Prayer for the Week

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, as found in The [Read More...]

Sunday Night Prayers

Here is Compline prayer from the Celtic tradition: Sunday – The Ita Compline: Ita, who died in about 570, was abbess of a women’s community in Killeedy, County Limerick in Ireland. She ran a school for boys where she taught: [Read more...]

Paul’s Prayers for Rome

Paul yearns to get to Rome — probably because he knew how important Rome was. His yearning manifests itself in his unceasing, constant prayers for the church at Rome. [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

Again, from The Book of Common Prayer as found in Phyllis Tickle, Dvine Hours, but adjusted to “we/us”: Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong [Read More...]

A Prayer of Dedication

What a marvelous prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. The sort of prayer I hope Praying with the Church can lead us into. As always, read slowly and aloud and it takes us into God’s presence: [Read more...]

Praying with the Church Arriving

As some of you may know, my publisher (Paraclete) went over the top by giving away 50 copies of my new book Praying with the Church. We blogged the offer some time back. Kris and I now call this book the “Candle Book.” I’ve already heard from some of you about the book so I [Read More...]

Praying while Sailing

About prayer, from The American Scholar: Dressed and came on deck — the morning was brilliant. I amused myself with finding the lessons and collects and psalms for the whole ship’s company. After lunch, they spread our tent, a chair was placed for my father, and a little bell being rung, we collected in our [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty Father who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give me grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that I may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son my Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Praying with the Church is designed to provide a biblical basis for supplementing personal, spontaneous prayers by learning to use set prayers and to use them at set times. I call these prayers “sacred rhythms” of prayer. The book then introduces readers to the major prayer books of the Church. Here’s the prayer this week [Read More...]

Candle Book

If truth be told, many of us are not happy about our prayer life — its intensity, its duration, its stimulation, its discipline, its effectiveness — and the list could go on. There are statistics out there even about how little time pastors spend in prayer. One of those secret topics among Christians is the [Read More...]