Prayers and chants

Prayers and chants

Prayers and Chants: February 28, 2015

One morning (see Mostly I Just Listen) I decided that I should write the prayers I was hoping I'd find in the prayer book.  So without further ado, here are:

  • Thanksgiving for Relentless and Annoying Offspring
  • Song for a Harried Morning
  • Chant to Recover One's Equilibrium Before Leaving the House

Thanksgiving for Relentless and Annoying Offspring

Lord, in your wisdom you have given us mothers and fathers                                  Sisters and brothers                                                                                                                    Neighbors and friends                                                                                                                  Co-workers and strangers                                                                                                        Plants and animals                                                                                                            And O my God, children. 

O, the blessed children.

Thank you for the children in our homes, the children in our midst,                             the children in line in front of us.                                                  

 Thank you for other people’s children and especially for our own.

You instructed us to approach you as little children:                                                            Relentless.   Determined. Focused.  Hungry.  Tired.  Desirous.

You gave us boundaries:                                                                                                                          Love one another.  Honor your father and mother.                                                          Wash your hands and feet.

Let us, by your example, honor and guide the children in our midst.                        Grant us patience and far-sightedness:                                                                          Open our eyes to the fleeting beauty of single-minded                                               childhood                                                                                                                            Even as we seek to instill virtues of community and                                                       consequences.                                                                                                     Grant us wisdom and remind us to take deep breaths:                                                 May we see the need beneath the demand; the                                                                 opportunity in the challenge                                                                       Even as we change lanes or tactics or plans or                                                                       our minds.

       Grant us humor and solace:                                                                                                 Guide us in our decisions when our children are                                                           relentless, determined, focused, hungry, tired and                                                       desirous                                                                                                       Even as we are sleep-deprived, pulled in too many                                                          directions and hungry ourselves.

Keep us in your eternal care:                                                                                                           Receive us as little children                                                                                                      Suffering our faults and guiding our actions                                                                          That we may receive our own children                                                                                      With your perfect love and grace.                                                                                                         Amen.


Song for a Harried Morning                                                                                              (sung to Nicaea)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty/ Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee. / Holy moly, sweetie, why must you oppose me? /Please finish breakfast in time to brush your teeth.

Holy, holy, holy, though the darkness hide thee, /Still we need to clothe our frames before we may be free /To get into the car seat with our books and toys / Don’t forget your lunch box, where’d you put my keys?

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, / Help me to be kind today and keep my sanity. / Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, /Please hear my prayer that Thy will, not mine, may be.


Chant to Recover One’s Equilibrium before Leaving the House

(sung to Ubi Caritas)

Grant your peace upon All those within this house / May we heed your call Together and alone.

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