A prayer shawl or prayer cover is meant to bring comfort to the wearer, and to inspire an awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives. God knows our deepest needs, and we trust in God’s promise to sustain us.
The person who creates the shawl offers prayers and intentions for the future recipient while knitting. They may or may not know the recipient’s name or circumstances, but every stitch is combined with prayer specifically for them.
Whether in times of distress or moments of joy, the prayer shawl can be a reminder of God’s love and grace. When it rests on someone’s shoulders it is a tangible sign that they are covered in prayer by many.
Prayers before beginning
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we posses and prepared us for every good work: Grant that the making of this prayer shawl may bring me closer to you, that it may be a means of supporting another and sharing with them in the assurance of your love and mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a selection of prayers and thanksgivings for use on numerous occaisons, or to use as a prompt for offering other prayers to God, take a look at the Book of Common Prayer, page 810
Prayer Shawl Blessings
Loving God, as I create this shawl, may it be woven with love and compassion for __________ in her/his time of need. May it be a sign of hope and caring from our family of faith. Amen.
God of grace and God of glory, you alone know what ______ and his/her family need at this time. Surround them with your loving peace that they might find solace and comfort in you. Amen.
God of love, surround ________ with your tender mercy in this time of struggle and sorrow May this shawl be a source of comfort and the warmth of your love in the days ahead Amen.
Loving God, as I work to create this shawl, may it become a sign of your love and concern as _________ faces treatment in the days ahead. Amen.
God, we know that you are with us in the midst of the toils and struggles of our lives. May this shawl be a sign of that presence and a source of tender hope and peace for ______ in this time of need Amen.
As I create this shawl, may you guide my hands and my thoughts. I pray for _______ in her/his time of need, trusting that this gift will be a reminder to him/her of your love and concern which surrounds us all our days. Amen.
Loving God, may the rhythm of the rows and stitches all tied together be a sign to _______ of the tie that binds us all together – that of your love and mercy. Amen.