I’m facilitating the Summer Institute for Technology and Ministry this summer in the St. Petersburg Diocese. We’re having a wonderful time learning the culture and language of the ever evolving Digital World that surrounds us.
Just wanted to share a couple of the prayers that we have used in our sessions.
The Technology Canticle
We praise You, Lord, for all Your digital world,
especially for Brother Blog,
who is the gift through whom You give us conversation.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
of You Most High, he bears your likeness.
We praise You, Lord, for Twitter,
in the heavens you have made the tweet short, quick, and easy.
We praise You, Lord, for Brothers LinkedIn and Flickr,
professional and a sea of networks,
by which You cherish the photos of what you have gifted us with.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Facebook,
filled with family and friends, news, and connections all across the globe.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth,
who sustains us
with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.
Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF created this contemporary take on St. Francis’ well known prayer, Canticle of the Creatures.
Blessing of our Cell Phones
Blessed are You, eternal God,
King of the universe:
You have called us in Jesus to be Your beloved people,
living pure and blameless lives in Your sight.
Bless + this cell phone.
Let your Spirit guide our words, texts, photos and videos
so that the light of Christ may shine before all
and lead all who receive them to give You praise.
May our words, texts, photos and videos be filled with the spirit of love,
with the obedience of faith,
and the strength of hope.
Make our lives be joyful in Your service,
and bring those we connect with closer to You.
we praise Your Name,
and ask this blessing through Christ our Lord.
This prayer is adapted from the Family Blessing.
Prayer to St. Francis de Sales Patron Saint of Journalists
Most loving and lovable Saint Francis de Sales,
you preached to thousands with the pen,
introducing them to “the devout life.”
You wrote sublimely about God’s love
and made countless converts by your Christlike kindness.
Make writers realize the power of the Press
and inspire them with your zeal for spreading truth.
Help them to write honestly no matter what the subject,
so that they will really contribute to bringing about
God’s kingdom. Amen.
Copyright ©2011 Caroline Cerveny