Sunday, November 17, 2013

Michael Prayer- Rudolf Steiner

Let us then set to work to discipline our will, let us endeavour to awaken within us each morning and each evening-

In the Morning
O Michael, I commend myself to thy protection,
With all the forces of my heart, I place myself
under thy leadership, that so the day that is
now beginning may be indeed a picture of the
right ordering of destiny that belongs to thy Being.

I carry my sorrow into the setting Sun,
I lay all my cares in its shining lap
These my cares come back to me filled with
glowing light, warmed through and through with love,
come back to me as helping thoughts, as power to carry out deeds that are filled with joy of sacrifice.

Another translation:


O Michael,
Under your protection I place myself,
With your guidance I connect myself,
So that this day becomes an image
Of your destiny-ordering Will.

O Michael,
Under your protection I place myself,
Wholeheartedly and with a will,
So that this day which is now beginning
Will be an image of your destiny ordered Will.


I carry my sorrows into the setting sun,
Place all my worries into her radiating womb,
Purified in love, transformed into light,
They return as helping thoughts,
As strength for self-sacrificing deeds.

Rudolf Steiner,

Lecture, 27th November 1919


Larry Clark said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

coming up to 100 years!

Michael said...

It is addressed in volume 40a of the German complete works, on page 284. The prayer was created by paraphrasing and remixing material from a lecture on 17 Feb 1910 (GA 59) using material spread across about ten pages. Once again it is well-meaning, and "in the spirit of", but not an actual Steiner composition.


Unknown said...

Many thanks for this explanation. Do you know who did the "paraphrasing and remixing"? The result is certainly beautiful and inspiring.

Steve Briault

Michael said...

No Steve, I don't.

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Jolly well done!