Responsive Prayer for Advent

M:   Hosanna to the Son of David!
C:    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

M:   Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, King of kings and Lord of lords, Son of the living God and Son of David, we thank you for bringing us once more to the holy season of Advent. We are still living in the day of grace which you gloriously prepared by becoming flesh and making your dwelling among us. As you once came to your ancient people, so you come to us in Word and Sacrament.

C:    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

M:   O Lord, come to your church which you have purchased with your own blood. Come with your gracious presence that we may rejoice in you. Come and rule over us that we may serve and follow you. Come with your love, humility, and perfect obedience, and let your lowliness be our glory. Forgive us our sins and do not turn away from us in anger, for you are gentle and humble in heart. Clothe us with the garments of your righteousness, for you are ‘the LORD our Righteousness.’ Bless us with your goodness. For us you became poor so that we, through your poverty might become rich.

C:    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

M:   Preserve your church among us. Dwell and rule in the hearts of our baptized children. Preserve your people in a state of grace. Strengthen the pastors and teachers of your holy church that they may proclaim your word with boldness and power to the salvation of many souls, and keep them in purity of doctrine and holiness of life that they may prepare the way for you. Bless our national and local governments that your church may thrive and your kingdom continue to come to us. Make us willing to give all we have for your sake, since you gave all to make us your own. Bless us with your grace and mercy that we may grow beneath your cross, set our hearts on things above, and be watchful and ready to receive you with gladness and serve you with a pure heart until we enter the heavenly Jerusalem and lift our voices to you in unending songs of praise.

C:    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

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Modified from The Lutheran Liturgy, Copyright unknown (Amazon says 1940), p. 327 (Advent 1)

Closing Prayer for Holy (Maundy) Thursday

This prayer may be used in place of the prayers “We give thanks, almighty God,…” “O God the Father, source of all goodness…” in the Common Service or “Hear the prayers of your people…” in the Service of Word and Sacrament in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.

CLOSING PRAYER

M: Lord Jesus Christ, on the night before you suffered, you showed your disciples the extent of your love, you gave them this sacrament of forgiveness and remembrance, and you promised them that you would drink it again with them in your Father’s kingdom. As we have partaken of this sacrament, show us your love in your words of invitation, restore our joy in the forgiveness you have won by your death and resurrection, and give us hope in the promise you have given of a feast to come. In this sacrament, live and rule in us, even as you live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C:  Amen.

Formatted as poetry:

Lord Jesus Christ,
on the night before you suffered,
you showed your disciples the extent of your love,
you gave them this sacrament of forgiveness and remembrance,
and you promised them that you would drink it again with them
in your Father’s kingdom.
As we have partaken of this sacrament,
show us your love in your words of invitation,
restore our joy in the forgiveness you have won by your death
and resurrection,
and give us hope in the promise you have given of a feast to
come.
In this sacrament,
live and rule in us,
even as you live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

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A Closing Prayer for Easter Dawn

This prayer is written to go with the lessons for The Resurrection of our Lord–Easter Dawn, Isaiah 12:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, John 20:1-18.

M: The Lord is risen!
C:  He is risen indeed!

M: Let us pray.
O risen Christ, our stronghold, our sure defense and our Savior, refresh our hearts with the living water of your gospel and cheer our hearts with the shout of your victory. Dry our tears as we deal with the hardships and tragedies of this world, and lift up our heads that we see you as our risen Teacher, Savior and Friend. You live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C:  Amen.

Formatted as poetry:

O risen Christ,
our stronghold, our sure defense and our Savior,
refresh our hearts with the living water of your gospel
and cheer our hearts with the shout of your victory.
Dry our tears as we deal with the hardships
and tragedies of this world,
and lift up our heads that we see you
as our risen Teacher, Savior and Friend.
You live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

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Without Stumbling or Stain

antifonariodelec3b3n1Grant us, O Lord, to live this day in gladness and peace,
without stumbling and without stain,
that reaching the evening victorious over all tempation,
we may praise you,
the eternal God,
for you govern all things,
and are praised
now and forever.

Original Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Source of This Version: Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal © 1993, Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee WI

Also found at: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/S&S_Prayers.htm

Variant:

Let our prayer, O Lord, come before Thee in the morning. Thou didst take upon Thee our feeble and suffering nature; grant us to pass this day in gladness and peace, without stumbling and without stain; that reaching the even-tide without any temptation, we may praise Thee the Eternal King: through Thy mercy, O our God, who art blessed and dost live, and govern all things, world without end. Amen.—Mozarabic Liturgy

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/potts/prayermiddle.vi.pr30.html

Also found in Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 8 #1

And in  Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 354 #2

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

We Commend Ourselves This Day

1280px-meister_des_sakramentarium_gelasianum_001Into your hands, O Lord, we commend ourselves this day.
Let your presence be with us to its close.
Strengthen us to remember
that in whatever good work we do we are serving you.
Give us a diligent and watchful spirit,
that we may seek to know your will in all things,
and in knowing it, gladly to perform it,
to the honor and glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of This Version: The Catholic Prayer Book © 1984, Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Also found at: http://www.woodfordvalleyparish.org.uk/prayers.html

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com

A Prayer of St. Augustine

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Eternal God, you are the light of the minds that know you,
the joy of the hearts that love you,
and the strength of the wills that serve you.
Grant us so to know you,
that we may truly love you, and so to love you
that we may fully serve you,
and to serve you is perfect freedom,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Source: Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, also found in the Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: The Catholic Prayer Book © 1984, Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Also found at: http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english3/p02711.htm

and http://ctkprayers.blogspot.com/2009/02/eternal-god-light-of-minds-that-know.html 

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Original Source: First prayer and response, Byzantine Liturgy, Pentecost Vespers, Troparion.

Source of This Version: http://catholicism.about.com/od/prayers/qt/Come_HS_Prayer.htm

Original Latin:

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum.