Prayer for Monday (Samhain)

This is the night when the gateway between our world and the spirit world is thinnest. Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.

Tonight I honor my ancestors.
Spirits of my fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over me always,
protecting and guiding me,
and tonight I thank you.
Your blood runs in my veins,
your spirit is in my heart,
your memories are in my soul.

[If you wish, you may want to recite your genealogy here.
This can include both your blood family, and your spiritual one.]

With the gift of remembrance.
I remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within me,
and within those who are yet to come.

(Patti Wigington, About.com Paganism/Wicca page)

Today’s Affirmation:

“Everything that is happening is only for the highest good of me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Prayer for Sunday (Reformation Day)

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent,
that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith;
at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether.
O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in you.
In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have.
I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor.
I am a sinner; you are upright.
With me, there is an abundance of sin; in you is the fullness of righteousness.
Therefore I will remain with you, of whom I can receive,
but to whom I may not give.
Amen.

(Martin Luther)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I move beyond forgiveness to understanding
and I have compassion and kindness for all.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday

There is beauty before me.
There is beauty above me.
There is beauty behind me.
There is beauty all around me.
I walk in beauty.

(traditional Navajo morning prayer)

Today’s Affirmation:

“The Universe provides more than enough food for me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday (Milvian Bridge Day)

In the Christian tradition, this is a day of solemn reflection on the relationship of religion and the civil government.

Eternal God
Save us from weak resignation to violence
Teach us that restraint is the highest expression of power
That thoughtfulness and tenderness are marks of the strong.

Help us to love our enemies
Not by countenancing their sins,
But by remembering our own
And may we never for a moment forget
That they are fed by the same food,
Hurt by the same weapons,
Have children for whom they have the same high hopes as we do.

Grant us the ability
To find joy and strength not in the strident call to arms
To grasp our fellow creatures
In the striving for justice and truth.

(1991 NCC Australia & Australia Catholic relief.
Prepared by a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim [Aug. 1990])

Today’s Affirmation:

“Religion to me is a way of life.
It is a way of living a morally and ethically correct life.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday (Govardhan Puja)

Govardhan Puja is the fourth day of the Hindu festival of Deepavali or Diwali.

Mere Man Mandir

O Giridhari! I am begging You to enter, just once, into the temple of my mind. O Giridhari, O Banavari, You who reside in the groves of Vrindavan and attract our minds towards You. O beloved Giridhari, please come to me.

So many times have I called out to You with eyes over-flowing with tears. This most unhappy person is pleading before You. So please, O beloved Giridhari, please come to me.

Simply waiting for You my eyes have become weary. Maya is attacking me at every step. Just see my pitiable condition, O beloved Giridhari, and please come to me.

Please shower some of Your mercy here also. Being extremely thirsty, let me drink just a drop of your love. I am nothing but a beggar, begging from you. O beloved Giridhari, please come to me.

I have brought You no gifts, my Lord, and have come empty-handed at Your doorstep. I worship You with my love, so O beloved Giridhari, please come to me.

You are free to love me or reject me. You may call me near or You may send me away. In any condition of life, I am a soul surrendered unto You, please, O beloved Giridhari, please come to me.

(This song prays that Lord Krishna, Giridhari, the lifter of Govardhan Hill, will appear to us in the temple of our mind.)

Today’s Affirmation:

“All my thoughts, words and actions are divinely guided.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday (Deepavali)

This is the third and main day of the Hindu festival of Deepavali or Diwali.

Lead us from the unreal to the real.
Lead us from darkness to light.
Lead us from death to everlasting immortality.

Om. Let us meditate on the Great Goddess Shri Lakshmi,
the consort of Shri Maha Vishnu.
May that effulgent Maha Lakshmi Devi
inspire and illumine our mind and understanding.

And then appeared the Goddess of Wealth,
Shri Lakshmi, being near the Lord,
Illuminating the world with her charm
like lightning in the crystal mountains.

(Shrimad Bhagavatam 8:8:8)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I release all opposition to wealth.
I am only positive towards wealth.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday (Naraka Chaturdashi)

Naraka Chaturdashi is the second day of the Hindu festival of Deepavali or Diwali.

Jai Maha Kali Maa

Oh mother Kali, Oh Maha Kali, Glory to you the slayer of Raktabeej.
The protector of the holy ones.
Oh mother may there be victory in your holy name.

Oh Devi you are the one who put a stop to King Daksha’s Yagya,
and the one who slayed the demons Shumbh and Nishumbh.
You removed the atrocities of Madhu and Kaitab
and defeated the great Mahishasur as well.
May there be victory in your holy name.

Oh mother you are verily the creator of the cosmos.
The one who is beyond time and so destroys time,
Oh giver of goodness and wealth,
May there be victory in your holy name.

Oh Mother your existence is itself energy, The Para-Shakti Ambe Maa.
You dwell everywhere, you are the auspicious Jagadamba,
the bestower, the Mother of all,
May there be victory in your holy name.

You are the wish fulfilling and calm Dakshina Kali, Aadhya Kali,
and so many are your names.
Your existence resounds in all three worlds.
You are righteousness, you are our liberator and our salvation.
May there be victory in your holy name, Oh mother Kali.

Today’s Affirmation:

“I enjoy challenges. I take them head on and win over them.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)