Morning Prayers

Casting Out Fear

Miniature Codex Containing Oracles in Sahidic

By Harvard Divinity School Professor Laura S. Nasrallah |  As delivered at Morning Prayers on November 15, 2016.

The day after the election I began to think about a tiny book, nestled in a box in storage at the Harvard Art Museums, and I began to think about fear. The sixth-century codex can fit into the palm of your hand. It declares on its first page in the ancient Egyptian language Coptic that it is “The gospel of the lots of Mary.”

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Embrace the Stranger

Image: two strangers against the night sky

By Jennifer S. Lerner | As delivered at Morning Prayers on November 14, 2016.

Good morning! Thank you for inviting me to lead this prayer service. I confess that I pray every morning, no less than twice, before leaving our family home and starting my professional day as a scientist and professor. It therefore brings me special joy to be here with you — like-minded individuals who also feel drawn to start the day seeking guidance from a power greater than ourselves and reflecting about our larger purpose here at Harvard and in life, more generally.... Read more about Embrace the Stranger