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When I survey the wondrous cross



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The Lord's Prayer

Prayer of St Francis

Pray of Peace

A Prayer to help you Pray

 

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen. [Top of Page]

Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an insturment of your peace:
where there is hatred let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
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. [Top of Page]

Prayer for Peace

Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe... [Top of Page]

A prayer to help you pray

Let the peace of the place surround you as you sit quietly. Let the hurry and worry of your life fall away from you. You are God's child. He loves you and cares for you. He is here with you now - and always. Speak to Him slowly and thoughtfully - give yourself time for Him to bring things to mind.

Lord, thank you...
For your presence here,
for the opportunity to pray.
For the promise of peace,
for the beauty of the world,
the kindness of people;
For all those whom I love ...
and who love me;
For your love towards me..
For the Cross of Christ and the power of the Spirit.

Help me to show my gratitude in deeds as well as words.
Lord, I am sorry:
For the times I have been hasty or unkind (especially to...),
thought or acted selfishly,
failed to forgive or ask forgiveness,
forgotten your presence,
taken your love for granted.

I thank you for your promise to forgive all those who turn back to you in penitence.

Lord, I am troubled
I am anxious and distressed for myself;
for others;
Especially about ...;
Help me to trust your love,
for you carry our sorrows.
Teach me to act and speak in the way you want.
Give me the wisdom to know when not to interfere.
Calm my fears, for all things are in your hands.

Lord I Pray for;
My family; and friends, my neighbours at home, at work, the ones I like; and dislike;
For those who are troubled or who mourn,
for the oppressed,
for those involved in disaster or war.
Bless them, Father,
in their various troubles and show me how I may help.

O heavenly Father,
your will for me (and for all people)
is my eternal happiness now and for ever.
I thank you for the blessings you have given me and ask for strength to walk in the way where you lead me. Help me to remember the love of Jesus shown on the Cross and to accept the new life and love and freedom which he offers me.

Amen.

 

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