For Our Redemption

800px-mathis_gothart_grc3bcnewald_007Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
for our redemption
you were born and circumcised,
and rejected by the Jews,
betrayed with kiss by Judas,
seized, bound, and led in bonds
to Annas, Caiaphas, Herod, and Pilate,
and you stood before them to be mocked,
smitten with palm and fist,
with the scourge and the reed.

Your face was covered and defiled with spitting,
crowned with thorns,
accused by false witnesses.

You were condemned,
and as an innocent Lamb led to slaughter,
bearing your own cross,
pierced through with nails,
gall and vinegar were given you to drink,
and you were left on the cross
to die the most shameful of deaths,
wounded with a spear.

By these your most sacred pains
you deliver us from all sins and penalties.

By your holy Cross
bring us, miserable sinners,
to that place you brought the repentant thief to yourself;
for you live and with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Sarum Missal, Innocent III, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 45#3.

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A Prayer for Love

O blessed Lord,
you have commanded us to love one another,
grant us grace that having received your undeserved blessings,
we may love everyone in you and for you.

We ask your kindness for all;
but especially for the friends
whom your love has given to us.
Love them, O fountain of love,
and move them to love you
with all their heart,
that they may will,
and speak,
and do those things
only which are pleasing to you.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: Modified from http://spirituality.org/is/055/page09.asp

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Variant:

O blessed Lord, who hast commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that having received thine undeserved bounty, we may love everyone in thee and for thee. We implore thy clemency for all; but especially for the friends whom thy love has given to us. Love thou them, O thou fountain of love, and make them to love thee with all their heart, that they may will, and speak, and do those things only which are pleasing to thee.

O Lord, Draw Near to Those in Need

O Lord,
we bring you
the troubles and perils
of peoples and nations,
the sighing of prisoners and captives,
the sorrows of the bereaved,
the needs of strangers,
the helplessness of the weak,
the tiredness of the weary,
the failing powers of the aged.
O Lord, draw near to each;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: Freely modified from Book of Prayers for Church and Home, ed. Paine and Thompson.

Another version of this same prayer appears here.

Help Us to Love You

O God,
whose greatness know no limits,
whose wisdom knows no bounds,
whose peace excels all understanding;
you love and help us beyond measure–
help us to love you.
Though we cannot fully do so
because of your infinite goodness,
increase and deepen our understanding
so that we may love you more and more;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Source of this version: http://www.didymus.org/uploads/3/4/2/1/3421357/bernard_of_clairvaux_on_monastic_and_scholastic_theology.pdf

Also found here: http://grimesfirstpresbyterianchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mar-1-web-bulletin.pdf

“Greatness knows no limits”may be a reference to Ephesians 1:19

“Wisdom knows no bounds” may be a reference to Romans 11:33

“Peace excels all understanding” is a reference to Philippians 4:7

“Love you more and more” is a reference to Philippians 1:9

A Hymn of Praise

Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was and who is to come.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

Lord our God, you are worthy to receive
praise and glory and honor and blessing.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive
power and divinity and wisdom and strength,
and honor and glory and blessing.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father and the Son with the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

Sing praise to our God, all you his servants
and you who fear God, the small and the great.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

Let heaven and earth praise him who is glorious.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

And every creature that is in heaven
and on earth and under earth
and in the sea and those which are in them.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.

Source: St. Francis of Assisi

Source of this version: http://www.ibreviary.com/m2/preghiere.php?tipo=Preghiera&id=451

Also found here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/wosf/wosf18.htm

“Holy, holy, holy” is a reference to  Revelation 4:8

“Lord our God, you are worthy”is a reference to Revelation 4:11

“The Lamb that was slain” is a reference to Revelation 5:12

The refrain “Bless the Lord…” is from the Song of the Three Holy Children

“Sing praise…” Revelation 19:5

“Every creature…” is a reference to Revelation 5:13

Comfort and Relieve

God of love, whose compassion never fails;
we bring before you the griefs and perils of peoples and nations;
the necessities of the homeless;
the helplessness of the aged and weak;
the sighings of prisoners;
the pains of the sick and injured;
the sorrow of the bereaved.
Comfort and relieve them, O merciful Father,
according to their needs;
for the sake of your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: http://www.invitationtoprayer.org/w_prayers.html

Also found here: The Catholic Prayer Book, © 1986 Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Another version of this prayer appears here.

A Prayer of St. Anselm

Lord Jesus Christ; Let me seek you by desiring you,
and let me desire you by seeking you;
let me find you by loving you,
and love you in finding you.

I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving,
that you have made me in your image,
so that I can remember you, think of you, and love you.

But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults,
and darkened by the smoke of sin,
that it cannot do that for which it was made,
unless you renew and refashion it.

Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth
which my heart already believes and loves.

I do not seek to understand so that I can believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe, I shall not understand.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: The Oxford Book of Prayer, George Appleton (gen. ed.), 1985, 2002.

Also found here: http://godprayers.org/Prayer-of-St-Anselm.htm