A Prayer for Christmas and Epiphany from the Book of Alternative Services
Blessed are you, Lord our God, our eternal Father and David's king. You have made our gladness greater and increased our joy by sending to dwell among us the Wonderful Counsellor, the Prince of Peace. Born of Mary, proclaimed to the shepherds, and acknowledged to the ends of the earth, your unconquered Sun of righteousness destroys our darkness and establishes us in freedom. All glory in the highest be to you, through Christ, the Son of your favour, in the anointing love of his Spirit, this night and for ever and ever. Amen.
A Prayer for Those Who are Suffering
from Anglican Church of Canada:
For those who are suffering.
For those who are injured.
For families that are separated.
For firefighters, police, emergency medical workers and all public officials.
For those who serve in the armed forces.
For those who answer the call to comfort and give aid.
For those who provide support thru their prayers.
For those who are dying.
For those who died while saving the lives of others.
For those who have died from acts of terrorism or natural disasters around the world.
For all who lost their lives.
For those who survived.
For the children who have been orphaned.
For the men and women who have lost their spouses.
For all who mourn and those who comfort them.
For peace in our city and in our world.
For unity among faiths.
For a greater appreciation and love of all humanity.
For patience and perseverance.
For calm in the midst of fear.
For forgiveness and the grace to overcome adversity.
For generosity of spirit.
For hope in times of despair.
For light in the darkness.
Lord hear our prayer.
Gracious and Loving God,
you are our comforter and our hope.
Hear your people's prayers as they come before you.
Strengthen us in this time of need.
Inspire us to acts of charity and generosity
and give us hope of a brighter future.
We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
- Joseph P. Shadle
The prayer that Jesus taught us,
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever.