Thanksgivings and Prayers

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“Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.”

“We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.”

“We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.”

“We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.”

“We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.”

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, may give thanks to you in all things.

“Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.”

“For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea. We thank you, Lord.”

“For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.”

“For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,We thank you, Lord.”

“For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, We thank you, Lord.”

“For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.”

“For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.”

“For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, We thank you, Lord.”

“For the communion of saints, in all times and places, We thank you, Lord.”

“Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord”

“To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.”


Prayers for the World 

-For Joy in God’s Creation

O God, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works.

-For All Sorts and Conditions of Men

O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men

-For the Human Family

O God, look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts.

O God, break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love to accomplish your purposes on earth.

-For Peace

God, so mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace.

-For Peace Among the Nations

God, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them peace which is the fruit of righteousness.

-For our Enemies

God, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred and revenge.

Prayers for the Church 

-For the Church

God, we pray for the holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is divided, reunite it.

-For the Mission of the Church

God, whose will it is that all should come to you through Jesus: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the hope of his resurrection.

-For Clergy and People

God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, the healthful Spirit of thy grace.

-For the Diocese

O God, by your grace you have called this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishops and other clergy, and all our people.

-For the Parish

God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family., bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church.

-For a Church Convention or Meeting

God, be present with those who take counsel at this meeting for the renewal and mission of your Church.

-For the Unity of the Church

God, take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; so we may be all of one heart.

-For those about to be Baptized or to renew their Baptismal Covenant

God, make the hearts and minds of your servants ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with his presence.

-For Monastic Orders and Vocations

O Lord, you became poor for our sake: Guide those whom you call to follow you under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

-For Church Musicians and Artists

O God, be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth.

Prayers for National Life 

-For our Country

God, we humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.

God, bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion.

God, endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home.

-For the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority

God, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace.

-For Congress or a State Legislature

God, we beseech thee to guide and bless our Senators and Representatives in Congress that they may enact such laws as shall please thee.

-For Courts of Justice

God, bless the courts of justice and give unto them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth.

-For Sound Government

God, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.

God, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens.

-For Local Government

God our heavenly Father, send down upon those who hold office in this State the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice.

-For an Election

God, guide the people of the United States  in the election of officials and representatives.

-For those in the Armed Forces of our Country

God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.

-For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

God, strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate.

Prayers for the Social Order 

-For Social Justice

Grant O God, that your life-giving Spirit may move every human; that barriers which divide us may crumble; that we may live in peace.

-In Times of Conflict

God, help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together.

-For Agriculture

God, we thank you for making Earth fruitful: Bless workers in the fields and give us seasonable weather.

-For the Unemployed

God, we remember before you those who suffer anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so that all may find suitable employment.

-For Schools and Colleges

God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for  learning, discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom.

-For the Good Use of Leisure

God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to renew our minds.

-For Cities

God, behold, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders.

God, enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order.

-For Towns and Rural Areas

Lord Christ, have mercy upon all of us who live and work in rural areas.

-For the Poor and the Neglected

God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless, the old and the sick.

-For the Oppressed

Look with pity, God, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions.

-For Prisons and Correctional Institutions

Jesus, visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance.

-For the Right Use of God’s Gifts

God: Grant us grace that we may honor thee with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give.

-For those who Influence Public Opinion

God: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and read; that they may make the heart of this people wise.

Prayers for the Natural Order 

-For Knowledge of God’s Creation

God, grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role.

-For the Conservation of Natural Resources

God, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, so that no one may suffer.

-For the Harvest of Lands and Waters

God, bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world; let thy Spirit go forth, that it may renew the face of the earth.

God, show thy loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and save us from selfish use of what thou givest.

-For Rain

God, send us, in this time of need, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth.

-For the Future of the Human Race

God, increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race.

Prayers for Family and Personal Life 

-For Families

God, We commend to thy continual care the homes in which thy people dwell. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience.

-For the Care of Children

God, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up.

-For Young Persons

God, you see your children growing up in a confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world.

-For Those Who Live Alone

God, whose Son had nowhere to lay his head: Grant that those who live alone may not be lonely in their solitude.

-For the Aged

Look with mercy, God, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace

-For a Birthday

God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servant as he begins another year.

Watch over thy child, God, as his days increase; bless and guide him wherever he may be.

-For the Absent

God, please bless those whom we love, now absent from us. Defend
them from all dangers of soul and body.

-For Travelers

God, preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them home in safety.

-For those we Love

God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come.

-For a Person in Trouble or Bereavement

God, remember (@___), in mercy, nourish his soul with patience, comfort him with a sense of thy goodness, and give him peace.

-For the Victims of Addiction

God, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom.

-For Guidance

Direct us, God, in all our doings, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works we may glorify thy holy Name.

God, grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do.

-For Quiet Confidence

God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee.

-For Protection

Assist us mercifully, God, in these our prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation.

-A Prayer of Self-Dedication

God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine.
Prayers for the Sick, Dying and Departed 

-Prayers for a Sick Person

God,look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy and give him patience under his affliction.  In thy good time, restore him to health.

-For Recovery from Sickness

God, accept our prayers, and grant him the help of your power, that his sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy.

God, be present in your goodness with him that his weakness may be banished and his strength restored; and that, his health being renewed.

-For a Sick Child

God, watch with us over your child, and grant that he may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give.

God, we commend to your loving care this child.  Relieve his pain, restore to him your gifts of gladness and strength.

-Before an Operation

God, graciously comfort him in his suffering, bless the means made use of for his cure, and fill his heart with confidence.

Strengthen him, God, to do what he has to do; that, accepting your healing gifts through the skill of surgeons, he may be restored to health.

-For Strength and Confidence

God, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve him, and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs.

-For the Sanctification of Illness

Sanctify, O Lord, the sickness of him that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith and seriousness to his repentance.

-For Health of Body and Soul

May God the Father bless you, God the Son heal you, God the Holy Spirit give you strength.

May God the holy and undivided Trinity guard your body, save your soul, and bring you safely to his heavenly country.

-For Doctors and Nurses

Sanctify, God, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain.

Strengthen doctors and nurses by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted.

-Thanksgiving for a Beginning of Recovery

God, your mercies are new every morning: We give you thanks for giving him both relief from pain and hope of health.

-Prayers for use by a Sick Person

-For Trust in God

God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I gracefully accept your healing.

-In Pain

God, be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace; heal me according to your will.

-For Sleep

God, you give your children sleep for the refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep me in that perfect peace.

-In the Morning

This is another day, God.  I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.

-Prayers for the Dying

Into your hands, God, we commend him.  Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into everlasting peace.

May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Let us pray, then, for him, that he may rest from his labors, and enter into the light of God’s eternal sabbath rest.

Receive, O Lord, your servant, for he returns to you. Into your hands, O Lord, we commend him.

Wash him in the holy font of everlasting life. Into your hands, O Lord, we commend him.

May I hear your words of invitation, “Come, you blessed of my Father.”Into your hands, O Lord, we commend him.

-For the Departed

God, grant that we may at the last enter with them into thine unending joy.

God, we remember this day before thee thy faithful servant; and we pray that, thou wilt receive him into thy joyful service.

God, we give you heartfelt thanks for the good examples of all your servants, who, now find rest and refreshment.

God, make us, we pray, deeply aware of the shortness and uncertainty of human life.

God, we praise and glorify your holy Name for all your servants who have finished their course in your faith and fear.

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us so to follow in faith where you have led the way.

God, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them.

Merciful God, raise us, we humbly pray, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness.

Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength.

God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that they may know your love.

Other Prayers 

-A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

“Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love…”-St. Francis

“Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.” St. Francis

“For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; & it is in dying that we are born to eternal life”St.Francis

-In the Evening


God, support us all day long, until the shadows lengthen, and evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over.

-Before Worship

God, deliver us, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship thee.

-For the Answering of Prayer

God, grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained.

-Before Receiving Communion

Be present, be present, O Jesus, our great High Priest, and be known to us in the breaking of bread.

-After Receiving Communion

Jesus, grant us, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of thy redemption.

-After Worship

Grant, God, that the words which we have heard, may be so grafted in our hearts, that they may bring forth the fruit of good living.

-On Sunday

God, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins and make us bold to praise you.

Grace at Meals 

“Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

“Bless, O Lord, thy gifts to our use and us to thy service; for Christ’s sake. Amen.”

Blessed are you, God, for you give us food to sustain our lives and make our hearts glad;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“For these and all his mercies, God’s holy Name be blessed and praised; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”


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