as you were revealed to your friends in Emmaus
in the simplicity of breaking bread,
please disclose yourself to me today
in the simplest, tiniest
moments and movements
of my day.
(detail of Still Life with Hare, Duck, Loaf of Bread, Cheese and Flasks of Wine by Jean-Baptiste Oudry; public domain)
in your protection
in your care
in your grace
With your justice
for your labor
by your love
and fit me
for your work.
(art and prayer ©Jan Richardson via The Painted Prayerbook; used with permission)
Have mercy upon me, and pardon the multitude of my offences. Bless my friends; have mercy upon all men. Support me, by thy Holy Spirit, in the days of weakness, and at the hour of death; and receive me, at my death, to everlasting happiness, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
(from Boswell's Life of Johnson, p. 556; photo in the public domain)
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Jesus, sweet Jesus?
You are the light of those who are spiritually lost.
You are the life of those who are spiritually dead.
You are the liberation of those who are imprisoned by guilt.
You are the glory of those who hate themselves.
You are the guardian of those who are paralysed by fear.
You are the guide of those who are bewildered by falsehood.
You are the peace of those who are in turmoil.
You are the prince of those who yearn to be led.
You are the priest of those who seek the truth.
(a prayer of Johann Freylinghausen)