Fashioned for Joy

As the hand is made for holding
and the eye for seeing,
you have fashioned me for joy.
Share with me the vision
that shall find it everywhere;
in the wild violet’s beauty;
in the lark’s melody;
in the face of a steadfast man;
in the child’s smile;
in a mother’s love;
in the purity of Jesus.

Source: Gaelic Prayer

Source of this version: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2007/02/joy-poking-through-everywhere/

Also found here:  The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (June 26)

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The Voyage of Life

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Blessed are your saints, O God and King,
who have traveled over the tempestuous sea of this mortal life,
and have made the harbor of peace and happiness.

Watch over us who are still in our dangerous voyage;
and remember such as lie exposed to the rough storms of trouble and temptations.
Frail is our vessel, and the ocean is wide;
but as in your mercy you have set our course,
so steer the vessel of our life toward the everlasting shore of peace,
and bring us at last to the quiet haven of our heart’s desire,
where you, O our God, are blessed,
and live and reign for ever and ever.

Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/catholic/guidance/prayer-for-protection.aspx#stAJR5WhwHibqWSQ.99

Also found here: The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (June 22)

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

Love, Light and Renewal

O beloved, Love eternal, my good,
happiness which knows no bounds,
I desire to grasp you with most worthy reverence.
I desire to reserve nothing for myself.

O Everlasting Light,
surpassing all created lights:
flash your lightning from above
and penetrate all the corners of my heart.

Cleanse, beautify and revive my spirit with all its powers:
that I may cling to you with highest joy.

Source: Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ

Source of this version: Modified from https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/2e9b4446/files/uploaded/502%20December%206th%20Second%20Sunday%20of%20Advent.pdf

Also found here:  The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (June 14)

Make Us Grounded in Your Truth

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we pray, that we might be grounded
and settled in your truth
by the coming of your Holy Spirit in our hearts.
What we do not know, reveal to us;
what is lacking within us, make complete;
what we do know, confirm in us;
and keep us blameless in your service,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Clement of Rome (c. 90)

Source of this version: http://christianicon.tumblr.com/post/37974365991/almighty-god-father-of-our-lord-jesus-christ

Also found here:  The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (June 10)

A Prayer for Unity

O God our Father,
good beyond all that is good,
fair beyond all that is fair,
in whom is calmness and peace;
Make up the dissensions which divide us from each other,
and bring us back into a unity of love,
which may bear some likeness to your sublime nature.
Grant that we may be spiritually one,
as well in ourselves as in each other,
through your peace which makes all things peaceful,
and through the grace, mercy, and tenderness of your only Son. Amen.

Source: Jacobite Liturgy of St. Dionysius

Source of this version: Modified from http://kenanderson.net/bible/html/april.html

Also found in  The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (June 9)

Protection under Christ’s Cross

May the cross of the + Son of God,
which is mightier than all the hosts of Satan
and more glorious than all the hosts of heaven,
abide with you in your going out and in your coming in.

By day and by night, at morning and at evening,
at all times and in all places may it protect and defend you.
From the wrath of evildoers, from the assaults of evil spirits,
from foes visible and invisible, from the snares of the devil,
from all passions that beguile the soul and body:
may it guard, protect and deliver you.
Amen.

Source: Christaraksha, India

Source of this version: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/pastoral/healing/protectionpeace.aspx

Also found here: http://tonusperegrinus.blogspot.com/2014/09/christaraksha-powerful-prayer-of-cross.html

*We can rightly pray this prayer if we connect “the cross of the Son of God” with his blood and death, which indeed are mightier than the hosts of Satan.

Keep Us in Peace

Keep us in peace, O Christ our God,
under the protection of your holy cross;
save us from our enemies, visible and invisible,
that we may glorify + you with thanksgiving,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

Source: Dismissal from the Armenian Orthodox liturgy

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.oremus.org/liturgy/ccp/16p&p.html

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992