Presidential Election, Clinton, Trump, Prayer for America, Prayer

A Post-Election Prayer for America

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect. Grant that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Save us from violence, discord, and … Continue reading A Post-Election Prayer for America

Prayer, Prayers for Turkey, Istanbul Airport Attack

Prayers for Turkey and the World

O Lord of life, the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens: Our world has once again been shaken by violence, gunfire, and explosions; this time at the Istanbul airport. We are weary because of our groaning. Every night we flood our bed with tears and drench our couch with weeping. Our eyes waste away with grief. Our spirit shakes with terror. How long, … Continue reading Prayers for Turkey and the World

Anno Domini 2016, New Year, Prayer, Holy Name

Prayers for the New Year

While the civil calendar marks January 1 as New Year’s Day, the Church celebrates January 1 as the Feast of the Holy Name, Jesus. Although the two might be celebrated in different ways, they are not necessarily in opposition. Behind the celebrations, resolutions, and good wishes associated with the New Year I suspect there are, for many people, hope and a deep longing for a … Continue reading Prayers for the New Year

Persecution, Persecuted Church, Persecuted Christians,

A Litany of Prayer for Persecuted Peoples and Religions

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, Have mercy upon us. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy upon us. O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful, Have mercy upon us. O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God, Have mercy upon us. Lord, Jesus Christ, receive our prayers for all who suffer persecution for their religious faith … Continue reading A Litany of Prayer for Persecuted Peoples and Religions

America, Independence Day, Blessing, Thanksgiving, Prayer, Prayer for Amaerica

Independence Day Prayers for America

A Thanksgiving for America Almighty God, giver of all good gifts; we thank you For this nation, our heritage, and for calling us to be the United States of America; For the founders of this country, the liberty they won for themselves and us, and for the torch of freedom they lit for nations then unborn; For the natural majesty and beauty of this land; … Continue reading Independence Day Prayers for America

Blessed Paul Giustiniani, Sin, Grace, Forgiveness, Psalm 145:14, Dom Jean Leclerq

Lift Me Up and I Shall Live Again

From Blessed Paul Giustiniani as quoted by Dom Jean Leclerq in Alone with God (p. 113); ‘The Lord lifts up those who fall’ [Ps. 145:15]. I never tire of repeating this word, which is the foundation of all my hope. I have fallen, Lord, but You are my God and my king: According to your infinite Majesty and boundless Goodness, lift me up and I … Continue reading Lift Me Up and I Shall Live Again

Blessing, Labyrinth, Prayer Garden, Feast of St. Philip

Blessing of a Labyrinth

Last evening, May 1, our parish celebrated its feast day, the Feast of St. Philip. The evening included Holy Eucharist and a dedication and blessing of the newly completed labyrinth and prayer garden using the liturgy below. + + + Through the ages, Almighty God has moved his people to set apart holy places for prayer and to recognize and celebrate God’s presence in those … Continue reading Blessing of a Labyrinth