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Episcopalians and Prayer
The Episcopal Church is a praying people. From our Anglican roots we have our Book of Common Prayer, a worship guide that unites us in our rich diversity when we gather as a community. That book and other resources are also available to us when we pursue personal lives of prayer. For the busiest of lives, prayer is grounding, centering and enlivening. We want to offer some resources for your daily spiritual walk...
Prayer in Daily Life
To the right is a prayer from our Book of Common Prayer (BCP), one of thanksgiving. If you've no idea where to start a daily prayer practice, this is a good one to begin with and build on. You could begin by praying this prayer each day for a week or even a month, and reflect on what comes to mind for which you are most grateful, what seasons of accomplishment or even challenge you may be facing in life. If you have a copy of the BCP, you might say The Lord's Prayer along with it.
Here are some online resources for daily prayer:
Forward Day by Day (Episcopal)
The Daily Office, Mission of St. Clare (Episcopal)
Pray As You Go (Jesuit, Roman Catholic)
A great resource which brings readings and prayers together from the Book of Common Prayer in an easy day-to-day format is Hour by Hour, available in print and more affordably as Kindle format. The Online Book of Common Prayer is a great resource with the same page numbers as the printed version!
1. A General Thanksgiving
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.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.
Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
From the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, pg 836