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The following prayers have been selected from the Book of Common Prayer as used by the clergy and laity of the Church of England. These will serve as inspired examples of spiritual devotion, reverence, humility, supplication and praise to the Supreme Creator. Such sublime incentives are inherent in all religions, establishing the universality of a common origin and destiny for all man-kind.

O God, the strength of them all that put their trust in Thee, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without Thee, grant us the help of thy Grace, that in keeping of Thy commandments we may please Thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, Who never fullest to help and govern them whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech Thee, under the protection of Thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

0 Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom Thou has given a hearty desire to pray, may by Thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, the Protector of all who trust in Thee, without Whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; increase and multiply upon us Thy mercy; that Thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by Thy governance, that Thy Church may joyfully serve Thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God Who hast prepared for them that love Thee such things as pass man's understanding; Pour into our hearts such love towards Thee, that we, loving Thee above all things, may obtain Thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord of all power and might, Who art the Author and Giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of Thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of Thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who declarest Thine Almighty Power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of Thy Grace, that we; running the way of Thy commandments, may obtain Thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of Thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and are wont to give more than either we desire or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of Thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and meditation of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and Merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that Thy faithful people do unto Thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so faithfully serve Thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain Thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and Everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope and charity and that we may obtain that which Thou dost promise, make us to love that which Thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy Church with Thy perpetual mercy; and because of the frailty of man without Thee cannot but fail, keep us ever by Thy help, from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, we beseech Thee, let Thy continual pity cleanse and defend Thy Church; and because it cannot continue in safety Without Thy succor, preserve it ever-more by Thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, we beseech thee, grant Thy people Grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the Devil, and with our pure hearts and minds to follow Thee the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, for as much as without Thee we are not able to please Thee; mercifully grant, that Thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Almighty and Most Merciful God, of Thy bountiful goodness keep us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that Thou wouldst have done; through jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, we beseech Thee, Merciful Lord, to Thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleaned from all sins, and serve Thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, we beseech Thee to keep Thy household the Church in continual godliness, that through Thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve Thee in good works, to the glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, our refuge and strength, Who art the author of all goodness; be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of Thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, we beseech Thee, absolve thy people from their offenses; that through Thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the hands of those sins which by our frailty we have committed: grant this, O' Heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Savior. Amen.


Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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; and where there is sadness, joy. 0 Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek 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.  ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI


O Heavenly Father, protect and bless all things that have breath; guard them from all evil and let them sleep in peace.   ALBERT SCHWEITZER


Now winter is gone, and spring is here: now tiny leaves, and blossoms sweet, lambs in the fields, and baby calves, and budding flowers about my feet, O teach me gentleness, please God, to care for all things weak and small, that I may grow strong and brave and helpful in my love for all. ANONYMOUS

We may conclude this section with the following few prayers:
Almighty God, unto Whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy Holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

0 Lord Christ, we, Thy faithful soldiers, dedicate this new day to Thee, praying that it may shine in Thy service as a pure pearl in the chaplet of our life, O .Thou Great King of Love, to whom be praise and adoration forevermore. Amen.

Teach us, O Lord, to see Thy life in all men and in all the peoples of Thine earth, and so guide the nations into the understanding of Thy laws that peace and good will may reign upon earth; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

To the most Holy and adorable Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Three Persons in One God; to Christ our Lord, The Only Wise Counselor, the Prince of Peace; to the Seven Mighty Spirits before the Throne; and to the glorious Assembly of just men made perfect, the Watchers, the Saints, the Holy Ones, be praise unceasing from every living creature; and honor, might and glory, henceforth and forevermore. Amen.

The Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Midst Thy circling power I stand,
On every side I find Thy hand,
Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,
I am surrounded still with God.

Let these thoughts possess my breast
Wherever I roam, wherever I rest,
Let not my weaker passions dare
Consent to sin, for God is there.

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