A Prayer for Grace

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The ageless mountains are full of your glory
the vast seas swell with your might
the shining skies expand beyond our imagining
so we pause to praise
we wait in wonder
we listen to learn
of the mountain glory within us
of the sea force in our veins
of love’s shining infinity.
Grant us the grace, O God,
to serve this inner universe of soul among us.
-from Praying With the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell. Photo courtesy of Chuck Summers.

Prayer for Clarity | John Philip Newell | Celtic Spirituality | Heartbeat

_DSC9359Clear our heart, O God,

that we may see you.

Clear our heart, O God,

that we may truly see ourselves.

Clear our heart, O God,

that we may know the sacredness of this moment

and in every moment

seek you

serve you

strengthen you

as the Living Presence in every presence.

Clear our heart, O God,

that we may see.

-from Praying With the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell. Photo courtesy of Chuck Summers.

Changed for the Healing of the World | John Philip Newell | Prayer | Celtic Spirituality | Heartbeat

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That truth has been inscribed into our hearts

and into the heart of every human being,

there to be read and reverenced,

thanks be to you, O God.

That there are ways of seeing

and sensitivities of knowing

hidden deep in the palace of the soul,

waiting to be discovered,

ready to be set free,

thanks be to you.

Open our senses to wisdom’s inner promptings

that we may give voice to what we hear in our soul

and be changed for the healing of the world,

that we may listen for truth in every living soul

and be changed for the well-being of the world.

-from Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter. Photo credit: Chuck Summers.

Treasure Unlocked By Love | John Philip Newell | Celtic Spirituality | Heartbeat

e_DSC8694That you have made us in the image of your own mystery

thanks be to you, O God.

That in the soul of every human being

there are depths beyond naming

and heights greater than knowing

thanks be to you.

Grant us the grace of inner sight this day

that we may see you as the Self within all selves.

Grant us the grace of love this day

that amidst the pain and disfigurement of life

We may find the treasure that is unlocked by love,

that amidst the pain and disfigurement of our own lives I may know the richness that lies buried in the human soul.

-from Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter. Photo credit: Chuck Summers

You Are In All Things | John Philip Newell | Prayer

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You are above us, O God,
you are within.
You are in all things
yet contained by no thing.
Teach us to seek you in all that has life
that we may see you as the Light of life.
Teach us to search for you in our own depths that we may find you in every living soul.

-from Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Chuck Summers

Glory Prayer | John Philip Newell | Celtic Spirituality

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Glory be to you

Great Creating Spirit

who shines in distant stars beyond numbering.

And on earth peace.

Glory be to you

Great Creating Spirit

who sings and wings in birds on high.

And on earth peace.

Glory be to you

Great Creating Spirit

whose thunder shakes the shining firmament.

And on earth peace.

Glory glory glory

and on earth peace.

-from Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell | photo credit: Chuck Summers

Let Our Soul Breathe Hope | John Philip Newell | Celtic Spirituality | Prayer

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For the freshness of this new day

thanks be to you, O God.

For morning’s gift of clarity

its light like the first day’s dawn

thanks be to you.

In this newborn light

let us see afresh.

In this gateway onto what has never been before

let our soul breathe hope

for the earth

for the creatures

for the human family.

Let our soul breathe hope.

From Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell | photo credit: Chuck Summers

Blessings On This Day | John Philip Newell | Prayer | Celtic Spirituality

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On this day

the blessings of heaven.

On this day

the blessings of earth.

On this day

the blessings of sea and of sky.

To open us to life

to ground us in life

to fill us with life

and with wonder.

On those we love this day

and on every human family

the blessings of heaven

the blessings of earth

the blessings of sea and of sky.

From Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell | photo credit: Ben Lindwall

May the Angels of Light | John Philip Newell | Prayer | Celtic Spirituality

Blue Mountain sunrise (h)May the angels of light

glisten for us this day.

May the sparks of God’s beauty

dance in the eyes of those we love.

May the universe

be on fire with Presence for us this day.

May the new sun’s rising

grace us with gratitude.

Let earth’s greenness shine

and its waters breathe with Spirit.

Let heaven’s winds stir the soil of our soul

and fresh awakenings rise within us.

May the mighty angels of light

glisten in all things this day.

May they summon us to reverence,

may they call us to life.

From Praying with the Earth by John Philip Newell, photo credit: Chuck Summers

 

Prayer for Light | Prayer | John Philip Newell

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Light within all light
Soul behind all souls
at the breaking of dawn
at the coming of day
we wait and watch.
Your Light within the morning light
Your Soul within the human soul
Your Presence beckoning to us from the heart of life.
In the dawning of this day
let us know fresh shinings in our soul.
In the growing colours of new beginning all around us
let us know the first lights of our heart.
Great Star of the morning
Inner Flame of the universe
let us be a colour in this new dawning.

From Praying with the Earth by John Philip Newell, photo credit: Chuck Summers