My God, I love thee;….

God lives in the place of praise.
If we want to be where He is, we need to go to His address.
~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God.

My God, I love thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because who love thee not
Are lost eternally;

Not with the hope of gaining aught;
Not seeking a reward;
But as thyself hast loved me,
O ever-loving Lord,

E’en so I love thee, and will love,
And in thy praise will sing,
Solely because thou art my God,
And my eternal King.

(Francis Xavier)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Happy and Healthy.”

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

 

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God of power and mercy,… [2nd Sunday in Advent]

Today is the Second Sunday in Advent in the western Christian traditions. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.
~ Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Advent prayer from Catholic Online)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

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

Lord God, only you can see…

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
~ Buddha

Lord God,
only you can see into my heart and know
that under all the busy-ness of my life,
there is a deep longing
to make this Advent one that welcomes you
more deeply into my own life.

My heart desires the warmth of your love
and my minds searches for your Light
in the midst of the darkness

Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent
and to give special love to those
who disagree with me.
give me the strength and courage
to forgive those who have hurt me.

Help me to free my heart
from the prison of my anger and hurt.

(Creighton University Online Ministries)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am master of my being and can fully relax at will,
my mind dwells on harmonious and peaceful thoughts.”

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

 

Prayer for Sunday (Michaelmas)

Today is the Christian Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, also known as Michaelmas.

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
~ Bob Dylan

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

(traditional Catholic prayer to St. Michael)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“When I expect the best results, I will get them.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Nativity of the Theotokos)

Today is the Orthodox Christian celebration of the Nativity of the Theotokos, which is the Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Western Christian traditions.

If you have a mom,
there is nowhere you are likely to go
where a prayer has not already been.
~ Robert Brault

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

(traditional Catholic prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I will live in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.
~ Mother Teresa

Prayer Before Leaving for Apostolate

Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel before You,
since every perfect gift must come from You.
I pray, give skill to my hands,
clear vision to my mind,
kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose,
strength to lift up a part of the burden
of my suffering fellow men,
and a true realization of the privilege that is mine.
Take from my heart all the guile and worldliness
that with the simple faith of a child,
I may rely on You.
Amen.

(Mother Teresa)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate hope and blessed promise.”

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

Prayer for Friday

I can do things you cannot,
you can do things I cannot;
together we can do great things.
~ Mother Teresa

Blessing of the Harvest

Almighty Lord God,
You keep on giving abundance
to men in the dew of heaven,
and food out of the richness of the soil.
We give thanks to Your most gracious majesty
for the fruits of the field
which we have gathered.
We beg of You,
in Your mercy,
to bless our harvest,
which we have received from Your generosity.
Preserve it,
and keep it from all harm.
Grant, too,
that all those whose desires You
have filled with these good things
may be happy in Your protection.
May they praise Your mercies forever,
and make use of the good things
that do not last in such a way
that they may not lose those goods
that are everlasting,
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

(Source: Catholic Blessings at catholicdoors.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate hope and blessed promise.”

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