For Communicants

Hear us, O merciful Father,
and grant to all communicants of your Church this day,
who partake of this bread and wine,
and receive his most blessed Body and Blood
according to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution,
remember of his death and passion
in true repentance and living faith;
to him, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory,
now and forever. Amen.

Source: An Ancient Liturgy, fifth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

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For your Peace

O Lord,
let your tranquility dwell among us,
and let your peace remain in our hearts.
May our voices proclaim your truth,
and may your cross be the guardian of our souls.
O Lord,
make us bold, make us worthy
to offer to you pure and holy prayer;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Liturgy of the Nestorians, fifth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

For Refreshment

O Lord our God,
let us find hope under the shadow of your wings.
You will support us,
both when little,
and even to gray hairs.
When our strength is from you, it is strength.
When our own, it is weakness.
We return to you, O Lord,
that our weary souls may rise towards you,
leaning on the things which you have created,
and passing on to yourself,
since you have wonderfully made them;
for with you is refreshment and true strength. Amen.

Source: Augustine of Hippo, fourth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

Invocation

Lord,
God of inconceivable power,
incomprehensible glory,
immeasurable mercy,
unspeakable kindness,
look on us in your tender love
and show your rich mercy and compassion
to us and those who pray with us.
Amen.

Source: Liturgy of St. Chrysostom, fourth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

For Converts in Mission Fields

Remember, O Lord,
all in heathen lands who are being instructed for Holy Baptism.
Have mercy on them and confirm them in the faith.
Remove every remnant of idolatry and superstition from their hearts,
that being devoted to your law, your precepts,
your fear, your truths, and your commandments,
they may grow to a firm knowledge of the word
in which they have been instructed,
and may be found worthy temples of the Holy Spirit,
by the washing of regeneration,
for the forgiveness of their sins;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: St. Basil, fourth century.

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

On the Lord’s Day

O Lord Almighty,
you have created the world by Christ,
and have commanded us to remember the Sabbath,
to rest from our works,
and to meditate on your Word.
We[1] have also appointed festivals that bring joy to our souls,
to remember that Wisdom, your only Son,
who submitted to be born of a woman for us.
He appeared in life,
and showed himself in his baptism.
He appeared as both God and man.
He suffered for us according to your will,
and died,
and rose again by your power.
To remember and proclaim this,
we solemnly celebrate the feast of the resurrection on the Lord’s Day,
and rejoice in him who has conquered death,
and has brought life and immortality to light. Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

[1] Original: “Thou hast also appointed festivals”

A Prayer for Spiritual Blessings

Most high God,
our loving Father,
you are infinite in majesty.
I humbly pray for your servant __________.
Give him a pure mind, perfect love,
sincerity in conduct, purity in heart,
strength in action, courage in distress
self-control in character.
Hear his prayers and bless him.
Protect him under the shadow of your wings,
and hear my prayers for him in your mercy.
Pardon his sins, perfect his work, accept his prayers.
Protect him by your name, O God of Jacob!
Send him your saving help from your holy place,
and strengthen him out of Zion.
Receive his offerings, accept his sacrifice,
give him the grace of devotion,
fulfil his desire with good gifts,
and crown him with mercy.
As he serves you with faithful devotion,
pardon his sins,
correct him with Fatherly tenderness,
and direct him on your righteous path.
Deliver him from all troubles,
that declared righteous by you,
both here and eternally,
he may praise you forever with the angels,
saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, fourth century.

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953