Scatter Our Darkness

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionAlmighty God,
you have put the sun in the heavens
to scatter the night
and restore morning to the world.
Fill us with your mercy,
so that, with you as our Enlightener,
all the darkness of our sins may be dispersed;
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Source: Sarum Breviary, from https://www.oursanctuary.net/sarum.html, slightly modified.

In traditional English:

Almighty God,
who has planted the Day-star in the heavens,
and, scattering the night,
dost restore morning to the world,
fill us, we beseech Thee, with Thy mercy,
so that, Thou being our Enlightener,
all the darkness of our sins may be dispersed,
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sarum Litany

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionO Lord almighty, Father unbegotten, on us miserable sinners,
have mercy.

O Lord, who redeemed the work of your hands by your only Son,
have mercy on us.

O Lord, Adonai, blot out our offences, and on your people
have mercy.

O Christ, brightness of the Father’s glory, and the express image of his person,
have mercy on us.

O Christ, who saved the world at the command of the Father,
have mercy on us.

O Christ, Savior of all, eternal life of angels,
have mercy on us.

O Lord, Spirit, the Comforter, Dispenser of pardon,
have mercy on us.

O Lord, fountain of mercy and of seven-fold grace,
have mercy on us.

O Lord, most pitiful forgiver, proceeding from both,
have mercy on us.

O most bountiful Giver of gifts, Teacher, Giver of life, in your goodness,
have mercy on us.

Source: Sarum Rite, from https://www.oursanctuary.net/sarum.html, slightly modified.

Pardon and Peace

O God the Father,
fountain and source of all goodness,
in your loving-kindness you sent
your only Son into the flesh.
We thank you that for his sake
you have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament.
We pray that you will not forsake your children,
but always rule our hearts and minds
by your Holy Spirit,
that we may constantly serve you;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Modified from Sarum Missal by The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, freely modified into contemporary English

Original in Latin:

DEUS Pater, fons et origo totius bonitatis, qui ductus misericordia Unigenitum tuum pro nobis ad infima mundi descendere et carnem sumere voluisti, quam ego indignus hic in manibus meis teneo:

Hic inclinet se sacerdos ad hostiam, dicens:

Te adoro, te glorifico, te tota mentis ac cordis intentione laudo: Et precor ut nos famulos tuos non deseras, sed peccata nostra dimittas, quatenus tibi soli vivo ac vero Deo, puro corde et casto corpore servire valeamus; Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Translation of the unmodified Latin prayer in traditional English:

O God the Father, Fountain and Source of all goodness, Whose mercy willed that Thy only begotten Son should descend to this lower world for us ,and should take upon Him flesh, which I unworthy hold here in my hands, saying, I adore Thee, I glorify Thee with every power of my heart, I praise Thee, and I pray that Thou wilt not leave us, Thy servants, but forgive us our sins, so far as we deserve to serve Thee, the only living and true God, with pure heart and chaste body, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep Us Steadfast and Pure in This Faith

downloadWe believe in God the Father,
God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit.
God help us all
that we may be found
steadfast and pure
in this teaching and faith
until our life’s end.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, translated for A Collection of Prayers from  Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #631.  [Die Gebete Luthers, #676]

Original in German:

Wir glauben an Gott Vater, Gott Sohn und Gott den heiligen Geist. Gott helfe uns allen, daß wir in solcher Lehre und Glauben bis an unser Ende beständig und rein erfunden werden. Amen.

Uphold Us in This Faith

downloadAlmighty and eternal God,
you have taught us
to know and confess the true faith,
that in three persons,
in the same power and glory,
you are one eternal God.
Uphold us in this faith
against everything that may afflict us;
you live and reign
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, translated for A Collection of Prayers from  Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #630.  [Die Gebete Luthers, #305]

Allmächtiger, ewiger Gott, der du uns gelehret hast, im rechten Glauben zu wissen und zu bekennen, daß du in drei Personen, gleicher Macht und Ehren, ein einiger, ewiger Gott, und dafür anzubeten bist: wir bitten dich, du wollest uns bei solchem Glauben allezeit fest erhalten wider alles, was dagegen uns mag anfechten, der du lebest und regierest von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen.

This is Luther’s German translation of a late Gregorian Latin collect:

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui dedisti famulis tuis in confessione verae fidei aeternae trinitatis gloriam agnoscere, et in potentia majestatis adorare unitatem quaesumus, ut eiusdem fidei firmitate ab omnibus semper muniamur adversis. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Almighty and eternal God, you have given your servants who confess of the true faith the duty to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and to worship the true Unity in the power of the divine majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith, and always defend us from all adversities; for you, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Bless Us with Your Spirit of Grace

cathedra-holyspirit1O eternal God, gracious Father,
through your Son Jesus Christ
you promised us your Holy Spirit,
and a new commandment of love.
Bless us, your poor children,
with your Spirit of grace,
and comfort and uphold our hearts
that we may persevere in your Word with joy,
call on you with sincere prayer,
and always serve you with patience;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Joachim Mynsinger von Frundeck (1514-1588), translated from from  Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #625 for A Collection of Prayers.

Original in German:

O ewiger Gott, gnädiger Vater, der du uns durch deinen Sohn Jesum Christum deinen heiligen Geist und ein neu Gesetz zu geben verheißen: wir bitten deine milde Güte, du wollest uns, deine armen Kinder mit deinem Gnadengeist beseligen, und unsre Herzen trösten und erhalten, damit wir in deinem Wort in Freudigkeit beharren, und dir in Geduld mit wahrer Anrufung allezeit dienen, durch Jesum Christum, unsern Herrn. Amen.

Holy Spirit, Light of Truth, Comfort for the Soul

cathedra-holyspirit1O Holy Spirit, true God, Lord almighty, when you visibly poured yourself out on the apostles, you revealed yourself as the light of truth and comfort for the soul whom the Son of God promised.

We humbly pray that you would have mercy on us, and for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, awaken in us true knowledge of you.

Move us to sincere prayer to your divine majesty, together with the eternal Father, and the Son Jesus Christ.

Since you do not want to let us fall into temptation or error, purify our hearts
and sanctify us in the fear of God. Awaken in us your true comfort, faith, hope and love.

You also want to always uphold your holy Christendom and rule it with true teaching, good counsel, and unity, and to bless the secular governments with your good counsel and peace, that we may worship your divine majesty, together with the eternal Father and the Son Jesus Christ forever,  and thank and praise you with joyful hearts; through our mediator Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Die pommersche Kirchen-Ordnung und Agenda, p. 291#2. Translated for A Collection of Prayers.

Original in German:

O Heiliger Geist, wahrhaftiger, Allmächtiger Gott, der du dich geoffenbaret hast, da du über die Apostel sichtbarlich aus gegossen bist, du Licht der Wahrheit und Trost der Seelen, den der Sohn Gottes uns zu senden versprochen hat; wir bitten dich von Herzen, du wollest dich unsrer erbarmen und um des Heilandes Jesu Christi willen in uns rechte Erkenntniß und Anrufung der Göttlichen Majestät, des ewigen Vaters und des Sohns Jesu Christi samnit dir erwecken; du wollest uns nicht in Versuchung und auf Irrthum fallen lassen, unsere Herzen rein und heilig machen, Gottes Furcht, rechten Trost, Glauben, Hoffnung und Liebe gegen dich in uns erwecken; du wollest auch die heilige Christenheit für und für erhalten und mit rechter Lehre, gutem Rath und Einigkeit regieren, auch in weltlicher Regierung guten Rath, Friede und einen seligen Stand geben, daß wir der Göttlichen Majestät, dem ewigen Vater und dem Sohn Jesu Christo sammt dir in Ewigkeit mit fröhlichem Herzen danken und Lob sagen, durch unsern Mittler Jesum Christum, der mit dir und dem Vater lebet und regieret, von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit, Amen.