Friday Prayer

The Surat Al-Fatihah in Arabic In the name of Allah,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah,
the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful,
Master of the Day of Judgment.
It is You we worship and You we ask for help.
Show us the straight way,
The way of those on whom You have bestowed your Grace,
those whose portion is not anger,
and who go not astray.
Amen. 

(Qur’an 1:1-7 – Al-Fatihah)

Send Thy peace O Lord, which is
perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace. 

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may think, act and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may be contented and thankful for
Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that amidst
our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of
Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that our lives
may become a Divine vision and in Thy light,
all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace O Lord, our Father and Mother,
that we Thy children on Earth may all
unite in one family.

as-salaam - Source of Peace
ar-ra'uf - The Compassionate
al-wadud - The Loving
al-wasi - The All Embracing
(Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan circa 1921)

 

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A Prayer for Thursday

God Be In My Head by John Rutter

God be in my head and in my understanding.
God be in mine eyes and in my looking.
God be in my mouth and in my speaking.
God be in mine heart and in my thinking.
God be at mine end and in my departing.

Old English Prayer

God be with us today and always. Amen.

Prayer for Wednesday

Hindu man kneeling in prayer

O master of the senses, it is right that the world delights
and rejoices in your praise,
that all the saints and sages bow down to you
and all evil flees before you to the far corners of the universe.

Sri Rama's Hand in Blessing

How could they not worship you, O Lord?
You are the eternal spirit,
who existed before Brahma the creator
and who will never cease to be, the Lord of the gods,
you are the abode of the universe.
Changeless, you are what is and what is not,
and beyond the duality of existence and nonexistence.

Ayyavazhi Lotus

You are the first among gods,
the timeless spirit, the resting place of all beings.
You are the knower and the thing which is known.
You are the final home;
within your infinite form you pervade the cosmos.

Prajapati Image

You are air, and You are the supreme controller!
You are fire, You are water,
You are the moon and the creator Prajapati,
and the great-grandfather of all creatures.
I bow before you and salute you again and again.

Aum Symbol in a Gold Circle

You are behind me and in front of me;
I bow to you on every side.
Your power is immeasurable.
You pervade everything;
you are everything.

(Bhagavad Gita – 11:36-40 – Arjuna)

O Lord of all creation, like Arjuna we loudly sing your praises. We give thanks to you for always being there. Fill us with the joy of your presence.

O God, we ask for blessing and healing today for all those who are sick or injured, especially for Mairi and Bob, and any others known to us…

Start the Day with Love;
Spend the Day with Love;
Fill the Day with Love;
End the Day with Love;
This is the way to God.

(Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

Namaste in sanskrit
Namaste in English using sanskrit style font

(Click here to go to the audio track for this post.)

Prayer for Tuesday (Holy Innocents)

This morning I wish to share some special prayers for the children of the world. And I am going to have The King’s Singers help me out. (I have posted the YouTube video that this comes from in the post before this one.)

Children Holding Hands Around the World Prayer of the Children
Praying children around the world

Can you hear the prayer of the children
on bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room?
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry
turning heavenward toward the light.
Crying,” Jesus, help me
to see the morning light of one more day,
but if I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul to take.”

Can you feel the hearts of the children
aching for home, for something of their very own.
Reaching hands with nothing to hold onto
but hope for a better day, a better day.
Crying,” Jesus, help me
to feel the love again in my own land,
but if unknown roads lead away from home,
give me loving arms, away from harm.”

Can you hear the voice of the children
softly pleading for silence in their shattered world?
Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
blood of the innocent on their hands.
Crying,” Jesus, help me
to feel the sun again upon my face?
For when darkness clears, I know you’re near,
bringing peace again.”

Dali čujete sve dječje molitve?

Can you hear the prayer of the children?

(words and music written by Kurt Bestor)

O God, we thank You for the blessing of children in the world, for their beauty, innocence and laughter. Help us to remember that when we see a child, we are seeing Your face.

Bless all the children of the world, Lord, keep them close in Your heart. God, bless the souls of the children who continue to suffer day-to-day. Please be with them and heal their broken hearts and rescue them from all suffering and abuse. And we ask You to bless all those children who are close to us: Corbett, Cassie, Ethan, Ashlyn, Evan, and any others known to us…

May we end the wars and suffering of the world by ending the wars and suffering in our own hearts through love and forgiveness. May you all hear the prayers of the children and do your part to make them come true. Amen.

(Click here for audio track of this post.)

Prayer for Monday

Yeii It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.
I, I am the spirit within the earth …
The feet of the earth are my feet …
The legs of the earth are my legs …
The bodily strength of the earth is my strength …
The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts …
The voice of the earth is my voice …
The feather of the earth is my feather …
All that belongs to the earth belongs to me …
All that surrounds the earth surrounds me …
I, I am the sacred words of the earth …
It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.
(Native American – Navajo Song)

O God, we give thanks to you for our Mother the Earth and all the abundance She gives us. Help us to remember that the Earth, and all living things on it, is sacred. May we always think about how our actions will impact the Earth and other people.

We ask for blessing and healing today for our Mother the Earth; for Tina and her baby, Herman’s family; for all those who dedicate their lives to caring for our Mother the Earth, and any others known to us…

May you always walk in the light with the four winds about you. Aho.

 

Prayers for the Sunday after Christmas

Earth from the moon

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world
in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward
the coming of the day of universal peace.

(Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968)

Earth from space

We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the work, the health, the food
and bright skies which make our lives
delightful for our friends in all parts of the earth.

(Robert Louis Stevenson)

O God, grant us peace and serenity during this season of Christmas. Bring love to where there is hatred; hope where there is despair; and joy where there is sadness.

O God, we ask for blessing and healing for all people, but especially today for: all victims of violence, specifically for those of the terrorist bombings in Rome, Nigeria, and Pakistan; for Denise, Tina and her baby, Herman’s family, and any others known to us…

Stylized Peace

May the forgiving spirit of Him to whom we dedicate this season
prevail again on earth.
May hunger disappear and terrorists stop their senseless acts.
May people live in freedom, worshiping as they see fit, loving others.
May the sanctity of the home be ever preserved.
May peace, everlasting peace, reign supreme.

(Soundings, Vol. 2, # 12)