Monday, February 28, 2011

we are spiritual

I don't know anything about this guy, but I really agree with what he says here!

Also a note to self: in seeking God this week in some struggles---he spoke to me (not audible) the night ----speaking to my heart: You are my child. You are a daughter of the King. (It was just what I needed to hear)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Prayers for marriage (especially good for ceremony)

These are such good prayers-- they are from the Book of Common Prayer and are very good for a wedding ceremony

Eternal God, creator and preserver of all life,
author of salvation, and giver of all grace:
Look with favor upon the world you have made,
and for which your Son gave his life,
and especially upon this man and this woman
whom you make one flesh in Holy Matrimony. Amen

Give them wisdom and devotion in the
ordering of their common life,
that each may be to the other
a strength in need,
a counselor in perplexity,
a comfort in sorrow, and
a companion in joy. AMEN

Grant that their wills may be so knit together
in your will, and their spirits in your Spirit,
that they may grow in love
and peace with you and one another all the days of their life.Amen.

Give them grace, when they hurt each other, to recognize
and acknowledge their fault,
and to seek each other's
forgiveness and yours. Amen

Make their life together a sign of Christ's love to this sinful
and broken world,
that unity may overcome estrangement,
forgiveness heal guilt,
and joy conquer despair. Amen.

Bestow on them, if it is your will,
the gift and heritage of children,
and the grace to bring them up to know you,
to love you, and to serve you. Amen

Give them such fulfillment of their mutual affection that
they may reach out in love and concern for others. Amen

Grant that all married persons who have witnessed these vows
may find their lives strengthened and their loyalties confirmed. AMEN

Grant that the bonds of our common humanity,
by which all your children are united one to another,
and the living to the dead,
may be so transformed by your grace,
that your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven;
where, O Father, with your Son and the Holy Spirit,
you live and reign in perfect unity,
now and for ever. Amen

Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love
in sending Jesus Christ to come among us,
to be born of a human mother,
and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life.
We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of man and woman in
his Name.
By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance
of your blessing upon this man and this woman.
Defend them from every enemy.
Lead them into all peace.
Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts,
a mantle about their shoulders,
and a crown upon their foreheads.
Bless them in their work and in their companionship;
in their sleeping and in their waking;
in their joys and in their sorrows;
in their life and in their death.
Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast
for ever in your heavenly home;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
on God, for ever and ever. Amen.

O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage
that in it is represented the spiritual unity between
Christ and his Church:
Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants
that they may so love, honor and cherish each other
in faithfulness and patience,
in wisdom and true godliness,
that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.Amen.

Saturday, February 12, 2011