have mercy, Lord, on me

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Prayer for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

O God the Father Almighty,
listen to our prayers,
and give us the fullness of love and peace.
May we always put our faith in your mercy,
and always live in hope and love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 19 #3 (Epiphany 3)

“give us the fullness of love and peace” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 13:11Ephesians 6:232 Timothy 2:22Jude 1:2

“May we always put our faith in your mercy, and always live in hope and love” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 13:13

Deliver Us from Afflictions

veit-dietrichLord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly and infinite wisdom
you place your children on earth under the cross,
and we endure many troubles.
Through these you guard us against sins
and lead us to believe, hope and pray.
Have mercy on us,
and hear our prayers in every affliction and need,
and send us your gracious help
so that we may know your grace and fatherly goodness,
praise and glorify you with all your saints in eternity,
for you, with your Son and the Holy Spirit
alone are the eternal God.
Amen

Source: Veit Dietrich

Source of this version: Freely modified from The Lutheran Hymnary, 1913,http://olcc.us/liturgical-resources/collects-veit-dietrich/ (Epiphany 4)

St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor

St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor
January 26

Titus was an early Christian missionary and Church leader, a companion and disciple of Paul the Apostle, mentioned in several of the Pauline epistles including the Epistle to Titus. He is believed to be a Gentile converted to Christianity by Paul and, according to tradition, he was consecrated as Bishop of the Island of Crete. He is commemorated on January 26.

Almighty and eternal God,
we thank you for the knowledge of your dear Son.
Since Satan fights against us at all times
and seeks to keep such knowledge away from us,
govern and guide us by your Holy Spirit
so that we remain in this knowledge and be forever blessed,
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich (Prayer for St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles, June 29)

The Conversion of St. Paul

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you graciously called St. Paul
from being a sinful persecutor
to be a follower and a faithful witness.
Give us your grace
so that we may take to heart your Word and warning
and have humble sorrow over our sins
and receive forgiveness,
and find comfort in your grace and mercy
through Christ alone,
and be blessed forever.
Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich

Source of this version: Freely modified from Summaria Christlicher Lehr, Veit Dietrich, 1548.

The Conversion of St. Paul

O Christ, the Son of God,
you graciously chose Saint Paul to be your apostle,
and enabled him to sow the good seed
of your Word throughout the world.
From his preaching there has sprung up
an abundant harvest for you.
Grant that his teachings may sink deep into our hearts
and bring forth fruit to your glory;
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
you live and reign,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881

Prayer for the Third Sunday after Epiphany

O almighty God,
you raised up your blessed Son in righteousness,
and revealed him in the flesh;
Grant that we may always follow him both in word and deed,
so that, listening to him with our hearts,
we may be partakers of his glory;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 19 #2 (Epiphany 2)

“raised up your blessed Son in righteousness” is a reference to Psalm 72:1Psalm 72:1

revealed him in the flesh” is a reference to John 1:14John 1:31Ephesians 3:5Colossians 1:26

“we may be partakers of his glory” is a reference to 1 Peter 4:131 Peter 5:1