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A Faithist Prayer (1883)

O Jehovih, hear my prayer! Because Thou has given me words of speech and judgment withal, behold, I make myself responsible unto Thee, to whom alone I come, conscious of my shortcomings, to make a new covenant with all my soul. Neither ask I aught for myself, O Father, but because Thou has revealed the plan of Thy heavens and showed me that whatever was bound on earth, was bound in heaven, and I heeded not Thee, I hold myself guilty in Thy sight. For I bound myself to silver and gold, and to my house and land―-neglecting to stretch forth my hand to help the less fortunate.

Now, O Jehovih, because I was in the midst of plenty, I refused to unite myself in a brotherhood for doing good, knowing quite well that if I did not teach myself to live in a brotherhood in earth, I would not be suited to a brotherhood in heaven. And I suffered myself easily to take offense; I asserted my rights; I sought to justify myself in the sight of men instead of in Thy sight.

Now, O Father, because Thou hast bequeathed me a life to continue on forever, behold, I make a new covenant unto Thee, that henceforth I will strive with all my might to practice the highest light of my mind and soul, and that I will not perceive evil in any man, woman or child, but do unto them all the good in my power. To make me strong to carry out this, my covenant, O Jehovih, I invoke hither with praise and thanksgiving, Thy God, Thy high-raised angel, whom Thou hast appointed to this earth and her heavens; and I invoke hither with praise and thanksgiving, Thy Lords, Thy holy angels, Thou hast appointed to the different divisions of the earth; and I invoke hither with praise and thanksgiving, Thy holy angels whom Thou hast appointed to minister unto mortals, in Thy name, in the name of Thy God and Thy Lords, that I may be used, soul and body, to forward the founding of Thy kingdom on earth, which may be made a place of happiness and joy to all Thy children, with love and life unto all, for Thy glory, Amen!

By John Newbrough — A Sketch of Faithists (1883)


A Faithist Prayer (Modern English)

O Jehovih, hear my prayer! Because You have given me words of speech in addition to judgement, I make myself responsible to You, to whom alone I come, aware of my shortcomings, to make a new covenant with my whole soul. I ask nothing for myself, O Father, but because You have revealed the plan of Your heavens and have shown me that whatever is bound on earth, is bound in heaven, and I did not obey You, I hold myself guilty in Your sight. For I bound myself to silver and gold, and to my house and land – neglecting to stretch forth my hand to help the less fortunate.

Now, O Jehovih, because I was in the midst of plenty, I refused to unite myself in a brotherhood for doing good, knowing quite well that if I did not teach myself to live in a brotherhood on earth, I would not be suited to a brotherhood in heaven. And I allowed myself to easily take offence; I asserted my rights; I sought to justify myself in the sight of men instead of in Your sight.

Now, O Father, because You have given me a life to continue on forever, I make a new covenant to You, that from now one I will strive with all my strength to practice the highest light of my mind and soul, and that I will not perceive evil in any man, woman or child, but treat them with all goodness with all my power.

To make me strong to carry out this, my covenant, O Jehovih, I call with praise and thanksgiving, the God whom You have appointed, Your high-raised angel, whom You have assigned to this earth and her heavens; and I call with praise and thanksgiving, the Lords You have appointed, Your holy angels, that You have assigned to the different divisions of the earth; and I call with praise and thanksgiving, Your holy angels whom You have appointed to minister to mortals, in Your name, in the name of Your appointed God and Lords, that I may be used, soul and body, to help bring about the founding of Your Kingdom on earth, which may be made a place of happiness and joy to all Your children, with love and life to all, for Your glory, Amen!

A modern English rendition of the original which was composed by John Newbrough (1883)