Direct Our Ways

O almighty and eternal God,
mercifully direct our ways
that we may walk in your law
and abound in good works;
through your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich

Source of this version: Freely modified from The Lutheran Hymnary, 1913, http://olcc.us/liturgical-resources/collects-veit-dietrich/ (Sunday after Christmas)

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.
Amen.

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

Christmas Day Prayer

gerard_van_honthorst_001O Lord Jesus Christ,
true God from true God,
you became a little child for us so the world you made would be saved.
Just as a child is born to us and a Son is given to us,
may we be born again through you
and always remain in the number
of God’s faithful children;
through your merits, O blessed Savior,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
you live and reign,
one God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for the The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day, freely modified from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p.17 #1

“true God from true God” is a reference to John 1 and the Nicene Creed

“Just as a child is born to us and a Son is given to us” is a reference to Isaiah 9:6

“may we be born again through you” is a reference to John 3

Mozarabic Christmas Prayer and Acclamation

Glory to you always,
highest Father and Lord.
Today you sent from the heavens
our Lord Jesus Christ
as our Savior,
whom you foretold
by ancient prophets,
and now have revealed him
as the son of the virgin Mary.

Today, lying in the manger,
is the bread of eternal life,
and a great light
shines on nations
who walked in darkness.

Today the peace for the nations
comes down from heaven,
and the gift of eternity
is granted to us all.

Today the divine treasury
is opened up for us,
and the light of the Holy Spirit
shines upon all.

Now the true light
comes into the world.
He restores sight to the blind
and health to the paralyzed
and strength to  the infirm
and firmness to the weak.

Today the true resurrection
of the dead is brought forth,
the way, the truth
and the life of the living.

Therefore we pray, true Trinity, our God,
that as you share with us
the joys of your nativity,
you would also lead us
to live lives to your glory
by this yearly devotion.
So that after this life in the flesh
we may join with all the saints
in the glorious fatherland of the heavens;
through your mercy, our God,
you are blessed
and live and rule all things
now and forever..
R.   Amen.

Source: Freely translated from the Mozarabic Rite, from a document at the University of St. Thomas.

Original in Latin:

Tibi semper gloria, summe Pater ac Domine, qui hodie e caelis Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum nobis salvatorem mittere dignatus es, quem prophetorum olim vaticiniis intonasti, et nunc ex Maria Virgine natum manifestasti.

Hodie nobis est in praesepio positus, perpetuae vitae panis, et lux magna reddita est terris. 

Hodie pax civium est prolata supernorum, et nobis omnibus conceditur perpetuitatis donum. 

Hodie divinus est nobis reseratus thesaurus, et lux reddita est omnibus, quem prodiit Spiritus Sanctus.

Nunc verum lumen apparuit mundo, qui medicus est caecorum, et sanitas paraliticorum, atque infirmantium virtus, et debilium firmamentum.

Hodie vera est prolata resurrectio mortuorum, via, veritas et vita viventium.

Quaesumus igitur, vera Trinitas, Deus noster, ut qui nos fecisti nativitatis tuae suscipere gaudia, facias, quoque annua devotione immaculatam habere vitam.  Ut post carnae claustra mereamur adunari cum omnibus sanctis in caelorum patria gloriosa.

R. Amen.

A Prayer for Christmas Eve

gerard_van_honthorst_001O God,
you were pleased to announce the coming of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
with choirs of angels who proclaimed with their song,
“Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.”
Grant that we may so pass our time here to your glory,
that at your Son’s second coming
we may rejoice before him.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 11 #1

“you were pleased to announce  … with choirs of angels ” is a reference to Luke 2:13

“Glory to God in the highest” is a reference to Luke 2:14

​Christmas Prayer

veit-dietrichLord God, heavenly Father, we give thanks that in your great mercy and compassion you allowed your dear Son to become incarnate and through him redeemed us from sin and eternal death. Enlighten our hearts by your Holy Spirit that we may always be thankful for such grace and be comforted in all trouble and temptation, and at last, obtain eternal salvation; through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich

Source of this version: Freely modified from The Lutheran Hymnary, 1913, http://olcc.us/liturgical-resources/collects-veit-dietrich/ (Christmas)

Inward Peace and Goodwill

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your incarnation you united
things earthly and heavenly.
Fill us with the sweetness
of inward peace and goodwill,
that we may join the heavenly host
in singing praises to your glory;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Rite, 6th Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for Use in Church United Lutheran Church in America, 1935

Variant, as a blessing:

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.

Source of this version: The Priest to the Altar: Or Aids to the Devout Celebration of Holy Communion Chiefly After the Ancient English Use of Sarum, Peter Goldsmith Medd,
Rivingtons, 1879, 11th Century