Two Prayers First Written For This Sunday

[It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Three Year Lectionary of Readings published by the Catholic Church led to the creation of the Revised Common Lectionary used today in many Protestant churches. This mean that on many Sundays the same readings or at least gospel are read in Catholic as well as many Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, American Baptist, and Disciples of Christ churches.   Taking it one step further, prayers were written by some of these churches based on the Sunday readings. Here are two for use in some Lutheran and Presbyterian churches and others mentioned above  They are beautiful prayers you might use in your personal prayer.  The Roman Catholic Church has it’s own prayers that are and must be used at Sunday Mass.]

Glorious God,
your generosity waters the world with goodness,
and you cover creation with abundance.
Awaken in us a hunger for the food
that satisfies both body and spirit,
and with this food fill all the starving world;
through your Son, Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord. Amen.



Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship: Leaders Desk Edition,  Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2006, p. 102.


Almighty God,
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the Word of his kingdom.
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.   Amen.


Book of Common Worship, Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993, p. 366.

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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