Ancient, Lent & Cross

Glory To The Suffering Christ – St Gregory The Great

Glory to you The Suffering Christ O Lord, You were insulted and hated, yet each day You free captive souls from the grip of the ancient enemy. You did not turn Your face away from the spitting and hate, yet You wash souls in saving waters. You accepted Your scourging without crying out, yet through your words You deliver us…

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Ancient, Easter & New Life, Short

Hymn Of The Life-giving Cross

O Christ our God Ceaselessly we worship Before your Cross That gives us Life; And praise your Resurrection, When on that third day You made anew Our failing nature Showing us so clearly The Way back to heaven. For you alone are Good, The Lover of Humankind. – John Damascus (676 – 749 AD)

Ancient, Easter & New Life

I Arise Today – St Patrick

I arise today In Christ who rose for me, And in whose power is life itself. I arise today, Through the strength of Christ’s birth and baptism, Through the strength of his crucifixion and burial, Through the strength of his resurrection and ascension, Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom. I arise today Through the love…

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Ancient, Biblical, Scholars

Oh Good Samaritan – Saint Jerome

Show me your mercy, O Lord, and gladden my heart. What you see here is a man who has been caught by thieves, wounded and left for dead beside the road. You are the good Samaritan who picks me up and treats my wounds with your oil and wine. It is your pleasure that I should spend my days in…

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Ancient, Easter & New Life

Christ Bridle Of Wild Donkeys

You, eternal Christ, are all things to us. You are the Bridle of wild donkeys, the supporting Wing of the eagle, the firm Tiller of ocean ships, and Shepherd of the King‘s lambs. The Joy of the saints, Word of the Most High, the Prince of wisdom, Workmate of those who toil, and Joy of the human family. You are the Singer of God, the Milk of…

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Ancient, Praise, Short

No Praises Are Adequate

Who on earth can adequately sing your praises? What can my eye see with which I can liken you? What music is there with which to compare you? You are above me, below me, within me and without. All exist in you, all are from you, you give us everything you withhold nothing. Who on earth can sing your praises? Origin unknown, supposedly a Jewish prayer from around or just…

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Ancient, Baptism, Blessing

The Lorica Of St Fursa

The arms of God be around your shoulders, The touch of the Holy Spirit upon your head, The sign of Christ’s cross upon your forehead, The sound of the Holy Spirit in your ears. From The Lorica of St Fursa

Ancient, Christmas

Christmas Prayer – St Augustine

Let the just rejoice, for their justifier is born. Let the sick and infirm rejoice, For their saviour is born. Let the captives rejoice, For their Redeemer is born. Let slaves rejoice, for their Master is born. Let free men rejoice, For their Liberator is born. Let All Christians rejoice, For Jesus Christ is born. – St. Augustine of Hippo…

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Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting, Short

Beyond Noisy Words – Augustine

You, who fill heaven and earth, Always busy, always quiet, Who are present everywhere and everywhere are fully present, You who are not absent when far away, Who with your whole being fill Yet go beyond all things, You who teach the hearts of the faithful without the din of words, Teach us,  We pray. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.…

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Ancient, Confession, Need Or Trial

Christ Of My Failures – St Augustine

Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring for your healing the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the full. Lead me always to…

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