Bahá’í Prayers for Gatherings



Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I implore Thee by the onrushing winds of Thy grace,

and by them Who are the Daysprings of Thy purpose and the Dawning-Places of Thine inspiration,

to send down upon me and upon all that have sought Thy face that which beseemeth thy generosity and bountiful grace,

and is worthy of Thy bestowals and favors. Poor and desolate I am, O my Lord!

Immerse me in the ocean of Thy Wealth; athirst, suffer me to drink from the living waters of Thy loving-kindness.


I beseech Thee, by Thine own Self and by Him Whom Thou hast appointed as the Manifestation of Thine own Being

and Thy discriminating Word unto all that are in heaven and on earth,

to gather together Thy servants beneath the shade of the Tree of Thy gracious providence.

Help them, then, to partake of its fruits, to incline their ears to the rustling of its leaves,

and to the sweetness of the voice of the Bird that chanteth upon its branches.

Thou art, verily, the Help in Peril, the Inaccessible, the Almighty, the Most Bountiful.

-Bahá'u'lláh



O Thou merciful God! O Thou Who art might and powerful! O Thou most kind Father!
 
These servants have gathered together, turning to Thee, supplicating Thy threshold,

 desiring Thine endless bounties from Thy great assurance. They have no purpose save Thy good pleasure.

They have no intention save service to the world of humanity.


O God! Make this assemblage radiant. Make the hearts merciful.

Confer the bounties of the Holy Spirit. Endow them with a power from heaven.

Bless them with heavenly minds.

Increase their sincerity, so that with all humility and contrition they may turn to Thy kingdom

and be occupied with service to the world of humanity.

May each one become a radiant candle. May each one become a brilliant star.

May each one become beautiful in color and redolent of fragrance in the kingdom of God.


O kind Father!

Confer Thy blessings. Consider not our shortcomings. Shelter us under Thy protection.
 
Remember not our sins. Heal us with Thy mercy.

We are sick; Thou art mighty. We are poor; Thou art rich. We are sick;

Thou art the Physician. We are needy; Thou art most generous.


O God! Endow us with Thy providence. Thou art the Powerful. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Beneficent.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá



O Thou kind Lord! These are Thy servants who have gathered in this meeting,

have turned unto Thy kingdom and are in need of Thy bestowal and blessing.

O Thou God! Manifest and make evident the signs of Thy oneness

which have been deposited in all the realities of life.

 Reveal and unfold the virtues which Thou hast made latent and concealed in these human realities.


O God! We are as plants, and Thy bounty is as the rain;

refresh and cause these plants to grow through Thy bestowal.

We are Thy servants; free us from the fetters of material existence.

We are ignorant; make us wise. We are dead; make us alive. We are material; endow us with spirit.

We are deprived; make us the intimates of Thy mysteries.

We are needy; enrich and bless us from Thy boundless treasury.

O God! Resuscitate us; give us sight; give us hearing;

 familiarize us with the mysteries of life, so that the secrets of Thy kingdom may become revealed to us

 in this world of existence and we may confess Thy oneness.

Every bestowal emanates from Thee; every benediction is Thine.

Thou art mighty. Thou art powerful. Thou art the Giver, and Thou art the Ever-Bounteous.

-'Abdu'l-Bahá



O my God! O my God! Verily, these servants are turning to Thee, supplicating Thy kingdom of mercy.
 
Verily, they are attracted by Thy holiness and set aglow with the fire of Thy love,

seeking confirmation from Thy wondrous kingdom, and hoping for attainment in Thy heavenly realm.

Verily, they long for the descent of Thy bestowal, desiring illumination from the Sun of Reality.

O Lord! Make them radiant lamps, merciful signs, fruitful trees and shining stars.

May they come forth in Thy service and be connected with Thee by the bonds and ties of Thy love,

longing for the lights of Thy favor. O Lord! Make them signs of guidance, standards of Thine immortal kingdom,

waves of the sea of Thy mercy, mirrors of the light of Thy majesty.


Verily, Thou art the Generous. Verily, Thou art the Merciful. Verily, Thou art the Precious, the Beloved.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá



O Thou forgiving God! These servants are turning to Thy kingdom and seeking Thy grace and bounty.

O God! Make their hearts good and pure in order that they may become worthy of Thy love.

Purify and sanctify the spirits that the light of the Sun of Reality may shine upon them.

Purify and sanctify the eyes that they may perceive Thy light.

Purify and sanctify the ears in order that they may hear the call of Thy kingdom.


O Lord! Verily, we are weak, but Thou art mighty.

Verily, we are poor, but Thou art rich. We are seekers, and Thou art the One sought.

O Lord! Have compassion upon us and forgive us;

bestow upon us such capacity and receptiveness that we may be worthy

 of Thy favors and become  attracted to Thy kingdom,

that we may drink deep of the water of life, may be enkindled by the fire of Thy love,

 and be resuscitated through the breaths of the Holy Spirit in this radiant century.


O God, my God! Cast upon this gathering the glances of Thy loving-kindness.

 Keep safe each and all in Thy custody and under Thy protection.

Send down upon these souls Thy heavenly blessings.

Immerse them in the ocean of Thy mercy, and quicken them through the breaths of the Holy Spirit.


O Lord! Bestow Thy gracious aid and confirmation upon this just government.

This country lieth beneath the sheltering shadow of Thy protection, and this people is in Thy service.

 O Lord! Confer upon them Thy heavenly bounty

and render the outpourings of Thy grace and favor copious and abundant.

Suffer this esteemed nation to be held in honor, and enable it to be admitted into Thy kingdom.


Thou art the Powerful the Omnipotent, the Merciful,

and Thou art the Generous, the Beneficent, the Lord of grace abounding.


- 'Abdu'l-Bahá
 



O Divine Providence!

This assemblage is composed of Thy friends who are attracted

to Thy beauty and are set ablaze by the fire of Thy love.

Turn these souls into heavenly angels, resuscitate them through the breath of Thy Holy Spirit,

grant them eloquent tongues and resolute hearts,

bestow upon them heavenly power and merciful susceptibilities,

cause them to become the promulgators of the oneness of mankind

and the cause of love and concord in the world of humanity,

so that the perilous darkness of ignorant prejudice may vanish

through the light of the Sun of Truth, this dreary world may become illumined,

this material realm may absorb the rays of the world of spirit,

these different colors may merge into one color

and the melody of praise may rise to the kingdom of Thy sanctity.


Verily, Thou art the Omnipotent, and the Almighty!

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

 



O Thou loving Provider!

These souls have hearkened to the summons of the Kingdom, and have gazed upon the glory of the Sun of Truth.
 
They have risen upward to the refreshing skies of love;

 they are enamoured of Thy nature, and they worship Thy beauty.

Unto Thee have they turned themselves, speaking together of Thee,

 seeking out Thy dwelling, and thirsting for the waterbrooks of Thy heavenly realm.

Thou art the Giver, the Bestower, the Ever-loving.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

 


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