Universal Prayers from Major Religions of the World

Thanks to Judy Fergus for gathering these and sharing them on Sunday, May 18th, for our Prayers from Around the World service!

UNIVERSAL PRAYERS (for your copying and pasting pleasure…)

Buddhism: The Refuge Prayer
Buddham saranam gacchami 
I go to the Buddha for refuge.
Dhammam saranam gacchami
I go to the Dhamma for refuge.
Sangham saranam gacchami
I go to the Sangha for refuge.

Native American: Cherokee Prayer

O’Great Spirit help me always to speak the truth quietly

To listen with an open mind when others speak                                  

And to remember the peace that may be found in silence.

Christianity: The Lord’s Prayer

  Origin: The gospel of Matthew, chapter 6
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.

* Many Christians say “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Islam: The Fatiha
Origin: The opening words of the Qur’an

In the name of Allah, Most gracious, Most merciful
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Master of the Day of Judgment
Thee do we worship, and Thine aide we seek
Show us the straight way
The way of those on whom Thou has bestowed thy Grace, those whose portion
Is not wrath, and who do not go astray.

Hinduism: The Gayatri Mantra
Origin: The Vedas

Oh Creator of the Universe, may we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light, May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

Judaism: The Shema
  Origin: The book of Deuteronomy, chapter 6

Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
Blessed be the Name of His   glorious kingdom for ever and ever
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your might.

And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.
And you shall teach them diligently to your children,
and you shall speak of them when you sit at home,
and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.