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Prayers: Prayer of Jesus



O call of good in all things, reigning for ever and ever:

Hallowed be your name.

The will of the future, the world to come, the liberty all seek for rights and responsibilities together in their fullness:

Thy kingdom come.

Our opposition to poverty, our siding with the suffering, the need for full stomachs and a meaningful life of creativity:

Give ourselves this day our daily bread.

We were born weak and remain easily able to do what is wrong, easily able to produce impatience and wrongful temper:

Let us avoid trial, temptation and evil.

Let us instead build our ideals and rise to the highest we know, the highest we can, and shine a torch of human potential and worth:

For the Kingdom, power and glory are there for all.

[Adrian Worsfold]



Father, thy name be hallowed,
Thy kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we too forgive all who have done us wrong.
And do not bring us to the test. Amen.

[New English Bible, Luke, Ch. 11, vv. 2-4]


Biblical Liturgical

Father, thy name be hallowed,

Thy kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

For we too forgive all who have done us wrong.

And do not bring us to the test. Amen.

[New English Bible, Luke, Ch. 11, vv. 2-4]


Nuns and Others

God of justice and peace,
The wonder of whose presence fills us with awe,
Let kindness, justice and love shine in our world.
Let your secrets be known here as they are in heaven.
Give us the food and hope we need for today.
Forgive our wrongdoings as we forgive the wrongs done to us.
Protect us from pride and despair and from the fear and hate which can swallow us up.
In you is truth, meaning, glory and power, while worlds come and go.

[Lord's Prayer alternative, St. Hilda Community]


Aramaic Meditation

O Birth giver! Father-Mother of the Cosmos

Direct the light to us

And clear the space inside for the Holy Name to live -

So that it may reign and do its work.

We desire the heavenly light and love as our earthly reality

Grant our life and soul and our bodily food for fulfilment.

Restore the unburdened state by removing all binds and debts:

As we do.

Free us from delusions and inappropriate actions that hold us back

There is, we know, the fertile abundance, the ability and the energy from time to time of Holy earthly renewal.

May these words truly be the basis of actions:

This is our oath.

[Adrian Worsfold, derived from Klotz, N. D. (1990), Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus, HarperSanFrancisco, 10-14.]



Agon Taze nye, eze en Neve,
Benegas bo tha Hanow.
Tha Gwlaskath gwrenz doaz;
Tha Voth bo gwreze,
En Noer pecarra en Neve.
Ro tha nye an journama gon bara pub death,
Ha gave tha nye gon pehasow
Pecarra tel era nye gava angye
Neb eze peha war agon bidn.
Ha na raze gon lewa en antall,
Buz gweeth nye thurt droeg
Rag an Gwlaskath Che a beaw,
Han Nearth, han Worrians,
Rag nevra venitha.
Andelna ra bo.

Lord's Prayer in Cornish, as given at A Celebration of the Bible in Cornwall, Truro Cathedral, November 28th 2004 2:30 pm



1 Un diwrnod roedd Iesu'n gweddïo mewn lle arbennig. Pan oedd wedi gorffen, dyma un o'i ddisgyblion yn gofyn iddo, 'Arglwydd, dysgodd Ioan ei ddisgyblion i weddïo, felly dysga di ni.'
2 Dywedodd wrthyn nhw, 'Wrth weddïo dwedwch fel hyn:
  dyn ni eisiau i dy enw di gael ei anrhydeddu.
  Dyn ni eisiau i ti ddod i deyrnasu.
3 Rho i ni ddigon o fwyd i'n cadw ni'n fyw bob dydd.
4 Maddau ein pechodau i ni – oherwydd dyn ni'n maddau i'r rhai sy'n pechu yn ein herbyn ni. Cadw ni rhag syrthio pan fyddwn ni'n cael ein profi.

Luke, 11:1-4, In Welsh


Old English

Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum;
Si þin nama gehalgod
to becume þin rice
gewurþe ðin willa
on eorðan swa swa on heofonum.
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg
and forgyf us ure gyltas
swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge
ac alys us of yfele soþlice

Liuzza, R. M. (ed.) (1994), The Old English Version of the Gospels, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 140 [WSCp], Early English Text Society, 304, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Musical Effort

This is based on the Arthur Hay Malotte tune, but includes the words 'trespass' and 'trespassers'. It is available here  as a .PDF  for the score (some software can convert this to .MID and .XML because the .PDF started as a music file),  as a .MID  to hear,  as an .XML  to edit further and  as an .MP3  after some music editing to emphasise the flute and audio editing to add a little echo. The files are for consultation only and the MP3 strictly for worship purposes (used in Hull Unitarians  on April 14th 2013Click for the .PDF file of the service ). Note that this is not the standard A. H. Malotte score that can be purchased.

Others' Efforts...

Lord's Prayer music played by Marie Penn. This involves the two amens. This is  available as an .MP3  and is provided for worship purposes only. There is no musical score, or .PDF. Please request for either the piano or piano and soloist sung version.

Begetter of life in every creature,
In Thy dimensionless domain,
Be our revered and blessed teacher:
May Thy harmonious peace obtain;
Right actions shape a better future
And our daily needs sustain.
From the poison of guilt may we be free
Through the power of mutual charity.
Guide us safely along Thy ways,
Renew us, today and all our days.

[Jim Stearn]

Limitless Love, our Source and Sustainer,
That lives in the peace of the timeless present,
May you be held in reverence;
May we realise Your Power on earth,
The eternal in time, the infinite in space.

Give us daily what we truly need;
Help us to feel forgiven
And to feel forgiveness for those who have harmed us;
Strengthen us in our times of trial
And make us resilient to evil.

For You are the Measure,
Meaning, Purpose and Value,
You that are for ever.

[Brinley Price]

O divine parent, maker of the heavens,
May your light find a place in our hearts.
May justice and unity reign on earth, as in ideal, so in reality.

Give us each day our needs for health in mind and body.
Relieve us of the burden of our guilt; may we expect of others what we expect of ourselves.
Save us from being seduced into wrongdoing, and relieve us from violence and aggression.

From you has come our will and our strength.
To you be songs of praise while the world lasts.
Source of our being, may this be so.


[Rosemary Arthur, from the Syriac.]



Adrian Worsfold

Pluralist - Liberal and Thoughtful