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.

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pastorstratman

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

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