For Peace

O God,
the comfort of all who are sorrowful,
and the salvation of those who put their trust in you,
in this dying life,
give us that peace for which we humbly pray,
and finally receive us into eternal joy in your presence;
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

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For Increased Love Toward God

O Lord,
make your people always grow in love toward you,
their Father in heaven,
and train them to do holy works.
Pour your gifts on them,
that they may walk before you and be pleasing in your sight;
for the sake of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For a Knowledge of God’s Will

Most gracious God,
to know and love your will is righteousness,
enlighten our souls with the brightness of your presence,
that we may both know your will and be enabled to perform it;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Divine Control

O Lord God,
King of heaven and earth,
order and hallow,
rule and govern,
our hearts and our bodies,
our thoughts,
our works,
and our words,
according to your commandments,
that with your help,
we may be delivered and saved,
now and forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Absent Friends

O blessed Lord,
you have commanded us to love one another.
Just as we have received your undeserved blessings,
may we love everyone in you and for you.

We ask your kindness for all,
but especially for the friends
whom your love has given to us.
Love them, O fountain of love,
and move them to love you
with all their heart,
that they may will, and speak, and do only those things
which are pleasing to you.

Our prayer is cold,
because our love is so feeble,
but you are rich in mercy.
Do not measure your goodness to them by the dullness of our devotion,
but as your kindness surpasses all human affection,
so let your hearing transcend our prayer.
Do what is best for them, according to your will,
that being ruled and protected by you always and everywhere,
they may receive eternal life in the end;
to you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and praise for ever and ever. Amen.

Source: St. Anselm, eleventh century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Grace and Deliverance

O Lord,
feed your people with your grace,
and deliver our souls from the death of sin.
Fill us with your mercy,
that we may be united with the joys of the righteous;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Sarum Rite, eleventh century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.