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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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!…


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,…


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!

Ancient, Blessing, Daily

St Patrick’s Breastplate

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 where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me, Christ…


Ancient, Listening, Preaching & Reflecting

Enlarge Our Minds – St Augustine

O God, Light of the minds that see you, Life of the hearts that love you, Strength of the souls that seek you, Enlarge our minds, Raise our vision, Give us swift wings of thought, That our spirits may hear you, Eternal wisdom, From age to age, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   – St Augustine Of Hippo 354-430AD  (This…


Ancient, Need Or Trial

A Prayer Of Irenaeus The Martyr

Thank you, Jesus Christ my Lord: In all my trials and sufferings, You give strength to stand firm. Even more you have given me A share in your eternal glory!   – Irenaeus of Lyons 130-202AD.  A great early teacher, writer, leader who died for his faith.