Prayers for the day

Talking about old times, every now and then the old Book of Common Prayer seems to get it just right. Here’s a prayer I used this morning:

O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany)

And here’s an old friend that I use regularly:

O Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all thy doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Third Collect at Morning Prayer).

I remember those days…

A brilliant cartoon by Dave Walker:

I remember those days, by the way. When Marci and I moved to Arborfield in October 1979, the most complicated piece of technology in my office was a rotary dial telephone, and we still duplicated the newsletter with a Gestetner duplicator. Bulletins? Never heard of them!