One of the sessions I'm teaching in the Sanctuary is Praying the Prayers of the Church. Many of us who have grown up in traditions that focus on spontaneous prayer are discovering the beauty of the classic written prayers of the church. These are prayers that have been prayed for centuries and have stood the test of time and culture. Here are a few to share with you.
Holy Father, creator and sustaining wisdom of all that is, both in heaven and on earth, take from me those thoughts, actions and objects that are hurtful. Give us instead those things that are profitable for me and all who seek rightly to praise you. I ask this grace in the company of all believers and through the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who is, with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Loving God, we offer these prayers, joining our voices to the great chorus of those who sing your praise and depend on you alone. We long for that day when all your children will live in your peace and praise your name. Until that day, give us sturdy patience and enduring hope, rooted only in Jesus, in whose name we pray, Amen
Ever-faithful God, you have knit together as one body in Christ those who have been your people in all times and places. Keep us in communion with all your saints, following their example of faith and life, until that day when all your saints will dwell together in the joy of your eternal kingdom, Through Christ our Lord. Amen.