we beseech thee…

“In the silence of the heart God speaks.
If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you.
Then you will know that you are nothing.
It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness,
that God can fill you with Himself.
Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”

Mother Teresa


(a lone sanderling surveys the tide at dusk / Rosemary Beach, Fl / Julie cook / 2017)

In your still silence we come before you oh Lord….hear our prayers…..

That it may please thee to bless and keep all thy people;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to give us an heart to love and fear thee,
and diligently to live after thy commandments;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to give to all thy people increase of grace to hear meekly thy Word, and to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred,
and are deceived;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand;
and to comfort and help the weak-hearted;
and to raise up those who fall;
and finally to beat down Satan under our feet;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to succour, help, and comfort, all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to preserve all who travel by land,
by water, or by air, all women in child-birth, all sick persons,
and young children; and to show thy pity upon all prisoners and captives;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to defend, and provide for, the fatherless children,
and widows, and all who are desolate and oppressed;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to have mercy upon all men;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers,
and to turn their hearts;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the kindly fruits of the earth,
so that in due time we may enjoy them;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to give us true repentance;
to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances;
and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives
according to thy holy Word;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.
Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.
O Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world;
Grant us thy peace.
O Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world;
Have mercy upon us.
O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, hear us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

(a potion of the Great Litany, prayers for General Supplications/
1928 Book of Common Prayer

16 comments on “we beseech thee…

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    Silence is difficult to endure for long. Before we hear God, the silence forces us to look upon our self, our moral failures, and our inability to satisfy our needs.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Great words!

  3. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    🙂 I love the Book of Common Prayer!!

  4. Silence is very difficult for me.

    But since no one, and I mean NO ONE, wants to here anything I have to say I am learning to cultivate Silence of Mind, and bridled tongue.

  5. Melissa Presser, Lover of Jesus says:

    I am struggling with this lately. My mind is so busy. I think it was St.Faustina who spoke about the chattering, how we can’t hear when our mind is busy. How do we conquer this? How do we breakthrough?

    • I don’t know Melissa—I wrestle with the two ends of the spectrum—firstly having the silence within in which to hear and discern the will of God as well as being met with and by the silence of God—
      Each are plaguing me as of late….

  6. oneta hayes says:

    I agree with you in this plea. Hear us, good Lord, for the fulfillment of your will on earth. I pray this in full understanding that you work through our hands and words. Use us as you instruments.

  7. Lynda says:

    I’m a day late to this party but the line that jumped out at me is: “That it may please thee to give us true repentance”. That is definitely a struggle of our times and probably has always been. This requires humility and is a deep prayer of mine. Thanks for this reflection.

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