This Is my Extra Credit Website about Prayers of Thanks and Praise. I have included a variety of prayers from a variety of faiths. You can go back to Mr. Scuito's website by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
An Iroquois Prayer
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which
supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have
given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the
earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom
is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things
for the good of her children.
Abby's Thanksgiving Prayer
O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
You take the pen, and the lines dance. You take the
flute, and the notes shimmer. You take the brush, and
the colors sing. So all things have meaning and beauty
in that space beyond time where you are.
can I hold back anything from you?
Savoring the Good
I have many things to be thankful for, God, and
sometimes I remember them and other times I forget.
When something large or small goes wrong, it fills my
mind and I forget those things for which - when I
remember - I am thankful. Help me to remember the good
things, God. To name them, to savor them and to be
thankful to you.
Islamic Prayer:IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL
All praise belongs to God,
Lord of all worlds,
the Compassionate, the Merciful,
Ruler of Judgement Day.
It is You that we worship,
and to You we appeal for help.
Show us the straight way,
the way of those You have graced,
not of those on whom is Your wrath,
nor of those who wander astray.
Hindu Prayer: GLORY TO GOD IN THIS MARVELLEOUS FORM
Glory to God in this marvellous form - half man, half lion!
Glory to that Great Lion!
Glory to the Divine Lion of great strength!
Glory to that Terrible Lion, the Great God!
Glory to that Wrathful One with terrible eyes,
Who, by His own desire, is born from a pillar,
although He is unborn and the Source of everything!
Let us praise the All-Wonderful Consort of the Goddess of Fortune,
Who takes pleasure in yoga and removes
the suffering of His devotees,
whose hearts He has stolen
the first time they heard about His great deeds!
I adore my Five-faced Lord, Who always
sees and protects all directions.
I bow before the Supreme Absolute;
before Him who is utterly terrible and supremely merciful.
I bow before Him of flaming face,
Who is surrounded by a garland of flames.
How can I describe that Great Flame, the Great Lord?
Forever I want to sing the glories of Him,
Who possesses innumerable wonderful qualities.
His eyes are everywhere,
reflected in the eyes of a child, or an old man,
a rainbow, or a flower.
And yet, He is so difficult to behold!
But still, I long to see Him, the Destroyer of Enemies.
Arise, oh Lord, let Thy enemies be scattered,
and let those that hate You flee from You!
Then, as You please, return, oh Lord,
to rest among Your children!
Please, bless us,
who will gather around You, feeling so safe,
like baby birds that huddle under the wings of their mother;
wings that feel so incomparable soft from underneath,
although that mother-bird looks fierce from the outside,
with sharp beak and watchful eyes,
ready to protect it's little ones.
Kindly rest among us, oh Darling of Lakshmidevi!
For we long for You, just like a thirsty field,
above which heavy black clouds are hanging,
but still no rain is falling.
Such is the longing of Your children,
whose hearts remember You,
Whose beauty excels the clouds',
but whose eyes cannot see You,
oh Destroyer of enemies, oh Great Lord!
You are the Creator,
and You are the One
Who dissolves all creation.
You are the Non-doer;
ever changeless; resting in Yourself.
And You are the Doer behind everything,
without Whose will neither a leaf falls,
nor a cat licks it's paws,
nor a woman blinks her eyes.
You are the Infallible,
the Soul of the Universe.
You are beyond all material qualities;
You are the Inconceivable!
All the Vedas worship You,
You are the Form of all mantras,
and the Soul of all yantras.
Your thousand arms are everywhere.
You are the Giver of boons, full of joy,
the Maintainer of the universe!
Decorated with sandalwood paste and Tulasi leaves,
Your lotus feet are so lovely to behold.
Your broad chest,
which is the eternal resting place of Lakshmi Ma,
is adorned with the Srivatsa mark, the Kaustubha jewel,
and with shiny golden necklaces.
You raise one of Your soft lotus hands to bless Your devotees,
while Your other hand gently holds Your devotee Prahlad.
The nails of those hands are the most powerful weapons,
and their touch is the source of all auspiciousness.
Your teeth are like thunderbolts,
and Your beautiful mane has become even more beautiful
by getting sprinkled with the blood of your enemies.
Wearing a beautiful garland of forest flowers,
You shine like the light of the sun.
You are the Supreme Soul, the Supreme Light.
You are the Supreme Truth, and the Supreme Refuge.
Your Form is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss.
Let me rest in Your divine hand!
For You love those that take refuge in You
more than a cow loves her new-born calf,
whose body is gently caressed by her tongue.
You are the life-giving Soul of everything,
the protector of Prahlad,
A Prayer of Buddhism: PRECIOUS ONE
O Guru Rinpoche, Precious One,
You are the embodiment of
The compassion and blessings of all the buddhas,
The only protector of beings.
My body, my possessions, my heart and soul
Without hesitation, I surrender to you!
From now until I attain enlightenment,
In happiness or sorrow,
in circumstances good or bad,
in situations high or low:
I rely on you completely, O Padmasambhava, you who know me:
think of me, inspire me, guide me,
make me one with you!
Jewish Prayer: HOW WONDERFUL THE LORD
How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!
The heavens declare Your glory,
the arch of the sky displays Your handiwork
In Your love You have given us the power
to behold the beauty of Your world
robed in all its splendor.
The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills,
the rivers and the lakes all disclose Your presence.
The roaring breakers of the sea tell of Your awesome might,
the beast of the field and the birds of the air
bespeak Your wondrous will.
In Your goodness You have made us able to hear
the music of the world.
The voices of the loved ones
reveal to us that You are in our midst.
A divine voice sings through all creation.