Be with Me

Be, Lord, within me to strengthen me,
without me to preserve,
over me to shelter,
beneath me to support,
before me to direct,
behind me to bring back,
round about me to fortify.

Source: Lancelot Andrewes

Source of this version: http://newscriptorium.com/assets/docs/collects-and-prayers/prmanual.htm

Also found here: http://mariannedorman.homestead.com/Andrewes.html

Enlighten Our Minds

1280px-meister_des_sakramentarium_gelasianum_001Enlighten our minds, O God,
by your Spirit who proceeds from you,
that as your Son has promised,
we may be led into all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Quoted here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Also found here: http://www.projectwittenberg.org/etext/hymnals/CSB1919/CSBCollectsandPrayers.pdf

This prayer quotes John 16:13.

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com

A Doxology and Blessing

Blessing and honor and thanksgiving and praise,
more than we can utter,
more than we can conceive,
be to you, O holy and glorious Trinity,
Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit,
by all angels,
all people,
all creatures,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Thomas Ken

Source of this version: http://www.oremus.org/labarum/junkyard/timesseasons/tands8.rtf

Also found here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Thomas Ken is also the author of the “Common Doxology,”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

A German Blessing

Bless us, O God the Father, who created us,
Bless us, O God the + Son, who redeemed us,
Bless us, O God the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies us.
O blessed Trinity, keep us in body, soul and spirit to everlasting life.
Amen.

Source: Weimarisches Gesangbuch, 1873

Quoted here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Also found here: The Prayer Manual,  Ed. Frederick B. Macnutt, Pub. A. R. Mowbray, 1957 #135

“Body, soul and spirit” is a reference to 1 Thessalonians 5:23

I found a German original from an earlier source:

Segne uns, Gott der Vater, der uns erschaffen hat;
Segne uns, Gott der Sohn, der uns erlöset hat;
Segne uns Gott, der heilige Geist, der uns geheiliget.
Die hochgelobte Dreieinigkeit bewahre unsern Leib und Seele zum ewigen Leben.
Amen.

Sammlung christlicher Lieder für evangelische Gemeinen zur öffentlichen und stillen Erbauung, Breslau 1835

May We Delight in Your Praise

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dIn this hour of this day,
fill us, O Lord, with your mercy,
that rejoicing throughout the whole day,
we may delight in your praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Quoted here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Also found in Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902 p. 13 #2

Also found here: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/potts/prayermiddle.x.pr99.html

Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.

Shepherd, Watch While We Sleep

wilhelm_loeheBeloved Shepherd of our souls and bodies,
you never slumber nor sleep.
Spread your holy protection over us
and cover us with your mighty wings,
that no terrors of the night may disturb us,
and let your divine majesty
watch over our minds while we sleep;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914, #54

Also found here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Evening Thanks

1280px-meister_des_sakramentarium_gelasianum_001We give you thanks, O Lord,
for you have preserved us through the day.
We give you thanks
for you will preserve us through the night.
Bring us in safety, O Lord,
to the morning hours,
That you may receive our praise at all times;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 10 #5

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com