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

Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting

Look Upon Us – St Augustine

Look upon us, O Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with holy love, and open to us the treasures of your wisdom. All our desire is known to you, So perfect what you have begun, and what your Spirit has awakened us to ask. We seek your face, turn your face unto…

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Ancient, Praise

Worthy of Praise

Worthy of praise from every mouth, of confession from every tongue, of worship from every creature, is your glorious name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who created the world in your grace and by your compassion saved the world. To your majesty, O God, ten thousand times ten thousand bow down and adore, singing and praising without ceasing and…

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Ancient, Love

Just You – St Benedict

Gracious and holy Father, please give me: intellect to understand you; reason to discern you; diligence to seek you; wisdom to find you; a spirit to know you; a heart to meditate upon you; ears to hear you; eyes to see you; a tongue to proclaim you; a way of life pleasing to you; patience to wait for you; and…

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Ancient, Communion Eucharist, Peace

Open The Gates – Chrysostom

I am not worthy, my Master and my God, That you should come beneath the roof of my soul. Yet, since in your universal love you want to live in me, I ask with boldness. You command, Open the gates which you forged, Come in with love and light up my darkened thinking. I believe that you will do this…

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Ancient, Orthodox, Praise

Glory & Praise – Ephraim of Syria

I give you glory, O Christ, because you, the only begotten, the Lord of all things, who alone are without sin, gave yourself to die for me, a sinner unworthy of such a blessing: you died the death of the cross to free my sinful soul from the bonds of sin. What shall I give you, Lord, in return for…

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Ancient, Celtic

St Patrick’s Blessing

May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us Against the snares of the evil one. Christ be with us!…

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Ancient, Confession

My Feet Are Dirty – Origen

Jesus, my feet are dirty. Come even as a slave to me, pour water into your bowl, come and wash my feet. In asking such a thing I know I am overbold, but I dread what was threatened when you said to me, “If I do not wash your feet I have no fellowship with you.” Wash my feet then,…

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Ancient, Intercession, Prayer Of Church

Prayer For The Afflicted – St Clement

Lord our helper and protector. Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly; raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly; restore the wanderers of thy people; feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners; raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted. – Clement of Rome, died 96AD and lived at same time as John and other apostles!