Epiphany Prayers of Thanksgiving and Concern

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In the darkness of time,
you created all that lives and breathes.
In the darkness of Mary’s womb,
you nurtured the Christ-child, bringer of light.
In the darkness of our world, O God, your spirit sustains us.
O God, we know you are with us in darkness and light.

Under the cover of darkness,
Magi followed the star to the Christ-child.
O God, we know you are with us in darkness and light.

In blessed desert darkness,
Mary and Joseph fled to safety in Egypt with the infant Jesus.
O God, we know you are with us in darkness and light.

In quiet darkness,
dreams emerge, guiding the Holy Family home to Galilee.
O God, we know you are with us in darkness and light.

In the stillness of the dark,
we pray for all who need God’s presence in a special way—
all who are sick, unemployed,
bereaved, persecuted, or homeless;
all who are demoralized and discouraged,
all whose fear has turned to cynicism,
all whose vulnerability has become bitterness.
O God, we know you are with us in darkness and light.

In the embrace of darkness,
we pray for those who are near to our hearts—
colleagues, partners, parents, children, neighbours, friends.
We thank you God for their presence,
and ask you to bless and protect them in all that they do—
at home, at school, as they travel, as they work, as they play.
O God, we know you are with us in darkness and light.

In the serenity of darkness, we bring to you, O God,
our fears and concerns, our hopes and our visions.
In your presence, we come face to face with ourselves,
and with the road that lies ahead of us.
In the solitude of darkness
we find expectant hope for the journey.
O God, we know you are with us in darkness and light.

[Celebrate God’s Presence: A Book of Services for the United Church of Canada Etobecoke, Ontario: The United Church Publishing House, 2000.]

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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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3 Responses to Epiphany Prayers of Thanksgiving and Concern

  1. Donna says:

    A beautiful reflection about ongoing epiphany…
    Hope comes in little ways,
    It only takes one shining star,
    One faithful friend, one wisp
    Of inspiration, one touch
    Of creation’s beauty, one deep
    Sip of love, to keep the
    Illumination alive in us.
    Sr. Joyce Rupp

  2. Paul Wharton says:

    A nice gem from one of the real treasures of the Catholic Church. Sister Joyce Rupp will be featured as part of my ongoing series of posts: ON PRAYER that provides a few quotes about prayer ascwell as a prayer written by (or attributed to) a saint, mythic or spiritual writer. Look for it on April 12, 2012.

  3. Lisa Musolin says:

    Beautiful! Thank you so much daily inspiration!

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