A Sarum Blessing (6)

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dAlmighty and merciful God,
Father, + Son and Holy Spirit,
bless, help, and bring us at last
to life eternal.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Breviary

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

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

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

A Sarum Blessing (5)

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dMay the eternal God
bless and keep us,
guard our bodies,
save our souls
and bring us safe to the heavenly country,
our eternal home,
where Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit reign,
one God for ever and ever.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Source of this version: Ministry at the Time of Death, Church of England, https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/pastoral/funeral/attimeofdeath.aspx

Variant:

May the eternal God
bless and keep us,
guard our bodies,
save our souls,
direct our thoughts
and bring us home,
where Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit ever reign,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Source of this version: A Lutheran Prayer Book, ed. Doberstein, © 1960 Muhlenberg Press, Philadelphia PA

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

A Sarum Blessing (4)

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionThe Father eternal bless you with his continual blessing.
God, the + Son of God, bless and help you.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit illumine your hearts and your bodies.
Amen.

Source: Modified from The Psalter or Seven Ordinary Hours of Prayer according to the Use of the Illustrious and Excellent Church of SarumWestminster 1852, p. 12

The blessing can be read as “bless you” or “bless us” as needed.

Graphic: Model of Old Sarum (Salisbury) Cathedral, Wikipedia.com

A Sarum Blessing (3)

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionMay God the Father, who created all things out of nothing, bless you.
May the + Son of God keep you, who with his own blood restored lost humanity.
May the Holy Spirit illuminate you: may the outpouring of his loving consolation ever comfort you.
May the Most Holy Trinity deliver you from all evil,
preserve and confirm you in every good work,
and lead you to eternal life.
Amen.

Source: Modified from The Psalter or Seven Ordinary Hours of Prayer according to the Use of the Illustrious and Excellent Church of SarumWestminster 1852, p. 11

The blessing can be read as “bless you” or “bless us” as needed.

Graphic: Model of Old Sarum (Salisbury) Cathedral, Wikipedia.com

A Sarum Blessing (2)

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionMay the almighty Lord with his grace, evermore bless you.
May + Christ give you the joys of life everlasting.
Inwardly and outwardly may the good Spirit ever cleanse you.
Amen.

Source: Modified from The Psalter or Seven Ordinary Hours of Prayer according to the Use of the Illustrious and Excellent Church of SarumWestminster 1852, p. 12

The blessing can be read as “bless you” or “bless us” as needed.

Graphic: Model of Old Sarum (Salisbury) Cathedral, Wikipedia.com

A Sarum Blessing (1)

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionMay God have mercy on us and give us peace.
May the power of + Christ dwell in our hearts.
May the good Spirit sent from heaven teach us.
Amen.

Source: Modified from The Psalter or Seven Ordinary Hours of Prayer according to the Use of the Illustrious and Excellent Church of SarumWestminster 1852, p. 12

The blessing can be read as “us”  oryou” as needed.

Graphic: Model of Old Sarum (Salisbury) Cathedral, Wikipedia.com

The Seven Words from the Cross

'Christ_Nailed_to_the_Cross'_by_Giovanni_Battista_Cremonini,_LACMA[1].JPG1. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”Luke 23:34

O God in heaven,
give us patience
that we do not strike back
with revenge for any false accusations
or ridicule we endure from your enemies.
Guide us to remain faithful to your Word,
to follow your divine will,
and to forgive all who have done us harm;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

 

 

matthiasgrunewald_thecrucifixion22. “Woman,behold, your son!” John 19:26

O God,
your Son displayed compassion
for his grieving mother
when he placed her into the care
of his beloved disciple, John.
Take us into your care with compassion.
Guard and shield us
from all the assaults of the evil foe
and from all enemies and persecutors
who seek to take Christian lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

 

titian_-_christ_and_the_good_thief_-_wga228323. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

O God in heaven,
from this vale of tears
we poor sinners cry to you,
“Lord, remember us in your kingdom.”
When our last hour comes,
comfort our hearts with your live-giving promise,
“Today will you be with me in paradise;”
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

7020227245_1cfa1714bd_b4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

O God, heavenly Father,
you have drawn us all to yourself
through the anguished suffering of Jesus Christ,
who cried out, “My God, why have you forsaken me?”. For the sake of your Son,
do not forsake us
when we bear our heaviest crosses and afflictions,
but reach out to us
and uphold us with your fatherly grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

f_holland_day-_i_thirst_28the_seven_words29_cropped5. “I thirst.” John 19:28

O God,
in the parched suffering of your Son Jesus,
he cried out, “I am thirsty.”
Move us, your people,
to hunger and thirst for your righteousness.
Kindle our hearts with your divine love,
that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor rulers
will be able to separate us from your love.
Make us hunger and thirst to serve each other willingly;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

brooklyn_museum_-_it_is_finished_consummatum_est_-_james_tissot6. “It is finished,” John 19:30

O God in heaven,
according to your will in Jesus Christ,
all is finished for our salvation.
May our lives be filled
with deeds of gratitude according to your holy will,
and not following our own understanding;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

 

 

 

A 41587. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Luke 23:46

O God in heaven,
help us faithfully follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
When you call us poor sinners from this world,
lead us to submit our souls to you,
and to pray with confidence in our hearts,
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
even when our voices cannot speak.
Then receive us at last
into your gracious hands;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Joachim Mynsinger of Frundeck (1514-1588) from Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, wie auch Gebete von Melanchthon, Bugenhagen, Matthesius, Habermann, Arnd und andren Gott- erleuchteten Männern, Evangelischen Bücher-Verein, 1866, p. 371-372, #603

Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. Revised by Johnold Strey.

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