Two Wedding Prayers

O eternal God,
creator and preserver of all mankind,
giver of all spiritual grace,
author of everlasting life,
send your blessing on
this man and this woman
whom we bless in your name.
Help and empower them
to live faithfully together,
and to keep the promises
made to each other and to you.
Keep them in your love and peace together,
and guide them with your holy Word;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

O God,
you established and blessed marriage,
and you use it as a picture
of the spiritual marriage and unity
between Christ and his Church.
Look mercifully on this man and woman
that they may love, honor, and cherish each other,
and live together in faithfulness and patience,
in wisdom and true godliness,
that their home may be
a haven of blessing and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Modified and adapted from the 1928 U.S. Book of Common Prayer.  Both prayers are shortened from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Stay with Us

Lord Jesus,
stay with us, for it is toward evening
and the day is now far spent.
Be our companion on the way,
kindle our hearts
and awaken hope,
that we may know you
as you are revealed in Scripture
and the breaking of bread;
Grant this for the sake of your love.
Amen.

Source: Evensong, Collect for the Presence of Christ

Original in traditional English:

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know thee as thou art revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of thy love. Amen.

Also in the Book of Common Prayer (U.S., 1979) Evening Prayer 2.

Evensong Prayer

Lord God,
your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ,
triumphed over the powers of death
and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem.
Grant that we who give thanks for his resurrection
may praise you in that city
of which he is the light;
and where he lives and reigns
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Evensong, Collect for Sundays

Original in traditional English:

Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise thee in that City of which he is the light; and where he liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen.

Also in the Book of Common Prayer (U.S., 1979) Evening Prayer 2.

Protect Us that We May Serve You

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dO Lord,
graciously receive
the prayers of your church,
that by your protection
from all adversity and error,
we may serve you in safety and freedom.
Grant us your peace all the days of our life;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: The Order of Complin, Sarum Rite, p. 38

Original in traditional English:

O Lord, graciously receive the prayers of Thy church, that by the destruction of all adversity and error, she may serve Thee in safety and freedom; and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Cross before Glory

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common Prayer

Almighty God,
your dear Son did not ascend to joy
until he first suffered pain,
and did not enter into glory
before he was crucified.
Mercifully grant that we,
walking in the way of the cross,
may find it as the true way
of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Book of Common Prayer, Palm Sunday liturgy.

Source of this version: Freely modified from http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/catholic/comfort/in-the-way-of-the-cross.aspx

You Know Our Needs before We Ask

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common Prayer

Almighty God,
fountain of all wisdom,
you know our needs before we ask,
and our ignorance in asking.
Have compassion on our weaknesses,
and  those things we cannot ask for
because of
our unworthiness
and unawareness,
graciously give us
because of the worthiness
of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from the Book of Common Prayer, 1549

Original in traditional English:

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking: We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things, which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This prayer also has been set to music.

Guide Us in the Way of Peace

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common PrayerO God, King eternal,
you divide the day from the night
and turn the shadow of death into morning.
Drive away from us all wrong desires,
incline our hearts to keep your law,
and guide our feet into the way of peace,
so that after we have done your will with cheerfulness while it was day,
we may rejoice when night comes and give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: U. S. Book of Common Prayer 1928

Original in traditional English:

GOD, the King eternal, who dividest the day from the darkness, and turnest the shadow of death into the morning; Drive far off from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep thy law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that having done thy will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when the night cometh, rejoice to give thee thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen