A Morning Prayer: Syrian Clementine Liturgy. Ist century.
O God, Who art the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea of love, the fountain of blessings, and the bestower of affection,
Who sendest peace to those that receive it; open to us this day the sea of Thy love,
and water us with the plenteous streams from the riches of Thy grace. Make us children of quietness, and heirs of peace.
Enkindle in us the fire of Thy love; sow in us Thy fear; strengthen our weakness by Thy power;
bind us closely to Thee and to each other in one firm bond of unity; for the sake of Jesus Christ.
A Prayer of Forgiveness: Liturgy of St James, 2nd century
O God, who hast taught us Thy divine and saving oracles,
enlighten the souls of us sinners for the comprehension of the things which have been before spoken,
so that we may not only be seen to be hearers of spiritual things, but also doers of good deeds,
striving after guileless faith, blameless life, and pure conversation.
Release, pardon, and forgive, O God, all our voluntary and involuntary sins,
such as we have committed in action and in word, knowingly and ignorantly,
by night and by day, in mind and thought, forgive us all in goodness and love.
Sanctify, O Lord, our souls, bodies and spirits; examine our minds and search our consciences;
take from us all evil imaginations, all impurity of thought, all inclinations to lust, all depravity of conception,
all envy, pride and hypocrisy, all falsehood, deceit and irregular living, all covetousness, vain glory and sloth;
all malice, anger and wrath, all remembrance of injuries, all blasphemy and every motion of flesh and spirit that is contrary to the purity of Thy Will.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
The following a talk given by Scot McKnight to the Apprentice Institute at Friends University link.
This gathering is described as “A 3-day conference for Christians desiring a deeper relationship with God
through learning and engaging in the teachings of Jesus.”
I’m experimenting with this format and will be featuring different speakers.
I hope you find this thought-provoking and spiritually transformative.
Benediction: (Source unknown – early Scottish) link
Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you, forever.