Prayer for today


Grant, O God, that we may be united to you and to our
neighbour with an undivided love; serve you and your children
with an undivided heart and reverence you and your creation
with an undivided will; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

John Scotus Erigena (c.810-877)



Blessed be God, who has promised humanity the gift of divinity, mortals the hope of eternal life and sinners the glory of resurrection.

Augustine of Hippo (354-430)



Power of God, be our protection; Wisdom of God, be our guide;
Word of God, be our inspiration; Shield of God, be our defence;
Son of God, be our salvation; now and always. Amen.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, Book of Armagh, 9th century



God the Father, eternally mysterious, we worship you. God the Son, eternally giving, we bless you. God the Holy Spirit, eternally witnessing, we adore you. Holy and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God, we magnify you, now and for ever. Amen.

Nestorian liturgy, 5th century



Glory to God, creator of heaven and earth, who has made all things living. Glory to God, Father of all mercies, who has given his only-begotten son to be our Redeemer. Glory to God, fire of holy love, who for our sanctification has poured forth his life-giving Spirit.

John Hamilton (1512-1571)



Be to us at all times, O Lord, our unending joy, our eternal bliss and our enduring comfort. Be to us light in the darkness, strength in temptation and refreshment in the desert. Being penitent for our sins may we never be separated from you and longing for your face may we behold you in heaven. Amen.

Margery Kempe (c.1373-c.1438)



God, beyond all our naming, the glory of creation reaches out to you. God, beyond all our reasoning, the voice of the universe sounds your praise; God, beyond all our knowing, all that lives finds its destiny in your presence.

Gregory of Nazianzus (c.329-389)



Teach us, O Lord, to attempt what we fear we cannot attain, to strive for what we fear we cannot reach and to speak of what we fear we cannot utter. Adoring a love which we cannot comprehend may we celebrate a faith we cannot prove; for your own love’s sake. Amen.

Hilary of Poitiers (c.315-367)



Lord Jesus Christ, draw our hearts to yours with a love that is irresistible; unite our hearts to yours with a love that is immeasurable, and bind our hearts to yours with a love that is inseparable; now and for ever. Amen.

Miles Coverdale (1488-1568)



O Christ the Morning Star, when the night of this world is past bring to us the promised light of life, opening into everlasting day. Amen.

The Venerable Bede (c.673-735)



All creation blesses you, O Lord. Exiles offer you worship. Pilgrims hallow your name. Saints adore you. Humanity offers its praise. And we your servants lift our hearts and voices to you in joy and thanksgiving. Amen.

Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582)



Spirit of God, come as the wind to move us forward; come as the dove to launch us heavenward; come as the fire to purge our dross. Amen.

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)



Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we may be faithful to your gospel in our witness, attentive to your voice in our prayers and sensitive to your presence in our neighbour; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Veronese Libelli, 6th century



Lord our God, dwelling in unapproachable light, source of all wisdom, goodness and truth; out of the abundance of our reason we adore you and out of the love of our hearts we praise you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Susanna Wesley (1669-1742)



The blessing of the night, O Lord, you have given us for rest and the gift of the day to praise your glory. Keep us each day from all sin, protect us in the hour of temptation and guide us with the light of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John Calvin (1509-1564)



A Prayer from the Methodist Church

You alone, O God, are infinite in love. You alone can speak to our condition. You alone can search the mind and purify the heart. You alone can flow over our darkness with the ocean of eternal light.

George Fox (1624-1691)