Biblical, Dying & Loss, Easter & New Life

The Prayer Of Jonah

In great trouble I called to you Lord, And You answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. And You answered me. You threw me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.  I…

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Celtic, Creation

Ocean Prayer

  God the Father, all-powerful, all loving, Jesus, the Son of tears and sorrow, With thy co-assistance, O Holy Spirit! The Three-One, ever-living, ever-mighty, everlasting, Who brought the Children of Israel through the Red Sea, And Jonah to land from the belly of the great creature of the ocean, Who brought Paul and his companions in the ship, From the…

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Easter & New Life

The Stone Has Been Rolled Away

When the broken come to wholeness, when the wounded come to healing, when the frightened come to trusting, the stone has been rolled away. When the lonely find friendship, when the hurt find new loving, when the worried find peace, the stone has been rolled away. When we share instead of taking, when we stroke instead of striking, when we…

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Morning, Orthodox, Work

St Philaret’s Morning Prayer

Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely on Your holy will. Reveal Your will to me every hour of the day. Bless my dealings with all people. Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction…

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Celtic, Evening

God With Me As I Lie Down

God with me as I lie down, God with me as I rise up, God with me in each ray of light, No ray of joy without him, No one ray without him. Christ with me sleeping, Christ with me waking, Christ with me watching, Every day and night, Every day and night. God with me protecting, The Lord with…

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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…

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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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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, Longing

Jesu Joy

Well for me that I have Jesus, O how strong I hold to Him That He might refresh my heart when so sick and sad am I. Jesus have I, He who loves me, He who takes me as His own! Ah, therefore I don’t leave Jesus, Lest I should break my heart. A Celtic translation of ‘Jesu Joy Of…

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Aussie, Peace

Still Me!

Still me LordStill me, so that I can hear you Meet me hereStill me, I want to learn to love you Take me deepMeet me in the darknessBring your truthBring your lightStill me Lord! Julie Connah

Ancient, Easter & New Life, Short

Hymn Of The Life-giving Cross

O Christ our God Ceaselessly we worship Before your Cross That gives us Life; And praise your Resurrection, When on that third day You made anew Our failing nature Showing us so clearly The Way back to heaven. For you alone are Good, The Lover of Humankind. – John Damascus (676 – 749 AD)