St Anne’s Church, Tottington

Prayer

Selected prayers that hopefully people might find helpful and use in their daily devotions. These come from some of the most wonderful and saintly resources of the Church.

What you hold may you always hold.
What you do, may you do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet,
So that even your steps stir up no dust,
go forward, the spirit of our God has called you.

St Clare of Assisi

1194 - 1253

Give me the grace, Good Lord To set the world at naught.
To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men’s mouths.
To be content to be solitary.
Not to long for worldly pleasures.
Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.
Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me. Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help.
To lean into the comfort of God.
Busily to labour to love Him.

St Thomas More

1478 - 1535

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
Amen.

The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

He did not say ‘You shall not be tempted, you shall not be travailed or you shall not be disturbed’; but he said, ‘You shall not be overcome.’ For all shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.

Lady Julian of Norwich

1342 – 1416

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr

(1892 – 1971)

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)

Prayer for Lent

Teach us, Good Lord, To Serve Thee as Thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do Thy will.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

A Prayer of Generosity written by St Ignatius Loyola

I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that,
but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do,
what I can do.
I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength.
I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us,
and we change things.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

St Anne's Church, Tottington
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