prayer bead prayers for dealing with big feelings

Often I have huge feelings that I don’t know how to process appropriately, and I wrote these prayers for use on Anglican prayer beads. One thing about having multiple personalities is that someone always has some big feelings to process, and these are prayers whoever is present at the time can pray. Even the repetition can help with focus and calming, a time to focus on God.

One thing I’ve had to learn in recovery is that I am not in control of what other people say or do, as much as I would really like to be sometimes. These prayers can help me focus when I am being an asshole to others over something I want to control but can’t. They help provide that safe space to be honest with God, while being still and giving me time to process the things going on with me.

I hope that the prayers will bring some peace and healing for you when you have feelings that you’re having difficulty with.

Crucifix
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Invitatory (beginning):
My feelings are a gift from you,
and right now I am (choose your own, for example: hurt, confused, upset, angry, grieving).

Cruciform:
I will be still and know that you are God.

Weeks (1st):
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me for I am (hurt, confused, upset, angry, grieving, etc).

Weeks (2nd):
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, help me process these feelings appropriately.

Weeks (3rd):
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, grant me peace.

Invitatory (closing):
I offer up my (feeling/s) to you,
releasing it to your care

(This time between the closing invitatory and the closing crucifix prayer, the reasons behind the feelings can be named)

Crucifix (closing):
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Published by Mary-Clare St. Francis

Mary-Clare St. Francis is a writer who sounds as boring as hell but who is intimately acquainted with the horrific and the sacred. For a long time, darkness has been her friend, but she now walks in the light of Christ. As a committed Episcopalian, her main contribution to the church is her ability to make the priests facepalm or swear, depending on the day and context. Mary-Clare has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and lives in Mississippi with her four children.

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