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Let Us Pray…

Prayer is our opening to the embrace by the Holy One. When we pray, we open our hearts & hands to the sacred mystery who continually creates, redeems, & transforms us. Whether we are asking for our needs, or expressing our gratitude, or simply being present we are praying. And as we pray we become more vulnerable and more fully our real selves.

Below are several written prayers and poems, some for special occasions, some to request God’s blessing, some to share our pain, some to ask for forgiveness, some to give praise, and some to express our gratitude. Let us pray for and with one another as we bring our needs and hopes into God’s presence and open ourselves to God’s embrace.

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Prayer for the Nation in Time of Struggle

A prayer for our nation in a time of deep divisions and conflict – expressing our hopes as we prepare for elections. It asks for many types of healing needed for the nation to become more just and whole, while giving thanks for graces and strengths upon which to build....
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A Pentecost Prayer of Lament

A prayer of lament to give voice to the pain and turmoil deep in within in this time of global pandemic and outrage at the deadly disease of racism in the U.S. Lament gives voice to depths of the human spirit and opens us to the fire of God’s Spirit....
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Hearts Afire

A prayer to the Holy Spirit asking for the Spirit to burn within us as a living flame of love. We are asking the Spirit of love to set our hearts Afire. This prayer was originally edited for Pentecost 2017, but it is a powerful prayer for every season. ...
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A Prayer in Time of Pandemic

This prayer by Brother Richard Hendrick, ofm, has gone viral globally as the human family struggles with the Coronavirus Pandemic. It names now familiar facets of the disturbing and dangerous reality and features graced responses. It is a beautiful prayer to guide our response to the pandemic....
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Prayer for Healing

As the Coronavirus threatens our world, the Dominican Center turns to the God of healing in prayer. We pray for our sick, our elderly, our at-risk sisters and brothers. We ask God for healing and help. Together let us open our hands, our hearts, and join in prayer....