ancient prayers, responsive readings, those things that bring the ancient into the modern. i’m always trying to find ways to weave those moments into services.
i picked up Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals yesterday.
it’s one of those books you know will be precious to you as you hold the texture of the linen cover in your hand.
each morning prayer starts with
O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you
as the day rises to meet the sun.
I wanted to share 3 passages from the prayers for today.
“As we–by our prayers– vanquish all the demons that stir up war, and lead to the violation of oaths, and disturb the peace, we in this service are much more helpful to the kings than those who go into the field to fight for them. None fight better for the king than we do. We do not indeed fight under him, although he demands it; but we fight on his behalf, forming a special army of piety by offering our prayers to God.” Origen of Alexandria
Lord, what you call compassion, others call weakness. What you call conviction, others call dissidence. What you call love, others call mixing with sinners. We pray that we too might be found weak, dissident and in bad company, especially if it means we are closer to you. Amen
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.