Category Archives: Prayers
Our brothers and sisters in faith from the St Francis Xavier, Belmont presented us with a contemporary icon of All Saints on our Feast of Title 2017.
The gift marks a bond between our two congregations, and as a sign of thanks for the use of our Church building during the period when they constructed their new Church building. We are truly blessed to have received this significant and precious gift.
Icons are clearly an art form, and the person who writes an icon is an iconographer - image writer - and they have a significant place in the Christian Tradition, and perhaps more so in the East, though broadly accepted as helpful in the West.
The first thing that is different from a painting is how you approach it. When you approach a photograph or a painting the thing we do is to look at the image and appreciate the beauty it depicts. That is also true of the icon, however that is only the start of the journey. The icon invites us to read the image writer has written. There will be many things in the icon, and what is relevant to read one day may be quite different from what we read another day.
One interesting variation from many traditional icons is that many were surrounded by a raised relief covering of metal (perhaps silver) and only parts of the whole icon visible. In this modern icon the raised relief is at the heart of the icon, reminding us of the dimensionality of God.
As Fr Gerard read the Icon as he blessed and presented it to us, he spoke of the brokenness of the world in which we are called to be saints, given life in the sacrament of baptism, and nurtured in the sacrifice of the saints. He spoke of how the image is not full, there is still room for your brokenness and mine in this image. In stark contrast in the centre of the icon is the raised relief of Christ himself, at the centre of the life of all the saints, and providing completion and wholeness to the brokenness of the image. The glimmering gold reminds us of the light Christ brings into this world.
The Orthodox sometimes speak of icons as windows of eternity. Whilst we may look at a window, and we may admire the craftsmanship of the window, in the end the window calls us to look beyond, to look through the window and see what lies beyond. Sometimes what we see beyond the window changes very little, and sometimes what we see beyond the window changes a great deal.
One of the joys of the icon is a link with our sisters and brothers in the Roman Catholic Parish in the continuity with the art that they have in their new church building.
The work was done by Michael Galovic, renown local artist and iconographer. It would be hard to say more of Michael - the work speaks for itself - however these words by Rod Pattenden, a graduate artist, a Co-ordinator of the Institute for Theology and Arts and the Chairman of the Blake Society for Religious Art, perhaps say it best.
“Michael Galovic offers a unique contribution to contemporary Australian Art having trained both in modern art and traditional painting in Europe. Since his arrival in Australia he has developed an impressive body of work that includes commissions for churches and private collections as well as work that seeks to bring together the Australian landscape and religious and personal identity… Michael Galovic is a careful student of tradition while exhibiting the capacity for artistic innovation and excellence. A considered craftsman and dynamic originator, his vision offers new possibilities for figuring the transcendent contemporary multicultural Australia”.
You can find more about Michael from his website: http://www.michaelgalovic.com
Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:
We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life,
for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.
We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear,
for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.
We thank you for setting us in communities:
for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice,
for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding,
for children who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.
We thank you for this day:
for life and one more day to love, for opportunity
and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved,
for your grace and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise:
to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.
For these, and all blessings,
we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,
through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Vienna Cobb Anderson
Father, to you I raise my whole being,
a vessel emptied of self. Accept, Lord
this my emptiness, and so fill me with
yourself, your light, your love, your
life ̶ that these your precious gifts
may radiate through me and over-
flow the chalice of my heart into
the hearts of all with whom I
come in contact this day
revealing to them
the beauty of
of your peace
which nothing can destroy
Blessed are you, Lord God our Father,
You nourish us all our days
and give food to all the earth.
Fill our hearts with joy and gladness,
that having all we need,
we may abound in every good work,
In Christ Jesus our Lord,
through whom be glory and honour
and power to you for ever and ever. Amen.
Apostolic Constitutions 49 (C400 AD)
Circle us, Lord.
Keep darkness out, keep light within.
Keep fear without, keep peace within.
Keep hated out, keep love within.
from Celtic Worship through the Year.
The Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. The scribe said, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”‘
We pray for all our brothers and sisters in humanity, and we give you thanks for their dignity, and for all they have to show us about you.
We pray for those who follow the Prophet Muhammad, that they may hear the call to prayer, and in that call hear your call for true peace. May they know your eternal merciful forgiveness, which we celebrate in Jesus Christ our Lord. Give to us all, ears to hear and hearts to listen, that as your Spirit moves on the face of the waters, so may we all be alive to you.
We pray also for our sisters and brothers in the faith of Jesus who live their lives in the face of extremism and persecution done in the name of Allah. Give them strength, give them hope, and help them be sure that it is not God who reeks such carnage, but only mortals who have not turned their hearts to God.
Blessed be God, and Blessed be God’s Kingdom.
O God, you are the source of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turns our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in this time of crisis.
Your power changes hearts.
Muslims, Christians, and Jews remember, and profoundly affirm,
that they are followers of the one God,
Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters;
enemies begin to speak to one another;
those who were estranged join hands in friendship;
nations seek the way of peace together.
Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these
truths by the way we live.
Give to us:
Understanding that puts an end to strife;
Mercy that quenches hatred, and
Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live in your law of love
God of the nations,
whose sovereign rule brings justice and peace,
have mercy on our broken and divided world.
Shed abroad your peace in the hearts of all
and banish from them the spirit that makes for war,
that all races and peoples may learn to live
as members of one family
and in obedience to your law,
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for peace (APBA p 202)
earth and air and water are your creation,
and every living thing belongs to you:
have mercy on us as climate change confronts us.
Give us the will and the courage to simplify the way we live,
to reduce the energy we use,
to share the resources you provide,
and to bear the cost of change.
Forgive our past mistakes and send us your Spirit,
with wisdom in present controversies
and vision for the future to which you call us
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
© Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation. Used by permission. This text may be reproduced for use in worship in the Anglican Church of Australia
in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion
look kindly upon us
and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments
we might not despair
nor become despondent,
but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we,
worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
from whose love
neither life nor death can separate us;
let the whole company of heaven praise you;
let the whole church throughout the world praise you.
Let us this night praise you. Amen.
As the morning mist shrouds the river
and then is lifted by the gentle rays of the rising son,
so may our clouded spirits be raised by the warmth of your love.
Make us always mindful of your creation its fragility and its beauty.
Teach us to cherish it for those who come after
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Most Rev’d David Chillingwoth,
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
A land where the weak are protected and none go poor or hungry.
A land where the benefits of civilised life are shared and everyone can enjoy them.
A land where different races and cultures live in tolerance and mutual respect.
A land where peace is built with justice and justice is guided by love.
And give us the inspiration and courage to build it through Jesus Christ our Lord
Great Shepherd of your people,
bless those called to the diaconate and the priesthood in your Church.
Fire their hearts with passion for your word and care for your people,
that they may joyfully proclaim the gospel,
and faithfully minister your sacraments.
Guide them in their prayer and study,
that they may be discerning and loving pastors,
enabling all to minister to the glory of your name
and the benefit of your people and world.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May your Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.
Jesus Christ cared for the needs of all people,
bless the work of the Samaritans Foundation.
Grant us the understanding and resolution
to help create a just social order;
deepen our concern for all in need
and use us so that all might have fullness of life.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Visit this place, O Lord,
and drive far from it all snares of the enemy;
let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace;
and let your blessing be upon us always;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, your unfailing providence sustains
the world we live in and the life we live:
Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep,
and grant that we may never forget that
our common life depends upon each other’s toil;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping;
that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
We are not worthy
so much as to gather up the crumbs under you table.
But to are the same Lord
whose nature is always to have mercy.
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ,
and to drink his blood,
that we may evermore dwell in him,
and he in us. Amen.
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sin of the world,
Happy are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, only say the word and I shall be healed.
Then with the turning of the tide
prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,
the world that rushes in on me
till the waters come again and fold me back to you.
Aidan of Lindisfarne
He will make me lie down in green pastures :
and lead me beside still waters.
He will refresh my soul :
and guide me in right pathways for his name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil :
for you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort me.
You spread a table before me
in the face of those who trouble me :
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup will be full.
Surely your goodness and loving-kindness
will follow me all the days of my life :
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
we thanking you for planting in us the seed of your word:
by you Holy Spirit, help us to receive it with joy,
and live according to it,
that we may grow in faith and hope and love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you uin the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union
As we seek to share your love
Through the encouragement, strengthening
And support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit,
May we be united in prayer and worship,
And in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus’ name Amen
the light of the minds that know you,
the life of the souls that love you,
and the strength of the hearts that serve you,
help us to so know you, that we may truly love you,
so to love you that we may fully serve you,
for to serve you is perfect freedom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
You are my God and you are my All and I have never seen you.
You have made me and remade me,
You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,
Still I do not know you…
I have not yet done that for which I was made….
Teach me to seek you…
I cannot seek you unless you teach me
or find you unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire, let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you.
You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Visit this house, we pray you, Lord:
drive far away from it all the snares of the enemy.
May your holy angels stay h
ere and guard us in peace,
and let your blessing be always upon us.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Compline is the traditional office (prayers) for the end of the day.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
O good Jesus, hear me
Within your wounds hide me
Let me never be separated from you
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to you
That I may praise you with your saints
Forever and ever Amen
In the name of God the Father who created you.
In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for you.
In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengthens you.
In communion with all the blessèd saints;
with the angels and archangels
and all the heavenly host.
May your portion this day be in peace
and your dwelling in the city of God.
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 where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, Lord, be ever with us.
— St. Patrick
pour your grace into our hearts,
that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel,
so by his + cross and passion
we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing but life everlasting.
You only are immortal, the creator and maker of all:
and we are mortal formed of the dust of the earth,
and to earth shall we return:
for so you ordained,
when you created me saying:
“Dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
All we go down to the dust;
and weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.