She Who Prays: A Woman's Interfaith Prayer Book

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A Prayer book designed to be used by individual women, as well as by those who are leading group prayer services.

For nearly two millennia, Christian women have learned to pray in the language of other people's souls. From worshiping God as father to envisioning a holy life as a military campaign, they've been taught to approach the Divine with the hearts and minds of men.

She Who Prays: A Woman's Interfaith Prayer Book offers women a new way ...

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Overview

A Prayer book designed to be used by individual women, as well as by those who are leading group prayer services.

For nearly two millennia, Christian women have learned to pray in the language of other people's souls. From worshiping God as father to envisioning a holy life as a military campaign, they've been taught to approach the Divine with the hearts and minds of men.

She Who Prays: A Woman's Interfaith Prayer Book offers women a new way to pray. It draws on feminine images of God, as well as the language and experience of women, to help women tap into their own rich and unique spirituality. With material from new translations of ancient Christian hymns and prayers, as well as original prayers in the Christian and other faith traditions, She Who Prays will help women speak to God in their own voices.

Arranged in roughly the same format as the Book of Common Prayer, She Who Prays contains a seven-day cycle of daily prayer services, prayers for special occasions, and a woman-oriented liturgical calendar that honors the lives of women of all faiths. The book also contains four rituals marking such themes as healing, reconciliation, and new beginnings, and a prayer to be used while walking a labyrinth.

An appendix provides information on world religions and instructions for group services.

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Harris-Watkins and Jensen are cochaplains of Clare's Place, a women's spirituality center in College Station, TX, and their work is a pioneering mixture of old ideas and new. Essentially, they have attempted to devise a spirituality and religious approach to life that acknowledges and incorporates wide-ranging sources, including monastic Christianity, Native American spirituality, and ancient Egyptian prayers. Sections of the book have domestic names, such as "The China Cabinet" and "The Silver Chest," and include weekly cycles of prayer, collects, and a church calendar. Their innovations may make some readers uncomfortable but should delight many who are interested in women's spirituality. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819221131
  • Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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SHE WHO PRAYS

A Woman's Interfaith Prayer Book


By Jane Richardson Jensen, Patricia Harris-Watkins

Church Publishing Incorporated

Copyright © 2005 Jane Richardson Jensen and Patricia Harris-Watkins
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8192-2595-5



CHAPTER 1

The Banquet Table


Welcome to the dining room. The banquet table has twenty-one place settings with services for morning, midday, and evening prayer. That's enough to feast your soul for a full week! So as if you were at a smorgasbord, look around the table to see what's here. Then choose a day or theme, and morning, midday, or evening, get comfortable, and tuck in. You are already becoming She Who Prays!

If you are praying any of the daily services alone, try reading the plain print silently and the bold print, when it appears, out loud. If two or more are gathered together for a daily service, you may take turns reading the prayers.


FIRST DAY, DAY OF THE SUN: LIGHT AND JOY

Morning Prayer

Greeting

The Mother of the saints rejoices and is glad.

MACARIAN HOMILY 27


THE FIRST DAY

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

GENESIS 1:1-5


COLLECT FOR MORNING

Morning Star, as the sun moves through the heavens, night becomes day. As the Spirit moves through the world, the dusks and dawns of life become holy ground. May I feel the sparkle of your radiance so deeply within, that I am able to live fully into this day. Let my spirit play in your presence, regardless of what transpires. For I pray in the name of the Sacred Three. Amen.


Prayers

Offer Personal Prayers and Thanksgiving. Choose Collects from Parts Two, Three, or Four, as desired.


JESUS, THE LIVING BREAST

Jesus lay down and sucked Mary's milk, and all creation sucks from his goodness.
He is the Living Breast.
The dead sucked living breath from his life and lived.
While indeed he sucked Mary's milk, he suckled the living—every one.
While again he rests in his mother's womb, all of creation rests in his womb.
St. Ephrem the Syrian's Hymns of Nativity 4.149-150, 153-54


SONG OF BAST

I am Mau, the Mother, the great cat of Egypt.
I give light and life, and independence, too.
Though I can be wild, I can also be tender as
I care for mothers in childbirth.
Mothering takes time, both inside the womb and out.
Being a good mother means taking time to play.
Celebrate new life with me.
Dance in the beginning of a new week with me.
Rejoice in your relationships and in your independence.


AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

I believe that you, O God, created humanity, female and male, in your image.
I hear you, O Lord, and your call to love you with all my heart, with all my
soul, with all my strength, and with all my mind, and your command to love my neighbors as myself.
I accept others, just as you have accepted me, in order to bring praise to you, O God.
I hope to shine like the stars in the universe as I hold out the word of life to my community.
I am committed to growing in your knowledge and love and to participating in the life of my faith community.
I praise you for removing my sackcloth and clothing me with yourself so that my heart may sing to you and not
be silent.
I hope through Jesus the Risen One in the power of the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.
BASED ON GENESIS 1:26, MARK 12:29-31, ROMANS 15:7, PHILIPPIANS 2:15, ACTS 2:42, AND PSALMS 30:11-12.


Closing

May the Light who lightens my life today illumine all of my tomorrows!


Midday Prayer

Greeting

Delight of my heart, rest in my peace; nestle into my presence.

AL-'ASMA' AL-HUSNA, "THE BEAUTIFUL NAMES"

Holy One of One-Hundred Beautiful Names,
three of which are Compassion, Love, and Mercy,
I acknowledge my offenses against you and your creation.
In my attempts to be holy, too often I have listened to others
instead of trusting my own God-given instincts.
I have accepted distorted images of women for so long
that I no longer recognize the godly goodness of my own voice.
I have tarnished the unique God-shaped image that you so tenderly created inside
each one of us, female and male.
I confess the times I have not loved you, Creation, my neighbors, or myself.
I am rarely able to receive your all-encompassing love.
Instead of fanning the flames of your love in my midst, too often
I have quenched the divine sparks.
Instead of allowing your Holy Breath to swirl around me freely,
sometimes
I have tried to trap the breeze in a box to be used for my own purposes.
I ask you to blow away the cobwebs of temptation and to blot out the stain of my offenses.
I pray that your light may shine through me, and I may become all you created me to be.
I hope that I may reflect your Glorious Harmony in the world.
I ask this in your Beautiful Names, O God of One Hundred Names,
but especially in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


COLLECT FOR MIDDAY

Holy Mystery, you are the life force that courses through my soul. When my world is spinning like a top, cradle me in your arms like a newborn. When confusion abounds, be my compass. When I am caught up in a hurricane of activity, draw me into the eye, so I may find peace amidst the chaos. For I would so love to skip with you along life's byways. Amen.


Prayers

Offer Personal Prayers and Thanksgiving. Choose Collects from Parts Two, Three, or Four, as desired.


THE FATHER'S WOMB

The Word of the Father came from His womb and put on a body in another womb.
She proceeded from one womb to another womb.
And chaste wombs are filled with Her.
Blessed is He who has resided in us.
ST. EPHREM THE SYRIAN'S Hymns of Resurrection 1.7


SONG OF PETER'S MOTHER-IN-LAW, MATTHEW 8: 14-15

What a dream!
I saw a light
as bright as the sun,
as warm as the sea.
I want to get up.
I've got work to do!
I want to get out.
I've got news to tell.
Jesus, the Lord, came right to my house!
The Son of God gives life to the dead.
The Holy Spirit herself comes to heal and cheer
from the tip of the toes to the top of the head!
Glory be, what a gift!
There's new life flowing deep inside of me.


CANA'S MAGNIFICENCE

Let Cana thank you because you brightened her wedding banquet.
The bridegroom's crown exalted you because you exalted it.
The bride's crown belonged to your victory.
Allegories are expounded and drawn in her mirror because you
depicted your church in the bride.
In her companions, your guests are figured.
And in her magnificence, you depicted your coming.
ST. EPHREM THE SYRIAN'S Hymns of Virginity 33.1


Closing

All things are ripened by warmth just as all things are sanctified by the Spirit, O visible type. ST. EPHREM THE SYRIAN'S Hymns of Faith 74.9


Evening Prayer

Greeting

I was glad when they said to me, "Let's go Home to Mother's House."


LOVE GOD, YOUR NEIGHBOR, AND YOURSELF

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. LUKE 10:27


COLLECT FOR EVENING

Divine Darkness, you separated the light from the darkness and pronounced both of them good. Our days and nights and twilight times are in your hands. Draw us close to you as evening approaches, so whether we wake or sleep or work or play, we rest wholly in you. For we pray in the name of the One who neither slumbers, nor sleeps, yet rested on the seventh day. Amen.


Prayers

Offer Personal Prayers and Thanksgiving. Choose Collects from Parts Two, Three, or Four, as desired.


SONG OF LIGHT

Joyful Light,
Pure and bright,
Streaming from heaven's Loving God,
Jesus, the Anointed,
Holy, blessed Healing One,
As we light this vesper candle in Your Name,
We give thankful praises to you,
Loving God, Parent, Child, and Great Holy Spirit,
Especially to you, our Brother,
Child of God, Bearer of Life and Light,
Down through all generations.

Glory to you, God the Father and God the Mother,
Glory to you, Jesus Christ our Brother,
Glory to you, Great Holy Spirit. Amen.


RUTH, RUTH 3, AND TAMAR, GENESIS 38

Chaste women were chasing after men because of you:
Tamar desired a man who was widowed, and
Ruth loved a man who was old.
Also Rahab, who captivated men was captured by you.

Tamar went out in darkness and stole Light, and
she went out in uncleanness and stole the Holy One, and
she went out in nudity and stole for you, O Precious One,
who brings forth pure ones from promiscuous ones.

Satan saw her and was afraid and ran to obstruct her.
He reminded her of the punishment, yet she did not fear,
of stoning and the sword, yet she was not afraid.
He who teaches adultery was hindering adultery to hinder your birth.

For Tamar's adultery was holy for your sake.
She was thirsty for you, Pure Fountain.
Judah cheated her from drinking you.
The thirsty spring stole a drink of you, the Fount.

She was a widow for your sake.
She was desiring you and was even a prostitute for your sake.
She was longing for you, she watched and was sanctified.
She loved you.

Ruth is proclaimed who sought your riches instead of Moab.
Tamar rejoiced that her Lord, whom her very name proclaimed,
came, instead of the son of her bitterness.
Even her name was calling you to come to her (Ta "Come," Mar "Lord")

Honorable women became contemptible for you who make all modest.
She stole among the highways you who prepare the way to the house of the kingdom.
Because she stole life, the sword was unable to kill her.

Ruth fell down in the threshing floor for a man for your sake.
Her love made her bold for your sake who teaches persistence to all penitents.
Her ears despised all the voices for the sake of your voice.

The throbbing coal went up and fell down in Boaz's bed.
She saw the High Priest who was hidden in his loins:
She was fire for his incense.
She ran and was a heifer for Boaz.
She would bring forth you, the fatted calf.

She went begging for her love of you.
She gathered straw.
You paid her quickly the reward of her wretchedness.
She reaped the Root of kings instead of ears of corn and
the Sheaf of Life that descended from her instead of straw.
ST. EPHREM THE SYRIAN'S Hymns of Nativity 9.7-16


SONG OF THE STAR OF THE EAST

My being glorifies the Creator with each cycle, each flicker of light, with each and every glow in the night sky.

I am the Star of the East, the one who guided the magi and the sheep with their shepherds to the stable where the Christ-child was born.

Along with the moon, my sister stars and I adorn the night sky. As we course through the sky, we serve as nocturnal signposts for navigators who cross the land or sea or sky.

During your span on Mother Earth, look to me. For by the ray of my sparkling light, I will guide you into the presence of the Divine Light, where you will sing with me,

"Glory be to the Luminous Three."


Closing

May the Darkness that revitalizes my soul attune me to the Harmony of Creation.


SECOND DAY, DAY OF THE MOON: DARKNESS AND HIDDEN-NESS

Morning Prayer

Greeting

The Mother of the saints rejoices and is glad. MACARIAN HOMILY 27


WORDS OF COMFORT

For if John the Baptizer who was great called out, "I am not worthy to unfasten the straps of your sandals, O Lord," then like the fearful woman, I must take refuge in the shadow of your garment, that I might be loosened from fear.

And like that woman who was afraid and was comforted because she was healed, heal my awful trepidation, and I will be comforted by you.

Let me pass from your garment to your body, so I may speak of your body according to my strength.

ST. EPHREM THE SYRIAN'S Hymns of Faith 10.5—6


COLLECT FOR MORNING

Morning Star, as the sun moves through the heavens, night becomes day. As the Spirit moves through the world, the dusks and dawns of life become holy ground. May I feel the sparkle of your radiance so deeply within that I am able to live fully into this day. Let my spirit play in your presence, regardless of what transpires. For I pray in the name of the Sacred Three. Amen.


Prayers

Offer Personal Prayers and Thanksgiving. Choose Collects from Parts Two, Three, or Four, as desired.


HIDE AND SEEK WITH JESUS

If anyone seeks your hidden nature, lo, it is in heaven in the great Womb of Divinity.
And if anyone seeks your revealed body, lo, it rests and looks out from Mary's small womb.
ST. EPHREM THE SYRIAN'S Hymns of Nativity 13.7


SONG OF THE BEAR CAVE

I am the cave for the hibernating
Bear, a sanctuary for rest
And birth and rebirth.
Remember the labor pains,
The strain, the push,
The cry of the newly born.
Remember the joy!


SONG OF THE FACES OF GOD

I am a crystal jug filled with Living Water.
I am a sponge ever squeezing out water to wipe the surfaces of life clean,
Soaking up, squeezing out,
Life-giving, Living Water.
I am the metamorphosis that transforms your life.
I was at the beginning
And I will be forever And Beyond ...

Glory to you who fills,
Glory to you who squeezes,
Glory to you who transforms.


Closing

May the Light who lightens my life today illumine all of my tomorrows!


Midday Prayer

Greeting

Delight of my heart, rest in my peace; nestle into my presence.


JUSTICE

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. AMOS 5:24


COLLECT FOR MIDDAY

Holy Mystery, you are the life force that courses through my soul. When my world is spinning like a top, cradle me in your arms like a newborn. When confusion abounds, be my compass. When I am caught up in a hurricane of activity, draw me into the eye, so I may find peace amidst the chaos. For I would so love to skip with you along life's byways. Amen.


Prayers

Offer Personal Prayers and Thanksgiving. Choose Collects from Parts Two, Three, or Four, as desired.


SONG OF THE ENDANGERED

Gracious Creator,
Through the millennia you scattered many wonderful creatures throughout this world we share.
Each one contributes to the rhythm of life and comes and goes in due course.
Now the continued existence of whole species is threatened.
We humans are growing like weeds and spreading like wildfire, but without the benefits they bring to their
environment.
Weeds provide beauty and healing through their flowers.
Wildfires help forests sustain themselves and open up the woods to new life.
Too often, we simply destroy.
The lives of creatures great and small are endangered: bears, beetles, and butterflies, jaguars, Bengal tigers,
whales, and the red cockaded woodpecker, Adelie penguins, and polar bears.
Many kinds of plants, like wild orchids, are being lost simply because humans like to play God instead of appreciating the magnanimous gift of variety you have given us.
Whole ecosystems, like wetlands and prairies, rainforests and glaciers, are disappearing.
Yes, Great Spirit, we have lost the sense of the balance it takes to live in harmony with creation.
We lift up the people of the world and pray for an awakening before it's too late.
We ask for your guidance in channeling our energies into creative, rather than destructive, directions,
for the sake of your precious creation.

Glory to you who creates,
Glory to you who sustains,
Glory to you who awakens.


A GREAT WONDER

It is a great wonder that he did not proceed gradually from that height to descend and come to littleness.
He flew from the Womb of Divinity to the womb of humanity.
I give thanks for your first birth, which was hidden and concealed from all creation.
I also give thanks for your second birth, which was revealed and younger than all creation.
Yet they are in your hands.
I give thanks for the births of the Only-Begotten, one above and one below, one the stranger that is strange to
all, and one the kinsman that is entirely connected to humanity.
ST. EPHREM THE SYRIAN'S Hymns of Nativity 27.15, 19-20
(Continues...)


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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments          

In a Nutshell          

Entryway: Guidelines for the Reader          

Part One: One-Week Cycle of Daily Prayer          

The Banquet Table          

Part Two: Season Stories and Collects for Each Week of the Year          

The China Cabinet: Display          

Part Three: Prayers for Hearth and Home and Beyond          

The China Cabinet: Drawers and Cupboards          

Part Four: Mystics, Saints, and Other Extraordinary Folk, Events, and
Gifts of Creation          

The Mirror          

The Cookie Jar          

The Silver Chest          

Part Five: Rites, Rituals, and Services for Special Occasions          

Front Porch: Services of Beginnings          

Kitchen          

Side Porch: Services of Transformation          

Garden          

Part Six: About What's Inside          

Chest of Drawers in Closet          


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    Want to feel Cosmic?

    One look at the Table of Contents of SHE WHO PRAYS: A WOMAN'S INTERFAITH PRAYER BOOK, and you know you're in for something quite different. The book is a collaboration between two very Spirit-filled women. This is no ordinary Prayer Book! Where, for instance, can you find prayers for 'Round People in Square Holes'? And the Weekly Collects written by Harris-Watkins are simply brilliant. However, to me, the truly astonishing qualities of this Prayer Book are its Spirituality, Mysticism, and Vision. The words coming out of the minds of these two women, and the way they have set them down on paper, have got to be Cosmically Inspired!

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