celtic preayers

Lectionary Prayers -Year C

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) offers a three-year cycle with four readings for every Sunday in the Church Year. These readings are:

    A Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures (or Acts during the Season of Easter)
    A Psalm
    A Lesson from the Epistles or Acts
    A Lesson from the Gospels

The following prayers follow a traditional form using the pattern of ACT (Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving). There is also an opening prayer which can be used at the beginning of a service.

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Proper 14 (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday between August 7 and August 13 inclusive

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40



Bless the worship that we bring
bless the hymns that we shall sing
bless us in our offering
Father, Son, and Spirit, Three.
Bless us in our coming
and our going,
that our lives might become a blessing
to all with whom we are travelling.


The heavens proclaim your glory
through creation's glorious song,
and all that live upon the earth
are moved to sing along,
for gracious provision
and a glorious kingdom,
established for your children,
revealed through your Son,
where we gain a foretaste
of the life that is to come.
Creator, Redeemer, Lord and King,
the heavens proclaim your glory
and we join them in their song.


God of Love,
when your children suffer,
are displaced,
persecuted, or worse
your heart is saddened,
you cry out for justice.
When apathy dulls our hearts
and we do not speak out,
forgive us.
When we are slow to respond
and lives are lost,
forgive us.
Give us a heart for justice
and a prophetic voice,
that this world might see
your love in action
through our lives and words.


For faith to see through the mist
of our temporary problems
and glimpse the life beyond,
we give you thanks.
For faith to understand the reason
behind conflicts we encounter,
and wisdom to put them right,
we give you thanks..
For faith in persecution from those
who would deny our God,
and strength to carry on,
we give you thanks.
For faith to claim your promises,
hold them in our hearts
and express them within our lives,
we give you thanks.

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