I believe we are all feeling called to renewed prayer for the world and for all those we love during these difficult days. Hopefully, you will find some of the suggestions here helpful as our daily prayers and our communal Prayers of the People take on new urgency.
The Book of Common Prayer
- Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families (pages 137-140)
Pick a time of day to set aside for prayer (morning, afternoon, evening; whatever works for you).
There is a section that invites you to pray for yourselves and others. You might make a list – remembering to pray for yourselves as well as people around the world. As we ask God for help and support, we also thank God for those who help and support us. If you have favorite written prayers or Bible verses, this is a good place to include them.
- The Book of Common Prayer is full of prayers beyond the Services for Holy Eucharist. See especially Prayers for the Sick on pages 458-461, and the Prayers and Thanksgivings that begin on page 810.
- If you don’t have a Book of Common Prayer at home – it’s available here: BCP ONLINE
Daily Prayer Online
There are many free apps for phones, tablets and PC’s. All of our devices can truly be portals into prayer and spiritual support.
Here are a few I use regularly:
- Time to Pray (Church of England)
- Centering Prayer
- WCCM (World Community for Christian Meditation)
- Prayer – Mission St. Clare (app for iOS or Android app)
I suggest you experiment and find a daily prayer pattern and form that works for you. Feel free to email me if you have questions.
I would appreciate if you would email me your favorite prayers to share with fellow parishioners – we will work on compiling them.
In the meantime, know that the clergy and staff of CEC love you and pray for YOU daily, as we ask you to do for us.
The Rev. Wendy Billingslea