Prayerbooks: A Sampling

From the Celtic Book of Prayer, Northumbria:

Canticle

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.

Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

For an introduction to prayer books, see my book Praying with the Church: Following Jesus, Daily, Hourly, Today

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • wyclif

    The authentic Book of Common Prayer, 1928 ed. Accept no substitutes.

  • Clay Knick

    We sing the blessing above each Sunday at the end of our service. Love it.

  • mark

    That looks like a riff on the “breastplate” of St. Patrick.


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