Prayer for Thursday

Blessed art Thou
O Lord our God
King of the world
who makes the fruit
of the tree.

Blessed art Thou
O Lord our God
King of the world
whose word makes all
things on earth.

Blessed art Thou
O Lord our God
King of the world
who brings food
out of the earth.

Blessed art Thou
O Lord our God
King of the world
who gives clothes
to cover our bodies.

Blessed art Thou
O Lord our God
King of the world
who makes sweet smelling
wood and plants.

Blessed art Thou
O Lord our God
King of the world
who has kept us alive
until now so we may
find joy in what has
just come to us.

Blessed art Thou
O Lord our God
King of the world
who has created
the wonderful things of
earth and heaven.

(Hebrew prayer, North America)

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Prayer for Wednesday

Divine Mother of all Beings
Great Goddess of Compassion and Mercy
May my heart be home to you
like your island in the sea.
May I feel your presence guiding me in fear and rage.
May the strength and balance of your grace-filled body be mine when I need them,
And may I walk in your Bodhisattva Way with trust and gladness,
Beyond time, beyond the end, beyond the beginning.

(prayer to Quan Yin – Claudia L’Amoreaux)

Prayer for Tuesday

Source of the Universe, grant me the ability to be alone.
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
among the trees and grass,
among all growing things,
and there may I be alone, and enter into prayer,
to talk with the One to whom I belong.
May I express there everything in my heart,
and may all the foliage of the field,
all grasses, trees and plants,
awake at my coming,
to send the powers of their life
into the words of my prayer
so that my prayer and speech are made whole
through the life and spirit of all growing things,
which are made as one by their transcendent Source.

Reb Nachman of Breslov
(founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement)

Prayer for Monday (Khordad Sal)

Doa Tan-Dorostri (Zoroastrian blessing)

In the name of God, the bestower, the giver, the benevolent!

May there be health and long life, complete Glory giving righteousness! May the visible Yazads1 and the invisible Yazads and the seven Amashaspands2 come to your fair offering.

May your household be happy, may there be blessing! May there be happiness among the people of the religion of Zartosht3! We beseech you, Lord, to grant to the present ruler, to all the community, and to all those of the Good Religion, health and fair repute.

May [all] live for a thousand years! [God] Keep them long happy, long healthy, long just! Keep them thus, keep them caring for the deserving! Keep them living and abiding for many years and countless hours! A hundred thousand blessings upon them!

May the year be auspicious, the day fortunate, the month propitious in all these years and days and months!

For many years keep you worthy to perform worship and utter prayers, to give charity and offerings, being just. May you have health to fulfill all your duties! May you be liberal, kind and good!

May it be so, may it be more so, may it be according to the wish of the Yazads and the Amashaspands!

(Adapted from the KHORDA AVESTA (Book of Common Prayer); Source: Avesta – Zoroastrian Archives )

1 Created spiritual being, angel
2 lit. ‘Beneficent Immortals’, the highest spiritual beings created by God
3 Parsi name for Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism.

Prayers for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Opening Prayer
God of light and God of night
Creator of seed and mountain
raindrop and fountain
We bring our offering of praise.
God of right and God of might
Lover of child and childless
rich and homeless
We bring our offering of praise.

Confession and Forgiveness
Creator God, forgive our moments of ingratitude,
the spiritual blindness that prevents us
from appreciating the wonder that is this world,
the endless cycle of nature,
of life and death and rebirth.
Forgive us for taking without giving
reaping without sowing.
Open our eyes to see
our lips to praise
our hands to share.
May our feet touch lightly on the path we tread,
and our footsteps be worthy of following,
for they lead to you.

‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin ….’
2 Chronicles 7:14

(From “A Liturgy for the 3rd Sunday in Lent”, © John Birch, at Faith and Worship – Prayers and Resources)

Prayer for Saturday

Yigdal Yigdal in Hebrew

Exalted be the Living God and praised,
He exists – unbounded by time is His existence;
He is One – and there is no unity like His Oneness –
Inscrutable and infinite is His Oneness;
He has no semblance of a body nor is He corporeal –
nor has His holiness any comparison;
He preceded every being that was created –
the First, and nothing precedes His precedence;
Behold! He is Master of the universe to every creature –
He demonstrates His greatness and His sovereignty;
He granted His flow of prophecy –
to His treasured, splendid people;
In Israel, none like Moses arose again –
a prophet who perceived His vision clearly;
God gave His people a Torah of truth –
by means of His prophet, the most trusted of His household;
God will never amend nor exchange His law –
for any other one, for all eternity;
He scrutinizes and knows our hiddenmost secrets –
He perceives a matter’s outcome at its inception;
He recompenses man with kindness according to his deed –
He places evil on the wicked according to his wickedness;
By the End of Days He will send our Messiah –
to redeem those longing for His final salvation;
God will revive the dead in His abundant kindness –
Blessed forever is His praised Name.

Yighdal

‘Yigdal (“may he be magnified”) is often the concluding prayer of the Friday evening service in Sephardic congregations; the Ashkenazim recite it during weekday morning prayers. This prayer, believed to be composed by R Daniel bar Judah, is based on the “Thirteen Principles of Faith” described by Maimonides in his book, Commentary on the Mishnah. Yigdal restates the first two commandments of the Ten Commandments – “I am the Lord thy God” and “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Yigdal is a powerful hymn reminding the Jewish people of the power of God.‘ (From Yigdal entry by Ariel Scheib, Jewish Virtual Library)

Prayer for Friday (Annunciation of Mary)

Archangel Gabriel and Mary

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum,
benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus.
Sancta Maria mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc,
et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you,
blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now,
and in the hour of our death.
Amen.

Ave Maria (Click for a beautiful performance of a classic version of this song.)