Refresh Us, Strengthen Faith, Increase Love

V. For as often as we eat this bread and drink the cup,
R. We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26, ESV)

We thank you, almighty Lord God, that you have refreshed us through the body and blood of your dear Son. We pray that through this, you would make us prosper with strong faith toward you and with fervent love among us all, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Source: Coburg Agende

Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #597.

Original in German:

So oft ihr von diesem Brot esset und von diesem Kelch trinket, sollt ihr des Herrn Tod verkündigen, bis daß er kommt.

Wir danken dir, allmächtiger Herr Gott, daß du uns durch den Leib und das Blut deines lieben Sohnes lässest erquicken, und bitten dich, daß du uns solches gedeihen lassest zu starkem Glauben gegen dich, und zu brünstiger Lieb unter uns allen, durch denselben deinen Sohn, Jesum Christum, unsern Herrn. Amen. Coburg Agende.

This prayer is very similar to Luther’s post-communion prayer in his German Mass.

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pastorstratman

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

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