Holiday prayer

The holiday season is a time of giving, thanking, thoughtfulness, and family. It has also become a time of reflection for people like me, a reflection of their faith. The holidays is also a time of reflective prayer of the past years, the present year, and the years to come. In my opinion, it is a time to praise and thank God for the good and a time to ask for His help in the bad. It is a time to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. When we get stressed, it is a time to remember all that we have been blessed with, but also to remember to pay it forward and pass your blessings on. I pray that you and I remember this during this holiday season and I pray for so much more.

I pray that as we are stressing about finals, remember that it is a stress that we are fortunate to have because we blessed to be able to go to college. Let’s remember that we have worked hard to get here and remember that we are more than the letter grade we get at the end of the semester.

I pray that we are all surrounded by the warmth and love of family and friends because they are what make the holidays special. For those who aren’t, let’s pray that they know they matter this holiday season and every season.

While I pray for peace on Earth, I pray for something more. I pray that while we may disagree with each other, we have compassion and understanding for one another because no one person is more valuable than another. Let’s remember that we are all God’s children who deserved to be loved and respected with human decency.

I pray that we are thankful for our fortunes and show grace and caring to those who are less fortunate — not just this holiday season, but every day. May we all remember that everyone is going through something whether we know it or not. Yet, may we remember that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle because He is always with us.

I pray that when we look to the future that we remember to trust and follow God’s plan for us. When faced with tough decisions about our future, let’s remember that in everything we do, we do it for the glory of God. I pray that in whatever we are meant to do in our futures that we are leaving the world better than we found it.

I pray this for us this holiday season and more. Happy Holidays!

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Here we have a huge collection of Holiday prayers for Christmas and Thanksgiving. There are also prayers for baptism and birthdays listed below.

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Christmas Prayers

Glory On God, In The Highest

Almighty God, eternal Father, I thank Thee
That Thou didst so love the world
As to give Thine only begotten Son,
That whosoever believeth in Him
Should not perish,
But have everlasting life.

I thank Thee for the manifestation
Of the Son of God in the flesh.
I thank Thee that he is not only
The Savior of the world, but also my Savior.

I thank Thee that Thou hast given
Me part in the great blessings which
Thy Son has brought into the world
As the Savior of men.

Grant unto me now the precious
Gift of faith whereby I may know
That the Son of God is come,
That I may have part in His redemption.

I thank Thee, O blessed Jesus,
That Thou didst take upon Thyself
The nature of sinful man;
That Thou didst make a full satisfaction
For all my sins, and didst reconcile me to the Father.

I thank Thee for the great joy which Thy coming
Into the world has brought to mankind.
O blessed Jesus, I thank Thee
That Thou didst become a little child,
So that we might become children of God.
I pray that Thou mayest also be born
In my poor heart.
Grant me a childlike faith
And unite me with Thyself by the power of Thy grace.
Let the Sun of Righteousness arise in my soul,
With healings in His wings.
Make me a true child of God,
And an heir of life eternal.
O Lord God, let the glad
Tidings of salvation be diffused
Throughout the whole world.
Hasten the time when the knowledge of
Jesus shall cover the whole earth.

O bless Thy people this day.
Bless all, great and small, who now rejoice
In the birth of Jesus.
Help all to receive the newborn
King with open hearts, and to join
In the song of the angels:
“Glory to God in the highest;
Peace on earth, good will to men.”
All of which I ask for His name’s sake.
Amen!

Peace Within

May today there be Peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
That has been given you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God!
Let His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul
The freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us!

Thanksgiving Psalms from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Songs of Thanksgiving

I will praise Thy works
With songs of thanksgiving,
Continually, from period to period,
In the circuits of the day, and in its fixed order;
With the coming of light from its source
And at the turn of evening and the outgoing of light
At the outgoing of darkness and the coming in of day,
Continually, in all the generations of time.

I am grateful, Heavenly Father,
For Thou hast raised me to an eternal height
And I walk in the wonders of the plain.

Thou gavest me guidance
To reach thine eternal company
From the depths of the earth.

Thou hast purified my body
To join the army of the angels of the earth
And my spirit to reach
The congregation of the heavenly angels.

Thou gavest man eternity
To praise at dawn and dusk
Thy works and wonders
In joyful song.

I thank Thee, Heavenly Father,
Because Thou hast put me
At a source of running streams,
At a living spring in a land of drought,
Watering an eternal garden of wonders,
The Tree of Life, mystery of mysteries,
Growing everlasting branches for eternal planting
To sink their roots into the stream of life
From an eternal source.

And Thou, Heavenly Father,
Protect their fruits
With the angels of the day
And of the night
And with flames of Eternal Light burning
Every way.

We Thank Thee, Jesus

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.
He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Be Thou exalted,
O God, above the heavens: and Thy glory above all the earth. Amen!

For what we have received, O Lord, we are devoutly thankful. May it be health to our body,
as Thy presence is health to our souls. Amen!

Thou hast been very good to us, O Lord, through all our lives, and these are only the
latest of countless bounties. To Thee be thanksgiving and glory, world without end. Amen!

Lord, we thank Thee for this meal. We will again set about our tasks; and may it be with
the renewed sense of Thy loving presence and tender care. Amen!

We thank Thee, Jesus, our bountiful Provider, for what Thou hast given us.
As Thou hast fed us here, continue to feed us, we pray Thee, with the Bread of Life. Amen!

Read Christmas Bible Verses

“And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

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Birthday Prayers

Almighty God, my Heavenly Father,
I thank Thee that thou hast spared me to see the light
Of this interesting day. Frtom early childhood to this
Moment Thou hast watched over me and preserved me.
Help me this day to remember Thy love and mercy.
Thy goodness has ever been new unto me.

In all times and seasons, in joy
And in sorrow, Thou hast always been the
Same gracious Father unto me. All my wants
Have been supplied. Help me now to be devoutly
Thankful, and truly to love Thee. May Thy loving
Kindness draw my heart ever nearer to Thee. Remind me
This day of the rapid flight of time, and so teach
Me to number my days that I may apply my heart unto wisdom.

Help me to remember that soon the days and years of this life
Will be over. Help me so to live that when life’s end comes
I may render my account to Thee with joy, and not with grief.

Lord, abide with me. Comfort me when in sorrow, and help
Me to be thankful when in prosperity. Blessed Savior,
Who art the Way, the Truth and the Life, help me to
Love and serve Thee, that I may after this short life
Be fit for Life Everlasting, for Thy name’s sake. Amen!

Anniversary of Baptisms

Gracious God and Father, I thank Thee
This day that I was early made a member of Thy kingdom
By the holy sacrament of baptism. I thank Thee that I am
Not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ,
Who has made full satisfaction for all my sins.

I thank Thee that before I could know Thee, I was brought to
Thee in holy baptism, and that now I am in the covenant of grace.
I thank Thee for the promises given to those thus brought to Thee.

Help me to realize and renew the promises made in my behalf
At my baptism, and to confirm them by a holy life.
Grant unto me ever the renewal of the Holy Ghost, and the
Forgiveness of sins, so that I may live unto Thee,
And not unto the world.

Ever guide my steps, that I may not wander away from Thee.
I thank Thee, o Father, for the great blessings which I enjoy
As a member of the Church. Sanctify unto me the means of
Grace, that I may be fitted for Thy service here, and for
Thy glory hereafter. Guide me, O God, through this life,
And bring me at last into Thy glorious kingdom in Heaven
in Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

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Although we tend to unite Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) in our thinking as the High Holidays or the Days of Awe, the two holidays are distinct in their themes and observance. Nevertheless, the liturgical texts for the two holidays often are put into one book, the High Holiday Mahzor (literally “cycle,” here “festival prayer book”), and this forces us to look at the two holidays together.

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The Rosh Hashanah service is distinguished from the standard festival prayer services in five major ways.

1)      the use of a distinctive set of beautiful melodies,

2)      the inclusion of lots of liturgical poetry (Piyyut, plural: Piyyutim),

3)      the recitation of the prayer “Avinu Malkenu” (Our Father, Our King)

4)      the blowing of the shofar (the ram’s horn), and

5)      the recitation, in the Musaf (“additional”) service, of verses on the themes of God‘s sovereignty (Malkhuyot), God’s consciousness of humanity and the Jewish people (Zikhronot, literally “memories”), and God’s past and promised redemption (Shofarot, referring to the shofar as a symbol or herald of that redemption).

Only the last four leave their mark on the text in the Mahzor. The liturgical poetry, which in medieval times was a standard part of the Shabbat or festival prayers but which nowadays is only common on the High Holidays, has been inserted in three main places: in the first blessing before the recitation of the Shema, and in the reader’s repetitions of the Amidah during both the morning service (Shaharit) and the Musaf service. These focus primarily on images of judgment and God’s kingship; these themes also pervade the Avinu Malkenu, which is recited after the Amidah of the morning service.

The shofar blowing varies in different communities, although a guiding principle is that one should hear 100 calls of the shofar. The primary time for hearing the calls of the shofar comes during the Torah service, before the Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls) have been returned. Additional opportunities for shofar blowing (and fulfilling the quota of 100) are during the Musaf Amidah and during the Kaddish Shalem (the full Kaddish) at the end of the service.

The most significant variation, however, is the inclusion of the three sections of Biblical verses in the Musaf known as Malkhuyot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot. The inclusion of these sets of ten verses results in an increase in the number of blessings in the Musaf Amidah to nine. The particular choice of verses draws on all parts of the Bible (Torah, Prophets, and Writings), and specifically includes passages that are drawn from the Torah and Haftarah (prophetic) readings for the holiday, and from the Psalms.

Yom Kippur

The Yom Kippur service is distinguished by several major additions:

1)      the Kol Nidrei service (annulling unfulfilled vows),

2)      the confession of sins (vidui),

3)      the inclusion of lots of liturgical poetry on themes of the day,

4)      the focus on the biblical ceremony of purifying the Sanctuary (the Avodah liturgy),

5)      the recitation of the legend of Jewish martyrs (Eileh Ezkerah),

6)      the recitation of the book of Jonah as a Haftarah during the afternoon service, and

7)      the addition of a fifth service at the close of Yom Kippur called Neilah (“the closing of the gates”).

The themes of sin and ridding ourselves of sin dominate the Yom Kippur liturgy. The worship begins before sundown with the Kol Nidrei pronouncement, which explicitly permits those who have sinned (i.e., everyone) to stay and participate and hopefully repent. Prominently, several long passages called Selihot (requests for forgiveness) and two alphabetical acrostics (Ashamnu and Al Heyt) are repeated multiple times; these detail common sins, from A to Z, comprising a communal confession. The other added passages convey a sense of the magnitude of the day (the Avodah) and the long-term impact of sin (Eileh Ezkerah).

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