A Morning Prayer: from Apostolic Constitutions link
O God, who art faithful and true, who “hast mercy on thousands and ten thousands of them that love Thee,”
the lover of the humble, and the protector of the needy, of whom all things stand in need, f
or all things are subject to Thee; look down upon this Thy people,
who bow down their heads to Thee, and bless them with spiritual blessing.
“Keep them as the apple of an eye,” preserve them in piety and righteousness,
and vouchsafe them eternal life in Christ Jesus Thy beloved Son,
with whom glory, honour, and worship be to Thee and to the Holy Spirit, now and always,
and forever and ever.
Prayer of Confession from the Book of Common Prayer link
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will, and walk-in your ways, to the glory of your Name.
Prayer of St Francis link
Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God,
grant to us miserable ones the grace to do for you
what we know you want us to do.
Give us always to desire what pleases you.
Inwardly cleansed, interiorly illumined
and enflamed with the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow in the footprints
of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
and attain to you, Most High, by your grace alone,
who in perfect Trinity and simple Unity
lives and reigns and is glorified as God almighty,
forever and ever.
Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic.
Benediction of Jude 24-25 link
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling
and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God,
our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority,
before all time and now and forever.
This is open to agnostics too.
Banjo Atheist applaudably deplored the tragic hermeneutics denying.
Guite quotes Shakespeare: “. . . imagination APPREHENDS more than cool reason never COMPREHENDS . . .”
reminds me of Pascal’s words:
“The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know ..”
For a very long time, I have wondered and in some sense realized that ‘imagination’ may be one way God uses to communicate to us that for which ‘there are no words’.
Times of grief, followed by peace and a comforting that made ‘no sense’ . . . followed by a deep thanksgiving to God, yes
I have loved Malcolm Guite’s writings for many years-
thanks for this sharing with us 🙂
His is like a voice that echoes to us from old Sarum 🙂