At Sea or in Danger

rembrandt_christ_in_the_storm_on_the_lake_of_galileeO Lord, you stilled the raging of the sea.
Hear us, save us, and do not let us perish.
O blessed Savior, you saved your disciples
when they were about to perish in a storm.
Hear us and save us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, hear us.
Christ, hear us.

God the Father, God the + Son, God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us,
save us now and evermore.

Source: Modified from Book of Common Prayer, (British, 1922?) Short Prayers in Respect of a Storm.

Original in traditional English:

THOU, O Lord, that stillest the raging of the sea: hear, hear us, and save us, that we perish not.

O blessed Saviour, that didst save thy disciples ready to perish in a storm: hear us, and save us, we beseech thee.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

O Lord, hear us.
O Christ, hear us.

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, have mercy upon us, save us now and evermore. Amen.

A Doxology by Thomas Cranmer

thomas_cranmer_by_gerlach_flickeTo the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us,
with the Father who made and created us,
and the + Son who redeemed us,
be given all honor and glory,
now and forever.

Source: Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), found on (modified)

Three Blessings by Philip Melanchthon

0940_Cranach_nR 001Son of God,
Lord Jesus Christ,
crucified on a cross for us
and raised up from the grave,
to you we pray.
Receive us into your eternal church
and keep us always.
With your Holy Spirit, guide us
in the light of your Word.

The almighty God,
Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
mercifully protect you,
strengthen you,
and guide you.

May the almighty God,
Father of our Savior Jesus Christ,
who through his gospel is gathering
an eternal church among men and women,
strengthen you in body and soul,
and graciously keep and guide you,
now and forever.

Source: Philip Melanchthon, found on (modified)

A Passion Blessing

May the almighty Lord,
who bore the reproach of the cross,
bless all this family present here.

May he, who hung on the tree,
himself lead us to the heavenly kingdom.

May he place us at the right hand of the Father,
who was made the cause of our peace.

Through the mercy of our God,
who is blessed and reigns,
and governs all things,
now and forever.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary, found on


Mozarabic Christmas Blessing

May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you,
as he blessed the shepherds
when he gloriously appeared to them
in the manger.

May he himself protect
and defend us in all things,
who took on himself
our human weakness
in his infancy.

May he, who is our Lord and Savior,
graciously + keep us
now and forever.

Source: Freely modified from a blessing attributed to the Mozarabic Breviary.

Christmas Blessings

For Christmas Eve

May God Almighty, who by the Incarnation of his only Son drove away the darkness of the world and by his glorious birth enlightened this most holy night, drive away from us the darkness of sins and enlighten our hearts with the light of Christian graces. Amen.

And may he, who willed that the great day of his most holy birth should be told to the shepherds by an angel, pour on us the refreshing shower of his blessing, and guide us by him, our Shepherd, to the pastures of everlasting joy. Amen.

And may he, who through his Incarnation united earthly things with heavenly, fill us with the sweetness of inward peace and good will, and make us partakers with the heavenly host. Amen.

For Christmas Day

May God almighty, who made this most holy day to be sacred by the birth of his Son, bless us, and rouse our minds to heavenly things. Amen.

And may he, who has placed him who is the bread of angels in the manger of the church to be the food of faithful creatures, both cause us in this present life to taste the sweetness of eternal joys, and lead us in that which is to come to the participation of everlasting rewards. Amen.

And may he who willed his infant form to be clothed in worthless rags, clothe us with the adorning of the robes of heaven. Amen.

Source: Gregorian and Mozarabic Rites

Source of this version: Modified from The Priest to the Altar: Or Aids to the Devout Celebration of Holy Communion Chiefly After the Ancient English Use of SarumPeter Goldsmith Medd, Rivingtons, 1879