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The 77% Weekly – the 40/52 week a year newsletter of Religion-Outside-The-Box – just got a touch of a make-over.
At the risk of sounding a tad like an commercial – “it’s the same great product, just in a new package.”
Introduction to the Prayers
The last issue of The 77% Weekly
was about how to pray
and in that I was encouraging people to say their own prayers.
This week, it’s a bit different. I’ve decided to share a few ‘standard’ prayers that I think everyone should know.
I know you’ll enjoy them.
And, if you care to, click here to see comments on the streetprophets site where this article went up last week.
Prayers to Know
Tayfur Abu Yazid Al-Bistami:
years, I would say, ‘Do this’ and ‘Give me that.’ When I reached the
shores of wisdom, Isaid, ‘God, be mine and do what You want.’
The prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The Serenity Prayer:
grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage
to change the things I can. And, the wisdom to know the difference.
Plato’s Prayer in Phaedrus:
Phaedrus: But let us go, now that it has become less oppressively hot.
Socrates: Shouldn’t we first offer a prayer?
Phaedrus: Of course.
Dear Pan, and all you other gods who live here, grant that I may become
beautiful within, and that whatever outward things I have may be in
harmony with the spirit inside me. May I understand that it is only the
wise who are rich, and may I have only as much money as a temperate
person needs. – Is there anything else that we can ask for, Phaedrus?
For me, that prayer is enough.
Phaedrus: Make it a prayer for me too, since friends have all things in common.
Socrates: Let’s be going.
Praise God, for it is good.