Lent & Cross, Prayer Of Church

Taize Prayers Of The Church

Christ Jesus, your life was not spectacular: You carried a cross – help us to walk your road.   (pause – or response)   Christ Jesus, you learned faithfulness in suffering, You have become our source of eternal life.   (pause – or response)   Christ Jesus, when wounded you did not make threats, Show us how to forgive to…

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Christmas, Hope

You Are Our Light

Lord Jesus, Light of the world: You are our light. When all is darkness: You are our light. When our hearts are broken and we can’t find hope: You are our light. When we are afraid: You are our light. You are our God wrapped in rags and lying in a manger: You are our light. When we feel far from…

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Biblical, Dying & Loss

Teach Us To Number Our Days

Lord, you have always been our safe place. Before the mountains were born before you created the world, from age to age you are God.   Teach us to number our days,   that we may gain a heart of wisdom With your Word you return people to dust. For you a thousand years are like a day just gone…

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Biblical, Pain

Hezekiah’s Prayer In Sickness

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.   – Isaiah 38:2-8

Dying & Loss

We Give Back Those You Gave Us – William Penn

We give back to you, Lord God, those whom you gave us. You did not lose them when you gave them to us. We do not lose them when they return to you. Christ has shown us love that cannot die, So death has lost its sting and cannot separate us from you. Open our eyes to see you more…

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Hope, Mystics, Need Or Trial, Pain

When All Fails – Mechthild of Magdeburg

Lord, it seems you have taken away all the blessings that I once had from you. In your grace, please give me now that one gift which every dog seems to have by nature— that of being faithful to you in my distress, faithful even when all comfort is gone. This I desire more passionately than anything else there is.…

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Celtic, Creation, Work

Gardener’s Prayer

Bless, Lord God, my little plot of land, and the strength with which I’m tilling it, bless the seed I’m carefully planting, and the prayers I’m sowing with it.   Bless the seasons that are coming, and the sunshine and the rain. Bless the days and shortening nights, and the hopes of my small barn.   Bless, O Father of good…

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Christmas, Love, Mystics

How Miraculous A King Would Bow – Hildegard of Bingen

How miraculous – that a king stoop to enter the world of the ordinary, of the commoner, of His subject, of woman. But God did this. Why? Because humility, ever the lowliest of the low, always rises and triumphs- over everything else. And didn’t that woman know the greatest happiness? Cleaning up the ugly first mess, in its place she set a beautiful bouquet:…

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Poets

Holy Sonnet VII – John Donne

At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow Your trumpets, Angels, and arise, arise From death, you numberless infinities Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go, All whom the flood did, and fire shall o’erthrow, All whom war, dearth, age, tyrannies, Despair, law, chance, hath deaths woe. But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space, For, if above…

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Biblical, Christmas

Mary’s Song (The Magnificat)

My soul praises the Lord. I rejoice in God my Saviour! For he took notice of his lowly servant, and now all generations will call me blessed. For The Mighty One, is Holy, and he has done great things for me. His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear him. His mighty arm does great things! He…

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Confession

Closed Fists Open Palms

[closed fists]   Lord God, our heavenly Father, we confess that we have sinned against you in many ways, in our thoughts and in our words, in what we have done, and in what we have failed to do.   [silence]   [open palms to receive]   Have mercy on us and forgive us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit,…

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