Dying & Loss, Lament, Lent & Cross

Drop Drop Slow Tears

Drop, drop, slow tears,and bathe those beauteous feet,which brought from heaven the newsand Prince of Peace. Cease not, wet eyes,his mercies to entreat;to cry for vengeance, sindoth never cease. In your deep floods,drown all my faults and fears;nor let his eye see sin,but through my tears. – Phineas Fletcher (1582-1650) – A Good Friday hymn. – While not exactly a…


Lent & Cross

Crucifixion Prayer – John Wesley

O Jesus, poor and humble, unknown and despised, let me not be ashamed to follow you. Have mercy on me. O Jesus, hated and persecuted, let me not be afraid to follow you. Have mercy on me. O Jesus, betrayed and sold like an object, let me be content to call you master. Have mercy on me. O Jesus, accused and wrongfully…


Lent & Cross, Longing, Poets

Batter My Heart – John Donne

Lord God, Batter my heart, Knock, breathe, shine in me, mend me. So that I might have victory, Overthrow me, break me, blow, burn in me, And make me new. Amen.   – John Donne 1573–1631AD.  English poet and pastor.

Confession, Lent & Cross, Orthodox

Lent Prayer – St Ephraim Of Syria

Lord God and Master of my life, take away from me the spirit of laziness, despair, lust of power, and cheap talk. Replace it with your Spirit of faithfulness, humility, patience, and love. Yes, O Lord and King, Help me to see my own fault and sin, And not to judge my brother. Blessed are You, for all eternity. Amen.  …


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…


Lent & Cross, Need Or Trial, Orthodox

Protection Prayer – St Basil

Blessed are You, O Lord, Master Almighty, Who lights the day with the light of the sun illuminates the night with flashes of fire, Who calls us to pass through the length of the day and to draw near to the beginning of the night; hear our prayer and the prayer of all You people; and as you have forgiven all our sins hear…


Confession, Lent & Cross

Crucifixion Confession

Place a hand on your forehead – Christ’s crown of thorns was here. Lord Jesus: “Have mercy on me”   Place your hands  on your heart – Christ’s torture was here too. Lord Jesus: “Have mercy on me”   Place the thumb of one hand on the palm of your other hand – Christ’ nail scars were here. Lord Jesus: “Have mercy on…


Aussie, Intercession, Lent & Cross

Facing Injustice Slander Imprisonment

Litany for those facing injustice, slander, and false imprisonment (written in response to the Trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Mark 14:53-65)   Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.   Lord Jesus, by your unjust arrest, by your silence in the face of false accusation, and by your telling of the truth when it mattered most: Save…


Lent & Cross

Anima Christi

Spirit of Christ, sanctify us. Body of Christ, save us. Blood of Christ, refresh us. Water from the side of Christ, wash us. Passion of Christ, strengthen us. Lord Jesus, hear us. Within your wounds hide us. Let us never be separated from you. From the power of darkness defend us. In the hour of death, call us so we come to…


Confession, Lent & Cross, Short

Giving Up Control

Lord, Forgive me for my pride and my need to control, Forgive me for my fear and my desire to please at any cost. Forgive me Lord, for my lack of listening and for holding on too tightly. Thank you Lord, for the miracle you work despite the obstacles I put in your way, for I am but dust in…


Lent & Cross, Need Or Trial, Pain

To Your Cross We Come – David Adam

To your cross, O Lord, we come for healing, For you alone can make us whole. We come with the broken-hearted and broken-spirited, For you alone can make us whole. We come with those with broken relationships, For you alone can make us whole. We come with the broken in body or in mind, For you alone can make us…