fasting prayer (prayercast, trk. 5)

Today’s prayercast is an improvised melody accompanying the short prayer for the Bahá’í Fast. This prayer is sometimes known as “the Frequented Fane”.

[audio:http://pizza.sandwich.net/mp3snd/short-fasting-prayer.mp3]
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Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by this Revelation whereby darkness hath been turned into light, through which the Frequented Fane hath been built, and the Written Tablet revealed, and the Outspread Roll uncovered, to send down upon me and upon them who are in my company that which will enable us to soar into the heavens of Thy transcendent glory, and will wash us from the stain of such doubts as have hindered the suspicious from entering into the tabernacle of Thy unity.

I am the one, O my Lord, who hath held fast the cord of Thy loving-kindness, and clung to the hem of Thy mercy and favors. Do Thou ordain for me and for my loved ones the good of this world and of the world to come. Supply them, then, with the Hidden Gift Thou didst ordain for the choicest among Thy creatures.

These are, O my Lord, the days in which Thou hast bidden Thy servants to observe the fast. Blessed is he that observeth the fast wholly for Thy sake and with absolute detachment from all things except Thee. Assist me and assist them, O my Lord, to obey Thee and to keep Thy precepts. Thou, verily, hast power to do what Thou choosest.

There is no God but Thee, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. All praise be to God, the Lord of all worlds.

Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers, pp. 245-246

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aime-moi (prayercast, trk.4)

Another track from the prayercast; like the last one, this melody is a well-known one accompanying a Hidden Word revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, sung in French this time.

[audio:http://pizza.sandwich.net/mp3snd/aime-moi.mp3]
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O fils de l’existence! Aime-moi afin que je puisse t’aimer. Si tu ne m’aimes pas, mon amour ne pourra point t’atteindre. Sache le, ô serviteur.

Bahá’u’lláh, Paroles Cachées, No. 5, Arabe

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blessed is the spot (prayercast, trk.3)

A lot more than two weeks later (x_X), here’s another track from the prayercast; this time, instead of being an improvised melody, the melody is a well-known one accompanying this sweet and beautiful prayer of blessing revealed by Bahá’u’lláh.

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Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow, where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.

Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers, p.1

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i am he, o my lord (prayercast, trk.2)

A little more than two weeks later (oops), here’s a second track for you to listen to; this is a prayer for forgiveness revealed by Bahá’u’lláh.

[audio:http://pizza.sandwich.net/mp3snd/i-am-he-o-my-lord-forgiveness.mp3]
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I am he, O my Lord, that hath set his face towards Thee, and fixed his hope on the wonders of Thy grace and the revelations of Thy bounty. I pray Thee that Thou wilt not suffer me to turn away disappointed from the door of Thy mercy, nor abandon me to such of Thy creatures as have repudiated Thy Cause.

I am, O my God, Thy servant and the son of Thy servant. I have recognized Thy truth in Thy days, and have directed my steps towards the shores of Thy oneness, confessing Thy singleness, acknowledging Thy unity, and hoping for Thy forgiveness and pardon. Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest; no God is there beside Thee, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Forgiving.

Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers, p.75

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remover of every anguish (prayercast, trk.1)

after years of being needled by everyone I know about my singing talents, I’m finally doing something about it, if only a small effort for now. the attached track is the humble first submission of a series that I’ll be posting semi-regularly on this blog in mp3 form, as a podcast. this one is an acapella vocal adaptation of a prayer revealed by the Báb.

[audio:http://pizza.sandwich.net/mp3snd/anguish.mp3]
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O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction. Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul. O Lord! Grant deliverance through Thy mercy, and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation.

The Báb, Bahá’í Prayers, p.29

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