Pentecost 17

O almighty God,
you are the author of everlasting happiness.
Sustain and comfort us in all the trials of this present life,
and receive us at last, in your presence,
with fullness of joy, and pleasure forevermore;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity 16, The New Mozarabic Collects, #68

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St. Michael and All Angels

The Christian Church remembers God’s servants, the angels, on September 29. The festival is called “St. Michael and All Angels” because Michael is described in Scripture as the mighty prince or general over all the angels. See Daniel 12:1 and Revelation 12:7.

O Lord, King Eternal,
send us your holy angels
to defend us in both soul and body.
Just as you have called us
to share with them the blessedness of the world to come,
may we follow their example
and do your will on earth as it is in heaven;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic, from The New Mozarabic Collects, #95

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An Anniversary of Ministry

lutherroseO God,
by your command the order of all time runs its course.
Look graciously on me your servant,
whom you have called into your ministry.
Mercifully preserve your gifts in me
so that my service may be pleasing to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian, in The New Ancient Collects, #576, Bright’s Ancient Collects, p. 194.1

 

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Pentecost 16

O Lord,
remember that we are dust,
and see the sorrow for sin in our hearts.
In the weakness of our flesh we can only fall.
By your mighty power lift us up;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity 15, The New Mozarabic Collects, #67

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St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

The Inspiration of Saint Matthew by Caravaggio.jpgOn September 21, the Christian Church remembers St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. He was also known as Levi, son of Alphaeus. He was a tax collector, someone the Jews at the time would have regarded as a thief and a traitor. Matthew’s Gospel is written for Jewish readers, quoting the Old Testament and emphasizing Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy.

O Lord Jesus Christ,
in your great goodness
you called Matthew the tax collector
to be your apostle and evangelist.
Give us the power to withstand temptation,
turn from all the temptations of the world,
and follow you without delay;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic, from The New Mozarabic Collects, #94

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Pentecost 15

O almighty God, our heavenly Father,
renew in us the gifts of your mercy,
increase our faith, strengthen our hope,
enlighten our understanding,
enlarge our charity,
and make us ever ready to serve you,
both in body and soul;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity 14, The New Mozarabic Collects, #66

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Holy Cross Day

On September 14, some Christians observe Holy Cross Day. In the Roman Church the day’s focus is on the finding of the relics of the original cross. Among Lutherans the focus is on the words of Jesus, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Here is an extended collect and a blessing with the focus on cross bearing by Veit Dietrich, a student of Martin Luther.

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly and infinite wisdom
you place your children on earth under the cross
and we endure many troubles.
Through these you guard us against sins
and lead us to believe, hope and pray.
Have mercy on us,
and hear our prayers in every affliction and need,
and send us your gracious help
so that we may know your grace and fatherly goodness,
and praise and glorify you with all your saints in eternity,
for you, with your Son and the Holy Spirit alone are the eternal God. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich, Summaria christlicher lehr, Epiphany 4, 1548. Prayers from the Evangelical Lutheran Heritage, #198.

May the almighty and gracious God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
forgive us all our sins,
help us to live in daily repentance,
and grant that whatever crosses he sends
serve to lead us to despise and avoid what is evil
and love and practice what is good,
until we depart this life and enter eternal life. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich / Franziskus Vierling, Votum (a reflective prayer or blessing) on Hebrews 12:1-17, from the Altenberger Bibel. Prayers from the Evangelical Lutheran Heritage, #199.