Morning Prayer

A reflection of North American Native peoples' prayers

Prayers included in the Morning Prayer are found on the 
following websites:

* Prayers from Christian and other faith traditions:

* Cherokee Friends and Family-Native American Prayers:

Call to prayer: (All stand)
(Sioux prayer)

(Leader)	Our Father, the Sky, hear us 
		(Raise you hands to the sky)

All	And make us strong

(L)	Our Mother, the Earth, hear us 
	(Bend and touch the Earth)

All	And give us support

(L)	O Spirit of the East
	(Turn to the East)

All	Send us your Wisdom

(L)	O Spirit of the South
	(Turn to the South)

All	May we tread your path of life

(L)	O Spirit of the West
	(Turn to the West)

All	May we always be ready for the long journey

(L)	O Spirit of the North, purify us
	(Turn to the North)

All	With your cleansing winds

Song:  "Touch the Earth"  
From cassette: Touch the Earth by Kathy Sherman CSJ


Touch the Earth with gentleness, touch the Earth with love.
Touch her with a future by the way you live today;
God has given us the power to create the world anew, 
If we touch the earth together, me and you.

The time is here, the time is now, we can change things,
Give the earth your dream of harmony she is waiting,
Waiting for love, waiting for you, waiting for me.
Show the earth you care about her future, 
Melt the walls of hate and fear that keep us apart. 
Believe we can live, together as friends of the earth.

Be the reason, be the hope for others to believe, 
That the earth is meant for beauty, goodness and peace, 
and that our God of love is God of the Earth's one family.

Prayer for the Earth:

Great Spirit, 
Give us hearts to understand;
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give;
never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed;
never to deny to give our hands for the building of 
earth's beauty;
never to take from her what we cannot use.
Give us hearts to understand
that to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;
that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a 
house of stench;
that as we care for her she will care for us.
We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.
Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
help us to find the way to refresh your lands.
Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution,
help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.
Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,
help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.
Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
help us to find a way to replenish them.
Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness 
and corruption,
help us to find the way to restore our humanity.

Twenty-third Psalm:
(Native Peoples' version by George Hunt)

Left:	The Great Father above a Shepherd Chief is. 
I am His, and with Him I want not.  
He throws to me a rope, and the name of the rope is love. 

Right:	He draws and draws me to where the grass is green 
and the water is dangerous not. 
I eat and lie down and am satisfied.

Left:	Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down, 
but He lifts me up again and draws me into a good road.  
His name is WONDERFUL.

Right:	Sometimes, it may be very soon, it may be many, 
many moons.
He will draw me into a valley.
It is dark there, but I'll be afraid not,

Left:	for it is between those mountains
that the Shepherd Chief will meet me
and the hunger that I have in my heart all through this life
will be satisfied.

Right:	Sometimes he makes the love rope into a whip,
but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean upon.

Left:	He spreads a table before me with all kinds of foods.
He puts His hand upon my head and all the " tired " is gone.
My cup he fills till it runs over.

All:	What I tell is true
I lie not
These roads that are "away ahead" will stay with me through 
this life 
and afterwards I will go to live in the Big Teepee
and sit down with the SHEPHERD CHIEF forever

Healing prayer:
(Navajo prayer of healing) 

All:	Let us pray for all those who are ill or suffering 

Leader:	At this time, name all those you wish to pray for

All:	In the house made of dawn 
In the story made of dawn
On the trail of dawn 
O, Talking God
His feet, my feet, restore
His limbs, my limbs, restore
His body, my body, restore
His mind, my mind, restore
His voice, my voice, restore 
His plumes, my plumes, restore 
With beauty before him, with beauty before me
With beauty behind him, with beauty behind me 
With beauty above him, with beauty above me
With beauty below him, with beauty below me
With beauty around him, with beauty around me 
With pollen beautiful in his voice
It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty
In the house of evening light
From the story made of evening light
On the trail of evening light

All:		Let us pray for world peace

The story of the two wolves:

An elder Canadian Six Nations Chief was teaching his 
grandchildren about life. He said to them:

"A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight 
and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil-he is 
fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, 
self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, 
competition, superiority, and ego. The other is good-he 
is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, 
kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, 
truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going 
on inside you, and inside every other person, too."

His grandchildren thought about it for a minute and then 
one child asked the grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Chief simply replied, "The one you feed."

Silence and reflection...

Prayers of petition for peace:

Response:	May we act justly, love tenderly and walk 
                humbly with you, O God

We pray for world leaders, that they may hear the cries 
of the victims of war and answer with empathy...

Response:	May we act justly, love tenderly and walk 
                humbly with you, O God

For each of us here, that we may learn to feed the good 
wolf within us...

Response:	May we act justly, love tenderly and walk 
                humbly with you, O God

Add personal Intentions...

Closing prayer:
(An Inuit prayer)

All:	I think over again my small adventures
My fears
Those small ones that seemed so big
For all the vital things
I had to get and reach
And yet there is only one great thing
The only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world 


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