Enlighten, Nourish, Open

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Lateral door of Rates Monastery with the Agnus Dei: the Lamb of God carrying a cross.

Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord,
that your Word may go forth
and give light and understanding
to nourish the hearts of the simple.
Set our desires on your commandments,
so that we may receive with open heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

Source: Mozarabic, from Ancient Collects, edited by William Bright, p. 78#3.

 

Prayer for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, the Father almighty,
shine on us with the light of your knowledge,
and the fullness of all virtue,
that, while we seek for the gifts of learning,
we may never depart from you,
the Fountain of all wisdom;
through Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 31 #3 (Trinity 5)

“shine on us with the light”   Psalm 119:105

“and the fullness of all virtue” 2 Peter 1:5

“the Fountain of all wisdom” may be a reference to Psalm 36:9Psalm 68:26Proverbs 14:27

You Are Life, Help, Hope and Cleansing

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A Coptic Christian inscription.
O Lord our God,
you are great, eternal,
and wonderful in glory.

You keep your covenant and promises
for those who love you
with their whole heart.
You are the Life of all,
the Help of those who flee to you,
the Hope of those who cry to you.
Cleanse us from our sins,
secret and open,
and from every thought displeasing to your goodness.

Cleanse our bodies and souls,
our hearts and consciences,
that with a pure heart and a clear soul,
with perfect love and calm hope,
we may venture confidently
and fearlessly to pray to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Source: Coptic Liturgy of St. Basil, from Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 2#1.

Note:
“…through Jesus Christ our Lord” was added, both because it completes the prayer and it points to the source of the love, cleansing and fearlessness.

“You keep your covenant and promises” may be a reference to 1 Kings 8:23 or 2 Chronicles 6:14.

“Cleans us from our sins, secret…” may be a reference to Psalm 19:12.

“we may venture confidently” may be a reference to Ephesians 3:12.

Prayer for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

O Christ, our Lord and our eternal Redeemer,
as we follow you and share in your sufferings,
fill us with your Holy Spirit,
that we subdue the old self to the new,
and the new self to you,
and at last share the glory of your resurrection;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 31 #2 (Trinity 4)

“share in your sufferings” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 1:5Philippians 3:101 Peter 4:13

“fill us with your Holy Spirit” is a reference to Acts 2:4Ephesians 5:18

“that we subdue the old self to the new, and the new self to you” is a reference to Colossians 3:9-10. See also Romans 12:22 Corinthians 4:16Ephesians 4:23

“share the glory of your resurrection”is a reference to Philippians 3:10Revelation 20:6

Prayer for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, our God,
you have commanded us
to speak righteousness,
and to judge fairly;
Grant that no sin may be found in our mouths,
nor wickedness in our minds,
but that, from pure hearts,
we may speak those things that are right;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 31 #1 (Trinity 3)

“you have commanded us to speak righteousness” is a reference to Psalm 37:30Proverbs 8:8,

“and to judge fairly” is a reference to John 7:24

“no sin may be found in our mouths” is a reference to Psalm 39:1Psalm 59:12Ecclesiastes 5:6

“pure hearts” is a reference to Psalm 24:41 Timothy 1:52 Timothy 2:221 Peter 1:22

Prayer for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

O God, you alone are holy,
by your grace you have purified the unholy,
and have written our names in heaven.
Continue to sanctify us by your Spirit
and cleanse us from every spot of sin,
that we may live to your glory;
through Jesus Christ,
our most blessed Lord and Savior.
Amen.

Source: Based upon Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 30 #3 (Trinity 2)

Original reads: O God, you alone are holy, by your grace you purify the unholy. Cleanse us from every spot of sin, so that, justified by you, our names may be written in heaven; through Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Savior. Amen.

“O God, you alone are holy” is a reference to Revelation 15:4

“you have purified the unholy” is a reference to Malachi 3:3

“written our names in heaven” is a reference to Isaiah 6:6-7

“cleanse us from every spot of sin” is a reference to 1 John 1:7, See also Psalm 51:2

Prayer for the Second Sunday after Pentecost

O God,
your angels always enjoy your peace,
and you also share your peace with us.
In our time on earth, lead us in the way of peace,
and give us complete peace
in our inheritance in your kingdom;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 30 #2 (Trinity 1)

“lead us in the way of peace” is a reference to Luke 1:79