Prayer for Rosh Hashanah

From the Jewish High Holiday Prayer Book:

O God, divine Ruler of the universe, as the twilight of the old year fades into the night that marks the birth of another year, we gather together in Thy house with mingled emotions, mindful of the blessings and the sorrows Thou hast seen fit to lay upon us.

Thou, O Lord, art without beginning and without end.  Before Thee, time and change are as naught.  A thousand years in Thy sight are as yesterday when it is past, but as for man, his years are numbered; every hour is precious for Thou hast set a limit to his days on earth.  On Rosh Hashanah we become aware of the flight of time, the vanity of our possessions, and the uncertainty of life.  We feel the need of pursuing that which is timeless and indestructible.  O may our prayers on these Holy Days arouse within us lofty resolves.  Stimulate us to find richer meaning and fuller content in all our daily tasks and aspirations.

We pray that this year be for us and for all mankind a year of life and health, a year of sustenance and cheer.  Help us to make it a year of consecration to the Torah, of devotion to Israel, of loyalty to Zion and of service to humanity; a year of faith and wisdom to meet the perplexities and perils which may beset us.

On this Rosh Hashanah and in the days to come, may we acknowledge Thee our Father and regard all men as brothers.  May it be a year of peace, concord and serenity, a year in which Thy spirit will fill the hearts of all Thy children everywhere.  Amen.

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