Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and for ever.
Amen.

The Bible, Matthew 6:9-13 – furthest spread prayer in christianity, version by the English Language Liturgical Consultation (1988), Quotations book 2017

Blessing

The Lord bless you and be close to you.
May he satisfy the hidden longings of your heart.
The Lord grant you wisdom and grace
and give you deep understanding.

May the Lord bless you
and deliver you from temptation,
and empower you with the spirit of prayer,
that you might pray without ceasing
and experience the constant presence of the Lord,
your God, who looks after you.

The Lord bless you with joy
that your heart sings the praises of God
and give Him thanks in everything
no matter the circumstances.

The Lord bless you today with something precious,
that you might recognize it as His gift,
a tangible sign of this this blessing.

May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you
and give you His deep and lasting peace.

Blessingprayer – Quotations book 2016

Instrument de paix

Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l’amour.
Là où il y a l’offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l’union.
Là où il y a l’erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l’espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.

père française pour la paix, d’abord publié dans le magazine “La Clochette” 1912, Brochure de citation 2016

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, harmony.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

French peace prayer-  first published in the magazine “La Clochette” 1912, Quotations book 2016

Prayer for our house

God, our Heavenly Father, make, we pray, the door of this house, wide enough to welcome all who need human love and fellowship and a Father’s care, but narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and lack of love.
Here may the tempted find help, the sorrowing receive comfort, and the penitent be assured of your mercy; and here may all your children renew their strength and go on their way in hope and joy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Thomas Ken – English Anglican clergyman, 1685-91 Bishop of Bath & Wells (1637-1711), Quotations book 2014

Relief

Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.

Johan Chrysostom – born Johan of Antioch, Greek Doctor of Church, 398-407 Archbishof of Constantinopel (344 or 349-407), from his easter Sermon, Quotations book 2016

The Lord is on you

May the Lord go before you to lead you,
May the Lord go behind you to protect you,
May the Lord go beneath you to support you,
May the Lord go above you to bless you,
May the Lord be within you to help you rightly serve him in body, soul and spirit
and sanctify his name.

May the triune God bless you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

blessing

Celtic Benediction

May God shield me, may God fill me,
may God keep me and watch over me.

May God bring me in the land of peace,
to the country of the king, to the peace of eternity.

Praise to the Father, praise to the Son,
praise to the Spirit, the three in one.

Amen.

Celtic benediction

Blessing

I wish you not a path of devoid of clouds,
nor a life on a bed of roses,
nor that you might never need regret,
nor that you should never feel pain.
No, that is not my wish for you.
My wish for you is:
That you may be brave in times of trial,
when others lay crosses upon your shoulders.
When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed;
when hope scarce can shine through.
That every gift God gave you might grow along with you.
And let you give the gift of joy to all who care for you.
That you may always have a friend who is worth that name.
Whom you can trust,
and who helps you in times of sadness.
Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.
One more wish I have for you:
That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you
This is my wish for you, and all who care for you.
This is my hope for you, now and forever.

Irish blessing – Quotations book 2013

Prayers

Thy prayers are all filed in heaven, and if not immediately answered they are certainly not forgotten.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from “Morning and Evening: Daily Readings” (1866), Quotations book 2016

Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

attributed to Agnes M. Pharo – American author (1904-1985)

Creation

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. God saw the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

The Bible, Genesis 1-4 (NIV) – Quotations book 2005

Root of all Evil

I have found the root of all the trouble to be the neglect of prayer. The first renewal in the society must begin with prayer.

Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize 1979 (1910-1997)

Irish blessing

Walk carefully as you come here for God is here before you.
Walk humbly as you come here for two or three are gathered.
Walk softly as you come here for the spirit may speak in the silence of this place.

from Ireland

Faith in God

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

The Bible, Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

Who am I?

Who am I? They often tell me I would step from my cell’s confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly, like a squire from his country-house.

Who am I? They often tell me I would talk to my warden freely and friendly and clearly, as though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me I would bear the days of misfortune equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which other men tell of, or am I only what I know of myself, restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage, struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat, yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds, thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness, trembling with anger at despotisms and petty humiliation, tossing in expectation of great events, powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance, weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making, faint and ready to say farewell to it all.

Who am I? This or the other? Am I one person today, and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling? Or is something within me still like a beaten army, fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – German Lutheran theologian (Confessing Church) and resistance fighter (1906-1945), from “Widerstand und Ergebung”

The fruit of silence

The fruit of silence is prayer,
the fruit of prayer is faith,
the fruit of faith is love,
the fruit of love is service,
the fruit of service is peace.

Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize 1979 (1910-1997), Quotations book 2007

Our deepest fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most.
We ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t save the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some of us: It’s in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others

Marianne Williamson – American author and scholar (b. 1952). This Quote is oft falsely attributed to Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech from 1994, see: ANC history

Examen of Consciousness

1. God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.
2. God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and help as I review this day.
3. God, help me now to review the events of this day in order to recognize your blessings and my shortcomings.
4. God, I ask your forgiveness for my failings and I thank you for all your blessings.
5. As I look forward to the remainder of this day (or tomorrow) make me aware that you are with me, show me how to become the person you want me to be.

following Ignatius of Loyola – basque monk, founder of the Jesuit order(1491-1556), Quotations book 2005

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve as you deserve;
To give and not count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to ask for rest;
To labor and not ask for reward;
Save that of knowing I am doing your will.

Ignatius of Loyola – basque monk, founder of the Jesuit order (1491-1556), Quotations book 2006