Prayer for the Week

 

Week beginning Sunday 17 October
(St Luke's Day is on 18 October)

Gentle God,
we thank you for Luke, the ‘beloved physician’,
for his faithful recording of the life of your Son
and for his part in the birth of the church.
Continue in us your work of healing
that we may never pass by on the other side,
but rather reach out to the poor and sick
and to those on the margins,
in the love of Jesus our Lord.

Angela Ashwin

Week beginning Sunday 10 October
(St Francis' Day was on 4 October)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love,
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Attributed to St. Francis (1182-1226)