Category: Time to Pray

  • Ecclesiastes 1 1-3

    The words of Qohelet
    son of David
    King in Jerusalem:

    Mere-breath of mere-breaths
    says Qohelet
    Mere-breath of mere-breaths
    everything is a mere-breath

    What is the advantage for a person
    In all their hard work
    at which their work
    under the sun?

    Eternal Light, shine into our hearts,
    Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil,
    Eternal Power, be our support,
    Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance,
    Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us;
    that with all our heart and mind
    and soul and strength we may seek thy face
    and be brought by thine infinite mercy
    to thy holy presence;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Alcuin (735-804)

  • 2 Peter 3 14-18

    Therefore,
    beloved,
    waiting for these things
    do your best
    to be found by him
    spotless and blemishless
    in peace
    and
    consider the patience of our Lord
    salvation
    just as our beloved brother Paul
    wrote to you
    according to the wisdom given to him
    speaking in all the letters
    (in them)
    about these things
    in which some things are hard to understand
    which ignorant and unstable people twist
    to their own destruction
    as they also (do) to the other scriptures.

    So you,
    beloved
    having been warned beforehand
    be on guard
    so that you
    may not be led astray
    by the error of wicked people
    and fall from
    your firm position,
    Grow in grace and knowledge
    from our Lord and Saviour
    Jesus Christ.

    To him be glory
    both now
    and on the day of eternity.

    (Amen)

    Eternal Light, shine into our hearts,
    Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil,
    Eternal Power, be our support,
    Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance,
    Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us;
    that with all our heart and mind
    and soul and strength we may seek thy face
    and be brought by thine infinite mercy
    to thy holy presence;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Alcuin (735-804)


  • 2 Peter 3 10-13

    And the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
    on which
    the heavens will disappear
    with a roar,
    the heavenly bodies will be burned up,
    and the earth and every deed (done) on it
    will be ‘uncovered’.


    As all these things are to be dissolved in this way,
    what sort (of person) is it necessary (for us us) be?
    – in holy ways of life
    or godly acts?
    waiting for and
    hastening
    the coming of the day of our God
    because of which
    the heavens will be burnt up
    and the heavenly bodies will melt
    as they burn

    But we are waiting
    for a new heaven and
    a new earth
    according to his promise1,
    in which righteousness dwells.

    1. Isaiah 65: 17
      See, I will create
          new heavens and a new earth.
      The former things will not be remembered,
          nor will they come to mind. ↩︎

    Lord, you have given me so much,
    I ask for one more thing –
    a grateful heart.

    George Herbert

  • 2 Peter 3 8-9

    Do not let this one thing be forgotten by you
    beloved,
    because
    one day
    (in the sight) of the Lord
    is as
    a thousand years
    and a thousand years
    is like one day. 1
    But the Lord of the promise is not slow2
    as some consider slowness,
    but he is patient with you,
    not wishing for any to be destroyed
    but all to come to repentance.

    1. Psalm 90:4 ↩︎
    2. Hab 2:3 ↩︎

    Be thou a bright flame before me,
    Be thou a guiding star above me
    Be thou a smooth path below me
    Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me
    Today – tonight -forever
    Amen.

    St Columba

  • 2 Peter 3 5-7

    For this escapes them –
    those who wish it this way,

    that the heavens and
    (the) earth were long ago
    formed out of water
    and by means of water,
    by the word of the Lord.

    Through which
    the then world
    by flooding
    with water
    perished.

    So now
    the heavens and the earth
    by the same word
    stored up
    for fire
    until the day of judgement
    and destruction
    of the ungodly people.

    O Love, O God who created me, in your love recreate me.
    O Love, who redeemed me,
    fill up in me whatever part of your love
    has fallen into neglect within me.
    O Love, O God, who first loved me,
    grant that with my whole heart,
    and with my whole soul,
    and with my whole strength,
    I may love you.

    Gertrude the Great

  • 2 Peter 3 1-4

    Already this is,
    beloved,
    the second letter
    that I have written to you,
    in which
    I am stirring up
    your sincere mind
    with a reminder:
    to remember
    the predictive words
    of the holy prophets
    and the commandment
    of the Lord and Saviour
    through your apostles

    First
    know this
    scoffers (with scoffing)
    will be coming
    in the last days
    going according
    to their own evil desires
    and saying:
    Where is the promise of his coming?
    For ever since the fathers fell asleep
    all things have remained like this
    from the beginning of the Creation.

    Grant, Lord,
    that we may hold to you without parting,
    worship you without wearying,
    serve you without failing;
    faithfully seek you,
    happily find you,
    and forever possess you,
    the only God,blessed now and for ever.
    Amen

    St Anselm


  • 2 Peter 2 20-22

    For if
    having escaped the pollutions of the world
    by the knowledge of the Lord
    and Saviour, Jesus Christ,
    they (the false teachers?)
    having been entangled
    are defeated again
    by them (the pollutions) –
    The last (condition)
    would be worse for them than
    the first. 1
    For it was better for them
    not to have come to know
    the way of righteousness,
    than to turn from
    the holy command,
    that has been given (to them).
    The true proverb has happened to them
    A dog returns to its vomit,2
    and
    A sow washes herself (by) wallowing in the mud.

    Lord God,
    you feed us with the living bread from heaven;
    you renew our faith,
    increase our hope,
    and strengthen our love.

    Teach us to hunger
    for Christ who is the true and living bread,
    and to live by every word
    that comes from your mouth,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    1. Matthew 12:45 ↩︎
    2. Proverbs 26:11 ↩︎
  • 2 Peter 2 17-19

    These people are waterless springs,
    and mists propelled by a storm,
    for whom the gloom, that is the darkness,
    has been kept.
    For speaking boastful words of folly,
    they ensnare
    by fleshly desires
    by sensuality
    those who are barely escaping
    from those who live in error,
    promising freedom to them
    they are slaves of corruption.
    Because
    whatever/ whoever defeats one,
    to this, one is enslaved.

    O Lord Jesus Christ,
    stay beside me to defend me,
    within me to guide me,
    before me to lead me,
    and above me to bless me,
    that with you and in you,
    I may live, and move and have my being,
    for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    (unknown)

  • 2 Peter 2 13-16

    …(in their destruction
    will be destroyed with them [the evil angels].)
    when they suffer harm
    that is the reward of wrongdoing:
    considering it pleasurable
    to be self-indulgent
    in the day(light).
    (they are) spots and blemishes
    indulging in their lusts
    eating together with you.

    having eyes full of an adulteress
    insatiable sin
    enticing unsteady souls
    having hearts trained in greed,
    – children of cursing.

    leaving behind the straight way
    they have gone astray,
    following the way of Balaam (son) of Bosor
    who loved the reward of wrongdoing
    A rebuke he had regarding his transgression,
    – a mute donkey,
    speaking with a human voice
    restrained the madness of the prophet.

    Eternal God and Fatther,
    you create us by your power,
    and redeem us by your love,
    guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
    that we may give ourselves in love and service
    to one another and to you;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • 2 Peter 2 10b-12

    Bold! Arrogant!
    They [the false teachers]do not tremble
    when slandering the glorious ones [evil angels].
    – whereas [good] angels
    being greater in might and power [than evil angels]
    do not use (bear)
    a slanderous judgement
    against them [evil angels]
    from the Lord.

    But these
    as irrational animals
    born by nature
    to be caught and killed (destroyed)
    slandering
    those of whom they are ignorant
    in their destruction
    will be destroyed with them [the evil angels].

    O Lord, in whom is our hope,
    remove far from us, we pray thee,
    empty hopes and presumptuous confidence.
    Make our hearts so right with thy most holy and loving heart,
    that hoping in thee we may do good;
    until that day when faith and hope
    shall be abolished by sight and possession,
    and love shall be all in all.

    Christina Rossetti (1830-94)