For Forgiveness

You made the enduring fabric of the world
appear by the works of your hand.
You, Lord, created the earth on which we live.
You are faithful in all generations,
just in judgments,
and wonderful in strength and majesty.
You created all things by your wisdom,
and with your divine knowledge you established the things you have made.
You are good to those who are being saved
and faithful to those who trust in you.
O merciful and Compassionate One,
forgive our iniquities and offences
and transgressions and trespasses.
Do not count every sin of your servants and handmaids against us,
but purify us with your truth.
Direct our steps that we may walk in holiness of heart
and do what is good and pleasing in your sight
and in the sight of our rulers.
Yes, Lord, make your face shine on us for good in peace,
that we may be shielded by your mighty hand
and delivered from every sin by your uplifted arm.
Deliver us also from those who hate us wrongfully.
Give concord and peace to us and all who dwell on the earth,
even as you gave our fathers when they called on you in faith and truth.
We submit ourselves to your almighty and all-excellent name. Amen.

Source: Clement of Rome, first century.

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

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For All Kings and Rulers

O Lord,
grant to all kings and rulers
health, peace, concord, and stability,
that they may administer the government
you have given them without failure.
For you, O heavenly Master, King of the Ages,
give the sons of men glory and honor
and authority over all things that are on the earth.
Lord, direct their counsel
according to what is good and pleasing in your sight,
that administering the authority you have given them,
in peace and gentleness, with godliness,
they may continue to please you.
You alone are able to do these things,
and things far greater than these for us.
We praise you, through the High Priest and Guardian of our souls,
Jesus Christ;
through him be glory and majesty to you,
both now and for all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Clement of Rome, first century.

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

A Clementine Blessing

May God,
who sees all things,
and who is the Ruler of all spirits
and the Lord of all the living—
who chose our Lord Jesus Christ,
and through him chose us to be a people for his own possession—
grant to every soul that calls on his glorious and holy name,
faith, peace, patience, long-suffering,
self-control, purity, and sobriety,
to the glory of his name,
through our High Priest and Protector,
+ Jesus Christ, to whom be glory,
and majesty, and power, and honor,
both now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Clement of Rome (c. 96)

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.)

“chose us to be a people for his own possession” is a reference to 1 Peter 2:9

A Prayer for Peace

O God, you are the bottomless well of peace,
the heavenly sea of love,
the fountain of blessings,
and the giver  of affection,
and you send peace to those who receive it.

Open to us this day the sea of your love,
and water us with the flowing streams of your grace.
Make us children of quietness, and heirs of peace.
Enkindle the fire of your love in us;
plant holy reverence for you in us;
strengthen our weakness by your power;
bind us closely to you and to each other
in one firm bond of unity;
for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Source: Syrian Clementine Liturgy, (attributed to Clement of Rome, c. 96)

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.)

Also found here: Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 80 #2

“plant holy reverence for you in us” in the original is “plant your fear in us”

 

Make Us Grounded in Your Truth

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we pray, that we might be grounded
and settled in your truth
by the coming of your Holy Spirit in our hearts.
What we do not know, reveal to us;
what is lacking within us, make complete;
what we do know, confirm in us;
and keep us blameless in your service,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Clement of Rome (c. 90)

Source of this version: http://christianicon.tumblr.com/post/37974365991/almighty-god-father-of-our-lord-jesus-christ

Also found here:  The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (June 10)

A Prayer for Defense and Deliverance

We ask you, Master,
be our helper and defender.
Rescue those of our number in distress;
raise up the fallen;
assist the needy;
heal the sick;
turn back those of your people who stray;
feed the hungry;
release our captives;
revive the weak;
encourage those who lose heart.
Let all the nations realize that you are the only God,
that Jesus Christ is your Son,
and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

Source: Clement of Rome (c. 96)

Source of this version: https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/prayers-of-earliest-christians/

Also found here:

https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2012/08/05/a-prayer-of-clement/