https://opensiddur.org/?p=50554 Prayer for those who are unavoidably prevented from keeping the Sabbath, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895) 2023-05-05 21:19:36 "Prayer for those who are unavoidably prevented from keeping the Sabbath" was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50550">Prayers for Jewish Working Girls</a></em> (1895), pp. 20-21. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Lilian Helen Montagu https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Labor, Fulfillment, and Parnasah Shaḥarit l'Shabbat ul'Yom Tov 19th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. Jewish Women's Prayers English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English West Central Girls' Club
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Prayer for those who are unavoidably prevented from keeping the Sabbath.
I humbly entreat Thee for forgiveness,
since on this day
which Thou hast specially appointed for our day of rest,
I do my regular work.
In acting thus, O Lord,
I feel that I am directly disobeying Thy divine command.
But, Almighty God,
Thou knowest that it is my own need
and the need of my family
which drive me to work.
If I remained away from my employment on the Sabbath day,
I should become a burden upon my beloved parents,
and lead a life of idleness, displeasing unto Thee.
O Lord, in giving up the Sabbath,
I am sacrificing
some of the purest joys
which can crown a Jewish life.
I am resolved, my Father
to work as hard as possible
to improve my circumstances,
so that in time they will allow me
to give up work on the Sabbath
and to keep thy glorious Law.
In the meantime, O Lord,
I will strive to preserve my faith in Thee,
to spend a Godlike life,
worthy of Thy servant.
Help me, O God,
to lead a holy, beautiful life;
preserve me from temptation and sin.
My strength alone will not be enough
to make me cling unto Thee.
Be Thou with me now and for evermore.
“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God.” (Micah 6:8)
“Prayer for those who are unavoidably prevented from keeping the Sabbath” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 20-21.
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