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Friday, May 29, 2015

Prayers for Trinity Sunday


The first prayer is from A Barclay Prayer Book and the second is Patrick's Breastplate Prayer


Let us remember God in Creation
O God, the Father, we thank You for Your creating power.
That You have made all things and made them well;
That You have given us all things richly to enjoy;
For the beauty and the bounty of this fair earth;
And for the creating power which can make all things new:
We thank You, O Father.
Forgive us if in pride and selfishness and in anger we have misused Your gifts, and have used for
              death that which was meant for life.

Let us remember God in redemption
O Lord Jesus Christ the Son, we thank You for Your redeeming power.
That You loved us and gave Yourself for us;
That You gave Your life as a ransom for many, a ransom for us;
That You were obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross:
We thank You, O Christ.
Forgive us if we have treated Your love lightly as a little thing, and if we have never even begun
to love You as You have first loved us.

Let us remember God in Providence
O Holy Spirit of God, we thank You for Your keeping power.
For the guidance You have given us;
For the knowledge You have brought to us;
For Your continual upholding, strengthening, protecting power:
We thank You, O Spirit of God.
Forgive us if we have tried to live this life alone, and have despoiled ourselves of the divine help
               we might have had from You.

And may the blessing of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Three in One, and the One in Three, be on us now and stay with each one of us always.  Amen.

Patrick's Breastplate Prayer:
I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spic├Ęd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet 'well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord. 
[Breastplate Prayer sourced here]

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