This Lent we are trialling using a communal set of prayers each day of Lent. The prayers are based on the Anam Cara prayers we often use, our own version of the Lord’s prayer and other things we’ve come across from time to time that we have credited the sources of before. I thought we’d post the prayers and reflections here – but anyone who’d like a hard copy, let us know – we have some spares of some that will be given out at our Ash Wednesday prayer evening next Wednesday. So this is what we’ve got – with the idea that we will all use at least one of the prayers once a day at some point in the day…
ThirdSpace’s Anam Cara for Lent
Creator God, I pause in your presence and hold my day before you.
Still me, calm me, guide me as I enter this day.
I hold my day before you…
I hold before you all those that I love…
I hold before you each member of the ThirdSpace community…
I hold before you all who are sad because someone they love has died…
I hold before you all I know who are troubled this day…
I hold before you those who I will meet today…
Lord God, grant me the faith this day to truly walk in the light of Christ:
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 on my right.
This day be within me 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 to me.
Christ as a light. Christ as a shield. Christ beside me on my left and on my right.
Lord God, Forgive me for the thing I have done and not done.
Forgive me for the things I have said and not said.
Forgive me for the life I have lived and not lived.
That I may reflect the image of the one I profess to follow in thought and word and deed,
and in discovering my true self draw others into that light. Amen
God, who cares for us, the wonder of your presence fills us with awe’
Your name, your very nature, is holy. All creation resonates with it! Let all people come to proclaim it!
May we move into your presence and unimpeded love.
Let not our will, but your will and purposes be fulfilled in our lives here on earth.
Give us the material things you know we need to survive.
Release us – as indeed we release others – from the debt of wrong-doing.
Strengthen us for difficult times. Liberate us from all that is evil.
For you reign in majesty, in love, power and glory, from the beginning of time and forevermore.
For ourselves, for those we have named and for ThirdSpace soul-friends:
Creator God, may your peace go with us wherever we will be this day.
May you guide us through the challenges, protect us when in need and inspire us with your love.
May we acknowledge your presence in all the human goodness we will see.
And may you bring us back rejoicing to our place of rest this night.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin!
Fast from discontent
Feast on gratitude
Fast from worry
Feast on God’s Providence
Fast from complaining
Feast on appreciation
Fast from consumerism
Feast on generosity
Fast from unrelenting pressure
Feast on ‘all will be well’
Fast from self-concern
Feast on compassion for others
Fast from evasion
Feast on openness
Fast from avoidance
Feast on participation
Fast from cynicism
Feast on hope and truth
Fast from problems that overwhelm
Feast on prayer that sustains.
People are unreasonable, illogical, self-centred… love them anyway.
If you do good people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives… do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies… be successful anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow… do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable… be honest and frank anyway.
People love underdogs but follow only top dogs… follow some underdog anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight… build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you try to help… help people anyway.
If you give the world the best you have, you may get kicked in the teeth… but give the world the best you have… Anyway.