Forgive Us Our Sins

O merciful God,
you justified the tax collector
who stood at a distance
and beating his breast,
confessed his sins to you.
As we acknowledge our unworthiness,
and ask for your mercy,
forgive all our sins;
through your mercy,
and for the sake of Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Savior.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 33 #3

For the Crown of Victory

Almighty God,
a thousand years in your sight pass as a watch in the night.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
forgetting what lies behind
and straining forward to what lies ahead,
that so finally by your mercy
we may obtain the crown of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references Psalm 90:4Hebrews 12:1 and Philippians 3:13.

A Sarum Blessing

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionThe Father eternal bless you with his continual blessing.
God, the + Son of God, bless and help you.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit illumine your hearts and your bodies.
Amen.

Source: Modified from The Psalter or Seven Ordinary Hours of Prayer according to the Use of the Illustrious and Excellent Church of SarumWestminster 1852, p. 12

The blessing can be read as “bless you” or “bless us” as needed.

Graphic: Model of Old Sarum (Salisbury) Cathedral, Wikipedia.com

Guide Us through the Changing Seasons

O God,
guide us through the changing seasons,
and preserve us through the successions of day and night.
By your mercy we have passed this day in safety,
so we may pass this night in purity of mind and body,
pleasing to you;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Gothic.

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 24 #2

Praise to the Trinity

Blessed and glorious Trinity,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thanks to you,
true and one Trinity,
one and perfect Godhead.
You, God the Father unbegotten,
you, the only Son;
you, the Holy Spirit the Counselor,
holy and undivided Trinity,
we confess and praise with heart and mouth.
To you be glory forever.
Alleluia.

Source: Sarum Rite

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 95 #1

“Counselor” in Leffingwell is “Paraclete.” It may be rendered as “Comforter,” “Helper,” “Advocate,” or whatever the translation of your choice uses for the Greek word parakletos.  (See John 14:16.)

For the Ministry of the Word

Most merciful Father,
send your heavenly blessing
on the ministers of your Word and Sacraments,
that they may be clothed with righteousness,
and that your Word that they speak
may never be spoken in vain.
Grant also to your people grace to hear and receive
what is taught from your most holy Word
as the means of their salvation,
that in all our words and deeds
we may together seek your glory
and the increase of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Unknown

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 105 #2