Morning prayer for 440 AD link
O Lord, direct our steps this day into the way of peace,
and strengthen our hearts to obey your commandments.
May the Dayspring visit us from on high,
and give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
that they may adore you for your mercy, follow you for your truth,
desire you for your sweetness, for you are the blessed Lord God of Earth, now and forever.
A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis link
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Prayer by (Ambrose of Milan, c 339-397 link
O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore thee,
a heart to delight in thee,
to follow and to enjoy thee,
for Christ’s sake.
Acts 2:42-47 NIV
They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
All the believers were together and had everything in common.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
An ancient folk blessing link
May there always be
work for your hands to do.
May your purse always
carry a shilling or two.
May the sun always
play on your window pane.
May a rainbow chase after
each spot of rain.
May the hand of a friend
always be near you.
May God fill your heart with
gladness and cheer you.