The Splendor of Eternal Light

christ-898330_640.jpgMay the Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the splendor of eternal Light,
remove from your hearts
the darkness of night. Amen.

May he drive far from you
the snares of the crafty enemy,
and always give you
his angel of light
to guard you. Amen.

That you may rise to your morning praises,
kept safe in him,
in whom is all
the fullness of your salvation.
Amen.

Source: Attributed to Mozarabic Psalter, possibly 8th century.

Ascension Antiphon / Prayer

Ascension_PaintingO King of glory, Lord almighty,
on this day you ascended above all the heavens in triumph.
Do not leave us as orphans,
but send us the Spirit of truth
whom you promised from the Father.
Alleluia.

Source: Antiphon to the Magnificat for Second Vespers at Ascension (Roman Rite). Sometimes attributed to The Venerable Bede (672-735).

Original in Latin:

O Rex gloriae, Domine virtutum,
qui triumphator hodie super omnes coelos ascendisti;
ne derelinquas nos orphanos,
sed mitte promissum Patris in nos,
spiritum veritatis.
Alleluia.

For more reflections on this prayer / antiphon, see this article: http://www.liturgy.co.nz/reflection/603a.html

O Christ, Splendor of Light Eternal

The Last ChapterO Christ, our Morning Star,
Splendor of Light Eternal,
shining with the glory of the rainbow,
come and waken us
from the greyness of our apathy,
and renew in us your gift of hope.
Amen.

Source: The Venerable Bede (672–735)

Source of this version: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=3213

Make Us Watchful

Advent 1O Lord our God,
make us watchful and heedful
as we await the coming of your Son,
Christ our Lord,
that when he comes and knocks,
he will find us not sleeping in sins
but awake and rejoicing in his praises;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary 

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 16 #4