Prayer for Friday (Good Friday)

Today is Good Friday for western Christian traditions. The Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover, continues today.

My commandment to you is this: love others as I have loved you.
There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends.
You celebrate our friendship if you obey this command.
~ Jesus (John 15:12-14 [The Voice])

Jesus, tender and loving Lamb of God,
Utmost Sacrifice of all sacrifices,
Your glory is reverberated in the highest.
Being preoccupied with my well-being,
You chose to self-sacrificed Yourself,
Setting aside all Your personal glories.
I thank You Lord Jesus for Your act of love!
Your action has drawn me closer to You.
Teach me to model in smaller things,
To sacrifice in order to help others,
Guiding my soul to endure abstinence.
Lamb of God, I thank you endlessly!

(Source: The Catholic Doors Ministry)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Khordad Sal)

Today is the Zoroastrian holiday of Khordad Sal, celebrating the birth of the Prophet Zarathustra. It is the first day of the Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover. The Hindu festival of Holi continues today.

Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
and pray for those who mistreat you.
If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too;
if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well.
Give to everyone who asks you for something,
and when someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back.
~ Jesus (Luke 6:27-30, Good News translation)

With bended knees, with hands outstretched, do I yearn for the effective
expression of the holy spirit working within me:

For this love and understanding, truth and justice; for wisdom to know the
apparent from the real that I might alleviate the sufferings of men on earth….

God is love, understanding, wisdom, and virtue. Let us love one another,
let us practice mercy and forgiveness, let us have peace, born of fellow-feeling…

Let my joy be of altruistic living, of doing good to others. Happiness is unto
him from who happiness proceeds to any other human being.

(Zoroastrian prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Friday

Perfect love can never be defeated because it is infinite.
There is only one love and one energy.
When you are feeling it, you are beginning to understand it.
~ Mother Meera

O Morning Star!
When you look down upon us, give us peace and refreshing sleep.
Great Spirit!
Bless our children, friends, and visitors through a happy life.
May our trails lie straight and level before us.
Let us live to be old.
We are all your children and ask these things with good hearts.

(Traditional Wedding Prayer of Plains Indians)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday

That one plant should be sown
and another be produced cannot happen;
whatever seed is sown,
a plant of that kind even comes forth.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

O God, we pray and beseech you
to guide and protect young people
from the dangers that are ever present in our world today.
Be with them, as they experience both sickness and health,
sorrow and joy,
loneliness and friendship,
success and failure.
Gracious God,
give to them the courage and strength
to make the right decisions
as they journey through life.
Through the power of Spirit,
may they come to know and experience your loving care.
Amen.

(adapted from a prayer at Beliefnet.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Ayyam-i-Ha)

Ayyam-i-Ha, Days of Ha or Intercalary Days, begins for all Bahá’ís today.

Death would not be called bad, O people,
if one knew how to truly die.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

O Thou the Compassionate God!
Bestow upon me a heart, which like unto a glass,
may be illumined with the light of Thy love,
and confer upon me a thought which may change this world
into a rose-garden through the spiritual bounty.
Thou art the Compassionate, the Merciful!
Thou art the Great beneficent God!

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

 

Prayer for Monday (Magha Puja)

Today is the Buddhist holiday of Magha Puja, also called Fourfold Assembly, Sangha Day, or Amitabha Buddha Day. The Second Navajo Sing begins today. It is also the day of the Leaf, or Seedling, Full Moon.

God is one, but he has innumerable forms.
He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Let our love flow outward
though the cosmos
to its full height,
its full depth,
its full extent,
an endless love,
without hatred or enmity…
and our life will bring
heaven to earth.

(adapted from Sutta Nipata [1st Century BC])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

The interfaith holiday of Kwanzaa continues today.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood,
but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
~ Richard Bach, Illusions

Beloved, I sought you
here and there,
asked for news of you
from all I met;
then saw you through myself
and found we were identical.
Now I blush to think I ever
searched for signs of you.

(Fakhruddin Iraqi, 13th cent. Sufi poet)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a Beloved Child of God.”

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