Sing a new song…. (Adoration and Praise)

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
~ Psalm 105:1-2

I have spent the last week and a half looking briefly at prayer from different religious traditions. Starting today I am going to look at different types of prayer and post examples from different traditions of each type over a week to 10 days. I know I am benefiting from this exercise and I hope you will too. – JAC

Adoration [noun] 1. the act of paying honor, as to a divine being / worship;
2. reverent homage; 3. fervent and devoted love.

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition, from Jewish Psalms to Hindu Bhajans, Christian Hymns to the Muslim takbir. These types of prayer are said, chanted, or sung to simply praise the Supreme Being(s) and extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of the worshiper’s Deity.

1 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord, all the world!
2 Sing to the Lord, and praise him!
Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.
3 Proclaim his glory to the nations,
his mighty deeds to all peoples.

4 The Lord is great and is to be highly praised;
he is to be honored more than all the gods.
5 The gods of all other nations are only idols,
but the Lord created the heavens.
6 Glory and majesty surround him;
power and beauty fill his Temple.

7 Praise the Lord, all people on earth;
praise his glory and might.
8 Praise the Lord’s glorious name;
bring an offering and come into his Temple.

(Psalm 96:1-8 [GNT])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

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

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Modeh Ani and Shalom Aleichem

What you yourself hate, don’t do to your neighbor.
This is the whole law; the rest is commentary.
~ Rabbi Hillel (30 BC – 10 AD)

The Jewish people have a long and rich tradition of prayer. For observant Jews prayer is an integral part of their everyday life. There are prayers to be recited before enjoying any material pleasure, prayers to recite before performing any mitzvah (commandment), prayers to recite upon seeing anything unusual (such as a king, a rainbow, or the site of a great tragedy), prayers to recite whenever some good or bad thing happens, and prayers to recite before going to bed at night. All of these prayers are in addition to formal prayer services, which are performed three times a day every weekday and additional times on shabbat (Sabbath) and festivals.

Mode Ani in HebrewModeh ani l’faneykha, melekh chai vekayam,
she-hechezarta bi nishmati bechemlah,
rabbah emunatekha.

I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King,
for You have mercifully restored my soul within me;
Your faithfulness is great.

Shalom Aleichem in Hebrew

Shalom aleichem, mal’achei hasharet, mal’achei elyon.
Mimelech mal’achei ham’lachim, hakadosh baruch Hu.

Bo’achem leshalom, mal’achei hashalom, mal’achei elyon.
Mimelech mal’achei ham’lachim, hakadosh baruch Hu.

Bar’chuni leshalom, mal’achei hashalom, mal’achei elyon.
Mimelech mal’achei ham’lachim, hakadosh baruch Hu.

Tzetchem leshalom, mal’achei hashalom, mal’achei elyon.
Mimelech mal’achei ham’lachim, hakadosh baruch Hu.

Peace upon you, ministering angels, messengers of the Most High,
of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.

Come in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High,
of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.

Bless me with peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High,
of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.

May your departure be in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High,
of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“We are all related.”

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

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Blessed are You, LORD our God, …

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah ends at sundown today.

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.
~ Anne Frank

ברוך אתה ה’ א‑לוהינו, מלך העולם, שהחינו וקימנו והגענו לזמן הזה.‏
ברוך אתה ה’ א‑לוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להדליק נר של חנוכה.‏
‏ברוך אתה ה’ א‑לוהינו, מלך העולם, שעשה נסים לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה.‏

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah light[s].
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time.

(traditional blessings at Hanukkah)

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 Saturday

Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul;
man cannot live in health without them.
~ Mahalia Jackson

אלי, אלי, שלא יגמר לעולם
החול והים
רשרוש של המים
ברק השמים
תפילת האדם

My God, My God, I pray that these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The rustle of the waters,
Lightning of the Heavens,
The prayer of Man.

(Hannah Senesh, 1942)

This Week’s Affirmation:
“The light of God is guiding me in everything I do.”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday

The true object of all human life is play.
~ G. K. Chesterton

Compose new songs of praise to him, accompanied skillfully on the harp; sing joyfully.

For all God’s words are right, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. He loves whatever is just and good; the earth is filled with his tender love. He merely spoke, and the heavens were formed and all the galaxies of stars. He made the oceans, pouring them into his vast reservoirs.

(Psalm 33:3-7 [TLB])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I attract fun and amusing experiences.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here
and you are out there.
~ Yasutani Roshi

PRAYER FOR SUSTENANCE

My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the latter end of that man is peace.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed upon faithfulness. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid: for the Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation.

O Sovereign of the universe, in thy holy words it is written, saying, He that trusteth in the Lord, loving-kindness shall compass him, about; and it is written, And thou givest life to them all. O Lord God of truth, vouchsafe blessing and prosperity upon all the work of my hands, for I trust in thee that thou wilt so bless me through my occupation and calling, that I may be enabled to support myself and the members of my household with ease and not with pain, by lawful and not by forbidden means, unto life and peace. In me also let the scripture be fulfilled, Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. Amen

(from The Standard Prayer Book tr. by Simeon Singer, 1915)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

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

Prayer for Friday (Simchat Torah)

The Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah ends at sunset. The Navajo Sing in gratitude for the harvest ends today.

Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy Kingdom come,”
we must be willing to pray, “My Kingdom go.”
~ Alan Redpath

Blessed are You, LORD our God, king of the universe, who gave us the Torah of truth and set everlasting life in our midst. Blessed are You, LORD, giver of the Torah.

(prayer said after reading from the Torah)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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