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    Come, our Light, and illumine our darkness.
    Come, our Life, and raise us from death.
    Come, our Physician, and heal our wounds.
    Come, Flame of divine Love, and burn up our sins.
    Come, our King, sit upon the throne of our hearts
    and reign there. Amen.

    - St. Dimitri of Rostov
    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
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    Christ, Savior of all life,
    you come to us always.
    Welcoming you
    in the peace of our nights,
    in the silence of our days,
    in the beauty of creation,
    in the hours of great combat within,
    welcoming you is knowing
    that you will be with us
    in every situation,
    always. Amen.

    - Brother Roger of Taizé

    (Okay last one for a while now! I've been going through my old issues of Living With Christ magazine, and typing up the morning and evening prayers that they provide. My wrists are getting tired!)
    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbGurl View Post
    Come Lord! Come with me:
    see with my eyes,
    hear with my ears,
    think with my mind,
    love with my heart-
    in all the situations of my life.
    Work with my hands, my strength.
    Take, cleanse, possess, inhabit
    my will, my understanding, my love.
    Take me where you will,
    to do what you will, in your way.
    For where you are,
    there would your servant be. Amen.
    - Evelyn Underhill

    I like all the ones you posted, but especially this one.
    I'm a Christian Witch, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbGurl View Post
    Jesus,
    open the eyes of my heart,
    that I may hear your word
    and understand
    and do your will.
    Open the eyes of my mind
    to the understanding
    of your Gospel teachings.
    Speak to me the hidden
    and secret things
    of your wisdom.
    Enlighten my mind and understanding
    with the light of your knowledge,
    not only to cherish those things that are written,
    but to do them. Amen.
    - St. John Chrysostom
    Well, well... looks like old Golden Mouth had a bit of a gnostic streak in him.

    Cease then and let me alone,
    that I may take comfort a little before I go whence I shall not return,
    even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
    a land of darkness, as darkness itself,
    and of the shadow of death without any order,
    and where the light is as darkness.


    - Job

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    Came across this one while saying that Daily Office today. It is a favorite!
    (I think it is from the BCP, but not 100% sure... will get back to you on that...)

    For Joy in God's Creation
    O heavenly Father, who has filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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    These are all amazing prayers!

    I recently found a website that reworded some of the traditional prayers so that they were more inclusive and less patriarchal. A lot of times, praying with male-only language made me feel left out, less than whole. Take with a grain of salt what this church shows, but they seem sincere, and the rewritten prayers have begun to heal that wound within for me. (The traditional name of the prayer is in parentheses, for comparison.)

    (From Santuario San Rafael Antiochene Catholic Church website: http://www.santuariosanrafael.com/index.htm)

    (Sign of the Cross) In the Name of God,
    the Living One,
    Word and Spirit. Amen.

    (The Our Father) Our Mother, with us on Earth, holy is Your Name.
    Your true reign come, Your Will be done, within us, as it is within You.
    Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive
    those whose sins oppress us, and lead us not into confusion, but enlighten
    us with Your wisdom. Amen.

    (Gloria Patri) Glory be to Thee, O God,
    Living One, Word and Spirit,
    now and for all ages and aeons. Amen.

    And adding one of my personal favorite prayers, that first helped me get in touch with the Feminine of God.

    My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior!
    For He has looked with favor on the lowliness of His servant.
    Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed,
    for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God's name.
    God's mercy is from generation to generation for those who revere Him.
    He has shown might with His arm, and He has confused the wicked in the conceit of their hearts.
    He has pulled down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
    God has come to the help of His servant Israel, remembering His mercy,
    According to the promise He made, to Abraham (and our ancestors), forever and ever. Amen.

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    Ok I have a lot of prayers to share- I've been collecting them! Hope they help!:

    Prayer for Guidance, Inspiration, and Protection
    To the Holy Powers that be
    I humbly ask of thee
    To Guide me, Inspire me, Protect me
    Lead me only to the Light
    For the Truth is Eternal, Amen.

    Enlightenment Prayer
    Mother and Father God, hear my prayer........
    Send to me your tender love and your powerful care........
    Enlighten my soul by your universal command,
    mould it with unconditional love by your very hands...............
    Send to me a Guardian angel pure and strong,
    So that I have guidance to endure my whole path long...........
    Grant to me inner light which shines from me round about,
    Allow my life to become an example for those who live in spiritual doubt....................
    Send to me universal power when my aura and I become weak,
    Allow me to understand when I encounter those not yet awake...............
    Oh Mother and Father God, I do give to you my vows,
    Without you in my life I know I would be unenlightened and proud...............
    I will remember the innocent blood, and the martyrs, who persevered,
    And how the Blood of many brought enlightenment through the tears......................
    I will remember unconditional love as you have remembered me,
    Oh Mother and Father God, I offer my life as the precious gift you seek................
    I will be tolerant with the zealots, and other religions too, no matter how
    wrong they believe I am, they will know my soul belongs to you...............
    Thank You Mother And Father God And So Mote It Be!

    Good Friday Prayer
    I reflect on this day, that you, Jesus, were wrongly persecuted and severely punished for your beliefs, and that you have done this for all mankind. I hold in my heart daily, your teachings of love and forgiveness and kindness to all people and animals of God's creation.
    Please forgive me , Jesus, for not worshipping in any church, for I feel most are corrupt and do not practice wholly your teachings of Universal Love and Forgiveness. The Church says I am an infidel for honoring nature and the seasons. Why would this make me a non-believer if all that is Earth and the Universe is of God's creation? I do not deny you in my life. Please understand that my embrace of witchcraft and nature are not in disrespect of you, but that I yearn for teachings of love from many different sources. I include you in my daily prayers along with The Goddess/The Holy Mother, God The Great Spirit, and all the spirit guides and animal spirits. My goal in life is to learn unconditional love, patience and to forgive those who have caused me any pain. I pray for all my loved ones and hope they all find happiness and health.
    Blessed Be.

    Good Morning Prayer
    You that have been here
    Before time began,
    Maker of water,
    Air, fire & sand,
    Lend to me your
    Your Sacred Hand,
    And fill me with your Love.
    You who are both,
    Female and male,
    Teach me on
    A larger scale,
    Of your Love,
    Both bright and pale,
    Just as the Moon above.
    I beg of Thee,
    Close not your arms,
    But embrace me,
    From hatred and harm
    To which your Earth,
    It sometimes alarms,
    I pray this prayer to Thee.
    You teach me not,
    To harm the good,
    Nor harm the bad,
    When I feel I should.
    But at your command,
    I never would,
    As I know The Rule of Three.
    In the morning,
    Fill my heart.
    And through this day,
    Please do not part.
    The Moon and Stars,
    They are your art,
    That shows your Guiding Light.
    In daily life,
    And in my home,
    I know that I,
    Am not alone.
    And so I Craft,
    Until I'm shown,
    Your Blessings in my life.
    Amen.

    Prayer for Strength
    This day God gives me Strength of high heaven,
    Sun and Moon shining, Flame in my hearth,
    Flashing of lightning, Wind in its swiftness,
    Deeps of the ocean, Firmness of Earth.
    This day God sends me Strength as my mainstay.
    So may it be.

    Prayer of Praise
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Pre-Ritual Prayer
    In the name of the Holy, Blessed, and Glorious Trinity, proceed we to our work in these mysteries to accomplish that which we desire; we therefore, in the names aforesaid, consecrate this piece of ground for our defense, so that no spirit whatsoever shall be able to break these boundaries, neither be able to cause injury nor detriment to any of us here assembled: but that they may be compelled to stand before this Circle, and answer truly our demands, so far as it pleaseth Him who liveth for ever and ever; and who says, I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, which is, and which was and which is to come, the Almighty; I am the First and the Last, who am living and was dead; and behold I live for ever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and Hell. Bless O Lord! this creature of earth wherein we stand; confirm O God! Thy strength in us, so that neither the adversary nor any evil thing may cause us to fail, through the merits of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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    I am enjoying all the prayers posted on this thread, and the ones you put up are very poetic. Thank you for sharing them. <3
    Last edited by turningtides; March 1st, 2011 at 12:38 AM. Reason: forgot to add quotes!

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    Got this one in my inbox today, and I really liked it:

    From the cowardice that dare not face new truth,
    from the laziness that is contented with half truth,
    from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
    good Lord, deliver us.
    - Kenyan Prayer
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