Prayer for the Week

Week beginning Sunday 24 November

(Christ the King)

O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in Thee.
Let Thy mighty calmness reign in me;
Rule me, O King of gentleness, King of peace.
Give me control, great power of self-control,
Control over my words, thoughts and actions.
From all irritability, want of meekness, want of gentleness, dear Lord, deliver me.
By thine own deep patience, give me patience.
Make me in this and all things more and more like Thee.

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Week beginning Sunday 17 November 

O God, make the door of this house wide enough to receive all
who need human love and friendship,
but narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and malice.
Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling-block
to children, nor to straying feet,
but strong enough to turn away the power of evil.
O God, make the door of this house
a gateway to your eternal kingdom.
Grant this, through Christ our Lord.

Thomas Ken (1631-1711), slightly adapted