St Anne’s Church, Tottington
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.
May I ever keep faithful to what I have professed in the symbol of my regeneration, when I was baptised in the Father in the Son and in the Holy Spirit. That I may worship you, Our Father, and with you, Jesus your Son, and that I may deserve your Holy Spirit who strengthens me, who proceeds from you through your only begotten Son. Amen.
Faith in the Holy Trinity

St Hilary of Poitiers Bishop and Teacher

Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world. Let us not tire of preaching love. Though we see that waves of violence succeed in drowning the fire of Christian love, love must win out; it is the only thing that can. 

St Oscar Romero

Born 1917, Assassinated 24th March 1980

O God our maker, whose Son Jesus Christ gave to your servant Bede grace to drink in with joy the word that leads us to know you and love you: in your goodness grant that we also may come at length to you, the source of all wisdom, and stand before your face; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Venerable Bede

672 – 735

Eternal God, who gave great gifts to your servant Anselm as a pastor and a teacher : grant that we, like him, may desire you with our whole heart and, so desiring, may seek you and, seeking may find you: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
St Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, Doctor of the Faith

1033 - 1109

A broken altar, Lord, thy servant rears,
Made of a heart and cemented with tears;
Whose parts are as thy hand did frame;
No workman’s tool hath touch’d the same.
A heart alone is such a stone,
As nothing but Thy pow’r doth cut.
Wherefore each part of my hard heart
Meets in this frame to praise thy name.
That if I chance to hold my peace,
These stones to praise thee may not cease.
Oh, let thy blessed sacrifice be mine,
And sanctify this altar to be thine.
George Herbert Priest, Poet, Orator

1593 - 1633

King of kings and Lord of lords, whose faithful servant Charles prayed for those who persecuted him and died in the living hope of your eternal kingdom: grant us by your grace so to follow his example that we may love and bless our enemies, through the intercession of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
A prayer for King Charles 1st Saint and Martyr

1600 – 1649

O God, the ruler of all, who called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne and gave her zeal for your Church and love for your people that she might advance your heavenly kingdom; mercifully grant that we who commemorate her example may be fruitful in good works and attain to the glorious crown of your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Saint Margaret of Scotland

1045 - 1093

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Saint Luke the Beloved Physician

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.
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.
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

Louise Cope - Churchwarden

Gill Leach - Churchwarden

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