The Holy Spirit

O Holy Spirit, Love of God,
pour out your grace,
and descend plentifully into my heart.
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling,
and scatter there your cheerful beams.
Dwell in that soul that longs to be your temple.
Water that barren soil, overrun with weeds and briars,
and lost for lack of cultivating,
and make it fruitful with your dew from heaven.
Come, refreshment of those who languish and faint.
Come, Star and Guide of those who sail in the tempestuous sea of the world. You are the only Haven of the tossed and shipwrecked.
Come, Glory and Crown of the living, and only Safeguard of the dying.
Come, Holy Spirit, in your great mercy, and make me fit to receive you. Amen.

Source: Augustine of Hippo, Fourth Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

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For Heavenly-Mindedness

O Lord,
you teach us not to worry about earthly things,
but to love heavenly things.
Even now,
while we live among things that are passing away,
help us cling to those things that will remain forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Leonine SacramentaryNew Ancient Collects, #259

For Refreshment

O Lord our God,
let us find hope under the shadow of your wings.
You will support us,
both when little,
and even to gray hairs.
When our strength is from you, it is strength.
When our own, it is weakness.
We return to you, O Lord,
that our weary souls may rise towards you,
leaning on the things which you have created,
and passing on to yourself,
since you have wonderfully made them;
for with you is refreshment and true strength. Amen.

Source: Augustine of Hippo, fourth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

Invocation

Lord,
God of inconceivable power,
incomprehensible glory,
immeasurable mercy,
unspeakable kindness,
look on us in your tender love
and show your rich mercy and compassion
to us and those who pray with us.
Amen.

Source: Liturgy of St. Chrysostom, fourth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

On the Lord’s Day

O Lord Almighty,
you have created the world by Christ,
and have commanded us to remember the Sabbath,
to rest from our works,
and to meditate on your Word.
We[1] have also appointed festivals that bring joy to our souls,
to remember that Wisdom, your only Son,
who submitted to be born of a woman for us.
He appeared in life,
and showed himself in his baptism.
He appeared as both God and man.
He suffered for us according to your will,
and died,
and rose again by your power.
To remember and proclaim this,
we solemnly celebrate the feast of the resurrection on the Lord’s Day,
and rejoice in him who has conquered death,
and has brought life and immortality to light. Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

[1] Original: “Thou hast also appointed festivals”

A Prayer for Spiritual Blessings

Most high God,
our loving Father,
you are infinite in majesty.
I humbly pray for your servant __________.
Give him a pure mind, perfect love,
sincerity in conduct, purity in heart,
strength in action, courage in distress
self-control in character.
Hear his prayers and bless him.
Protect him under the shadow of your wings,
and hear my prayers for him in your mercy.
Pardon his sins, perfect his work, accept his prayers.
Protect him by your name, O God of Jacob!
Send him your saving help from your holy place,
and strengthen him out of Zion.
Receive his offerings, accept his sacrifice,
give him the grace of devotion,
fulfil his desire with good gifts,
and crown him with mercy.
As he serves you with faithful devotion,
pardon his sins,
correct him with Fatherly tenderness,
and direct him on your righteous path.
Deliver him from all troubles,
that declared righteous by you,
both here and eternally,
he may praise you forever with the angels,
saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, fourth century.

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

Adoration

O good and omnipotent God,
you care for every one of us,
as if you cared for each alone,
and you care for all as if all were one!
Blessed is the one who loves you,
and who loves his friend in you,
and who loves his enemy for you.
For with you, we lose none dear to us,
to whom all are dear.
You, our God,
who made heaven and earth and fill them,
and by filling them you create them.
Your law is truth, and truth is yourself.
I see the things of this earth pass away,
and I see other things take their place,
but you remain forever.
Therefore, my God and Father,
to you I entrust all I have received from you,
for then, I can lose nothing.
You, O Lord,
have made me for yourself,
and my heart can find no rest
until it rests in you.
Amen.

Source: Augustine of Hippo

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

Note: Many published prayers attributed to Augustine contain some form of the words “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”