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.

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Enlightenment and Joy, Wisdom and Comfort, Rest and Peace

KAThe Lord enlighten you
through the teachings of Jesus Christ
and strengthen you as you walk in his light.

The Lord give you joy
as he shows you his Fatherly mercies
new every morning.

The Lord give you wisdom in happiness,
comfort in suffering,
rest in death,
and one day,
the peace of eternal life.

Source: Schleswig-Hosteinsche Kirchen-Agende, 1797, Segenswünsche,  p. 146#5, translated for A Collection of Prayers.

Original in German:

Der Herr erleuchte euch alle durch die Lehre Jesu Christi, und gebe euch Kraft, in ihrem Lichte zu wandeln!

Der Herr erfreue euch taglich durch neue Beweise seiner Vatergüte.

Der Herr gebe euch Weisheit in Glucke, Trost im Leiden, Ruhe im Tode und einst den Frieden des ewigen Lebens!

Translation note:

Literally, the first strophe is “The Lord enlighten you through the teachings of Jesus Christ and strengthen you as you walk in their light.” I thought it was less confusing, and more direct, to say “his light.”

The second strophe is translated more freely to state clearly what the original implies, “his mercies are new every morning.”

May the Almighty, All-Wise, All-Good God Bless Us

KAGod, the almighty
guide us in all our doings,
protect us in every danger,
help us in every need!

God, the all-wise
make everything work for our good,
according to his purpose.

God, the all-good
free us from all the afflictions
of Eden’s fall
on that day
when he gives us
the unending bliss
of eternal life.

Source: Schleswig-Hosteinsche Kirchen-Agende, 1797, Segenswünsche,  p. 146#3, translated for A Collection of Prayers.

Original in German:

Gott, der Allmächtige, sey unser Beistand in jedem Geschäft, unsre Zuversicht in jeder Gefahr, unsre Hülfe in jeder Noth!
Gott, der Allweise, lasse alle unsere Schicksale uns zum besten dienen!
Gott, der Allgütige, löse einst all’ unser Edenleiden auf in die überschängliche Wonne des ewigen Lebens!

Translation note:

“according to his purpose” was added for clarity, and to make a stronger connection with Romans 8:28.

“from all the afflictions of Eden’s fall…” was translated more freely for the sake of clarity.

Wisdom, Courage, Strength, Peace, Blessing

KAThe Lord bless us with wisdom,
with courage and strength to do his will!

The Lord keep our souls pure,
our consciences at peace,
our hearts content!

The Lord grant us a portion
of his blessing in this life,
and one day,
the higher joys of eternal life!

Source: Schleswig-Hosteinsche Kirchen-Agende, 1797, Segenswünsche,  p. 146#2, translated for A Collection of Prayers.

Original in German:

Der Herr segne uns mit Weisheit, mit Muth und Kraft zu guten Thaten!
Der Herr erhalte unfre Seele rein, unser Gewissen ruhig, unser Herz zufrieden!
Der Herr verleih’ uns unser bescheiden Theil vom Lebensglük und einst die höhere Wonne des ewigen Lebens!

The Lord Bless You with His Goodness, Rest, Power, Wisdom, Patience, Hope

KAMay the Lord show you
the greatness of his goodness,
that you overflow with thanks
every day.

May the Lord bless you abundantly
with rest for the heart,
power for virtue,
wisdom for life,
and patience in suffering.

May the Lord bless you
with joyful hope,
and one day
with the inexpressible joys
of eternal life.

Source: Schleswig-Hosteinsche Kirchen-Agende, 1797, Segenswünsche,  p. 146#1, translated for A Collection of Prayers.

The original (as seen below) gives the option of saying this blessing with the pronouns we, us and our as indicated.

Der Herr lasse euch (uns) alle täglich erfahren
und dankbar fühlen, wie freundlich er ist!
Der Herr fegne euch (uns) reichlich mit Ruhe  des Herzens,
mit Kraft zur Tugend, mit Weisheit des Lebens, und mit Geduld im Leiden!
Der Herr beselige euch (uns) mit froher Hofnung,
und einst mit unausfprechlichen Genuffe des ewigen Lebens!

Short Trinitarian Prayer and Blessing

downloadMay God the Father
bless me.

May God the + Son
protect me.

May the power of the Holy Spirit
enlighten me
and forgive all my sins.
Amen.

Source: Rigi’sches Gebetbuch, Rigi’sches Gesangbuch,Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #27.

Original in German

Gesegne mich Gott der Vater, bewahre mich Jesus Christus, erleuchte mich die Kraft des heiligen Geistes und vergieb mir alle meine Sünden. Amen

Trinitarian Prayer and Blessing

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O God the Father,
graciously give us
all that we need
for body and soul.

O + Son of God,
deliver us from sin,
be gracious to us,
and give us your Spirit.

O God, Holy Spirit,
heal, comfort
and strengthen us
against the devil,
and give us endless victory
and resurrection from death.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, 1483-1546

Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #22.  [Die Gebete Luthers, #175]

Original in German:

Ach Gott Vater, gieb uns gnädig, was zu Leib und Leben gehöret!

Ach du Sohn Gottes, hilf uns von Sünden, sei uns gnädig, und gieb uns deinen Geist!

Ach Gott , heiliger Geist, heile, tröste und stärke uns wider den Teufel, und gieb uns endlich Sieg, und die Auferweckung vom Tode.

Amen.