Celtic, Hope, Short

Guiding Star – Saint Columba

Be to me, O God, a bright flame before me, a guiding star above me, a smooth path beneath me, and a kindly shepherd behind me, today, tonight, and forever. St Columba 521-597AD, Iona

Evening, Short

Bedtime Prayer – Bruce Prewer

Loving God, as we go to our rest,     renew not only tired bodies     but also the hidden depths     of our complex being, where hope and compassion, faith, wisdom and love,     are made and nurtured. Let us rise tomorrow,     rejuvenated and eager. Amen.

Longing, Short

Waiting For you

Lord Jesus, many of us are waiting for you:    the war-torn are waiting for peace,   the hungry are waiting for bread.    the refugees are waiting for a homeland,     the sick are waiting for healers. Have you forgotten us? O Lord, come quickly, we pray. Amen. A modern prayer from Sudan

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, 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, 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.

Listening, School & Study, Short

We Tip It Out In Front Of You – Iona

Lord God … we bring you everything, and tip it out in front of you . . . And now we pause a while in silence, waiting for you to show us what we need to understand . . . – Roddy Cowie, Iona Community – New prayers from the Iona Community SKU/ISBN: 9781849525480

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