Daily Prayer in the Season of Penitence


desert scenery, Namibia. Keith Martin's travelblog




The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:

Come, let us worship.


Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.


Blessed are you, holy God,

holy and strong, holy and immortal.


    [words of thanks and adoration may be said here]


Teach us to live in this passing world

with our hearts set on your eternal kingdom,

where, freed from sin and redeemed by your saving power,

we may praise and worship you for ever.

Blessed be God for ever!


Psalm 95


1 O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed.


6 O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the
Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand.


O that today you would listen to his voice!
8   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

9 when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

10 For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.’

11 Therefore in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ 


Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.


A Song of New Creation

[Isaiah 43.15-21]


‘I am the Lord, your Holy One,

the creator of Israel, whom I have chosen.’


Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea,

a path in the mighty waters,


‘Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I make all things new;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?


‘I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people,

the people whom I formed for myself,

that they might declare my praise.’


Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.


Mark 8.31-35

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 


a time for reflection on the scriptures …


… completed with:


Wash me with fresh water; wash me bright as snow.

Make my guilt disappear, wash me bright as snow.        [from Psalm 51]


A Song of Salvation (Henry Allon)

'Little girl, get up!'  Mark 5.41

Jesus, Saviour of the world,

come to us in your mercy:

we look to you to save and help us.


By your cross and your life laid down,

you set your people free:

we look to you to save and help us.


When they were ready to perish,

you saved your disciples:

we look to you to come to our help.


In the greatness of your mercy,

loose us from our chains:

forgive the sins of all your people.


Make yourself known

as our saviour and mighty deliverer:

save and help us that we may praise you.


Come now and dwell with us,

Lord Christ Jesus:

hear our prayer and be with us always.


And when you come in your glory,

make us to be one with you

and to share the life of your kingdom.


thanksgiving, petition, intercession


Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.


a time for personal prayer and intercession …


… you may include this ‘Prayer for the Earth’:


Your Holy Spirit, Lord, like the wind,

sweeps over the face of the earth, giving life to the world.

We pray for those who seek to harness the power of the wind,

and for those concerned about the siting of wind turbines.

Grant wisdom and integrity to the people responsible

for forming opinions and making decisions.


… and sum up your prayers with these responses:


Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance:

govern and uphold them now and always.


Day by day we bless you:

we praise your name for ever.


Keep us today, Lord, from all sin:

have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.


Lord, show us your love and mercy:

for we have put our trust in you.


In you, Lord, is our hope:

let us never be put to shame.



O Christ the Light,

illuminate and cleanse

the dark corners of the world,

where hang

the cobwebs of apathy

and the dust of neglect.

Shine on faces

made grim by poverty and war;

melt the icicles of despair,

and the hard frozen wastes

of selfishness;

and let your searching rays

enclose the whole

in one great radiance.  Amen


May Christ give us grace

to grow in holiness,

to deny ourselves,

take up our cross,

and follow him. Amen.