Day of Prayer and Fasting

Thursday 19 November 2020

My Day Begins
Prayer is the doorway through which
God’s greatest gifts enter our soul.
If this door is kept shut,
I do not see how God can bestow these gifts;
for even if God wishes to enter our soul,
to take delight therein,
and to make us also to delight,
there is no way this can be done.
If we want God to come to us,
why would we fail to pray?
Certainly I cannot comprehend it
unless we have a mind
to go through the troubles of this life
in greater misery!

Why would we shut the door in the face of God
In return for a little effort on our part
God gives us the help we need to bear our trials.

Therefore when God plants in our soul,
a desire to pray,
as unprepared as we might be,
it is among the greatest of gifts.
If we persevere,
In spite of sins, temptations, and relapses,
our Lord will bring us at last
to the harbour of salvation.
Besides, God does not wait for the next life
to reward our love,
but begins to enrich us even here.
All Through the Day

Prayer is the doorway through which
God’s greatest gifts enter my soul.
My Day is Ending

Let nothing, O Lord,
disturb the silence of this night.
Let nothing make me afraid.
Let nothing distract me
from spending
these last moments of the day
with you in prayer.
Help me to open the doorway
through which I can glimpse your presence
and through which I can glimpse your presence
and through which
you can enter my soul.
Let me not shut you out.
If only for a moment,
here and now at the end of the day,
let me silence the thousand voices
that kept me through the day
from remembering
that I live always in your presence.
Bless me with the gift of prayer.
With it I have you, God,
I will want for nothing.
You alone suffice.

[St Teresa of Avila 1515-1582 in Let Nothing Disturb You (Ave Maria Press 2008)]
Graham Thrussell

Pslam 46 - Good News Bible

God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths;
even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.
There is a river that brings joy to the city of God, to the sacred house of the Most High.
God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed; at early dawn he will come to its aid.
Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken; God thunders, and the earth dissolves.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come and see what the Lord has done. See what amazing things he has done on earth.
He stops wars all over the world; he breaks bows, destroys spears, and sets shields on fire.
"Stop fighting," he says, "and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world.”
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Prayer for July and August
O Lord, our Heavenly Father,
You have called us into a family, the family of the church, in which we all have our place,
however different each of us might be. Teach us to see such differences as strengths,
and help us to be ready to learn from each other in humility and peace.
Now, to God, who blesses us beyond our imagining,
Who loves us beyond our dreaming,
Who forgives us beyond our deserving,
And who uses us beyond our hoping
Be praise and thanksgiving,
Honour and adoration
Now and always
A Prayer for June 

In the absence of an opportunity to pray in a church building we are all able to pray in our own houses. 
This prayer applies equally to our houses as it does to any church building.

O God, make the doorway of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship;narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and strife. Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling-block to children, or barrier to the elderly and disabled. Let its door be rugged and strong to turn back the tempter's power, but open and inviting to those who are your guests: God, make this house the doorway to your eternal kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Thanks to Peter B. for finding this and sharing it with us.

A Prayer of St Theresa 

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. 
It is there for each and every one of us.

Bishop Michael Langrish

A Prayer of St Patrick 

Circle me Lord
Keep protection near
And danger afar

Circle me Lord
Keep hope within
Keep doubt without

Circle me Lord
Keep light near
Keep darkness afar

Circle me Lord
Keep peace within
Keep evil out Lord, we are not our own, but thine. 

Bishop Michael Langrish


Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion
inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in
difficult moments we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with
great confidence submit ourselves to Your Holy Will, which is Love and Mercy 
itself.   Amen.

From The Book of Common Prayer
A Prayer of St Chrysostom

'Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee;  
and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy name thou wilt grant their requests:
Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them;
granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.'

Graham Thrussell

St. Richard’s Prayer

Thanks be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the blessings Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me;
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly,   
And follow Thee more nearly, day by day.

Christopher Doman

Sebastian Temple

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there’s doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope, 
Where there is darkness only light,
And where there’s sadness only joy.

Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life,

O Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Madeline Doman

A prayer of Julian of Norwich

In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.
In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother, and Saviour. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvellous and plenteous grace.  
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well. Amen

Helen Pilling

Ephesians Ch1 v13

This is a lovely scripture to dwell on.
 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth,
the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal,    
the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the
redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

Kevin Durban-Jackson


That God with special care will keep the dear ones while they wake or sleep,
and give their Guardian Angels power to guide and help them hour by hour.
For He who hears and answers prayer can see the absent everywhere,
and can tell them all we think and say, and make them hear us while we pray.    

Pauline Senior

Philippians chapter 4 verses 4-8 on rejoicing, praying and contemplating on the 5 verses
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Andy Blumer

From Bishop Michael

Heavenly Father,
in the midst of adversity – help us find beauty in brokenness,       
wisdom in weakness, joy in every gesture of love and care.
Make us fools for love of You and neighbour;
fill us with that foolishness which is the world’s disguise
for faith, love, and charity in your eyes.

A Prayer from Frank Topping      

Teach me to rest in you.
Teach me to see the sky
and think of nothing else
but the joy of it.
Teach me to look
at field and flower
and be soothed
by colours and seasons.
Teach me to close my eyes
and to rest
in the Love that has supported me    
all my days.
Teach me, Lord
to rest in you.

Liz Brown

 Attributed to St Columba in the 6th Century,                                        

It is such a powerful prayer, and especially at this difficult time,
we all need to know that we are certainly not alone.
Alone with none but you, my God,
I journey on my way.
What need I fear, when you are near,
O King of night and day?
More safe am I within your hand
Than if a host did round me stand.
My life I yield to your command,
And bow to your control,
In peaceful calm, for from your arm
No power can snatch my soul. 

Gaye Reynolds