Prayer for the New Year
A prayer of praise to God, rejoicing in his works and seeking blessing for a new year. Adapted from a Coptic Christian prayer for their New Year feast of Nayrouz. First mentioned in this post.
O God, grant us to celebrate the Feast of the New Year that we may ask for a blessed year for all humanity, and that every man and woman has the experience of Your marvelous day. Thus will all enjoy the brightness of Your glory every day in the New Year. Allow me, O God, to celebrate the Feast of the New Year; let me experience this joyful faith and the truth of everlasting unity with You. Let me celebrate the feast of the martyrs as I am able, that I may testify for Your truth. Change my life to be full of joy with You, even in the moments of my repentance.
Wondrous is the Son who paid the price of my passage to Your divine bosom! I see You, my beloved Lord, coming to me; you have chosen me to share in Your glory; you offered Yourself as a joyful sacrifice of love. Come quickly, o Lord! Our hearts are enflamed with Your love; our hearts ask for nothing and no one except You. Grant me to become an icon of You with a blessed heart full of love to all humanity, that I may become a font of joy to everyone.
Wondrous is the Holy Spirit who renews me into a heavenly bride, carrying me as if with the wings of a dove that Heaven may celebrate my wedding! Your dwelling in me, o Holy Spirit, renews my nature; you transform my dark tomb into a holy sanctuary, you convert my darkness into exceeding brightness! Grant me with all my brethren to fly and be with You in Heaven!
You see me, my Lord, rejoicing in You, and You become delighted in me. The heavenly angels see me coming to You, and they welcome me. They receive me with exceeding joy to join them in praising You. The sinners see me full of joy, and they become filled with hope. They see me rejoicing, and they join me in my continuous repentance. The prophets and the apostles and all the martyrs see me, and they praise You for letting me accompany them in Your kingdom!
What a wonderful thing, that You delight in me, and all Your creation in Heaven and on Earth! But the Devil runs away before me as he sees Your divine joy enlightening me and shining upon my face! Glory to You, the source of joy and victory.
Grant, O Lord, that I may celebrate this and every new day of this and every new year all my life, that I may proclaim Your joyful renewal of us and the world, and that I may always be joined with You in Your tremendous love that I see You anticipating with longing for me.