The Serenity Prayer: Long Version
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it,
trusting that You will make all things right,
if I surrender to Your will,
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
The Serenity Prayer: Short Version
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference.
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument 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;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much 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.
The Prayer of St. Patrick
(Many versions of this prayer exist. Often it is called the Breastplate of St. Patrick or the Lorica of St. Patrick. This version appears in the PC(USA) Book of Common Worship).
I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three.
I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on the cross for my salvation.
His bursting up from the spiced tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the star-lit heaven,
the glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightning free,
the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea
around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay,
God’s ear to hearken to my need,
the wisdom of my God to teach,
God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward,
the word of God to give me speech,
God’s heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, the One in Three,
of whom all nature has creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.
Prayer at the End of the Day (also known as the Examen, or Ignatian Examen, or Examination of Conscience)
- Become aware of God’s presence.
- Review the day with gratitude.
- Pay attention to your emotions.
- Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
- Look toward tomorrow.
From Ignatian Spirituality, website https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the examen/#variations
The Great Spirit Prayer
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to all the world. Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others. Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy, Myself. Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame. — translated by Chief Yellow Lark, from Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center website http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8580
Gratitude for Creation
Creator God, your presence is as the wind, the breath and sustainer of life. We are grateful for being a part of your beautiful creation; rugged mountains, rolling plains, and uncultivated desert. We thank you for the birds of the air, animals, and fish of the sea. For purity of water and air and healing medicines that remind us of the need for holy virtue in life, physical and spiritual.
In your holy mystery, you have revealed that we are God’s children, a wonderful mosaic of humanity with different cultures and heritages. We have a work yet to do, to work for truth and equity. We pray that we might always be found faithful, reflecting your love.
Cause light to overcome the darkness in these world. Be present, O God, through your Son Jesus, in whose name we pray. (By Cecil Corbett, New Perce, in A Book of Reformed Prayers: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.)