Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 6th August 2017
Before ever you made us, O Lord, you loved us. Your love has never slackened nor ever shall. In love all your works have begun, by love you sustain them and in your love our life is everlasting. So let the beginning and ending of all our loving be to see our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Julian of Norwich (c. 1343 – c. 1417)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 30th July 2017
O uncreated one, bless those whom you have made in your image. O untouchable one, draw near to us in the Word made flesh. O ineffable one, disclose yourself to us in the wisdom of the Cross. O immortal one, bring us through death to eternal life; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Angela of Foligno (1248 – 1309)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 16th July 2017
As healing hands breach barriers that imprison and divide….
As generous actions reawaken hope where hope has been destroyed….
As open-hearted strangers stand with the oppressed….
We glimpse the love of God, who comes among us.
Printed Bible Versions
Bibles in a Bookshop
When I was young, when anyone wanted a new Bible, it was easy to choose which version, for there were very few versions other than the King James version. In fact, I cannot remember seeing anything other than the King James Bible in the bookshops and all the Bibles given out to the children at Sunday school anniversaries were universally King James Bibles. Then in 1961 the New English version of the New Testament appeared, followed in 1970 by the Old Testament. From then onwards it seemed as if a new Bible translation appeared every few months and today we have hundreds. It is not apparently possible for anyone to give an accurate number of the current number of English translations, since there are also large numbers of partial Bibles containing a single testament, groups of books, or just a single book, but the American Bible Society, taking everything into consideration, thinks there are around 900 English language versions of the Bible available today and I am not sure whether this figure is just for printed versions or includes digital versions too.
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 9th July 2017
Bind our souls to your own, O Christ, so that we may never be separated from you. Only in you are we fully alive. Only in your light can we truly see and only in your strength can we safely pursue our way. To you we come, O wisdom without end. In you we rest, O mercy without limit. Amen.
Mechtild of Magdeburg (1210 – 1280)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 2nd July 2017
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
Attributed to St Patrick (372 – 466)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 25th June 2017
O good Jesus, brightness of the Father’s glory, teach us to do your will that, guided by your Spirit, we may come to the city of everlasting day, where all are one in heart and mind, where all is safety and eternal peace, and where you live with the Father and Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
Gregory the Great (c. 540 – 604)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 18th June 2017
Give to us, Lord, the peace of those who have learnt to serve you, the joy of those who are glad to obey you and the delight of those who rejoice in your praise; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Aidan of Lindisfarne (d. 651)