Prayer of the Day

There are many ways of praying. Prayer and worship are at the heart of our life at St Chrysostom’s.  During the Summer we are encouraging people of our Church to relax, and to find peace and pray. A good number of our people have signed up for our Pray Vespers! intitiative. You can read about that by clicking here

Hannah UOn Sundays preachers will be speaking about a favourite prayer of their choice and some of their reflections will be put here on our church blog.

One very simple form of prayer which through the generations many people have found useful is to quietly read a prayer written by someone else. There are many many beautiful prayers in the Christian tradition, some are like poetry. In them we often find words and sentiments that resonate with us, or nourish our prayer lives, and broaden our spiritual vision.

An example of one such prayer is the prayer of St Richard of Chichester, which we have written about on the church blog (click here), and here is one of St Aelred of Rievaulx. A prayer written by a modern Christian, for peace and justice, we posted on the blog here.

During August this year each day we are publishing a favourite prayer on our church facebook page, and directing attention to it through our twitter feed. Of course people can contribute their own favourite prayer either here (through comments) or through the facebook page.

We are so grateful to the different members of church who have contributed their favourite prayer and we will also use some from other sources too. We hope this will in a small way enrich our prayer life.

We suggest those reading the prayer may like to pause simple for a couple of minutes, rest and take some gentle deep breaths, then quietly read and pray the prayer of the day.

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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One Response to Prayer of the Day

  1. James Morgan says:

    I rather like Cardinal Newman’s prayer, actually adapted from the end of one his sermons:
    O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublesome life,until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then grant us a safe lodging, a quiet rest, and peace at the last. through Jesus Christ our Lord. amen
    ref Pss 44;26;63.6-7. Heb 4;9-10
    I like the sentiment that it refers to our night of peaceful sleep, and the sleep when we repose at the end our our life. Remembrance of death is an ancient tradition.
    There is also an Eastern orthodox prayer that starts: O Lord, Lover of men, is this bed to be my coffin, or wilt Thou enlighten my wretched soul with another day? Here the coffin lies before me and here death confronts me. I fear, I Lord, thy judgment and the endless torments, yet I cease not to do evil. I know that I am unworthy of thy love but whether I want i t or not, save me, O Lord. For to save a good man is no great thing, and to have mercy on the pure is nothing wonderful for they are worthy of Thy mercy. But show the wonder of thy mercy on me a sinner and in this reveal thy love for men lest my wickedness prevail over thine unutterable goodness and mercy, and order my life as thou wilt.

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