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Using a Familiar Prayer for
Reflection :
The Prayer of Richard of Chichester
Who was Richard of Chichester?
• Faithful follower of Jesus.
• Thirteenth-century Bishop of Chichester.
• Caring priest.
• Scholar.
• Great administrator.
• Strong reformer.
• Loved by his people.
Richard gave us this prayer:
Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou hast given me,
for all the pains and insults thou hast borne
for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly,
day by day.
The Hebrew people celebrate the exodus – the
time when God rescued them from slavery in
Egypt – which still forms part of each Shabat
– focusing on freedom.
As Christians we thank Jesus for all the benefits
won for us by his life, death and
resurrection so we may know ‘the glorious
freedom of the children of God.’
(Romans 8.21)
What does freedom in Christ mean?
What does freedom in Christ mean?
‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things
present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else
in all creation, will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our
Lord.’
(Romans 8.38–39)
What do you need to be freed from?
Freedom in Christ means freedom:
• from fear, especially fear of death
• from worries about the future
• from guilt about past wrongdoing
• from having to pretend we are okay all the
time
• from having to fix things or make people
happy
• from loneliness and self-criticism
How do we learn to know Jesus
more clearly,
love him more dearly and
follow him more nearly day by
day?
We wake and thank Jesus for life –
we ask God for what we need for today,
we commend those we love into God’s care.
We can pray the Lord’s Prayer and the prayer
gifted to us by Richard of Chichester.
If we are able, we read or listen to a portion of
the Bible.
During the day we
can remember
that each of us
bears the image
of Christ – we are
Jesus’ hands and
voice to and for
each other. So we
try to be kind and
helpful and not
take offence or
gossip.
At bedtime we give
thanks for the gifts of the
day,
we bring to Jesus any
pain or sadness or
difficulties,
we commend those we
love into his care, and
we ask that we may
sleep, held safe in the
arms of our redeemer,
friend and brother, Jesus.
Freedom in Christ also means:
• knowing Christ’s friendship and
acceptance
• knowing we are forgiven and
forgiving others
• trusting God no matter what is to
come
• approaching death knowing we go to
God who is Love
Freedom in Christ also means:
• commending
loved ones and
problems to God;
leaving God to do
what is best
• being part of a
loving community
whom we serve in
the perfect
freedom of God
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