Saturday Prayer: God the Father, Heavenly Light

Today’s prayer comes from the Divine Hours:

God the Father, Heavenly Light
O Trinity of blessed light, O Unity of princely might, The fiery sun now goes his way; Please shed within our hearts your ray To you our morning song of praise, To you our evening prayer we raise; O grant us with your saints on high To praise you through eternity. To God the Father, heavenly Light, To Christ revealed in earthly night, To God the Holy Ghost we raise Our equal and unceasing praise.
Latin, 6th C.

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Saturday Prayer from St. Francis

This Saturday’s prayer from St. Francis comes from Jon Sweeney’s biography: The Road to Assissi:

“Great and glorious God, and you, Lord Jesus,

I pray you, shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. . . .

Be found in me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with your holy will.”

Saturday Prayer: The Prayer for Spiritual Freedom

Today’s prayer comes from the Ignatian Spirituality website:

O Spirit of God, we ask you to help orient
all our actions by your inspirations,
carry them on by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may always begin from you
and through you be happily ended.

This prayer is often shared before meetings and gatherings. Learn more about Ignatian spirituality here.

Saturday Prayer: The Prayer of St. Patrick

Today’s prayer comes from the anonymous prayer that some have attributed to St. Patrick:

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

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Saturday Prayer

Today’s prayer comes from the Divine Hours as compiled by Phyllis Tickle. It is a prayer from the 7th century that has been translated from Latin: 

The Word whom earth and sea and sky adore and laud and magnify, whose might they show, whose praise they tell, in Mary’s body deigned to dwell. Blessed is the message Gabriel brought, blessed is the work the Spirit wrought, most blessed to bring to human birth the long-desired of all the earth. Lord Jesus, Virgin born, to thee eternal praise and glory be, whom with the Father we adore and Holy Spirit evermore.
Latin, 7th C.