Prayerbooks

Anyways, at some point I intend to have an assortment of collected prayers below as well as links to the former two documents. Don’t forget the formative practices! It is so easy to get distracted from the routine of these things, but I find the routine helps provoke my prayers more spontaneously throughout the day.

A Prayer from Anselm of Canterbury (Faith Seeking Understanding)

O my God teach my heart where and how to seek you,
where and how to find you…

You are my God and you are my All and I have never seen you.
You have made me and remade me,
You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,
Still I do not know you…

I have not yet done that for which I was made….
Teach me to seek you…

I cannot seek you unless you teach me
or find you unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire, let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you.

A Scholar’s Prayer, by Thomas Aquinas

Ineffable Creator,

You who are the true source of life and wisdom and the Principle on which everything depends, be so kind as to infuse in my obscure intelligence a ray of your splendor that may take away the darkness of sin and ignorance.

Grant me keenness of understanding, ability to remember, measure and easiness of learning, discernment of what I read, rich grace with words.

Grant me strength to begin well my studies; guide me along the path of my efforts; give them a happy ending.

You who are true God and true Man, Jesus my Savior, who lives and reigns forever.

Amen

The Breastplate Prayer (A Shorter Version)

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind 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 when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

A Prayer from Augustine (Confessions)

Late have I loved You, O Lord; and behold,
You were within and I without, and there I sought You.
You were with me when I was not with You.
You called, and cry, and burst my deafness.
You gleamed, and glow, and dispell my blindness.
You touched me, and I burned for Your peace.
For Yourself You have made us,
And restless our hearts until in You they find their ease.
Late have I loved You, Your Beauty ever old and ever new.

A Prayer of Irenaeus

Father,

Give perfection to beginners,
understanding to the little ones,
and help to those who are running their course.

Give sorrow to the negligent,
fervour to the lukewarm,
and a good consummation to the perfect.