Prayer for the Start of Holy Week

Though a holy time, for many it is chaotic. I share this prayer for those facing into busy and chaotic days, just as Jesus did at the start of his last week before being crucified.




To all that is chaotic in you,

let there come silence.
Let there be

a calming

of the clamoring,

a stilling of the voices that have laid their claim

on you,

that have made

their home in you,
that go with you

even to the holy places

but will not

let you rest,

will not let you

hear your life

with wholeness

or feel the grace

that fashioned you.
Let what distracts you cease.

Let what divides you cease.

Let there come an end

to what diminishes

and demeans,

and let depart

all that keeps you

in its cage.
Let there be

an opening

into the quiet

that lies beneath

the chaos,

where you find

the peace

you did not think


and see what shimmers

within the storm.

(From THE CURE FOR SORROW, Jan Richardson, 79-80)


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