A 19th-century prayer link
O almighty and eternal God my Lord and my Creator,
I offer to your Divine Majesty my every thought, word, action and suffering.
As often as I draw my breath, as often as the blood circulates in my veins at every pulsation of my heart,
I offer it to you. Accept, O Lord, this humble offering.
St Augustine: Prayer to the Holy Spirit link
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,That my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,To defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,That I always may be holy.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
The following lecture is part of a series created by the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School entitled, “Jesus and Medicine: What Does Christianity Have to Offer Healthcare?” Dr. Farr Curlin, co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative, is a hospice and palliative care physician who joined Duke University in January 2014, where he holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine, including its Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine, and in Duke Divinity School.
I have had the privilege of hearing Farr speak for our Christian medical group on several occasions. He is a wonderful man: quiet, thoughtful, and humble. I hope that comes through in this talk.
Benediction: Jude 24-25
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.