Prayer for Sunday (Sukkot)

The week long Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins at sundown today.

Prayer is when you talk to God;
meditation is when you listen to God.
~ Author Unknown

Blessing for Dwelling in the Sukkah
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
to dwell in the sukkah (Amen)

Shehecheyanu
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
who has kept us alive, sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this season (Amen)

(traditional prayers during Sukkot)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I receive guidance and insight through meditation.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

Joy is prayer –
Joy is strength –
Joy is love –
Joy is a net of love
by which you can catch souls.
She gives most who gives with Joy.
~ Mother Teresa

Make us worthy, Lord,
to serve our fellowmen throughout the world
who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love give them peace and joy.
Amen.

(Mother Teresa, from “Prayers for Today,” published by Leaflet Missal Co.)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

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

Prayer for Friday

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Joy! Joy! I triumph! Now no more I know
Myself as simply me. I burn with love
Unto myself, and bury me in love.
The centre is within me and its wonder
Lies as a circle everywhere about me.
Joy! Joy! No mortal thought can fathom me.
I am the merchant and the pearl at once.
Lo, Time and Space lie crouching at my feet.
Joy! Joy! When I would reveal in a rapture.
I plunge into myself and all things know.

(Attar, translated by Margaret Smith, From: The Persian mystics)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

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

Prayer for Thursday

When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you,
a joy.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi

Let us live in joy,
not hating those who hate us.
Among those who hate us, we live free of hate.
Let us live in joy,
free from disease among those who are diseased.
Among those who are diseased, let us live free of disease.
Let us live in joy,
free from greed among the greedy.
Among those who are greedy, we live free of greed.
Let us live in joy,
though we possess nothing.
Let us live feeding on joy, like the bright gods.

(Buddha)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Yom Kippur)

Today is the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

If you are not living in joy,
you are out of integrity with your soul.
~ Michael Beckwith

Al-mighty King, who sits upon the throne of mercy, You act graciously, pardoning the sins of your people and making them pass away one by one. You often grant pardon to sinners, forgiveness to transgressors, dealing generously with all mortals and not treating them according to their wickedness. O G-d, You who instructed us to recite Your thirteen divine qualities, remember, in our favor, the covenant of these thirteen qualities; as You revealed them to humble Moses, as it is written:
“The Lord came down in the cloud, and Moses placed himself there beside him and proclaimed: The Lord, The Lord is a merciful and gracious G-d, slow to anger and abounding in kindness and truth; He keeps mercy for thousands of generations, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, clearing those who repent.”

O pardon our iniquity and sin, and make us Your very own. Our Father, are truly kind, forgiving and merciful to all who call upon You.

(Part of the S’lichot, Prayers of Supplication,
said at Yom Kippur)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Yom Kippur)

The Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur begins at sundown today.

Focus on the journey,
not the destination.
Joy is found not in finishing an activity
but in doing it.
~ Greg Anderson

I now intensely cultivate universal love,
wishing for all conscious beings only true happiness,
fulfillment, peace and freedom from suffering.
I experience great ecstatic joy
at the very thought of conscious
beings abiding forever in equanimity and bliss,
free from every obvious fear and subtle anxiety.
As universal love increases in this mind stream,
harmful forces cannot affect me,
and I become a protector of living beings.

I deeply rejoice in all authentic religious
and moral teachings which have elevated
any person into selfless love.
I rejoice as well in all kind actions
performed by or for even the least evolved sentient being.
I remember constantly that all societies and relationships,
in order to be fruitful, can be based upon
and sustained by loving-kindness alone.

(Buddhist prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

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

Prayer for Monday

Resolve to keep happy
and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
~ Helen Keller

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord,…

(Psalm 98: 4-8 [NKJV])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

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