Enlighten and Teach Us by Your Spirit

cathedra-holyspirit1Lord God,
dearest Father,
on this day
you enlightened and taught
the hearts of your believers
through the Holy Spirit.
Through this same Spirit,
give us a right understanding,
that we may always rejoice
in his comfort and power;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
true God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Die pommersche Kirchen-Ordnung und Agenda, p. 290-291. Martin Luther [Die Gebete Luthers, #16] Translated for A Collection of Prayers. 

This prayer is intended to be the Collect of the Day for Pentecost. It can be used at other times by omitting “on this day” or altering it to “on the day of Pentecost, you enlightened…”

Original in German.

Herr Gott, lieber Vater, der du an diesem Tage deiner Gläubigen Herzen durch den heiligen Geist erleuchtet und gelehrt hast; gib uns, daß wir auch durch denselbigen Geist rechten Verstand haben und zu aller Zeit seines Trosts und seiner Kraft uns freuen durch unsern Herrn Jesum Christum, der mit dir in Einigkeit des heiligen Geistes lebet und regirret, wahrer Gott immer und in Ewigkeit, Amen.

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pastorstratman

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

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