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

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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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