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    Entries in prayer (32)


    Come and Wash My Feet

    photo credit: 5 ноября 2013, Литургия апостола Иакова via photopin (license)

    Jesus, my feet are dirty. Come even as a slave to me, pour water into your bowl, come and wash my feet. In asking such a thing I know I am overbold, but I dread what was threatened when you said to me, “If I do not wash your feet I have no fellowship with you.” Wash my feet then, because I long for your companionship.

    Origen (c. 185–254)


    Be Our Helper and Protector

    We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector.
    Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly;
    raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly;
    restore the wanderers of thy people;
    feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners;
    raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.

    - Clement of Rome. Read more at Faith and Worship.


    A Prayer for the City

    Almighty God,
    we praise you for all you have done.
    Help us with all that you want us to do.

    Come, Holy Creator,
    and rebuild the city of (name)
    so that we do not labor in vain without you.

    Come, Holy Savior,
    and heal all that is broken
    in our lives and in our streets.

    Come, Holy Spirit,
    and inspire us with the energy and willingness
    to rebuild (name) to your honor and glory.


    From Common Prayer Pocket Edition: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. Noted in the text: This prayer is adapted from "Prayer for Camden," created by Sacred Heart Parish in Camden, New Jersey.


    Call Me That I May See You

    Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You, and desire nothing save only You.
    Let me hate myself and love You.
    Let me do everything for the sake of You.
    Let me humble myself and exalt You.
    Let me think of nothing except You.
    Let me die to myself and live in You.
    Let me accept whatever happens as from You.
    Let me banish self and follow You, and ever desire to follow You.
    Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
    That I may deserve to be defended by You.
    Let me fear for myself.
    Let me fear You, and let me be among those who are chosen by You.
    Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
    Let me be willing to obey for the sake of You.
    Let me cling to nothing save only to You,
    And let me be poor because of You.
    Look upon me, that I may love You.
    Call me that I may see You, and for ever enjoy You. Amen.

    - Prayer for Self Knowledge, Augustine of Hippo


    Lorica of Saint Patrick

    I arise today
    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
    Through a belief in the Threeness,
    Through confession of the Oneness 
    Of the Creator of creation. 

    I arise today 
    Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism,
    Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial, 
    Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
    Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

    I arise today
    Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
    In obedience of angels,
    In service of archangels,
    In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
    In the prayers of patriarchs, 
    In preachings of the apostles,
    In faiths of confessors,
    In innocence of virgins,
    In deeds of righteous men. 

    I arise today
    Through the strength of heaven; 
    Light of the sun,
    Splendor of fire,
    Speed of lightning,
    Swiftness of the wind,
    Depth of the sea, 
    Stability of the earth,
    Firmness of the rock. 

    I arise today
    Through God's strength to pilot me;
    God's might to uphold me, 
    God's wisdom to guide me, 
    God's eye to look before me, 
    God's ear to hear me, 
    God's word to speak for me, 
    God's hand to guard me, 
    God's way to lie before me, 
    God's shield to protect me, 
    God's hosts to save me 
    From snares of the devil, 
    From temptations of vices, 
    From every one who desires me ill, 
    Afar and anear, 
    Alone or in a mulitude.

    I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
    Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul, 
    Against incantations of false prophets,
    Against black laws of pagandom,
    Against false laws of heretics,
    Against craft of idolatry, 
    Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
    Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul. 
    Christ shield me today 
    Against poison, against burning, 
    Against drowning, against wounding,
    So that reward may come to me in abundance.

    Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
    Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 
    Christ on my right, Christ on my left, 
    Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, 
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, 
    Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, 
    Christ in the eye that sees me, 
    Christ in the ear that hears me. 

    I arise today
    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
    Through a belief in the Threeness,
    Through a confession of the Oneness
    Of the Creator of creation

    -- St. Patrick