Prayers from around the world

Grace after Meat

A grace written by Robert Burns, Scottish poet, who is remembered on 25th January.

A Collect for the Conversion of St Paul

A collect from the Church of England to celebrate the Conversion of St Paul, remembered on 25th January.

A prayer for those coping with floods

A prayer from the Church of England for those coping with floods.

Hymn from Bangalore

Bishop Graham sung this hymn at St Mark's Cathedral, Bangalore, following the MTA Conference in Bangalore.

Prayer from India

A prayer taken from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, written for Ghandi when he broke his fast, circa 1932.

Excerpt from Gitanjali (Song Offerings) by Rabindranath Tagore.
Prayer for Amatrice, Italy

A prayer from Canterbury Diocese for those in Amatrice, Italy.


Buddhist Prayer

A traditional Buddhist prayer.

Kenyan Prayer

A traditional Kenyan prayer.

Australian Prayer

A prayer from Australian Images, by Aubrey Podlich, a Queensland pastor.

A prayer for those caught up in tragedy and disaster

A prayer from the Church of England for those caught up in tragedy and disaster.

Lord of all compassion
We pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy or disaster.
For those who have lost life and those working to save life
For those who are worried for people they love
For those who will see their loved ones no longer
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in need of the peace that passes all understanding
For all who turn to you in the midst of turmoil
For those who cry out to you in fear and in love
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in confusion and those in despair
For those whose tears are yet to dry
For those in need of your unending love
Lord Have Mercy

God of all life and breath

The prayer below, written by Teilhard de Chardin, was used at a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Bishop R. O. Hall of Hong Kong; a man, likewise, with a wide vision of God's creation, and a passionate devotion to God's people as part of it.

"Thou whose brow is of snow, whose eyes are of fire, whose feet are more dazzling than gold poured from the furnace;

Thou whose hands hold captive the stars;

Thou the first and the last, the living, the dead and risen again;

Thou who dost gather up in Thy superabundant oneness every delight, every taste, every energy, every phase of existence,

to Thee my being cries out with a longing as vast as the universe, 

for Thou indeed art my Lord and my God."

- Teilhard de Chardin 

A Prayer of Peace

The following prayer was written by Said Ailabouni, Director for Europe and the Middle East Division for Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church America (ELCA).

"God of mercy and compassion, of grace and reconciliation,

Pour your power upon all your children 

Let hatred be turned into love, fear to trust,

Despair to hope, oppression to freedom, occupation to liberation,

That violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces

And peace and justice could be experienced by all.  Amen."

- Said Ailabouni

A daily prayer for the unity of Christians

This daily prayer for the unity of Christians was composed by members of the Chemin Neuf community, from the prayer of the abbot Paul Couturier. It has been translated into Spanish and French.

Lord Jesus,
who prayed that we might all be one,
we pray to you for the unity of Christians,
according to your will,
according to your means.
May your Spirit enable us
to experience the suffering caused by division,
to see our sin,
and to hope beyond all hope.


Today's Collect for Primates 2016 is a prayer by William Temple, 1881-1944 (Archbishop of Canterbury 1942-44.)

Read the Collect on the Primates 2016 website.

O God of love, we pray thee to give us love: 
Love in our thinking, love in our speaking, 
Love in our doing, and love in the hidden places of our souls; 
Love of our neighbours near and far; 
Love of our friends, old and new; 
Love of those with whom we find it hard to bear, 
And love of those who find it hard to bear with us; 
Love of those with whom we work, 
And love of those with whom we take our ease; 
Love in joy, love in sorrow; 
Love in life and love in death; 
That so at length we may be worthy to dwell with thee, 
Who art eternal love.

William Temple, 1881-1944 (Archbishop of Canterbury 1942-44)

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