A Collection of Prayers: An Online Prayerbook

Prayers by Era:

1st Century
2nd Century
3rd Century
4th Century
5th Century
6th Century
7th Century
8th Century
9th Century
10th Century
11th Century
12th Century
13th Century
14th Century
15th Century
16th Century
17th Century
18th Century
19th Century
20th Century
21st Century

Prayers by Content:

Prayers by Source or Author (not all sources or authors are listed in this index):

lancelot andrewes anselm  apostolic constitutions augustine book of common prayer bright’s ancient collects  carmina gadelica gallican sacramentary gelasian sacramentary gregorian sacramentary  thomas ken  leonine sacramentary  wilhelm lohe martin luther liturgy of malabar philip melanchthon mozarabic rite patrick sarum rite   paul stratman william temple

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Sources

Most of the classic prayers are in the public domain. The books listed below are the primary sources.

Use or quotation of a resource is not neccessarily an endorsement of everything found in that book or website.

Books

Ancient Collects and Other Prayers Selected for Devotional Use from Various Rituals, Ed. by William Bright, D.D.,  J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902

The Catholic Prayer Book, © 1986 Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A.

Luther’s Catechism, Gausewitz edition, © 1956 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Luther’s Catechism, Kuske revised edition, © 1998 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Lutheran Liturgy (St. Louis: Concordia, 1945?)

A Lutheran Prayer Booked. Doberstein, © 1960 Muehlenberg Press, Philadelphia

Minister’s Prayer Booked. Doberstein, © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Mozarabic Collects, Translated and Arranged from the Ancient Liturgy of the Spanish Church, Rev. Chas. R. Hale, S. T. D. New York, James Pott, Publishers, 1881

The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers

Seed-Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians by William Loehe, Lutheran Pastor, translated by H. A. Weller. Chicago, Wartburg Publishing House, 1914

Websites

The websites are of varying levels of quality and varying doctrinal viewpoints.  The websites were still helpful to confirm the sources, and to find other (and sometimes longer or better) versions of prayers.

http://www.thebreadboxletters.com/
http://tomwills.typepad.com/thenewchristianyear/
http://godspace-msa.com/
http://www.invitationtoprayer.org/
http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/liturgy/liturgy.html 
http://www.plts.edu/
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/
http://www.ccel.org
https://aspiritfilledlife.wordpress.com
http://www.liturgies.net/
http://www.woodfordvalleyparish.org.uk/prayers.html
https://paxtonvic.wordpress.com/
http://1stholistic.com/Spl_prayers/
https://prayerandverse.com/
https://www.hymnary.org/
http://orderofcenturions.org/
http://sbabbey.com/
https://reformedchristianmuse.wordpress.com/
http://www.aholyexperience.com
http://www.beliefnet.com
http://christianicon.tumblr.com/
https://www.churchofengland.org/
http://tonusperegrinus.blogspot.com/
http://www.oremus.org/
http://kairos2.com/
http://www.catholicity.com/
http://www.htj.org.uk/
http://spirituality.org/
http://stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk/
http://presidentialprayerteam.com/
http://abstractcathedral.com/
http://catholictradition.org/
https://prayers4reparation.wordpress.com
https://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/prayers/
http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/
http://www.newadvent.org/
https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/
http://godprayers.org
http://getupwithgod.com/
http://www.prayingeachday.org/
http://www.worldprayers.org/
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/
http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/
http://www.woodfordvalleyparish.org.uk
http://www.catholicdoors.com/
http://ctkprayers.blogspot.com
http://catholicism.about.com/

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_reconstruction

May 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