Dec 14, 2012

New Year: A Blessing on Time


Here’s a “blessing on time” from the Patmos Abbey website.

Prayer for Clocks and Calendars

(If you desire, watches and calendars may be placed on the table)

Lord, You who live outside of time,
and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask Your blessing this New Year's Day (Eve)
upon Your gift to us of time

Bless our clocks and watches,
You who kindly direct us to observe the
passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
of each second of life we experience.

May these our ticking servants
help us not to miss that which is important,
while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
and instead become who journey through time.

Bless our calendars,
these ordered lists of days, weeks and
months, of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts—
all our special days of remembering.
May these servants, our calendars, once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests, now grace our homes and our lives.

May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days,
as they teach us the secret that all life is meant
for celebration and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this new year, each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.

Grant to us, Lord, the new year's gift of a year of love.  Amen.

~ posted on the website of Patmos Abbey—The Order of Saint Columba. http://www.patmosabbey.org/