAYER: If You Were Not Risen by Brother Roger of Taize

April 30, 2018

If you were not risen, Lord Christ, to whom would we go to discover a radiance of the face of God? If you were not risen, we would not be together seeking your communion. We would not find in your presence forgiveness, wellspring of a new beginning. If you were not risen, where would we draw the energy for following you right to the end of our existence, for choosing you again and [...]

PRAYER: The Miracle Of Easter from The Gelasian Sacramentary

April 23, 2018

The moment we have longed for has come; the night of our desires is here.  What greater occupation could there be than for us to proclaim the power of your resurrection!  This was the night when you shattered the gates of hell, and you took up the victory banner of Heaven.  This was the night when you set us among the stars. When your mother Mary gave birth to you, she was overwhelmed with joy at your beauty.  Now we are overwhelmed with joy at your power.  The blood which flowed from your side has washed away our sins.  Your body rising from the tomb has promised us eternal life.  Eternal are the blessings which in your love you have poured upon us. [...]