Prayer for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

O God,
author of peace,
may we be so held in the bonds of love,
that those who are peaceful may remain in peace,
and that those who differ may be reconciled by your mercy;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #3 (Epphany 6)

“may we be so held in the bonds of love” may be a reference to  2 Corinthians 5:14

To God, the Lord, Belongs Deliverance from Death

God, my heavenly Father,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and God of all comfort,
I thank you that you have revealed to me your Son Jesus Christ,
in whom I have believed,
whom I have preached,
whom I have confessed,
whom I love and worship
as my dear Savior and Redeemer,
whom the the multitude of the ungodly
persecute, revile, and blaspheme.
My Lord Jesus Christ, receive my soul.
O heavenly Father, though I be snatched out of this life,
though I must now lay down this body,
yet know I with certainty that I will live with you forever,
and that no one can pluck me out of your hands.
Father, into your hands I commend my spirit,
you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’
‘Our God is a God of salvation,
and to God, the Lord, belongs deliverance from death.’
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther

Source of this version: Freely modified from The Last Days of Eminent Christians, T. Nelson and Sons, 1854, p. 55

A Litany on the Passion (1)

M: Show us your mercy, O Lord. Grant pardon, grant forgiveness:

C: Be gracious and have mercy on us.

M: You came to save the world, you were brought to judgment, when you come as Judge, do not deliver us up with the ungodly:

C: Be gracious and have mercy on us.

M: You hung on the Cross, and bore on your shoulders the death we deserved for our guilt:

C: Be gracious and have mercy on us.

M: You suffered for the ungodly, and cannot die again. Mortify our vices in us, and heal us by the wound of the Cross:

C: Be gracious and have mercy on us.

 M: That in the judgment your face may not be turned on us for punishment, but may shine on us with pardon:

C: Be gracious and have mercy on us. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary

Source of this version: Prayers of the Middle Ages: Light from a Thousand Years,  J. Manning Potts, Ed. Nashville, Tennessee: The Upper Room, © 1954 (Public domain in the U.S.)

The General Suffrages

LORD, HAVE MERCY

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

PRECES (Responsive Verses)

I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you!” (Psalm 41:4)

Return, O Lord! How long?
Have pity on your servants! (Psalm 90:13)

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:22)

Let your servants be clothed with righteousness,
and let your saints shout for joy. (Psalm 132:9)

O Lord, save our rulers!
May they answer us when we call. (Psalm 20:9)

Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever. (Psalm 28:9)

Remember your congregation,
which you have purchased of old. (Psalm 74:2)

Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers! (Psalm 122:7)

Let us pray for our absent brothers and sisters:
Save your servants, who trust in you—you are their God. (Psalm 86:2)

Let us pray for the brokenhearted and the captives:
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles. (Psalm 25:22)

Send them help from the sanctuary
and give them support from Zion! (Psalm 20:2)

Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved! (Psalm 80:7)

Rise up, O Christ, come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love! (Psalm 44:26)

Hear my prayer, O Lord,
let my cry come to you! (Psalm 102:1)

PSALM

Here Psalm 130, De Profundis (Morning Prayer) or Psalm 51, Miserere Mei (Evening Prayer) may be read responsively.

PRAYERS

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Prayers may be prayed here, concluding with the Prayer for Peace.

PRAYER FOR PEACE

Lord God, all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works come from you. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments. Defend us also from the fear of our enemies, that we may live in peace and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

BLESSING

The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Amen.

See also…
Morning Suffrages
Evening Suffrages

This version of the suffrages combines elements from Common Service Book (1919) and The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)

Scriptures are from the English Standard Version

Prayers are from Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A.

Prayer for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Only Son of God the Father,
you took on yourself our nature to save the world,
and by humbling yourself
you opened the way to Paradise again to fallen humanity;
Wash away our iniquities, cleanse us from our sins,
that we may be imitate you as dearly loved children;
through your mercy,
O our God, you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #2 (Epiphany 5)

“Only Son of God the Father” is a reference to  John 1:14John 3:16John 3:18

“you took on yourself our nature…humbling yourself” is a reference to  Philippians 2:8

“Wash away our iniquities” is a reference to  Psalm 51:2

“that we may be imitate you as dearly loved children” is a reference to  Ephesians 5:1

Let the Light of Your Gospel Shine on Us

veit-dietrichO merciful and eternal God, heavenly Father, we thank you for revealing to us the glory of your Son and letting the light of your gospel shine on us. Guide us by this light that we may walk diligently as Christians in all good works, always be strengthened by your grace and conduct our lives in all godliness; through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich

Source of this version: Freely modified from The Lutheran Hymnary, 1913,http://olcc.us/liturgical-resources/collects-veit-dietrich/ (Epiphany 6)

Prayer for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

O Lord our Strength,
increase in us a true love of your holy name,
that we trust in your grace,
fear no earthly evil,
set our hearts on no earthly good,
and finally rejoice in your full salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #1 (Epiphany 4)

“O Lord our Strength” is a reference to  Psalm 28:7, possibly also to Psalm 46:1

“set our hearts on no earthly good” is a reference to  Colossians 3:2

“rejoice in your full salvation” is a reference to  Psalm 13:5Psalm 35:9Psalm 51:12Psalm 95:1,