Spirituality and Prayer
I find it really humbling that, from time to time, people refer to something I may have said in a sermon or reflection. One such example happened recently, when I was asked for more detail about how I pray through the day…. (February’s notices).
What follow’s this month is, pray God, a practical resource for you. This was produced as in handout form a couple of years ago, and I’ll print some more of these off and put them in the Prayer Corner of Saint John’s for anyone who might like one.
I awake in the name of Jesus Christ Who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father. Blessed be the Father Who created me; Blessed be the Son Who redeemed me; Blessed be the Holy Spirit Who sanctifies me and gives me grace. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Blessed be God for ever.
Praise be the Lord; the Lord’s name be praised.
Lord, wash away my sin, and cleanse me from my wickedness;
Make my heart clean, O Lord, and renew Your Spirit within me;
Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
Wash me in the blood of Your Lamb and I shall be whiter than snow.
The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you most humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And give us, we pray, such a sense of all your mercies that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen. adapted from The Book of Common Prayer
When you cannot get to the Eucharist
In union, dear Lord, with the faithful at every Altar of Your Church throughout the world where Your death and Passion are pleaded before the Father, I give You thanks and praise; I present to You my soul and body with the sincere wish that I may always be united to You. And since I cannot receive You Sacramentally today, I beg You to come to me spiritually in my heart, that I may be sustained by You in all that I think, and say, and do. Amen.
Confess to God
Supplications for those in need
Intercessory Prayer – Intentions
You may find it helpful to keep a small notebook with you and add things under the following headings…
The Universal Church
Our Diocese – Bishops, Archdeacons, Ministry, etc.
Our Deanery – Rural Dean, Synod, etc.
Our Group of Parishes, its Officers, PCCs, mission, etc.
My Loved Ones – living and departed
The world, nation and local community – their needs, leaders, etc.
Those to whom we minister
The sick, troubled and those in any kind of need
Prayers for yourself – your own needs, sorrows and joys
Thanksgiving prayers – for all that is good in your life
Your favourite prayers, prayers which are helpful, and any other prayers
These intentions can then be included in your intercessions
In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.
O God, the creator and preserver of all, we pray for people in every kind of need; make your ways known on earth, your saving health among all nations …
We pray for the good estate of the catholic Church; guide and govern us by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace and in righteousness of life …
We commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body or estate; comfort and relieve them in their need, give them patience in their sufferings, and bring good out of all their afflictions …
We remember those who have gone before us in the peace of Christ, and we give you praise for all your faithful ones, with whom we rejoice in the communion of saints …
All this we ask for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(CW: Services and Prayers, © Archbishops’ Council 2000)
Before going to sleep
How have I spent this day?
Have I kept the Ten Commandments?
Have I tried to remember God’s presence and do all things as in His sight?
What has been the nature of my devotions?
What time have I wasted?
What duties have I neglected towards God, my neighbour, myself or Christ’s Church?
Of what sins am I conscious?
Reflect on the day past and call to mind all that has happened:
Father, thank you for all of Your blessings today ….
Bless my family and friends everywhere, living and departed …
And all in trouble or need …
Bless all who I have wronged … or who have wronged me … and give us forgiving spirits.
I leave You all my hopes and fears… for You know what is best for me.
All these things I ask in the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ. Amen.
Falling asleep, simply keep repeating slowly and rhythmically a short phrase or couple of words such as…
Jesus, Lamb of God, grant us peace