For Freedom from Sin

O Lord, my Savior,
you have the power to remit sins.
Say to me, “Be loosed from your chains,
come out of the bonds of your sins.”
When you say it,
loosen those cords of my errors that ensnare me.
I am the most wicked of all people,
and should be despised because of continuing in sins,
but when you command,
I will be free from them. Amen.

Source: Ambrose, d. 397

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

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For Trust and Fuller Knowledge

Merciful Lord,
Comforter and Teacher of your faithful people,
increase in your Church the desires you have given.
Strengthen the hearts of those who hope in you,
and show them the depth of your promises.
Lead all your adopted children to see with the eyes of faith,
and help them wait patiently for the light that is now hidden;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Ambrose, d. 397

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

For Pardon

800px-mathis_gothart_grc3bcnewald_007Lord Jesus Christ,
you stretched out your hands on the cross,
and redeemed us by your blood.
Forgive me, a sinner,
for none of my thoughts are hidden from you.
Pardon I ask,
pardon I hope for,
pardon I trust to have.
You are full of pity
and full of mercy,
spare and forgive me.
Amen.

Source: Ambrose

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Graphic: The Small Crucifixion by Matthias Grünewald, Wikimedia

You Gave Your Only Son

geertgen_tot_sint_jans2c_the_nativity_at_night2c_c_1490O God,
you looked on man when he had fallen to death,
and resolved to redeem him
by giving your only Son.
Grant that all who confess his glorious incarnation
may also be admitted to the fellowship of him, their Redeemer;
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Ambrose

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

“by giving your only Son” is a reference to John 3:16

For Trust and Fuller Knowledge

Merciful Lord,
you comfort and teach your faithful people.
Increase in your Church the holy desires which you have given.
Strengthen the hearts of those who hope in you.
Empower us to understand the depth of your promises,
that all your adopted children may see with the eyes of faith,
and patiently wait for the good things
you have not yet revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Ambrose

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Guard Us from the Deceits of the Devil

Be gracious to our prayers,
O merciful God,
and guard your people with loving protection.
May we who confess your only Son as God,
born in our human flesh,
never be corrupted by the deceits of the devil;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Ambrose

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Prayer for a Renewed Heart

O Lord,
you have mercy on all.
Take away my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of your Holy Spirit.
Take away my heart of stone
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore you,
a heart to delight in you,
to follow and to enjoy you,
for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Source: Ambrose, d. 397

Source of this version: Modified from https://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/lent-prayers-st-ambrose-give-me-a-heart-of-flesh/

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (May 17)

The heart of stone and heart of flesh is a reference to Ezekiel 11:19 and Ezekiel 36:26.