Prayer for Saturday (Shavuot)

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins at sundown today.

Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~ Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Mourner’s Kaddish*

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

(Source: Orthodox Union website)

* Kaddish is not a prayer for the deceased. Nowhere in Kaddish is the name of the deceased mentioned and there is no mention of death, loss or mourning. With the saying of the Kaddish prayer, the mourner both affirms his faith in God and calls on the community to join him in affirming his statement. When a mourner publicly inspires other Jews to affirm their faith in God, this greatly benefits the soul of the departed. A Rabbi should be consulted as to the proper time and place to say Kaddish which requires a Minyan (a quorum of ten adult male Jews.)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Friday

If there is meaning in life at all,
then there must be meaning in suffering.
~ Viktor E. Frankl

Where eternal luster glows,
the realm in which the light divine is set,
place me, Purifier, in that deathless,
imperishable world.

Make me immortal in that realm
where movement is accordant to wish,
in the third region,
the third heaven of heavens,
where the worlds are resplendent.

(Vedic Funeral Hymn – Rig Veda, Aitareya Aranyaka 6-11)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Thursday (Ascension Day – Orthodox)

Today is Ascension Day in the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions.

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light,
so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
~ Meister Eckhart

Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your servant who has fallen asleep, in Your Kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering. In Your goodness and love for all men, pardon all the sins he (she) has committed in thought word or deed, for there is no man or woman who lives and sins not, You only are without sin.
For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and Repose of Your servant, departed this life, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up glory with Your Eternal Father and Your All-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit; both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

(Eastern Orthodox Prayer for the Dead)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Birthday of Guru Amar Das)

The Sikh remembrance of the Birthday of Guru Amar Das is today. Today is also the continuation of the Bahá’í holiday of the Declaration of the Báb.

Grief should be the instructor of the wise.
Sorrow is knowledge:
they who know the most must mourn the deepest.
~ Lord Byron

Meditating, in contemplation of the great Giver, the heart’s desires are fulfilled.
The craving and hopes of the mind are realized, and sorrows are forgotten.
The treasure of the name is obtained after a long search.
My light merges with the Supreme light, and my labors are over.
Peacefully I take abode in the house of bliss.
My comings and goings have ended and there is no more birth or death.
The Master and the servant have become one, with no sense of separation.
By the Guru’s grace, Nanak is absorbed in the true Lord.

(Guru Arjun Dev, 5th Sikh Guru)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Declaration of the Bab)

The Bahá’í holiday of the Declaration of the Báb begins this evening.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping
for that which has been your delight.
~ Kahlil Gibran

From the earth did We create you,
and into it shall We return you,
and from it shall We bring you out once again.
~ Qur’an 20:55 (Surah Ta-Ha)

O Allah, ease upon him his matters,
and make light for him whatever comes hereafter,
and honor him with Your meeting
and make that which he has gone to better than that which he came out from.

(Muslim funeral prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Monday

There is a reason for all things.
The pain of loss teaches us compassion for others
and humility to our prideful kind.
It has the power to soften uncaring hearts
and to make a better person of a good one.
~ adapted from Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

O my God!
O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions!
Verily, I beseech thee to forgive the sins of such
as have abandoned the physical garment
and have ascended to the spiritual world.

O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows,
and change their darkness into light.
Cause them to enter the garden of happiness,
cleanse them with the most pure water,
and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Sunday

You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening,
into the house and gate of heaven,
to enter into that gate, and dwell in that house where there shall be
no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
no noise nor silence, but one equal music;
no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity;
in the habitation of thy glory and dominion,
world without end. Amen.

(John Donne, Source: Beliefnet.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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