Prayer for Wednesday (Feast of St. Andrew)

Today is the Christian Feast of Saint Andrew, believed to be the first Apostle of Jesus. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Prussia and of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

O my God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against You, Whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.
Amen

(a Catholic Act of Contrition prayer)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I forgive myself for being imperfect like everybody else.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

In this life which has no beginning and no end;
in this life or in other lives, because of my ignorance,
I have done many wrongs.
I also told others to do wrong and
I have been happy when they did wrong.
Now that I understand my faults,
I confess them to the Protectors from my heart.
I join my palms asking the buddhas of all the directions,
‘Please light the lamp of teaching for beings who suffer in dark confusion.’

(Tibetan Buddhist prayer)

Today’s Affirmation:

“As I follow the path of forgiveness, life becomes a new, clean slate
on which I can draw my new life plan as I wish.”

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

Prayer for Monday (Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is a Bahá’í holiday that marks the death of the son of Baha’u’lláh. This is a minor holy day and work is not suspended.

“Love ye all religions and all races with a love that is true and sincere and show that love through deeds and not through the tongue; for the latter hath no importance, as the majority of men are, in speech, well-wishers, while action is the best.”
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

O Thou forgiving Lord! Thou art the shelter of all these Thy servants. Thou knowest the secrets and art aware of all things. We are all helpless, and Thou art the Mighty, the Omnipotent. We are all sinners, and Thou art the Forgiver of sins, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
O Lord! Look not at our shortcomings. Deal with us according to Thy grace and bounty. Our shortcomings are many, but the ocean of Thy forgiveness is boundless. Our weakness is grievous, but the evidences of Thine aid and assistance are clear. Therefore, confirm and strengthen us. Enable us to do that which is worthy of Thy holy Threshold. Illumine our hearts, grant us discerning eyes and attentive ears. Resuscitate the dead and heal the sick. Bestow wealth upon the poor and give peace and security to the fearful. Accept us in Thy kingdom and illumine us with the light of guidance.
Thou art the Powerful and the Omnipotent. Thou art the Generous. Thou art the Clement. Thou art the Kind.

(‘Abdul’-Bahá)

Today’s Affirmation:

“God Loves me and forgives me.”

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

Happy Anniversary YDP!!

Today is the first anniversary of the Your Daily Prayer blog.

I have been blessed with my sharing through this blog and the accompanying website (www.your-daily-prayer.com). It is my hope that those of you who read this blog benefit nearly as much as I do.

I would like to give special thanks to those who have supported and encouraged me in this work: my sister Faith, my sponsor Dan L., my wife Stephanie and my two daughters Mairi and Alexis, my dad and step-mom, my warrior brothers in the Rising Sun Medicine I-Group (Gregor, Larry Q., David C., David S., Greg, Taylor, Larry P.), and all of my brothers and sisters in recovery.

In honor of this occasion here is the Irish blessing that was my very first post.

Green & Brown Celtic Cross May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Prayer for Sunday (Advent Sunday)

Today is the first Sunday in Advent in the Western Christian tradition. It marks the beginning of a new year in the ecclesiastical calendar.

During this Advent, let your light of peace and love shine in our world.
Give us eyes to see the signs of your presence in the world.
Help us to prepare our lives and our homes to receive the One who said,
“I am the light of the world.”

Loving God, make room in our hearts for people who need us.
We thank you for friends and strangers who have received us
when we were lonely, afraid, or tired.
May we be ready to receive the love you offer us
and have the courage to share that love with others through loving action.
Amen.

(Adapted from “Short Advent Prayers”, Catholic Charities USA)

Today’s Affirmation:

“God gave me the discernment to make sound decisions.”

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

Prayer for Saturday (Day of the Covenant)

Today is the Bah’áí holiday of the Day of the Covenant.
It is also Al-Hijra, New Year’s Day in the Islamic calendar.

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers.
I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.
I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being.
O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.
I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

Today’s Affirmation:

“My spirituality is drawn from a deep Faith in God.”

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

Prayer for Friday

The Lord of the World is the Mender of the broken.
He Himself cherishes all beings.
The cares of all are on His Mind;
no one is turned away from Him.
O my mind, meditate forever on the Lord.
The Imperishable Lord God is Himself All-in-all.
By one’s own actions, nothing is accomplished,
even though the mortal may wish it so, hundreds of times.
Without Him, nothing is of any use to you.
Salvation, O Nanak, is attained by chanting the Name of the One Lord.

(from the Sukhmani Sahib, which is in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib,
the Sikh Holy Scriptures)

Today’s Affirmation:

“God always provides me with helpful people to benefit my circumstances.”

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