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The Universal Prayer

by Msgr. Charles Pope

To my mind, one of the most remarkable prayers ever written was one attributed to Clement XI, who was pope from 1700-1721. Many have never heard it. The prayer is called “universal” because of its sweeping themes. Upon completing it, one might well ask if anything at all was left out!

If you are looking for a prayer to set on your night stand, this is surely a good one. I often pray this when my mind is dull. I admire its beauty and style; it is deeply personal and humble. It is not trite but neither is it stuffy. One of my favorite sections is this one:

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.

As beautiful and helpful as the Universal Prayer is, it is nearly unknown.

Here is a video in which the prayer is recited. Now off to prayer with you!


Full Text of Universal Prayer by Pope Clement XI

[Editor's Note: The Full Text of Universal Prayer is available for viewing in Malankara World Library Collection of Prayers]

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