From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is praised among all peoples. It's a matter of the hearts intent I believe. You might not succeed if you try to push it through on your own authority. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant, moreover, that in taking sleep. Save him from the friends who, in the name of politics or even friendship, would persuade him from that holy path. Thy people bless, and grant that we may feast in paradise with thee.
A Catholic who legitimately wishes to communicate with Eastern Christians must respect the Eastern discipline as much as possible and refrain from communicating if that Church restricts sacramental communion to its own members to the exclusion of others. O Father, would you through your strength help us not to lose the wonder of this season? Help me to share its message faithfully as You give opportunity. Whatever ails me or delights me becomes Your concern — for You chose me before the foundation of the world and scheduled each day of my life before I was even born — how great You are, my Lord and God. They restore us, though we often destroy them. You have promised to be with us always.
Grant us the gist of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Help us to understand that the pilgrimage of this life is but an introduction, a preface, a training school for what is to come. Whether I am in a rushing noisy crowd or sitting in solitary stillness, communion with You my Lord is sweet and beautiful. He made it a condition before agreeing to leave Strasbourg and return to Geneva. O God, may our hearts be opened to that love today.
And to you, one holy and eternal God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we give praise and glory, now and for ever. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. Forgive us for making so many mountains out of molehills and for exaggerating both our own importance and the problems that confront us. And now, Lord, we place every member of our family in your care and keeping. For Christians from this background, having communion every week can seem to require an impossible standard of preparation. I heard of a pastor who tried to get his congregation to stand for the gospel, but met up with fierce resistance. You took the death that I deserved.
May the loving kindness of Christmas not only creep into our hearts, but there abide, so that not even the return to earthly cares and responsibilities, not all the festivities of our own devising may cause it to creep away weeping. For the Absent O God, whose fatherly care reaches to the uttermost parts of the earth: We humbly beseech you graciously to behold and bless those whom we love, now absent from us. As soon as he did these things, they recognized him. We pray that through your Holy Spirit this bread may be for us the body of Christ and this wine the blood of Christ. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.
You have showered us with wonderful gifts. I thought the only acceptable exception was Orthodox communion, in that they have valid holy orders and substantially the same belief on the Real Presence. With the clear notes of bird songs challenging us to praise, with every lowly shrub and blooming tree catching new life and beauty, our hearts indeed would proclaim You Lord, and we would invite You to reign over us and make us truly Your own. There is no need to credit the re:Worship blog itself. So help us, O God, to live and not merely to exist, that we may have joy in our work. Be with us this day — in our work and in our play.
I praise Your name for ever and ever, Amen What a joy and a privilege it is to fellowship with You my Lord and to commune with You no matter where I am or who I am with — I know that You are with me — indwelling me and I rejoice for my spirit that can share precious communion with You - as I rest in Your arms of love. To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in exercise of their duties. It was a specific kind of prayer that first blessed God and then asked God to bless the food. Without that prayer, the Lord's Supper is nothing but a ceremony or an empty chancel drama. Easter meals in Emmaus Luke 24:30-32 and Jerusalem Luke 24:36-49 , as well as a seaside breakfast John 21 , describe recognizing the risen Christ while sharing common food.
We know we should take stock of our lives well before Communion to see if there is any area in our life that is not right with You. But now, on this Christmas Day, we pray that love would find its Beloved, and from You receive the grace to make it pure again, warm and real. For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, People: We thank you, Lord. It is only human to dislike a few people. Lord, as we drink this wine, We remember that you are the giver of life.
Thank you that we carry in our hearts the riches of this eternal goodness. But sin hurts both my heart and Yours. We have disguised selfishness as patriotism; our arrogance has masqueraded as pride. For the Bread: Crucified God, we wear beautiful crosses around our necks, and hang them on our walls. Grant that he may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his trust in your goodness all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. Strengthen the courage of the representatives in Congress assembled — sincere men and women who want to do the right, if only they can be sure what is right. Eternal Power, be our support. For Heroic Service O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. For the Saints and Faithful Departed We give thanks to you, O Lord our God, for all your servants and witnesses of time past: for Abraham, the father of believers, and Sarah his wife; for Moses, the lawgiver, and Aaron, the priest; for Miriam and Joshua, Deborah and Gideon, and Samuel with Hannah his mother; for Isaiah and all the prophets; for Mary, the mother of our Lord; for Peter and Paul and all the apostles; for Mary and Martha, and Mary Magdalene; for Stephen, the first martyr, and all the martyrs and saints in every age and in every land. We pray that that he may instill into the minds and lives of students truths that will some day feed our souls and those of our children. In the name of Jesus we pray.