Category: Time to Pray

  • John 3 13-17

    And the Passover of the Judeans was near,
    and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
    And he found in the Temple
    those who sold oxen and sheep and pigeons,
    and money changers,
    sitting down.
    And having made a whip,
    from cords,
    he threw them all out of the temple (precinct)
    together with the sheep and oxen
    and he poured out the small coins of the money changers
    and he turned over the tables.
    And to the sellers of the pigeons he said:
    ‘Take these things from here-
    Stop making the house of my Father a house of merchants’

    His disciples remembered
    that is written:
    Zeal for Your house will consume me. 1

    1. Psalm 69:9 ↩︎

    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:
    That we may seek your face
    with all our heart and mind and soul and strength. Amen.


  • John 2 6-12

    Now there were standing
    there six water jars,
    made of stone
    for the purpose of the purification rites of the Judeans.
    each one holding two or three measures.

    Jesus said to them:
    Fill the jars with water,
    and they filled them up to the brim.

    And he said to them
    Now draw
    and carry (some) to the head steward
    and they did so.

    And when the head steward tasted the water
    which had become wine
    and he did not know where it had come from
    but the servants knew
    who had drawn the water
    – the head steward called the bridegroom
    and said to him:
    Everyone first puts out the good wine
    and when they are drunk – the poorer (wine)
    You have kept the good wine until now!

    He did this at the beginning of his signs
    in Cana of Galilee
    and he revealed his glory
    and his disciples believed in him.

    After this,
    he went down to Capernaum:
    and his disciples
    and his brothers
    and his mother
    and there they stayed
    not many days.

    God, give me grace to accept with serenity
    the things that cannot be changed,
    Courage to change the things
    which should be changed,
    and the Wisdom to distinguish
    the one from the other.

    Living one day at a time,
    Enjoying one moment at a time,
    Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
    Taking, as Jesus did,
    This sinful world as it is,
    Not as I would have it,
    Trusting that You will make all things right,
    If I surrender to Your will,
    So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
    And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


  • John 2 1- 5

    On the third day there was (became) a wedding
    in Cana of Galilee
    and the mother of Jesus was there.
    Now Jesus and his disciples
    also were invited to the wedding.

    And the wine having run out
    the mother of Jesus said to him:
    ‘They have no wine.’
    And Jesus said to her:
    What is your business to do with me, Lady?
    My hour has not yet come.’
    His mother said to the servants:
    Whatever he says to you, do it.

    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)

  • John 1 47-51

    Jesus saw Nathaniel
    coming to him
    and said about him –
    ‘Look, truly, an Israelite
    in whom no deceit exists’

    Nathaniel said to him:
    ‘From where do you know me?’
    Jesus answered and said to him:
    ‘Before Philip called
    when you were under the fig tree
    I saw you.’
    Nathaniel replied:
    ‘Rabbi, you are the son of God,
    you are the King of Israel.’

    Jesus answered and said to him:
    “Because I said to you
    that I saw you under the fig tree,
    you believe, do you?
    You will see greater than this.

    And he said to him:
    ‘Amen, amen, I say to you all,
    You all will see heaven opened
    and the angels of God
    going up and coming down
    on the Son of Man’

    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

    St Columba

  • John 1 43-46

    The next day
    he (Peter or Jesus) decided to set out for Galilee,
    and found Philip.
    And Jesus said to him:
    ‘Follow me.’
    (Now Philip was from Bethsaida,
    from the town of Andrew and Peter.)

    Philip found Nathaniel
    and said to him:
    ‘The one Moses wrote about in the Law
    and the Prophets (too)
    we have found-
    Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.
    And Nathaniel said to him:
    From Nazareth! can there be anything good?
    Philip said to him
    ‘Come and see.’

    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

    St Columba

  • John 1:40-42

    Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
    was one of the two disciples
    who had heard from John
    and followed him.
    Firstly he found his own brother Simon
    and said to him:
    We have found the Messiah
    (which is translated the Anointed One).
    He led him to Jesus.
    Jesus looked at him and said:
    “You are Simon, the son of John,
    you will be called Cephas,
    (which is translated Peter).

    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

  • John 1 35-39

    On the next day,
    and two of his disciples
    again stood
    having looked straight at Jesus
    walking by
    he said
    ‘Look the Lamb of God!.’
    his disciples heard (him) speaking
    followed Jesus.
    Jesus having turned
    also having seen them
    says to them
    “What are you seeking?’
    but they said to him
    which translated means ‘Teacher’
    … where are you staying?’
    He says to them:
    ‘Come and you will see.’
    So they went and saw where he was staying
    and they stayed during that day with him.
    It was about the tenth hour.

    Teach us, good Lord,
    to serve thee as thou deservest;
    to give and not to count the cost;
    to fight and not to heed the wounds;
    to toil and not to seek for rest;
    to labour and not to ask for any reward,
    save that of knowing that we do thy will,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    St Ignatius

  • John 1 29-34

    On the next day,
    he (John) sees Jesus coming to him
    and says:
    “Look, the Lamb of God,
    who takes away the sin of the world.
    This is the one about whom I spoke:
    A man comes after me
    who became before me / is my superior
    since he was prior to me.
    And I did not know him
    but so that he might be revealed to Israel
    for this reason I came, baptizing in water.

    Also John bore witness, saying:
    I have seen the Spirit coming down
    as a dove from the sky
    and it stayed on him.
    And I did not know him
    but the one who sent me to baptize in water
    he said to me:
    Upon whoever you see the Spirit coming down
    and stay upon
    he is the who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.
    And I have seen,
    and I have been bearing witness that
    that he is the Son of God.

    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.

    St Anselm

  • John 1 24-28

    And some of those having been sent,
    were from the Pharisees.

    And they asked him:
    ‘Then, why do you baptize,
    if you are not the Christ, not Elijah, not the prophet?’
    John answered them:
    ‘I am baptizing in water,
    In your midst, stands one you do not know.
    The one before me, is coming
    I am not worthy
    so that I may untie the straps of (his) sandals,

    These things became in Bethany,
    beyond the Jordan,
    where John was baptizing.

    Thank you, dear Jesus,
    for all you have given me,
    for all you have taken away from me,
    for all you have left me.

    Thomas More (c.1478-1535)

  • John 1:19-23

    And this is the witness of John,
    when the Judeans of Jerusalem sent
    (to him)
    priests and Levites to ask him:
    ‘Who are you?’
    And he confessed
    and did not deny
    and he confessed :
    ‘I am not the Messiah.’

    And they asked him:
    ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’
    And John answered them:
    ‘I am not.’
    ‘Are you the prophet?’
    and he answered

    So they said to him:
    ‘Who are you?
    so that we might give an answer to those who sent us,
    what do you say about yourself?’

    He said
    I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness
    Make straight the Lord’s Road. 1
    as the prophet Isaiah said.

    1. Isaiah 40:3 ↩︎

    Thank you, dear Jesus,
    for all you have given me,
    for all you have taken away from me,
    for all you have left me.

    Thomas More (c.1478-1535)