We Brothers are helping people write and introduce fresh prayers into the Prayers of the People by learning about the seven principal forms of prayer identified in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition.
We invite your prayers to the God of vision in words and images on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the format #prayersof #oblation … you may want to start “I offer to you…”
View the prayers of others: prayersofthepeople.org
To read more sermons about the seven forms of prayer: Teach Us to Pray
Br. Mark Brown offered this homily on the prayer of oblation at the Monastery as part of the Teach Us to Pray series, January 19, 2010.
This evening we continue our series entitled “Teach Us to Pray”. In October we heard sermons on the Prayer of Praise, the Prayer of Thanksgiving, the Prayer of Intercession, and the Prayer of Adoration.
This evening: the Prayer of Oblation, that is, the prayer of offering, of self-offering. Next week the Prayer of Penitence, the following week, the Prayer of Petition. Each week we invite you for soup and conversation with the preacher following the service downstairs in the undercroft.
The Prayer of Oblation. Let’s begin with baptism. In our baptism we are baptized into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are baptized into his light, immersed in his light. We are baptized in his Spirit, baptized into his love, inundated by his love, engulfed by his love, permeated by his love. In our baptismal vows, we promise to respond as best we can to our immersion in his light, his life, and his love. Continue reading