(pictured above: ‘Hi God’)
I used never know the words to prayers. Especially the big long ones you only ever heard at mass and didn’t learn to say in school or before you went to bed at night. I used just make up my own words and mumble them along with the congregation who were often making up their own words too in the hope that it would result in one big agreeable sounding murmur. Effectively we were all making up new prayers and this is grand because prayers are just made up things anyway and not the word of God.
Most prayers are not from the Holy Bible, although they often include quotes. Instead, prayers are things that originate centuries after the New Testament and have often been changed over time to incorporate some new elements and drop some others. For example, the bit in the Hail Mary about sending ‘all the gayers to their eternal damnation’ was removed in 1987 and the bit about Mary being ‘really good at billiards’ was added in 1993.
Anyway, here’s a prayer I have invented. I’m kind of hoping this one catches on as I’m keen to pay tribute to the Lord my God and also hope to be paid royalties every time it’s said on the radio or in movies etc.
GOOD GOD MY LORD IN HEAVEN
Good God my Lord in Heaven
dissuade us from happiness
And all things wanton
and Lord bless us and save us.
And let us not stray down paths unrighteous
or accommodating of sin
Are you receiving me?
Thank you Lord for the harvest
and the beasts of the field
and all we put in the dinner
and thanks for dessert and for fizzy drinks.
Thank you Lord for letting us partake of this Bounty
and Mars and Curly Wurly and Kit Kat
If that’s quite alright with you.
Blessed be your house Lord
and all the classy stuff that dwells within it
And give us comfort in our prejudice
By the power vested in you
and that of Greyskull
I now pronounce you man and wife
and fair dues to you Lord, it must be said.
Over and out.
I think that’s a fitting tribute to the man upstairs and ask that you teach it to your kids or your nieces and nephews or whoever you can get your hands on. Let’s see if we can get this thing ‘trending’ in the Religiousphere.