(Latin: tranquility, calmness; peaceful, calm)
A 19th century motto which is located on a sundial near Venice by British essayist William Hazlitt.
2. An instrumental work similar to a sonata, designed for evening outdoor performance by a small ensemble of musicians: Count Rudolfski was famous for the serenades which he composed; especially, the songs of romance that were presented throughout the royal court.
3. Etymology: "musical performance at night in open air"; especially, one given by a lover under the window of his lady; from French sérénade, from Italian serenata, "an evening song".
Literally, "calm sky" from sereno, "the open air"; the noun use of sereno, "clear, calm"; from Latin serenus, "peaceful, calm, serene".
2. Unaffected by disturbance; calm and unruffled: Violet's calm and serene walk through the garden was relaxing and restful.
3. Bright and without clouds: While sailing to Australia, Susan really appreciated the more serene skies that were so clear and beautiful.
2. Calmly; quietly: Mark serenely enjoyed the dazzling sunset after the heavy rain during the day.
2. Characterized by the absence of emotional agitation: There was an eerie sense of sereneness filling the city square after the rioters left.
3. A reference to the windless and stormless conditions of the weather: At the cottage, Brad enjoyed the sereneness of the calm summer skies with only puffy clouds overhead.
2. A title of honor, respect, or reverence, used in speaking of or to certain members of royalty: We are here to honor her Royal Serenity.
- God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
- God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
- O God and Heavenly Father,
Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; the courage to change that which can be changed, and the wisdom to know the one from the other, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
- God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Generations of recovering alcoholics, soldiers, weary parents, exploited workers, and just about anyone feeling beaten down by life have found solace in one, or more, of the prayers shown above.