Some prayers you may find helpful


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name
thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen


Morning Prayers:

Lord, direct our thoughts,
teach us to pray,
lift our hearts to worship you
in Spirit and in truth,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Loving Lord,
fill us with your life-giving,
joy-giving, peace-giving presence,
that we may praise you now with our lips
and all the day long with our lives,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord. (St. Benedict)


Evening Prayers:

Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake,
or watch, or weep tonight,
and let your angels protect those who sleep.
Tend the sick, refresh the weary,
sustain the dying, calm the suffering,
pity the distressed.
This we ask for the sake of your love.
(St. Augustine)

Be with us, merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours
of this night,
that we who are wearied by the
changes and chances of this fleeting world
may rest upon your eternal changelessness,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Lord God almighty is our Father:
he loves us and tenderly cares for us;
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Saviour;
he has redeemed us and will
defend us to the end;
The Lord, the Holy Spirit, is among us;
he will lead us in God's holy way.
to God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be praise and glory, today and for ever. Amen


For those preparing for marriage

God of love, we thank you for the gift of marriage and the joy it brings. We thank for the love which has brought ........ and each other and for their desire to share that love for the rest of their lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


For those newly married

God of grace, friend and companion,
look in favour on ..... and ..........,
and all who are made one in marriage.
In your love deepen their love,
and strengthen their wills
to keep the promises they have made,
that they may continue in live-long
faithfulness to each other;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


When someone has died

Prayers for comfort

O God, who brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Heavenly Father,
you have not made us for darkness and death, but for life with you for ever.
Without you we have nothing to hope for;
with you we have nothing to fear.
Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
Lift us from anxiety and guilt
to the light and peace of your presence,
and set the glory of your love before us,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A prayer of thanksgiving for someone who has died

Father in heaven,
we thank you because you have made us in your own image
and given us gifts and talents with which to serve you.
We thank you now for ............. for the years we shared with him/her,
the good we saw in him/her,
the love we received from him/her,
Now give us strength and courage
to leave him/her in your care,
confident in your promise of eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God,
you love everything you have made,
and judge us with infinite mercy and justice.
We rejoice in your promise of pardon, joy and peace to all those who love you.
In your mercy turn the darkness of death
into the dawn of new life
and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven; through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who died, who rose again, and lives for evermore. Amen.


At the death of a child

Heavenly Father,
whose Son our Saviour
took little children into his arms
and blessed them:
receive, we pray, your child ............into your never-failing care and love,
comfort all who have loved him/her on earth,
and bring us all to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


A confession - if something is weighing on your heart

Almighty God, I confess to you,
with my whole heart
my wrong doing, thinking and speaking;
the hurts I have done to others,
and the good I have left undone.
O God, forgive me,
for I have sinned against you;
and raise me to newness of life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


A prayer of forgiveness

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


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