Never Let Us Wander into Darkness

File:Solar eclipse 1999 4.jpgJesus our Master,
walk with us on the road
as we yearn to reach the heavenly country,
so that following your light,
we may stay on the way of righteousness
and never wander in the horrible darkness of this world’s night
while you, the way, the truth, and the life,
are shining within us.

Source: Mozarabic Rite, from The New Ancient Collects, #289

Reflection on Psalm 46

This prayer reflects on the violence and tension in Virginia in August 2017, and of the promise, assurance and guidance in Psalm 46.

O God,
you are our refuge and strength.
You promise your help in trouble,
and you give it.

The earth still stands,
the mountains aren’t shaken,
but our hearts are troubled.
People roar and shout loudly
like the raging sea.

Be our river of calm.
Remind us
that without you
we are worthless.
Our value
comes from being purchased
with the blood of your Son.
Your church sings,
“Come, Lord, and help your people
bought with the price of your own blood.”

Lord of hosts,
be our refuge,
our fortress,
our unchanging rock.

You are not to blame
for violence,
or war.
Those the human race
has inflicted on itself.
The desolation
comes from our anger,
and hate.
This sin
infects us all.
Have mercy.

You call us to peace,
and you call us
to draw near to you
with sincere hearts
and repent.

Be exalted,
and bring your stillness,
your peace,
to our hearts.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, based on Psalm 46, Hebrews 10:22, with a line from the Te Deum laudamus.

Mary, Mother of Our Lord.

On August 15, the Christian Church remembers Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. The prayer from the Pomeranian Agenda emphasizes her humility. Her answer to the annunciation was, “May it be to me as you have said.” In her Magnificat, she sang, “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior… …The Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant.”

bartolomc3a9_esteban_murillo_the_annunciationLord God, heavenly Father,
we thank you for all your benefits,
physical and spiritual,
that you so richly have poured out on us.
By the example of the dear virgin Mary,
protect us against arrogance and false security,
that no wisdom, strength or power
can help those who do not fear you.
Give us, rather, true humility and holy fear,
so that we may hold on to your Word,
always remain in your mercy and blessing
and finally be saved;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Die pommersche Kirchen-Ordnung und Agenda, p. 293#2 (The Visitation), Translated for A Collection of Prayers.

Now Available through Amazon: The New Mozarabic Collects

The prayers presented in The New Mozarabic Collects are all taken from the 1881 book Mozarabic Collects, translated and edited by Charles Hale. The ‘Elizabethan’ or traditional liturgical English used at the time can be a great barrier for the modern reader, both in understanding the meaning of the prayers, and in seeing the beauty of the content. The goal in updating the language is both academic—to show the true content of the prayers for the value of understanding the history of the Mozarabic church—and practical, to make these prayers usable in today’s worship settings. All the prayers from Hale’s work are included along with some short orders of worship for morning and evening prayer.

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