Prayer for Thursday (Chaitra Navratri)

Today is the first day of the Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri. The Iroquois Thunder Ceremony continues today.

One person of integrity can make a difference.
~ Elie Wiesel

Durga (Devi) Stuti

I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the name of Maya of Vishnu.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who abides in all creatures as realization.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of intelligence.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who lives in all creatures in the form of sleep.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of appetite.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who lives in all creatures in the form of meditation and reflection.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of Shakti, the creative power.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of thirst.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who lives in all creatures in the merciful form.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of race.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who lives in all creatures in the modest form.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of peace (Shanti).
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who lives in all creatures in the form of unshakable faith (Shraddha).
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who lives in all creatures in the form of beauty or brilliance (Kaanti).
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the prosperous form.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of motion.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who lives in all creatures in the form of memory.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of mercy or kindness (Dayaa).
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who lives in all creatures in the form of satisfaction.
I bow again and again to the Devi,
who lives in all creatures in the form of Mother.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who dwells in all creatures in the form of illusion.
I bow again and again to the all pervading goddess,
who continuously controls the senses of all creatures and governs all elements.
I bow again and again to the Goddess,
who pervades this world and controls in the form of awareness.

(Hindu prayer to the Goddess)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive everyone for everything”

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

 

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Prayer for Sunday (Mahashivaratri)

Today is the Hindu holiday of Maha-Shivaratri. It is also Forgiveness, or Cheesefare, Sunday for Orthodox Christians, and Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, for European Christians.

My humanity is bound up in yours,
for we can only be human together.
~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Prostrations to He who blesses us with prosperity,
Prostrations to the greatest God,
Prostrations to the abode of peace,
Prostrations to Him, who blesses us with riches,
And Prostrations to him who is the God of Gods.

(Sloka from Margabandhu Stotram, a prayer to Shiva)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

(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 Thursday (Holi)

Today is the Hindu festival of Holi, the end of the Jewish holiday of Purim, the Buddhist holiday of Magha Puja, and the beginning of the 8 day Navajo Sing.

O gods! All your names and forms are to be revered, saluted, and adored;
all of you who have sprung from heaven, and earth,
listen here to my invocation.
(Rig Veda X, 63, 2)

Daridraya Dahana Shiva Stotram

I salute that Shiva, who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who is the lord of the universe,
Who helps us to cross the sea of hell,
Who is pleasant to the ears,
Who wears the crescent as ornament,
Who is as white as the flame of camphor,
Who wears uncombed and uncut hair.

I salute that Shiva who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who is the darling of Goddess Parvati,
Who wears the crescent of the lord of night,
Who was the death to the god of death,
Who wears the king of serpents as bangles,
Who carries the Ganga on his head,
And who killed the king of elephants.

I salute that Shiva who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who is loved by his devotees,
Who destroys fear of diseases in human life,
Who is fearsome,
Who makes us cross the difficult ocean of life,
Who is personification of light,
And who dances in his good names.

I salute that Shiva who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who wears hide,
Who applies ash of burning corpses,
Who has an eye on his forehead,
Who wears ear studs of precious stones,
Who wears Jingling leg bangles on his legs,
And who wears uncombed and uncut hair.

I salute that Shiva who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who has five faces,
Who wears king of serpents as ornament,
Who wears cloth made of gold,
Who is the ornament for the three worlds,
Who is the giver of boons,
Who is the storehouse of happiness,
And who is personification of darkness.

I salute that Shiva, who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who is the world of Gouri’s grace,
Who is the greatest God,
Who is like a lion,
Who is the wish giving tree,
To those who seek his protection,
Who is everything,
And who is the king of all worlds.

I salute that Shiva who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who is dear to the Sun God,
Who helps us to cross the ocean of birth,
Who killed the god of death,
Who is worshipped by Lord Brahma,
And who aims at having all good signs.

I salute that Shiva who burns the sorrow of poverty,
Who is dear to Rama,
Who granted boons to Rama,
Who is partial to serpents,
Who destroys the Naraka,
Who is holiest among the holy,
And who is worshipped by Gods.

This prayer composed by sage Vasishta,
Is one which gives all types of wealth,
And whoever chants it at dawn, noon and dusk,
Would enjoy the pleasures of heaven.

(Sage Vasishta, translated by P. R. Ramachander)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Forgiving makes me feel light and free.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Purim)

The Jewish holiday of the Purim begins at sundown.

I love the L-rd,
who listened to my voice in supplication,
who turned an ear to me on the day I called.

I was caught by the cords of death;
the snares of Sheol had seized me; I felt agony and dread.
Then I called on the name of the L-rd,
“O L-rd, save my life!”

Gracious is the L-rd and just;
yes, our G-d is merciful.
The L-rd protects the simple;
I was helpless, but G-d saved me.
Return, my soul, to your rest;
the L-rd has been good to you.

For my soul has been freed from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
I kept faith, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted!”
I said in my alarm,
“No one can be trusted!”

How can I repay the L-rd
for all the good done for me?
I will raise the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the L-rd.
I will pay my vows to the L-rd
in the presence of all his people.

Too costly in the eyes of the L-rd
is the death of his faithful.

L-rd, I am your servant,
your servant, the child of your maidservant;
you have loosed my bonds.
I will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the L-rd.

I will pay my vows to the L-rd
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the L-rd,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the L-rd!

(Psalm 116)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Forgiving makes me feel light and free.”

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

Prayer for Sunday

Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
~ Mother Teresa

Gracious God, I feel such joy in my heart this day. Somehow the sun seems brighter, the air clearer, the colors more alive. It is as if the shadows that have kept me in the forgotten places of life have been swept away. I pray that your grace will protect my joy so that I taste and smell it with full attention. When the mighty feelings begin to wane, I pray that joy’s scent will remain, so that no darkness will ever be so black that I cease to believe in the light. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.

(Source: explorefaith.org)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I rise above all limitations. I am Divinely guided and inspired.”

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

Prayers for Easter Sunday

Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter-day upon the earth; and though worms destroy this body yet, in my flesh shall I see God. For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first-fruits of them that sleep.
(from The Messiah by George Frederic Handel)

Your light is the only light we need
as we travel through life’s mystery.
Your word the only voice we hear
that still small voice that leads us
to the place where we should be.
Your presence is the only company we need
as we walk this narrow road.
Your fellowship the warmth we crave
to help us on our way.

May the truth of Easter,
The joy of Easter,
And the blessings of Easter,
Be with us this day and all days.
AMEN

(Source: “A Liturgy for Easter Sunday”, © John Birch, at Faith and Worship – Prayers and Resources)

The Resurrection Story

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV)

How blessed is this day, when earth and heaven are joined and humankind is reconciled to God!

May the light of Jesus shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find his light ever-burning in our hearts — he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

(adapted from the Book of Common Prayer -1979, the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.)

Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Hallelujah!

Today’s Affirmation:

“God is alive and well and lives in me.”

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