To many , New Year is more than a night of TV or partying and singing “Auld Lang Syne”. It’s a time of looking forward and looking back, a time of rededication and commitment, a time of hope and a time of thanksgiving. Here is a prayer to consider using:
New Year’s Blessing Prayer for Clocks & Calendars
Lord, you who live outside of time,
And reside in the imperishable moment, we ask Your blessing this New Year’s Day (Eve)
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 be free from 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,
Once reserved for the royal few,
For magi and pyramid priests,
now grace our homes and lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days, As they teach us the secret That all life is meant for celebration, contemplation And sharing God’s gifts to us with others. Bless, Lord, this new year, Each of its 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. R. Amen
From all of us at the Cathedral, we wish you a very blessed 2019