Family Prayer for St. James A.C.C., San Antonio (November and December, 2012)
Family Prayer is one of the most natural of human instincts. Prayer is communication with God; it is exploring the mind of God; it is placing ourselves in God’s hands; it is talking with God; it is spending time with God.
Prayer is the means by which God’s power is released into human life. Are prayers always answered? YES, they are! Though not always in just the way that we anticipate.
There are five (5) distinct aspects of prayer: Adoration; Confession; Intercession; Petition; and Thanksgiving. By using all of these your prayer-life will be fully rounded.
Our Book of Common Prayer has two sets of Family Prayer found on pages 587 – 593. They are divided into Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. It is best to use Morning Prayer when the family is praying together before Noon and Evening Prayer when praying together in the afternoon and evening. If you are rushed for time you will find a shorter form of each on pages 592 and 593.
Begin family prayer time with a few moments of complete silence. Then always follow this silence with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the collect for the day. The collect for the day is always the collect for the previous Sunday.
Use the following schedule for Family Prayer through the month of July:
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10, 2012: The Collect for Trinity Twenty-Second on page 220 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 32; Mon. 18:21-36; Tues. 25; Wed. 28, Thurs. 30; Fri. 40:1-16; Sat. 31.
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17, 2012: The Collect for Trinity Twenty-Third on page 222 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 33; Mon. 41; Tues. 44; Wed. 50; Thurs. 52; Fri. 54; and Sat. 55.
Nov.18 – Nov. 24, 2012: The Collect for Trinity Twenty-Fourth on page 223 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 66; Mon. 63; Tues. 68:1-19; Wed. 71; Thurs. 74; Fri. 69:1-22, and Sat. 79.
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2012: The Collect for Sunday next before Advent on page 225 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 39; Mon. 124&128; Tues. 129&130; Wed. 136; Thurs. 137:1-6&138; Fri. 142&143; and Sat. 146&149.
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8, 2012: The Collect for Advent One on page 90 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 50; Mon. 1&3; Tues. 7; Wed. 9; Thurs. 10; Fri. 22; Sat. 28&29.
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15, 2012: The Collect for Advent Two on page 92 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 25; Mon. 33; Tues. 48; Wed. 50; Thurs. 62&63; Fri. 73; Sat. 80
Dec. 16 – Dec. 22, 2012: The Collect for Advent Three on Page 93 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 99; Mon. 84; Tues. 90; Wed. 1&15; Thurs. 96; Fri. 40:1-16; Sat. 42&43.
Dec. 23 – Dec. 29, 2012: The Collect for Advent Four on Page 95 of the BCP. Psalms for the week are: Sun. 80; Mon.(Christmas Eve) 50; Tues.(Christmas Day) 89; Wed. (St. Stephen) 118; Thurs. (St. John the Evangelist) 23&24; Fri. (Holy Innocents) 8&26; Sat. 1
Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, our homes, and drive far from them all snares of the enemy: let thy holy Angels dwell therein to preserve us in peace, and let thy blessing be ever upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Fr. Bordner, Sept./Oct. 2012)