Our High Priest and Shepherd

We thank you with our whole heart,
O beloved Father,
for the precious blood of your dear Son,
which he shed for our sake,
and by which you daily cleanse, quicken, and sanctify us
in your holy Church,
and make us partakers of your divine nature.
We thank you for the great and unspeakable love,
though we were not worthy of it,
when you redeemed us by your own Son,
who is our High priest and Mediator,
the true Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep of his flock,
who now sits on your right hand
and intercedes for us.
O good and faithful God, Friend of all mankind,
give us your grace and your great compassion,
that we may praise you with your Son and the Holy Spirit
in every act of our lives evermore.

Source: Unknown, attributed to St. Augustine (d. 430)

“make us partakers of your divine nature” is a reference to 2 Peter 1:4

Forgive and Correct

B_Escorial_93v[1].jpgO Lord our God,
forgive our sins
and correct our mideeds.
Direct our actions
and inspire us
with thoughts
pleasing to you.
Purify our consciences
and sanctify our hearts
that in purity of heart
and gladness of spirit
we may serve you,
our Lord and God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Collects and Prayers for Use in Church by the United Lutheran Church in America, © 1935

Prayer for the Lord’s Day

Almighty Father,
dwell among us today
and fill us with yourself.
Say to each one of us,
“I am your salvation.”
Speak to us so that we cannot fail to hear.
Show yourself to us,
and show us how badly we need you.
Uphold your servants
who proclaim your Word in your temple
and lead the worship of your people.
Touch the hearts of the hearers
that they may receive and serve you.
Hear us, O heavenly Father,
for the sake of your only Son.

Source: attributed to Augustine of Hippo, d. 430

Source of this version: Freely modified The Hymnal and Order of Service, The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, 1925, p. 679 #3

Prayer and Motto of St. Augustine

220px-sandro_botticelli_050You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised.
Great is your power, and infinite is your wisdom.
You are worthy of our praise,
though we are but a speck in your creation.
We wear our mortality,
the witness of our sin,
the evidence that you resist the proud.
Yet you are worthy of our praise.
You awaken our hearts to delight in your praise.
You made us for yourself,
and our heart is restless until it rests in you.

Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, Confessions, Book I, Chapter 1

Freely modified from  http://biblehub.com/library/augustine/the_confessions_of_saint_augustine/chapter_i_great_art_thou.htm

Note: This prayer is often quoted as Augustine’s motto.

See also “My Heart Rests in You”

This passage has similarities to Psalm 73:26 and Isaiah 26:3.

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

I Arise Today (Celtic Prayer)

I arise today
embraced in the arms
of God the Father,
empowered by the strength
of God the Spirit,
immersed in the love
of God the Son.
I arise today
in the company
of the Trinity,
Father, Spirit and Son.
I arise today.

Source: Unknown, attributed as “A Celtic Prayer”

See: St. Patrick’s Breastplate and “I Arise Today” (St. Bridget)

Source of this version: http://stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk/prayer-room/morning-and-evening-prayers/

You Know Our Needs before We Ask

Almighty God,
you know our needs before we ask,
and our ignorance in asking:
Set your servants free
from all anxious thoughts about the future,
give us contentment with your good gifts,
and confirm our faith
that as we seek your kingdom,
you will not let us lack any good thing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Augustine of Hippo

Source of this version: Parish PrayersCompiled and edited by Frank Colquhoun
Hodder and Stoughton, 1967


Version in traditional English:

Almighty God, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking: Set free thy servants from all anxious thoughts for the morrow; give us contentment with thy good gifts; and confirm our faith that according as we seek thy kingdom, thou wilt not suffer us to lack any good thing, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A similar prayer is found in the prayer books of the Church of England:

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking: We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things, which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source of this version:  The Shorter Prayer Book (1946)

An Epiphany Prayer

bartolomc3a9_esteban_murillo_-_adoration_of_the_magi_-_google_art_projectO Lord,
enlighten your people,
and ever kindle their hearts
with the splendor of your grace,
that the nativity of the Savior of the world,
once shown by a star,
may ever more and more be revealed to our minds;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Ambrosian 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. 93 #4