Ancient, Morning, Short

Morning Prayer – St Patrick

Christ be with us this day, Within us to purify us; Above us to draw us up; Beneath us to sustain us; Before us to lead us; Behind us to restrain us; Around us to protect us. – St Patrick 389-461AD

Ancient, Confession, Short

The Prayer Of Ambrose

O Lord, all merciful: Light within me the fire of your Holy Spirit. Take away this heart of stone and give a heart of flesh and blood, a heart to love and adore you, a heart which may delight in you, love you and praise you, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Ancient, Love, Need Or Trial

Shepherd Prayer – Gregory Of Nyssa

O Good Shepherd, Who carries the whole flock on your shoulders, Where are you pasturing your flock? Show me the place of peace, lead me to the good grass that will nourish me, call me by name so that I hear your voice, Answer me, For you are the One my soul loves. I call you ‘the One my soul…

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Ancient, Faith, Short

For Answered Prayer – Chrysostom

Almighty God, You have gathered us together, In one place to call on you in common together. You have promised that when two or three gather in your name you will be in our midst. Fulfil our desires and prayers, As is best for us, That we may know your truth in this world, And in the age of life…

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Ancient, Confession, Short

Purity Prayer – St Gregory The Great

Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, All desires known, And from whom no secrets are hidden, Cleanse our hearts, By the breath of your Holy Spirit, That we may fully love you, And praise well your holy name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Gregory The Great / Pope Gregory The First (~540-604) – Modern translation for clarity

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, Creation, Praise

Prayer Of Praise – St Gregory of Nazianzus

O God, You alone are unutterable, from the time you created all things that can be spoken of. You alone are unknowable, from the time you created all things that can be known. All things cry out about you, those which speak, and those which cannot speak. All things honour you; those which think, and those which cannot think. For…

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Ancient, Evening

Evening Prayer – St Augustine

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest your weary ones. Bless your dying ones. Soothe your suffering ones. Pity your afflicted ones. Shield your joyous ones. And for all your love’s sake. Amen.

Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting

Prayer To Hear – St Benedict

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, patience to wait for you, eyes to see you, a heart to know you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – St Benedict 480-547AD

Ancient, Daily, Work

In You – St Augustine

O Loving God, To turn away from you is to fall, To turn towards you is to rise, And to stand before you is to live forever. Grant us, dear God, In all our work, your help; In all our uncertainties, your guidance; In all our dangers, your protection; In all our sorrows, your peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.…

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Ancient, Creation, Mystics

Prayer Of Praise – St Patrick

Our God, God of all, God of heaven and earth, seas and rivers, God of sun and moon, of all the stars, God of high mountain and lowly valley, God over heaven, and in heaven, and under heaven. God who fills heaven and earth and sea and in all things that are in them. Who inspires all things, who gives life…

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Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting, Short

To Meditate On The Word – St Jerome

Lord, You have given us Your Word for a light to shine upon our path; grant us so to meditate on that Word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   – St Jerome 342 – 420AD