Prayers

 

Praying at Home

Prayers

Let us pray to God the Father who has reconciled all things to himself in Christ.

For peace among the nations, that God may rid the world of violence and let peoples grow in justice and harmony

For those who serve the public good, for everyone in their daily work

For Christian people everywhere, that we may live out our faith in Christ in word and deed

For those who suffer from hunger, sickness or loneliness that the presence of Christ may bring them health and wholeness

Let us commend ourselves and all for whom we pray to the mercy and protection of God.

 

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Blessing

Pray this blessing for everyone at church and all those you love and care for

The peace of God,

which passes all understanding,

keep our hearts and minds

in the knowledge and love of God,

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

 

Prayers for the Morning

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God.

Set our hearts on fire with love for you

now and for ever Amen

 

Blessed are you, creator of all,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As your dawn renews the face of the earth

bringing light and life to all creation,

may we rejoice in this day you have made;

as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep,

open our eyes to behold your presence

and strengthen our hands to do your will,

that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Lancelot Andrewes

 

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven – Light of sun,

Radiance of moon,

Splendour of fire,

Speed of lightening,

Swiftness of wind,

Depth of sea

Stability if earth,

Firmness of rock                                                                    

Anon. Traditional Scottish

 

Stand by us, Lord,

Give us peace,

courage and bright hopes,

This day and all our days

Amen                                                          

Angela Tilby

 

May God be a bright flame before me

Be a guiding star above me

Be a smooth path below me

Be a kindly shepherd behind me

Today, tomorrow and for ever

Amen

St Columba

 

Prayers for the Evening

May this evening be holy, good and peaceful.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and for ever Amen

 

The Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; 

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed; 

the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.

He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

Casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.

He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy,

The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

The sacred Three

to save.

To shield

To surround,

The hearth, the house,

The household,

This eve,

This night

Oh! This eve,

This night,

And every night,

Each single night

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Love of God

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with us all ever more. Amen

 

Prayers for Night-time

If safe to do so light a candle and place it in a window

As quiet settles into our churches

We light a candle to remember

The light of Christ with us

In our hearts, in our homes, in our world.

Amen

 

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

 

Before the ending of the day,

Creator of the world, we pray

That you with steadfast love, would keep

Your watch around us as we sleep.

 

From evil dreams defend our sight,

From fears and terrors of the night;

Tread under foot our deadly foe

That we no sinful thought may know.

 

O Father, that we ask be done

Through Jesus Christ, your only Son;

And Holy Spirt by whose breath

Our souls are raised to live from death.

 

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen


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