Even though we no longer attend an Episcopal church, I keep my Book of Common Prayer nearby. It reminds me of the importance of discipline and memorization, for there is comfort in the rhythm of recited, deeply ingrained words. I can still hear this:
Eucharistic Prayer III love that part, "meet and right." Meet here means "fitting, becoming or proper." It is meet and right to lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord. There is something about hearing the mixed voices of a congregation say that, every Sunday. It is full of promise.
The Lord be with you.
People And with they spirit.
Celebrant Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them up unto the Lord.
Celebrant Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
People It is meet and right so to do.
But that's not why I started this post. I started it because I want to share a prayer from the Daily Devotions of the Book of Common Prayer. It is from the morning devotion, and it is the sort of thing that I'd like to memorize so that I could say it, and mean it, every morning:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Reading it has made me really think about how I greet the Lord in the morning. Usually, the moment I wake up, my brain starts thinking about how I'm still tired, or what I need to do that day, or how much time I have before the children wake up. I might get around to saying, "Thank you, God, for bringing me into this new day," eventually. Maybe. This prayer has convicted me to change that.
How do you greet God in the morning? And also, do you enjoy the Book of Common Prayer?