The Confession of St. Peter

O Christ,
you are the Son of the Living God,
whom Saint Peter,
established on the true Rock,
truly confessed.
May we also confess you and obtain your blessing;
through your mercy, O Christ our God,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
you live and reign,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic

Source of this Version: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects (1881) by Rev. Charles R. Hale.

Prayer for the Second Sunday after Epiphany

O Lord God,
you always hear those who cry to you,
and you show your tender mercy to those who are distressed.
Help us to despise the emptiness of this world,
renounce its deceits,
and find in Christ our eternal and exceedingly great reward;
Grant this, for the sake of your blessed Son, our Savior.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 19 #1 (Epiphany 1)

“you always hear those who cry to you” is a reference to Psalm 27:7Psalm 34:17Psalm 39:12Psalm 145:19

“you show your tender mercy to those who are distressed” is a reference to 2 Samuel 24:141 Chronicles 21:13Nahum 1:7

“Help us to despise the emptiness of this world” is a reference to Colossians 2:8

“renounce its deceits” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 4:2, see also Psalm 43:1Romans 1:29Ephesians 4:14Colossians 2:81 Peter 2:1

“find in Christ our eternal and exceedingly great reward” is a reference to Genesis 15:1Colossians 3:24

Bless Marriages and Families

veit-dietrichLord God, heavenly Father, we thank you for instituting holy matrimony to keep us from unchastity and other offenses. Send your blessing on every husband and wife, that they may not provoke each other to anger and strife, but live peaceably together in love and godliness, receive your gracious help in all temptations and raise their children according to your will. Move us all to walk before you in purity and holiness, to put all our trust in you, and lead holy lives on earth and in the world to come enjoy eternal life; 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 2)

Lead Us to Eternal Life and Salvation

veit-dietrichLord God, heavenly Father, you showed yourself, with the Holy Spirit, in the fullness of grace at the baptism of your dear Son and with your voice you directed us to him who would bear our sins, that we might receive grace and the forgiveness of sins. Keep us in the true faith and just as we have been baptized according to your command and the example of your dear Son, strengthen our faith by your Holy Spirit and lead us to eternal life and salvation, 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/ (Quinquagesima)

A Prayer for the Baptism of Our Lord

O Lord Jesus Christ,
in order to fulfill all righteousness,
you were baptized by John in the Jordan.
Clothe us with this same righteousness,
that as your baptized people,
we, too, may be called beloved children of your Father,
and because of you, know he is well pleased with us;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, written to imitate the style of a Mozarabic Collect.

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“in order to fulfill all righteousness” is a reference to Matthew 3:15

“Clothe us with this same righteousness” is a reference to Romans 13:14Galatians 3:27

“we, too, may be called beloved children of your Father” is a reference to John 1:121 John 3:1

“and because of you, know he is well pleased with us” is a reference to Romans 3:21-22

You Have Established the Christian Home

veit-dietrichLord God, heavenly Father, in your mercy you have established the Christian home among us. Rule and direct our hearts, that we may be good examples to children and not offend them by Word or deed, but faithfully teach them to love your Church and hear your blessed Word. Give them your Spirit and grace, that this seed may bring forth good fruit, so that our home life may lead others to your glory, honor, and praise, to our own improvement and welfare and give offense to no one; 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 1)