Lent Prayers: Lancelot Andrewes – A Prayer of Penitence

March 26, 2009

The following Prayer by Lancelot Andrewes was included in a longer devotional entitled “Remember Lot’s Wife” by Jeffrey Steel which we published in Feb. 2006 as part of our 2006 Anglican Bloggers’ Lenten Devotional series


A Prayer of Penitence from the Preces Privatae of Lancelot Andrewes

O remember what my substance is; that I am:
dust and ashes, grass and a flower,
flesh and a wind that passeth away,
corruption and a worm,
like a stranger and a sojourner,
dwelling in a house of clay,
days few and evil, today and not tomorrow,
in the morning and not so long as till evening,
now and not presently,
in a body of death,
in a world of corruption,
lying in wickedness.
Remember this.

Petition for Mercy

Have mercy,
Look upon me and be merciful forsake me not,
remember mercy,
have mercy upon us and that soon;
be not wroth,
regard not my sins neither have indignation;
refrain wrath: put off wrath,
lay not to charge,
impute not,
remember not,
be not extreme to mark,
enter not into judgment,
despise not,
cast not away from thy presence.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord we ask. Amen.

John 6:41-51

March 26, 2009

The Jews then complained about him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” (John 6:41)
      Jesus, please help us receive all that you are and have for us. Please help us stop complaining about the way you are handling things.

And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” (John 6:42)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church into a more complete knowledge of you and your ways.

Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. (John 6:43)
      Father, please work among us and help us stop murmuring and complaining.

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)
      Father, please draw us closer to Jesus and help us daily live in the hope of the resurrection.

It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. (John 6:45)
      Father, daily teach us by your Holy Spirit so that we come to Jesus.

Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. (John 6:46)
      Holy Spirit, help us today to see the character and love of the Father in Jesus.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me has everlasting life. (John 6:47)
      Jesus, I believe in you — thank you for the gift of everlasting life with you.

I am the bread of life. (John 6:48 )
      Jesus, help us recognize you when we receive your body and blood in the Eucharist.

Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. (John 6:49)
      Father, they died in the wilderness because they did not trust you or your provision for them. Help us daily trust you.

This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. (John 6:50)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of life.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life; thank you for being broken for me.

      A word received: Pray for my people — that they will set their minds on my kingdom and my ways. Pray for them that they will find the freedom and power of my Holy Spirit. Pray for my people to rejoice in me and my ways. I long for my people to know the hope I have for them.

Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; Jeremiah 22:13-23; Romans 8:12-27; John 6:41-51
Friday: 102; Jeremiah 23:1-8; Romans 8:28-39; John 6:52-59

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