A prayer for artists from the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project:
The AGAP Prayer
Gentle Father, Creator God,
We thank you for your many gifts and acknowledge you as the Divine Spark from which all human creativity comes.
We praise you for the beauty of all created things and ask you to give us a deep respect for the life and dignity of all your creatures.
We rejoice in your great love for the work of your hands and ask you to help us to reflect that love in our dealings with one another, each of us made in your own image and likeness, respecting our differences and celebrating what we hold in common.
We thank you for your closeness to your creatures, most of all for the gift of yourself in the person of Jesus your Son; and we ask that he accompanies us as we pray, play, laugh and share our joys and sorrows with one another.
We pray that your Holy Spirit will continue to inspire men and women with creative gifts to enrich the society in which we live with new works of art to glorify you, for you are Life and Beauty itself.
We ask your blessing on artists and performers in every field and those preparing for careers in the arts; that they may act with conscience in the application of their gifts and that in moments of isola- tion and loneliness, may be given courage and consolation by your presence.
We ask you to be with all those that we hold dear, those we have been asked to pray for and those that have nobody to pray for them for we are all special in your eyes and our lives are the greatest work of art that we can offer you.
We make this prayer with Mary Our Mother, through Christ Our Lord. Amen
This prayer was written by Stephen Callaghan and instituted by Archbishop Mario Conti at the first Annual Mass for the Artistic Community in St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow on the Feast of Christ the King, 23rd November 2008.
See the original, and learn more about the AGAP, here.