Ngatiawa River Monastery, New Zealand (my pic)
O Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles,
“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”
We pray that when your servants gather together in retreat,
we may rest a while with you.
May we seek you, whom our souls desire to love,
so that we may both
find you and be found by you.
Grant love and wisdom to accompany the words spoken in your name,
that those words do not fall to the ground,
but are helpful in leading us onward
through the toils of our pilgrimage to that rest,
which is available to the people of God;
we do not rest day and night from your perfect service;
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
are alive and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Richard Meux Benson, 1824-1915, Anglican priest, monastic founder
2000 Years of Prayer, freely modified
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.