Formal, Written Prayers

I am grateful that the prayers of our predecessors have been preserved for us. I have learned so much over the years with the Book of Common Prayer. The following is a prayer written in the old language.

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us
to thy never-failing care and love, for this life
and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them
better things than we can desire or pray for;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I have found the Trisagion, (meaning thrice holy), especially powerful when other words fail me. Sometimes in the depths of pain, worry or anguish, I have found the best path through for me to be with this prayer. As I repeat it, it seems as if the Presence of God begins to roll through my very being, removing the pain, worry and anguish or taking my attention elsewhere, towards the Trinity.

Holy God,
Holy Almighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us.

I have used this the past few years in hospital rooms when I had no idea the outcome for the patient, but knew that the Presence of God was most needed.

praying hands

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