|Many of us carry prayers etched deep into our hearts and call upon them at moments of need or joy when our own words fail us. The prayers cited on this page along with the prayer sources listed below are the shared wealth of our parish. Take from the list according to your need or pleasure, and send a prayer or work concerning prayer to the list. Emails are accepted for this project by Joe Zucca at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
As day begins...
"Lord...there is nothing that can possibly happen today that you and I cannot handle together." (submitted by Louis Cavaliere)
O God, I Need Thee Howard Thurman (1951)
I need thy sense of time
Always I have an underlying
anxiety about things. Sometimes I am in a hurry to achieve
my ends, and am completely without patience. It is hard for me to realize
that some growth is slow, that all processes are not swift. I cannot
always discriminate between what takes time to develop and what can be
rushed, because my sense of time is dulled. I measure things in terms of
happenings. O to understand the meaning of perspective, that I may do all
things with a profound sense of leisure, I need a sense of
I need a sense of order
The confusion of the details of living is sometimes overwhelming. The little things keep getting in my way providing ready-made excuses for failure to do and be what I know I ought to do and be. Much time is spent on things that are put into an insignificant place in my scheme of order. I must unscramble place in my scheme of order. I must unscramble affairs so that my life will become order. O God, I need a sense of order.
I need a sense of the future
Teach me to know that life is ever on the side of the future. Keep alive in me the forward look, the high hope, the onward surge. Let me not be frozen either by the past or the present. Grant me, O patient Father, Thy sense of the future without which all life would sicken and die. Amen.
(submitted by Caesar Bradley)
Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.
An original prayer by Carole Lytell
When the ache is greater than the strength you feel inside, Christ is just a prayer away.
Prayer of Faith, from
Unity ca. 1946
God is my help in every
(submitted by Carole Lytell)
Morning Prayer [The 24th Day, from a Diary of Private Prayer, by John Baillie]
O God, ever blessed, who hast given me the night for rest and the day for labour and service, grant that the refreshing sleep of the night now past may be turned to Thy greter glory in the like of the day now before me. Let it breed no slothfulness within me, but rather send me to more diligent action and more willing obedience.
Teach me, O God, so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin.
Let me use disappointment as
material for patience:
O Lord Jesus Christ, who for the joy that was set before Thee didst endure the Cross, despising the shames, and art now set down at the right hand of the throne of God, let me consider Thee who didst endure such contradiction of sinners against Thyself, lest I be wearied and faint in my mind.
'But that toil shall make
Holy God, I would remember before Thee all my friends and those of my household, especially.... and...., beseeching Thee that in Thy great love Thou wouldst keep them also free from sin, controlling all their deeds this day in accordance with Thy most perfect will. Amen.
Evening Prayer [The 1st Day, from a Diary of Private Prayer, by John Baillie]
O Thou who art from everlasting to everlasting, I would turn my thoughts to Thee as the hours of darkness and of sleep begin. O Sun of my soul, I rejoice to know that all night I shall be under the unsleeping eye of One who dwells in eternal light.
To Thy care, O Father, I would now commend my body and my soul. All day Thou hast watched over me and Thy companionship has filled my heart with peace. Let me not go through any part of this night unaccompanied by Thee.
Give me sound and refreshing
My sould shall be
satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my
To Thy care also, O Father, I would commend my friends, beseeching Thee to keep them safe in soul and body, and to be present in their hearts to-night as a Spirit of power and of joy and of restfulness. I pray for...and...and...I pray also for the wider circle of all my associates, my fellow workers, my fellow townsmen and all strangers within our gates; and the great world of men without, to me foreign and unknown, but dear to Thee; through Jesus Christ our common Lord, Amen.
(submitted by Joe Zucca)