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A Prayer for the New Year

God, you who live outside of time and reside in the imperishable moment, we ask your blessing upon this new year’s gift of time. You who kindly direct us to observe the passing of minutes and hours, make us aware of the miracle of each second of life we experience.

Help us not to miss that which is important while you keep us from machine-like routine.

May we be free from being clock watchers and instead become time lovers.

Bless our holidays, holydays, fasts, and feasts – all our special days of remembering.

Teach us that all life is meant for celebration and contemplation.

Bless, O God, this new year, each of its days and nights.

Bless us with new moons and full moons.

Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.

Grant to us, O God, the new year’s gift of a year of love.

Adapted from Edward Hays Prayers for the Domestic Church