Inward Peace and Goodwill

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your incarnation you united
things earthly and heavenly.
Fill us with the sweetness
of inward peace and goodwill,
that we may join the heavenly host
in singing praises to your glory;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Rite, 6th Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for Use in Church United Lutheran Church in America, 1935

Variant, as a blessing:

And may He, Who through His Incarnation united earthly things with Heavenly, fill us with the sweetness of inward peace and good will, and make us partakers with the Heavenly Host. Amen.

Source of this version: The Priest to the Altar: Or Aids to the Devout Celebration of Holy Communion Chiefly After the Ancient English Use of Sarum, Peter Goldsmith Medd,
Rivingtons, 1879, 11th Century

A Sarum Blessing (7)

May the Lord direct our hearts,
this day and for ever,
in the love of God
and in the patient waiting for Christ.
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus + Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Parts are from Sarum Rite (“The Lord bless us…”).

Source of this version: The gospel of the kingdom, a vade-mecum of texts and prayers of intercession, ed. Hugh Croskery, 1877

Kindness and Peace

O Lord,
pour on us the spirit of brotherly kindness and peace,
and sprinkle us with the dew of your blessing,
that we may be made glad by your glory and grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Source of this version: Freely modified from https://books.google.com/books?id=ddlOAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover

Version in traditional English:

Pour upon us, O Lord, the spirit of brotherly kindness and peace; so that sprinkled with the dew of thy benediction, we may be made glad by thy glory and grace; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Praise to the Trinity

Blessed and glorious Trinity,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thanks to you,
true and one Trinity,
one and perfect Godhead.
You, God the Father unbegotten,
you, the only Son;
you, the Holy Spirit the Counselor,
holy and undivided Trinity,
we confess and praise with heart and mouth.
To you be glory forever.
Alleluia.

Source: Sarum Rite

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 95 #1

“Counselor” in Leffingwell is “Paraclete.” It may be rendered as “Comforter,” “Helper,” “Advocate,” or whatever the translation of your choice uses for the Greek word parakletos.  (See John 14:16.)

A Sarum Christmas Prayer

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionO Dayspring,
Splendor of the eternal Light
and Sun of Righteousness!
Come and enlighten
those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death.
O King of Gentiles,
you whom they long for,
and Cornerstone that makes all one,
Come and save humanity
which you have formed
out of the clay.

Source: Sarum Rite

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 91 #3

Our Hope and Our Heart’s Delight

littlemoreO God,
you are life, wisdom, truth,
bounty, and blessedness,
the eternal, the only true good,
our God and our Lord,
our hope and our heart’s delight,
we acknowledge with thanksgiving
that you have made us in your image,
and that we may direct our thoughts to you.
Lord, make us to know you aright,
that we may love, enjoy, and possess you
more and more;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 70 #3

Send forth Your Truth

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionWe call on you, Almighty God,
the Fountain of eternal Light,
to send forth your truth into our hearts,
and to pour on us the glory of your brightness;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Rite

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 44#2

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