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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Celtic Morning Prayer

Been at some staff meetings this week where we've prayed using a wonderful prayer guide from the Northumbria Community. Here's the liturgy that we've used for the morning prayer. Even if you're not a big fan of using someone else's script to pray, see if the Lord might use this to spark your own prayer life today:

Opening Sentences
One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in his temple

Call: Who is it that you seek?
Response:
We seek the Lord our God.
Call: Do you seek him with all your heart?
Response:
Amen. Lord have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?
Response:
Amen. Lord have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Response:
Amen. Lord have mercy.
Call: Do you seek him with all your strength?
Response:
Amen. Lord have mercy.

Declaration of Faith
To whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
And we have believed and come to know
That you are the Holy One of God.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
King of endless glory.

[Scripture: Psalm & Old and New Testament Readings; Meditation of the Day; Prayer]

Canticle
Christ as a light,
illumine and guide me.
Christ as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me on my left and right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each
who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
On my left and right.

Blessing
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

4 comments:

JohnHaslam said...

Hey Alex,

We've been introduced to this up in New England as well. I find that scripted devotional material often takes me out of my own inclinations and help me to relate to Jesus in different ways.

I do have to watch myself asking the normal questions:
Am I personally encountering Jesus with the resource? Or am I doing the script to "git er done."

I fibnd I need to switch up to keep it fresh, from one scripted devotional to a different kind or to go inscripted.

Overall a good resource.

Andrew Phillips said...

This is one of my favorite parts of that book. The litany for vocational discernment (Hild's prayer) is great as well.

Tiffany Mansfield said...

Alex, would you mind sending me the title of this book? The prayers are beautiful! Thanks!

Alex said...

Hey all, thanks for the comments!

Tiffany, this comes from an order in Northumbria and you can find this and other resources at http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/