Holy Spirit, Giving life to all life, Moving all creatures, Root of all things, Washing them clean, Wiping out their mistakes, Healing their wounds, You are our true life, Luminous, wonderful, Awakening the heart from its ancient sleep. Hildegard of Bingen
Prayer of the Day
Jesus, bless the time we spend together this year. Open our hearts to one another and to your Word. Give us courage, wisdom, and generosity to be able to share our lives and be open to others here. Amen.
Bless this new year, Loving God.I ask that your power of love will be with meas I begin this year of grace, 2021.May I be a blessing this dayand every day for those I meet.
O God, even with all the challenges in my life, I know I have been given many blessings. Open my ears and eyes, my heart and life, that I may in these coming days be able to do some work of justice and peace for you. Amen.
Compassionate God, may zeal for justice and the common good consume us. May zeal to know you bring us often to pray. Amen
Life-giving God, you live within us and we live within you. In faith and love we live in communion with those we love, both living and dead. Bless us for the work of loving one another and leaving no one out. Amen.
Creator God, you bless us with being. To you every creature is sacred. Help us see one another with your eyes. Amen.
Loving God, you call us to care for one another. Help us notice those near us who are sick or hungry or feeling down. Help us hear and respond to your call to be your heart and hands and feet in the world. Amen.
Feast of St. Stephen Today we celebrate the entrance of St. Stephen into eternal glory.He died praying for those who killed him.Help us to imitate his goodness and to love our enemies.
The Christ child lay in the ox’s stall.The stars shone great and the stars shone small,but one bright star outshone them all.The cattle stood in the cleanly strawand strange to them was the sight they saw.The ox and donkey watched with awe.The shepherds ran from the uplands wide,the sheepbells tinkled, the angels criedjoy to the …