Prayer for Friday (Sts. Peter and Paul)

Faith is the substance of things hoped for;
the evidence of things not seen.
~ Saint Paul (Hebrews 11:1)

I kneel before the Father, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that He may grant you in accord with the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

(Saint Paul [Ephesians 3: 14 – 19])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My faith lifts me above my fears.”

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

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Prayer for Sunday (Easter)

Today is Easter Sunday in the Western Christian traditions.

God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the Spring,
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing –
And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power –
And may this Easter grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,
And give us ears to hear, dear God,
the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than man’s often empty words
Telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair –
‘Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care.’

(Helen Steiner Rice)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am filled with overflowing gratitude
for all the abundance and miracles in my life.”

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

Prayer for Monday

O God, our true life, to know you is life,
to serve you is freedom, to enjoy you is a kingdom,
to praise you is the joy and happiness of the soul.

I praise and bless and adore you,
I worship you, I glorify you.
I give thanks to you for your great glory.

I humbly beg you to live with me, to reign in me,
to make this heart of mine a holy temple,
a fit habitation for your divine majesty.

(St. Augustine)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am open and accepting of others.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Palm Sunday)

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, in the Western Christian traditions. It is also Ram Navami, celebrating the birth of the God Rama, in the Hindu faith.

Trusting in your mercy, Lord, we pray
that people everywhere may reject the use of nuclear weapons
and the threat to use them.
God of Peace, hear our prayer
that peace negotiators may discern the ways of peace
and meet as fellow human beings rather than as enemies.
God of Peace, hear our prayer
that governments may turn from warlike ploys of power
to service in the welfare of our common humanity.
God of Peace, hear our prayer
that the strategists of defense may be free from the fear
which produces the arms race.
God of Peace, hear our prayer
that defense forces may be freed from the passion
to punish and take revenge.
God of Peace, hear our prayer
that we all may learn what it means to love those
who are regarded as our enemies.
God of Peace, hear our prayer.

(from a Palm Sunday peace service, Sydney, Australia)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am open and accepting of others.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Mothering Sunday)

Today is Mothering Sunday, a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent.

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest,
and let these gifts to us be blessed.

(attributed to Martin Luther, 16th century)
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The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise Him; their hearts shall live forever!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy! (3 times)

O Christ God, bless the food and drink of Thy servants, for Thou art holy, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Orthodox Christian blessing before supper)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I eat only that which my body requires.”

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

Prayer for Saturday (St. Patrick of Ireland)

Bless, O Lord, this food we are about to eat; and we pray You, O God, that it may be good for our body and soul; and if there be any poor creature hungry or thirsty walking along the road, send them into us that we can share the food with them, just as You share your gifts with all of us.

(traditional Irish blessing)
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May this food restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs, new thoughts to weary minds. May this drink restore our souls, giving new vision to dry spirits, new warmth to cold hearts. And once refreshed, may we give new pleasure to You, who gives us all.

(Anonymous Irish Grace)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My body is healthier and stronger everyday.”

(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.)