Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 21st May 2017
God beyond all speech, above all thought and surpassing all imagination; when you speak to us may we listen, when you draw near to us may we rejoice in your presence, and when you reveal yourself to us may we bow before you in adoration. Amen
Gregory of Nazianzus (329 – 389)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 14th May 2017
Grant us, O Lord, purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no passion may hinder us from doing your will, and no weakness from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 7th May 2017
To you, O God most high, we lift our hearts and to you we give our praise.
To you we confess our sins and to you we come for grace.
To you we render our thanks and
to you we ascribe all honour and glory,
now and forever.
Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 30th April 2017
All Creation blesses you, O Lord. Exiles offer you worship. Pilgrims hallow your name. Saints adore you. Humanity offers its praise. And we your servants lift our hearts and voices to you in joy and thanksgiving. Amen.
Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 23rd April 2017
Look upon your servants, O Lord, weak in faith but praying for your strength; cold in heart, but seeking the fire of love; assailed by doubt, but awaiting assurance; abounding in sin, yet longing for righteousness; now and forever. Amen
Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 16th April 2017
Act of Thanksgiving for Blessings of the Past Year
O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same, and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year, kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou has watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 9th April 2017
Grant us, O Lord, to pass this day in gladness and peace, without stumbling and without stain, that reaching the day’s end victorious over all temptation, we may again praise you, the eternal God, blessed over all things now and forever. Amen.
Mozarabic Sacramentary (Tenth Century)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 2nd April 2017
Lord Jesus Christ, Wisdom and Word of God, dwell in our hearts, we pray by your most Holy Spirit, that out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths may speak your praise. Amen.
Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 26th March 2017
Be a light, O Lord, to our eyes, and music to our ears. Be sweetness to our taste and contentment to our hearts. Be sunshine to our days and food at out table. Be rest in our night and sufficiency in our hour of need. Be liberty in our life and everlasting glory at our death; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
John Cosin (1594 – 1672)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 19th March 2017
Give to us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Grant to us also, O Lord, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness finally to embrace you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274)