'Strive as well as you can to enter deeply with the heart into the church reading and singing and to imprint these on the tablets of the heart.'
- Abbot Nazarius
Our Father (Pater Noster)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
as in heaven, so on earth.
Give us today our supersubstantial bread,
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors.
Save us from falling into temptation
and deliver us from evil.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, and now and evermore, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
O Rex Caelestis
O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
present everywhere, filling all things,
Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life;
come and dwell in us,
cleanse us from every stain
and save our souls, O Good One!
The Prayer of Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of (the living) God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust for power, and idle talk;
But rather grant me, your servant, a spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love.
O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own failings and not condemn my (sister and) brother. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.
Sub Tuum Praesidium
Under your protection, we take refuge, O holy Mother of God:
do not despise our petitions in times of trouble:
but deliver us always from danger
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
A Prayer to St Melangell
All of Britain rejoices in you, O Venerable Mother Melangell,
for the grace of God has shone forth in these islands
through the uncovering of your holy relics.
As the hare fled to the protection of your cloak
when chased by the hunting dogs
so also, when we are pursued by the evil one,
who prowls like a lion seeking to devour us,
may we find protection in your prayers.
O Venerable Mother,
whose friendship with God was revealed by the hare,
awaken in our hearts true love for Christ, the Author of Creation,
so that, following your example,
we may show love to all of God’s creatures,
who serve Him better in their way than we do in ours.
Draw us closer to you,
that we come to stand with all the saints who have shone forth in this land
before the throne of Christ,
Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
lives and reigns, God, to the ages of ages. Amen.
A hymn to St Melangell
Through your righteous ways and angelic life,
you were proved as pleasing to God, O Melangell;
for you abandoned your noble birth, royal riches, and honour,
and came to the valley, becoming a mother to nuns.
Rejoice, O root of Ireland!
Rejoice, O boast of the Celts!
Rejoice, O lamp of Britain and the Pride of Wales!
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all ages;
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God;
begotten, not made;
of one essence with the Father,
by Whom all things were made,
Who for our sake and for our salvation came down from heaven,
and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became human;
and He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried;
and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose Kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the Giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father;
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
Who spoke through the Prophets.
And I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the remission of sins.
I await the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the age to come. Amen.