The Trisagion

Holy God,
Holy Mighty,
Holy Immortal,
have mercy on us.

Source: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/liturgy/liturgy.html

The word Trisagion is Greek for “three-holy.” The prayer expands the “Holy, holy, holy” of Isaiah 6:13 and Revelation 4:8.

In original Greek:

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Agios o Theos, Agios ischyros, Agios athanatos, eleison imas.

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God, Be My Guide

Be a bright flame before me,
Be a guiding star above me,
Be a smooth path below me,
Be a kindly shepherd behind me,
Today, tonight, and forever.

Source: Columba

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.faithandworship.com/Christian_Quotes.htm#ixzz4DZpQ04t9
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Living by the Grace of Christ

O Lord,
grant that we may live our life here
without trouble and in security,
and enjoy eternal life
by the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory and might
together with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: St. John Chrysostom

Source of this version: Modified from The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom.

 

 

No Vain Strife, but Profession of Truth!

Father, keep us from vain strife of words.
Grant to us constant profession of your truth!
Preserve us in a true and undefiled faith
so that we may hold fast
to what we professed when we were baptized
in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
that we may have you for our Father,
that we may abide in your Son
and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Hilary of Poitiers

Source of this version: St. Andrew’s Cross, October 1921

Take, Enlighten, Teach

Take from us
all impurity of thought and desire,
all envy, pride and hypocrisy,
all falsehood and deceit,
all covetousness, arrogance and laziness,
all malice and anger,
everything that is against your will,
O most holy Lord.

Enlighten our understanding
that we may know
the greatness of your love in Christ,
the mysteries of your kingdom,
and the riches of your eternal glory.

Teach us what you would have us do,
and uphold us with your mighty power,
that in everything we do
we begin, proceed, and end
with your blessing.
Amen.

Source of this version: A Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland, 1896, p. 263 #3

“that in everything we do…” in the Book of Common Order is “that every work of ours may begin always from Thee, and in Thee be happily ended.”

With You There Is No Darkness

O God,
with you there is no darkness,
but the night shines like the day.
Keep and defend us and all your saints
in soul and body
during the coming night.
May we rest knowing your favor,
in the peace of a clear conscience,
in the hope of your blessing,
in faith in your providence,
in the love of your Spirit.

May we rise again
diligently carrying out our callings,
to do God’s work while it is day,
for the night comes when no one can work.
Whether we wake or sleep,
we live together with Christ.
Amen.

Source of this version: A Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland, 1896, p. 193 #4

“No darkness” may be a reference to 1 John 1:5

Variant:

O God, with whom there is no darkness, but the night shines as the day: keep and defend us and all your children, we beseech you, throughout the coming night. Renew our hearts with your forgiveness and our bodies with untroubled sleep, that we may wake to use more faithfully your gift of life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Source of this version: http://ourladyofloreto.org/bulletins_2014/Mar_16.pdf

 

“Work while it is day…” is  a reference to John 9:4

For those in Affliction

Almighty and eternal God,
you are the comfort of the sorrowful
and the strength of the weak.
Graciously hear the prayers of those
who call out to you in any trouble or distress,
that in all their needs
they may receive your abundant help
and know your immeasurable comfort;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Modified from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, Philadelphia, 1919, p. 223 #62