- Prayer Before an Examination
- Prayer for Preparation to Study
- Prayers Before An Examination
- A Blessing Prayer
- Sarum Primer Prayer
- Make Us Servants
- The Breton
- A Chinese Woman's Prayer
- Patience with Our Failings
- Slow Me Down, Lord
- Disturb Us, Lord
- Reverence for Life
- Taoist Tradition
- Jericho Road
- May What I Do Flow from Me
Like a River
- A Living Sacrifice
- Prayer to an Evolutionary God
Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value
Is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.
As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I studied
and be gracious with what I have overlooked.
Help me to remain focused and clam, confident in the facts and in my ability,
and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today you are there with me. Amen.
A Salesian Prayer
Lord, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.
Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honor you and do justice to myself. Amen.
A Salesian Prayer
be with me now,
as I prepare for my exams.
Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have,
given me and for the opportunity of education.
Calm my nerves and anxiety, help me
to remember all that I have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
the very best I can.
Holy Spirit, sit with me in my exam
- and always.
In Jesus' Name
-Sandhurst Youth Ministry
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A Blessing Prayer
May the God of strength be with us,
holding us in strong and loving hands,
May we be the sacrament of God’s strength
to those whose hands we hold,
May the blessing of strength be with us.
May the God of gentleness be with us,
caressing us with sunlight and rain and wind.
May God’s tenderness shine through us
to warm all who are hurt and lonely.
May the blessing of gentles be with us.
May the God of wonder be with us,
delighting us with sunrise and sunset, enchanting our
senses, filling our hearts, giving us wide-open eyes
that we may see the splendor in both the humble and majestic.
May we open the eyes and hands and hearts of the blind and deaf and the insensitive.
May the blessing of wonder be with us.
May the God of compassion be with us,
holding us close when we are weary and hurt and alone.
And may we be the warm hands and eyes of compassion
for our sisters and brothers when they reach out to us.
May the blessing of compassion be on us.
May the God of simplicity be with us, opening us to a clear vision of what is real and true,
Leading us deeply into the mystery of childhood.
And may our dealings with others be marked by honesty, which is simplicity.
May the blessing of simplicity be on us.
May the God of joy be with us, thrilling us with God’s nearness,
filling our hearts to fullness, and filling our throats with laughter and song.
May our joy bring life and joy to others.
May the blessing of joy be with us always.
May the God of love be with us.
May our lives be continual giving and receiving of love with our God,
our friends, and with all whose lives we touch.
May God’s love in us light fires of faith and hope,
and may the fire grow and burn deeply and enflame the earth.
May the blessing of love and friendship be with us always.
Sarum Primer Prayer
God be in my head
and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes
and in my looking;
God be in my mouth
and in my speaking;
God be in my heart
and in my thinking;
God be in my end
and at my departing.
Make Us Servants
you remain, unseen,
at our side,
present like a poor man
who washes the feet of his friends.
to follow in your footsteps,
we are here, waiting for you
to suggest signs of sharing
to make us into servants
of your Gospel.
-Brother Roger, Taize Community
The Breton Fisherman's Prayer
A Chinese Woman's Prayer
(after learning to read)
Patience with Our Failings
Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. Do not be disheartened by your imperfections but always rise up with fresh courage. There is no better means of attaining to the spiritual life than by continually beginning again. How are we to be patient in bearing with our neighbor's faults if we are impatient in bearing with our own?
-St. Frances de Sales
Slow Me Down, Lord
Slow me down, Lord. Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time. Give me, amid the confusion of the day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams that live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking minute vacations - of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to read a few lines from a good book.
Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life's enduring values that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.
Disturb Us, Lord
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
Reverence for Life
Dear God, protect and bless all living beings.
Keep them from evil and let them sleep in peace.
“We are born gentle and weak. At death we are hard and stiff. Green plants are tender and filled with sap. When they die they are withered and dry. Therefore the stiff and unbending are the disciples of death. The gentle and yielding are the disciples of life.” –Lao Tzu from the Tao Te Ching
Save your servant, O Sustainer of Life,
From too early a death.
Free me of that affliction of believers
Who so easily become rigid of heart
In their journeys to you.
Make my heart like the green willow tree
That easily bends in the wind,
That bows gracefully before the storm
Only to raise its head again with renewed life
When the angry clouds have moved on.
Fill me this day, I pray,
With the strength of your Spirit,
The strength to be flexible and ever-green.
Create within me the heart
Of a disciple of life,
A heart that is gentle and meek.
Let me learn a lesson from your daughter water
Who seeks the lowest path,
Ever yielding and humble,
Yet wears down the strongest stones into sand.
In her I see the wisdom of the Tao:
“The hard and strong will fall;
The soft and meek shall overcome.”
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's road side, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. Compassion sees that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.
Let us pray:
Ever present God, you called us to be in relationship with one another and promised to dwell wherever two or three are gathered. In our community, we are many different people; we come from many different places, have many different cultures. Open our hearts that we may be bold in finding the riches of inclusion and the treasures of diversity among us. We pray in faith.
-Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
May What I Do Flow from Me Like a River
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what awaits within me
So that what no one has dared to wish for
May for once spring clear
Without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
But this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
No forcing and no holding back,
The way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
These deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
Streaming through widening channels
Into the open sea.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
A Living Sacrifice
God, we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to You.
If it is our call to lead,
help us to lead with wisdom.
If it is our call to serve,
help us to serve with joy.
If it is our call to teach,
help us to teach with truth.
If it is our call to listen,
help us to listen with sensitivity.
If it is our call to encourage others,
help us to do so with kindness and gentleness.
Help us to share our gifts generously;
to be sincere in our love,
cheerful in our labor,
and patient in our troubles.
Prayer to an Evolutionary God
You accept us – at times of self-doubt
Thank you, God of all,
Co-creator of our world,
For allowing us to be imperfectly made –
Because it makes us, if we are wise, forgiving.
Do you accept us as we are?
We condemn people too quickly:
We judge them for flawed thinking, disguised egotism,
Unworthy acquisitiveness, or skewed opinions.
But we can forgive them once we accept our own shadow,
And realize how well we ourselves fit
Into the ranks of a less than perfect human race.
You, Holy God, accept each of us,
Prophets tell us, just as we are –
Provided our moral judgments of others
Are reciprocally generous and compassionate.
Imperfection fits this evolving reality,
For the universe thrives on diversity,
Including random failure,
One of the very preconditions for the unfolding advances.
May it be so.