Praying for Loved Ones when we cannot find the words

A Sampling of Prayers
from The Book of Common Prayer:

For Relatives and Friends

O Loving Father,
we commend to thy gracious keeping
all who are near and dear to us.
Have mercy upon any who are sick,
and comfort those who are in pain, anxiety or sorrow.
Awaken all who are careless about eternal things.
Bless those who are young and in health,
that they may give the days of their strength unto thee.
Comfort the aged and infirm, that thy peace may rest upon them.
Hallow the ties of kindred,
that we may help, and not hinder, one another
in all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(from Forms of Prayer to be Used in Families)

For Children

O Lord Jesu Christ,
who didst take little children into thine arms, and bless them:
Bless, we beseech thee, the children of this family;
grant that they may grow up in thy fear and love;
give unto them day by day thy strength and guidance,
that so they may continue in thy love and service
unto their lives’ end.
Grant this, O blessed Saviour, for thine own Name’s sake. Amen.

(from Forms of Prayer to be Used in Families)

For Absent Ones

O God, who art present in every place:
We pray thee to protect with thy loving care
our dear ones who are away from us.
Let thy fatherly hand direct them;
prosper them in thy way;
grant them daily strength for their daily needs;
and inspire in them an unwavering faith in thee,
that they may live always to thy honour and glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(from Forms of Prayer to be Used in Families)

For One Leaving Home

O God, the refuge and strength of all who put their trust in thee:
Unto thy gracious care and keeping we commit thy servant _____,
now going forth from us.
Give him courage, prudence, and self-control;
raise up for him good friends;
preserve him from loneliness;
keep him, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence,
and make him have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(from Forms of Prayer to be Used in Families)

The entire Book of Common Prayer is available online here.


“Discovering the Book of Common Prayer” by Sue Careless

 


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