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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily
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1) With eyes to the heavens above:
To thee I lift up my eyes ,
O thou who art enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of the maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he have mercy upon us.
Psalm 123: 1-2
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
A song to the ascents. I raise my eyes upon the mountains;
whence will come my help? My help is from Hashem,
Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
Heaven is His head
Earth His feet.
Four compass points are His hands.
Sun and moon are His eyes.
Ether is His breath.
Fire is His mouth.
Teaching is His breast.
Non-teaching is His back.
Grass and plants are His hair.
Mountains are His bones.
Sea is His bladder.
Rivers are His veins.
Book 1: Chap. XII
2. With prayers of fragrance, incense and smoke:
Lord, let my prayer arise,
rise up like incense into your presence,
into your presence.
Bob Hurd, OCP
I call upon thee, O Lord; make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice, when I call to thee!
Let my prayer be counted as incense before thee,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice!
Psalm 141: 1-2
Revised Standard Version
Can you smell the sweet fragrance in the air?
It permeates deep within my skin
and strokes my hair.
It is my Love who has stepped quietly into the room.
His heavenly anointing filling the air
as a luscious perfume.
Kate Buxbaum Prado
"There are two (Tibetan Buddhist) smoke offerings that we often
putting up new prayer flags...The simplest method is
burning Tibetan incense sticks or spooning incense powder
onto hot coals. Tibetans often build wood fires on which they
place green juniper and other aromatic medicinal saps, resins
and herbs while chanting the prayers..."
(The following is an English translation; a very small portion from one of the
two smoke offerings utilized when putting up new prayer flags.- -Lisa)
"As the red flames burn, karmic debts are paid back;
whatever is desired arises as desirable qualities.
As long as there is a sky, we form the intention
that these desirable qualities be inexhaustible!
...Flames radiate offering clouds of five-colored
pervading the six realms of existence,
(even) the worst hell realm (Avici);
the three planes of
samsara are liberated in the
luminous form of the rainbow body.
May all beings awaken to the very heart of enlightenment!"
Source of quotations: prayerflags.com
Sage, sweet grass and tobacco are used by the Lakota
(Native American tribe) in prayer and ritual.
"Sweet Grass: Sweet grass is as it sounds, a scent that is sweet
and pleasant when burned as incense in a braid or thrown loose
on a fire. It is used to honor the Wakan Tanka and bring blessings
to those in prayer, while at the same time sending prayers above
on the rising smoke, as the Great Spirit understands this
language better than words...
Sage: Burning sage sends a more bittersweet smell into the air
it is used in many different prayer and sacred rituals or
Is is used on the floor of the sweat lodge, as the
base of a vision quest
bed, in medicine bundles or at the buffalo
skull altar. It is said burning
sage keeps evil away...
Tobacco: Tobacco is smoke in the sacred pipe, also rising to the
sky as a visible prayer or breath on the wind. Tobacco offerings are
made by taking a small amount of tobacco and wrapping it in tiny
squares of colored cloth of the four sacred colors. These tobacco
tie offerings are made to stand for a promise or request made
to Wakan Tanka."
Source of quotations: thewildwest.org
Rather than going to church, I attend a sweat lodge;
rather than accepting bread and toast (sic)
from the Holy Priest,
I smoke a ceremonial pipe to come into
Communion with the Great Spirit;
and rather than kneeling
with my hands placed together in prayer,
I let sweet grass be feathered over my entire being
for spiritual cleansing
and allow the smoke to carry
my prayers into the heavens.
I am a Mi'kmaq, and this is how we pray.
"Grandfather was a knowing Christian,"
Excerpted from "Prayer," by Richard W. Chilson, CSP,
And now the Last Word:
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing
to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by
scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
British Scholar and Novelist
Sign in front of Bridgeton, Missouri Bible Church:
SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE
IT CONTAINS NO CALORIES