From the service on January 1, 2012 (2)


New Year's Blessing Prayer For Clocks and Calendars

--Edward Hays, Prayers for The Domestic Church, A Handbook for Worship in the Home

Lord, You who live outside of time,

    and reside in the imperishable moment,

    we ask Your blessing this New Year's Day 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 time lovers.

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,

   oncce 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.