Responding to the request “Teach us to pray”, Jesus outlined a pattern of prayer with five basic movements of prayer. We call this outline “the Lord’s Prayer” and often simply recite it. The five kinds of praying patterned in the Lord’s prayer form the basic structure for the body of the prayers in this book.
Each day’s form starts with reflecting on scripture and then the prayers are patterned by the Lord’s Prayer. They use seasonal and biblical themes and draw from scripture and from Celtic, Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox and other ecumenical sources.
These forms of prayer can be used by groups as well as those who pray alone. Using them regularly will offer variety and yet provide a common pattern and sense of familiarity over time. This collection is also a helpful resource to enrich other liturgies. Many of the prayers in this book have been borrowed already for a variety of liturgies and occasions in different places in the world.