March 28, 2011

Ancient Prayer - King David

1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.

5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

March 25, 2011

Prayer

Here we are into our 3rd week in the Lenten season. Just in case you are wondering why I am posting a prayer each day...My Lenten Sacrifice/Addition this year is to meditate and or pray on an ancient prayer each day. It has been a wonderful addition to my days. Here is today's prayer.

Lord God
You gave the peoples of the world
as the inheritance of your only Son;
you crowned him as King of Zion, your holy city,
and gave him your Church to be his Bride.
As he proclaims the law of your eternal kingdom,
may we serve him faithfully,
and so share his royal power forever.

March 24, 2011

Prayer

Stretching out Thy divine hands upon the Cross,
Thou hast joined together
that which before was divided,
and by Thy mediation
Thou hast offered as a gift to the Father
the nature of mortal man,
that was under condemnation.
Therefore we sing the praises
of Thy sinless Crucifixion.
St. Joseph the Studite

March 23, 2011

Prayer

Today's Ancient Prayer, is not very ancient, written in 1941. But I thought it was beautiful and wanted it to be my meditation today. God's great blessings to you.


To Jesus Christ our Sovereign King
who is the world's salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring
and thanks and adoration

Your reign extend O King benign,
to every land and nation;
For in your kingdom Lord divine
Alone do we find salvation

To you and to your Church, great King
We pledge our heart's oblation;
Until before your throne we sing
In endless jubilation

Christ Jesus, Victor!
Christ Jesus, Ruler!
Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer
Msgr. Martin Hellriegal, 1941

March 22, 2011

St. Ephraim - Ancient Prayer

O Lord and Master of my life,
give me not the spirit of laziness,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of sobriety,
humility, patience and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own transgressions
and not to judge my brother,
for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen
St. Ephraim the Syrian (AD 305-373)

March 21, 2011

Welcome back routine.

Monday afternoon. Had an event filled Spring Break. Lots of family in town to visit and then a busy weekend at a beautiful wedding in Atlanta. It was great to see familiar faces and spend time with this lovely southern group.

I am enjoying the ancient prayers each day, I hope you are too. There is a discipline in the searching. But I do love the rewards. It has been a great Lenten addition for me.

I am in the midst of crazy with reading and studying for school. I am at this very moment procrastinating reading a book for my Family Studies class. Must not procrastinate very long...need to get the book read and written about for my class.

Another subject that I am in the midst of reading about is Messianic Passover for a "food paper" in my English class. Looking forward to my first Passover in a couple of weeks, that is if I can get my research completed and have time for preparations.

Have a blessed day....I am now opening my book ; )

Ancient Prayer - Lent Continues.

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
...and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ's sake, Amen
St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397)

March 17, 2011

Ancient Prayer today by St. Patrick

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
- Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

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I love the story of St. Patrick, I have written here before about his life. But, I always like reminders, as a boy St. Patrick was kidnapped from his homeland in Britain, by Irish Raiders. He was brought back to Ireland and was a slave to a cruel master for 6 years. He learned the language of the Irish people during his servitude. God gave him dreams at the end of his 6 years and told him that a ship would await him to take him back home. Then another dream that he should start to fast as his time of escape was near. And finally the time came when he was given the dream to flee his cruel master. He did so and God led him 200 miles away over land he had no previous knowledge. He arrived at the ship and the captain refused his boarding because he had no money. He walked away and was on his way to pray and shortly after men came screaming after him telling him to board the ship, all was well. Many people died of starvation on this boat ride from Ireland to Britain. It would be to Ireland that he would return and share God's word with. He brought thousands to God. He chose to live without protection by the authorities and would not accept bribes or money from those in authority.

March 16, 2011

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, 

Thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us. 

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.


This is my most favorite ancient prayer. Spoken by Christ. I pray this prayer most days. I also pray this prayer when I have no words of my own, or if I am in a dry place and am feeling unconnected to God. These words are a healing balm, they point me to the Greatness of God's Kingdom, the importance of forgiveness, awareness that evil is out there, God will provide, it all belongs to Him.
I have this prayer in a sticky note on my computer to look at each day. I have both the King James Version which is above and the NIV version. The King James is always my favorite to pray, maybe because that was the way I learned it. It sounds more poetic to me.

March 15, 2011

Today's Lenten Prayer

Let us all become a true and fruitful branch on the vine Jesus, by accepting Him in our lives as it pleases Him to come.

as the Truth - to be told;
as the Life - to be lived;
as the Light - to be lighted;
as the Love - to be loved;
as the Way - to be walked;
as the Joy - to be given;
as the Peace - to be spread;
as the Sacrifice - to be offered;
in our families and within our neighborhood.

This prayer comes from one of my favorite books. A Simple Path by Mother Teresa. I am not sure of the origin of this prayer.

March 14, 2011

The Breastplate Prayer

Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Swiftness of wind,

Depth of the sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's hand to guard me.

Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding:

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,

Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,

Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of Creation.

By St. Francis of Assisi

March 13, 2011

1st Sunday of Lent

The first Sunday of Lent has been a day that many have focused their thoughts and sermons on Christ in the desert wilderness and the temptations he faced. He is our perfect example of resisting temptation. He calls on scripture in these occasions to bring in the power of His Almighty Father. I am thankful for that example. Who am I to try and fight temptation with the mere vessel I am? If Christ quotes scripture to fight temptation then that example is mine to follow.

This will be my Sunday reflection through Lent...

Each day I find a prayer that touches my heart and moves my spirit when I read it. Today's prayer that I am recording is widely known as the Jesus prayer. It's roots come from Luke 18:10-14. These words were spoken by a humble tax collector in great contrast to the boastful prayer just spoken by the Pharisee at the front of the church.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner.

It is believed that these words started to be used widely in prayer by the desert fathers in Egypt, but have been taken on by the orthodox tradition as routine since about 400 a.d.

These words bring me comfort, because I know I am a sinner, I know I need God's mercy and I know His grace is flowing over for me. Thank you God for being my Redeemer.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner.

March 12, 2011

Ancient Prayer for Today

You are holy, Lord, the only God, and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good, Lord God, living and true.
You are love.
You are wisdom.
You are humility.
You are endurance.
You are rest.
You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage.
You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord, God Almighty, Merciful Saviour. Amen.


written by St. Francis of Assisi

March 11, 2011

3rd Day of Lent - Ancient Prayer

As we are all mindful of those who are affected by the tsumani and earthquake we can count on King David to give us words that describe our plight. So many put their hope in what they can see, but all of that can be gone in the blink of an eye. May we put our hope in God alone.

Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number
of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Each man's life is a but a breath.
...Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
He bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.
But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in You.

Psalms 39:4-7

March 10, 2011

2nd Day of Lent - Ancient Prayer

Most High and glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of our hearts
and give us true faith,
a certain hope and a perfect love.
Give us a sense of the divine
and knowledge of yourself,
so that we may do everything
in fulfillment of your holy will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Francis of Assisi

March 09, 2011

Semester is Half Baked ; ) Research Shows It!

The first day of Lent. May God's great grace be what shines from us today. He is so faithful. Ancient prayers...that is what I am adding to my day. It is not much a sacrifice to add the words of those who have gone before me to my day; however, the sacrifice is in the discipline to research, post here, and personally to pray to the Father through the day so that the words become my own. I am tearful over this blessing. Thankful.
This website has some great info on Lent
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The semester is half over. I can not believe it. This semester has been delightful, no class that has caused me nervous twitches like last semester. I am glad to go to class each day and I am thrilled to with the challenges before me. If I had to give this semester a word that would describe the overall experience it would be...research. Research on research. I need folders to keep all my research separate. Some days I forget what I am researching and I start researching for another class. It is not hard work, and it is interesting, but having so many research projects going on at once is stretching my brain a bit to keep all the information straight.

What am I researching currently:
For my Family Studies class - Marital Intimacy
For my Family Studies class - Strong Marriage Interview

For my English class - Messianic Passover Seder

For the McNair Scholars Program - Spiritual Coping

If I haven't asked you a research question in the last couple of weeks count yourself lucky. If I have...then thank you for helping me.

I could combine all of these and ask someone at a Passover Seder about their marriage and if things aren't going so well pass on my research on spiritual coping. But alas, it is all good stuff.
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Lent Begins - Make me an instrument of your peace.

I am continually drawn to the ancient prayers of the saints. Those that have gone before us. If I had a favorite ancient prayer, it would be this one, so this is where I will start on this day of remembrance. We came from ashes, and ashes we will be again.

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 so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

St. Francis Of Assisi