Prayer of Longing (Spring)
As the earth lies hard and dry,
cracks open to the sky:
Waiting for the coming rain
To pour into the crevices of its heart.
So I long for refreshment of my soul:
Your love to pour into the dry, aching loneliness of my heart.
In its season rain falls:
and the desert becomes a flowing river.
As the ground is covered in riotous colour — wild, without beginning or end:
So will my life be.
In its season the rain will come: Bringing your glory into my life.
My trust is in you, O God:
Wait, my soul, wait.
Wait on the Lord.
Prayer for Winter
Star Kindler and Weaver of wonder
As winter stars light up the darkness of light
Reveal to us fresh sources of hope.
With the chill of winter morning cold
And the warmness of of cosy bed
Challenge us to continue to move in your daily rhythm
Remind us to move from the self-centred protection
To love those around us.
We bind ourselves to you, in mind body and soul
Although our hands may be cold and unwelcoming
Kindle our hearts with the fire of your love.
That we may reach out to the frozen world.
May the coldness remind us that it is a time of waiting
Reflecting on our journey with you
Prayerfully seeking your will in our lives
Remaining in your shadow for protection and sustanance.
Lord of the darkness
May we embrace the darkness of our soul
Be refreshed in your penetrating light
And store memories of your love for the days ahead.
(Adapted from Ray Simpson’s book, His Complete Celtic Prayers – Winter)
Prayer For Summer
Great Architect of the summer season,
The hot scorched sun, the sweltering burning wind,
The parched dry land with withered plants and grasses,
Reveal to me, Your nearness and majesty.
Artist of Creation, I stand in awe,
At the dazzling colours of Your flowering plants
The dawning of light from Your awaking sun
To the majestic canvas You paint at the closing of the day.
Your summer furnace draws me nearer a watering hole
To escape from the relentless heat of the day
A place of sanctuary from my daily life
The need for shelter and refreshment.
Creator of Fire, may I rest under the shade of Your sheltering arms
To experience the cool caress of Your Son’s touch on my life
To drink the quenching, renewing drops of Your love
To satisfy the thirst of my soul
May the gentle renewing breeze of Your Holy Spirit
Sustain me during the hot days ahead
Surround me with the three-fold circle of the Trinity
That I may have the strength to serve You
Creator of rhythm,
Thank You for the heat You bring into my life
Thank You for the cool shelter and refreshment
May both be used to glorify Your name.
New Year Message for 2017
The following poem is called The Saints’ Calendar of Adamnan (modified for Australian seasons). Adamnan became the ninth abbot on Iona in 679. He gave sanctuary to Aldfrid when the crown of Northumbria was in dispute after the death of Aldfrid’s father, King Oswy. Northumbria is where Lindisfarne Island, or Holy Island is located.
On behalf of all the Aidan and Hilda Community in Australia, we pray that 2016, is more blessed and surrounded by love for you and your family, than the year we now leave behind. Here is our poem and prayer for you …
The saints of the four seasons,
We long to pray to them,
May they save you from torments,
The saints of the whole year!
The saints of the dry summer,
About them is this poetic frenzy
That you may come from this land
To Jesus, son of Mary.
The saints of the the beautiful autumn,
We call upon a company not unharmonious,
That they may draw near to you.
The saints of the winter we pray to,
May they be with you against the throng of demons,
Around Jesus of the mansions,
The Spirit holy, heavenly.
The saints of the glorious springtime,
May they be with you,
By the will
Of God’s fosterling (that is, Christ)
We beseech the saints of the earth,
We beseech all the angles,
We beseech God himself, both when rising and lying down,
Whatever you do or say, that you may dwell in the heavenly land.