Guest Post — O Antiphons for an Eve of Inauguration Community Prayer Service, January 19, 2021, by Dianne Prichard

Dianne Prichard has created a Community Prayer service for the eve of the inauguration at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center, owned by the Sisters of Humility, south of Wheatland, Iowa, in the middle of farms. it was once a farm. The farmhouse houses retreats, overnight guests and an office and a library and an addition now has eight guest rooms, gathering space and kitchen. A new barn has been built to house the equipment needed to maintain the grounds, which include a labyrinth and walking trails. At the current time the programming includes ZOOM events.  

This service had prayers and music but I am lifting and sharing Dianne’s original O Antiphons

O Antiphons for the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5)

LOVE

O God of love, come into this world of fear and teach our leaders how to love each other so that we may learn from them.

O God of love, come into this world of fear and show us what it means to love each other so that we can see you in the faces of all people.

JOY

O God of joy, come into this world of grief and teach our leaders to find joy in their calling so that they may see potential and possibility.

O God of joy, come into this world of grief and teach us to share joy with strangers.

PEACE

O God of peace, come into this world of conflict and show our leaders the paths to peace, so that they may embrace the common bonds that unite them for the common good.

O God of peace, come into this world of conflict and instruct us in your peace so that we may be peacemakers.

PATIENCE

 O God of patience, come into this world of instant everything and give our leaders time and circumstance to contemplate, to consider, to discern what is best for the people who chose them to make decisions for the common good.

O God of patience, come into this world of unreasonable expectations and keep us from judging what we do not understand.

KINDNESS

O God of kindness, come into this world of debt and destitution and help our leaders to look charitably on the poor in body and spirit who depend upon their graciousness.

O God of kindness, come into this world of fear and take away our need to be the best, the first, the most.

GOODNESS

O God of goodness, come into our world of evil
Teach our leaders to recognize evil.
Inspire our leaders to condemn evil.
Embolden our leaders to fight evil.

O God of goodness come into our world of evil and prevent our brushing aside sin as inevitable so that we may fully remember whose we are.

FAITHFULNESS

O God of faithfulness, come into this world of confused loyalties and by your Spirit help our leaders to turn to you for ultimate wisdom.

O God of faithfulness, come into this world of confused loyalties and by your Spirit help us to turn to you above all worldly demands.

SELFCONTROL

O God of self-control, guard our leaders from anger and ego and greed so that they may serve with justice for all.

O God of self-control, guard us from anger and ego and greed so that we may support our leaders in their best efforts.

GENTLENESS

O God of gentleness, awaken in our leaders a spirit of tenderness and benevolence so that they may work in harmony to serve your people. O God of gentleness, save us from the tensions and terrors of life so that we may live in harmony with each other.

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