Strengthen Us to Praise and Serve

wilhelm_loeheLord God, our heavenly Father,
we give praise and thanks
for your gracious gifts
which you provide so faithfully.
Help us enjoy these blessings
with gratitude and reverence,
that we may be strengthened
to praise you and serve our neighbors;
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 (#19)

Note: Seed Grains of Prayer… has the note after this prayer, “(1564.)”

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Daily Gloria

wilhelm_loeheGlory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
Almighty and gracious God,
merciful Father,
let the light of your face shine on us,
your humble servants.
Increase in us true knowledge of your grace and mercy
which you have freely given us in Jesus Christ, your dear Son.
Move us to praise and confess you
as our Lord and our God
for the salvation of people everywhere,
together with your Son and the Holy Spirit,
and glorify and praise you
with all our hearts,
with all the company of heaven,
in word and deed;
through your dear Son,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#14)

Note: Seed Grains of Prayer… has the note after Daily Gloria, “(Strassburg, 1566)”

“From the rising…” is a reference to Psalm 113:3

“Let the light of your face…” is a reference to Psalm 4:6, and also to Numbers 6:25

“Increase in us true knowlege” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 1:5

“which you have freely given…” may be a reference to 1 Corinthians 2:12

 

Daily Kyrie

wilhelm_loeheLord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy,
and save your people
whom you bought with your own blood.
Do not turn away from us because of our sins.
Remember us according to your steadfast love,
and your gracious work for your people.
Deliver us that may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
and share in the joy of your nation
and join your inheritance in giving praise.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#13)

Note: Seed Grains of Prayer… has the note after ‘Daily Gloria’ which follows ‘Daily Kyrie,’ “(Strassburg, 1566)”

“Remember us according to your steadfast love” is a reference to Psalm 25:7

“Deliver us that may enjoy..” is a reference to Psalm 106:5

 

Show Us the Brightness of Your Light

antifonariodelec3b3n1O Lord, you are truly the Star that rises out of Jacob,
and the scepter that rises out of Israel.
In a new star you showed yourself as God,
and lying in the manger you showed yourself as God and Man,
so we confess you to be the one Christ.
In your great mercy grant us the grace of seeing you,
and show us the brightness of your light,
that all the darkness of our sins may be driven away.
Even as we long to see you,
refresh us with the joy of seeing you in your holy Word.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=963&repos=3&subrepos=3&searchid=1636889

Also found here: http://resource4christians.blogspot.com/2013/01/epiphany-prayer.html

“the Star that rises out of Jacob, and the scepter that rises from Israel” is a reference to Numbers 24:17

“Even as we long to see you” the original source has “that so we who now languish with the desire of seeing thee, may be refreshed with the enjoyment of that blissful vision.” Alteration was made with the Epiphany hymn in mind, “Grant us grace to see you, Lord, mirrored in your holy Word.”

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

Walk with Us

antifonariodelec3b3n1Jesus, our Master,
meet us while we walk in the way,
yearning to reach the heavenly country;
so that, following your light
we may keep the way of righteousness,
and never wander away into the darkness of this world’s night,
while you, who are the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
are shining within us;
for your own name’s sake.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Modified freely from http://1stholistic.com/Spl_prayers/prayer_mozarabic-prayer.htm

Also found here: https://yorkminster.org/worship-and-choir/worship/sermons/sermon-lent-3-evensong.html

The prayer seems to be recalling the Easter evening gospel from Luke 24:13-35.

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

An Epiphany Prayer

antifonariodelec3b3n1The heavens are shining with the clear beauty of the stars, O Lord,
and the earth is made beautiful by your light,
because you came to this world from your holy dwelling place.
Remove all sadness from our hearts,
because you have come to make all things new.
Grant also that as we see your light
we  may be purified and prepared to see you forever,
that we who preach to the nations the glad joys of your appearing,
may rejoice with forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary

Source of this version: Modified freely from  http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=964

Also found here: http://www.holyapostlesnyc.org/pulpit-posts/what-are-we-willing-to-offer-to-this-newborn-child-who-is-the-lord-of-the-universe/

Sources read thus:

The heavens are shining with the clear beauty of the stars, O Lord,
and the very earth is made beautiful by a shining light,
because thou didst vouchsafe to appear to the world from out thy holy dwelling place.
Remove, therefore, from our hearts all sadness,
for unto this end art thou come,
that thou mayest make all things new.
Grant also that light unto our eyes which may purify us
and fit us to behold thee for ever;
that thus we who preach to the nations the glad joys of thy Apparition,
may be made glad with thee in infinite joy. Amen.

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

Radiance of the Father’s Splendor

The radiance of the Father’s splendor,
the Father’s visible image,
Jesus Christ our God,
peerless among counselors,
Prince of Peace,
for our sake became like a slave:
in the womb of Mary the virgin,
without assistance from any man,
he took flesh.…

Enable us, Lord,
to reach the end of this luminous feast in peace,
forsaking all idle words,
acting virtuously,
shunning our passions,
and raising ourselves above the things of this world.

Bless your church,
which you brought into being long ago
and attached to yourself
through your own life-giving blood.
Help all orthodox pastors, heads of churches, and teachers.

Bless your servants, whose trust is all in you;
bless all Christian souls,
the sick, those tormented by evil spirits,
and those who have asked us to pray for them.

Show yourself as merciful as you are rich in grace;
save and preserve us;
enable us to obtain those good things to come which will never know an end.

May we celebrate your glorious birth,
and the Father who sent you to redeem us,
and your Spirit, the Giver of life,
now and forever, age after age.
Amen.

Source: A Syriac Christmas liturgy

Source of this version: http://www.faithandworship.com/early_Christian_prayers.htm#ixzz4DB92AvUk
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

After “Prince of Peace” the original has the lines: “Father of the world to come, /
the model after which Adam was formed,”