Prayer for Wednesday

To Thee, O Master Who loves mankind, I hasten on rising from sleep; by Thy mercy I go forth to do Thy works, and I pray unto Thee: help me at all times, and in all things; deliver me from every evil thing of this world and from the pursuit of the devil; save me and lead me into Thine eternal Kingdom. For Thou art my Creator, Provider and Bestower of every good; wherefore all my hope is in Thee, and to Thee I ascribe glory, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(traditional Eastern Orthodox Christian morning prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“The Spirit of my Creator makes me wonderful.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors.

(The Báb)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“The Spirit of my Creator makes me wonderful.”

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

Prayer for Monday (Clean Monday)

Today is Clean Monday which is the first day of Great Lent for Orthodox Christians.

How shall I begin to weep for my failures?
Where can I make a start for salvation?
I have lived as a Prodigal.
Save me by the ways that are Your, Bountiful One.

This is the time of repentance.
This is the day of salvation.
This is the beginning of the fast.
Be vigilant, my soul!
Close the door of your passions, and seek the Lord.

The tempest of my sins has drawn me to the depths of despair.
But I flee to the sea of Your mercy:
O Lord, save me!

I have become a slave to sin.
I alone have opened the doors to passion, O Word,
but convert me by Your compassion, Savior!

(from Monday Matins service for the first week of Great Lent in the Triodion)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“The Spirit of my Creator makes me wonderful.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Ayyam-i-Ha)

Today begins Ayyám-i-Há, or Intercalary Days, in the Bahá’í faith. It is also Cheesefare Sunday in the Orthodox Christian traditions.

Bahá’í Medium Obligatory Prayer

TO BE RECITED DAILY, IN THE MORNING, AT NOON, AND IN THE EVENING.

Whoso wishes to pray, let him wash his hands, and while he washes, let him say:

Strengthen my hand, O my God, that it may take hold of Thy Book with such steadfastness that the hosts of the world shall have no power over it. Guard it, then, from meddling with whatsoever doth not belong unto it. Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.

And while washing his face, let him say:

I have turned my face unto Thee, O my Lord! Illumine it with the light of Thy countenance. Protect it, then, from turning to anyone but Thee.

Then let him stand up, and facing the Qiblih (Point of Adoration), let him say:

God testifieth that there is none other God but Him. His are the kingdoms of Revelation and of creation. He, in truth, hath manifested Him Who is the Dayspring of Revelation, Who conversed on Sinai, through Whom the Supreme Horizon hath been made to shine, and the Lote-Tree beyond which there is no passing hath spoken, and through Whom the call hath been proclaimed unto all who are in heaven and on earth: “Lo, the All-Possessing is come. Earth and heaven, glory and dominion are God’s, the Lord of all men, and the Possesser of the Throne on high and of earth below!”

Let him, then, bend down, with hands resting on the knees, and say:

Exalted art Thou above my praise and the praise of anyone beside me, above my description and the description of all who are in heaven and all who are on earth!

Then, standing with open hands, palms upward toward the face, let him say:

Disappoint not, O my God, him that hath, with beseeching fingers, clung to the hem of Thy mercy and Thy grace, O Thou Who of those who show mercy art the Most Merciful!

Let him, then, be seated and say:

I bear witness to Thy unity and Thy oneness, and that Thou art God, and that there is none other God beside Thee. Thou hast, verily, revealed Thy Cause, fulfilled Thy Covenant, and opened wide the door of Thy grace to all that dwell in heaven and on earth. Blessing and peace, salutation and glory, rest upon Thy loved ones, whom the changes and chances of the world have not deterred from turning unto Thee, and who have given their all, in the hope of obtaining that which is with Thee. Thou art, in truth, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bountiful.

(If anyone choose to recite instead of the long verse these words: “God testifieth that there is none other God but Him, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting,” it would be sufficient. And likewise, it would suffice were he, while seated, to choose to recite these words: “I bear witness to Thy unity and Thy oneness, and that Thou art God, and that there is none other God beside Thee.”)

(Bahá’u’lláh)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“The Spirit of my Creator makes me wonderful.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

Into your hands, merciful Lord, we commend ourselves for this day; may we be aware of your presence until its end; remind us that in whatever good we do we are serving you; make us careful and watchful, so that in everything we may discern your will, and, knowing it, may gladly obey.

Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad, the strength of those who suffer; hear the prayers of your children who cry out of any trouble; and to every distressed soul grant mercy, relief and refreshment.

(from the Gelasian Sacramentary, 8th century)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I easily forgive and I quickly move on.”

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

Prayer for Friday

Lord, save us from being self-centred in our prayers and teach us to remember to pray for others. May we be so bound up in love with those for whom we pray, that we may feel their needs as acutely as our own, and interceded for them with sensitivity, with understanding and with imagination.

(John Calvin, 1509-1564)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I easily forgive and I quickly move on.”

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

Prayer for Thursday

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits

May no living creatures suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill
May no one be afraid or belittled
With a mind weighed down by depression

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored in finding repose

May the naked find clothing
The hungry find food
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks

May the poor find wealth
Those weak with sorrow find joy
May the forlorn find hope
Constant happiness and prosperity

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit

May all who are sick or ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments
Whatever diseases there are in the world
May they never occur again

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefitting each other.

(Dedication from Shantideva’s Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Revised by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I easily forgive and I quickly move on.”

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