Have Mercy, Cleanse, Pardon, Heal

downloadO most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
O Lord, cleanse us from our sins.
O Master, pardon our transgressions.
O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities,
for your name’s sake.

Source: Greek Orthodox Church, Morning Prayer.  Slightly modified from https://oca.org/orthodoxy/prayers/trisagion

Father of Mercies, Come to My Help


Praying Hands

Painting of Duerer’s “Praying Hands,” painted on cloth by an unknown Korean artist, 1951. Editor’s collection.

Almighty God,
Father of mercies
and God of all comfort,
come to my help
and deliver me from
this difficulty that besets me.
I believe Lord,
that all trials of life
are under your care
and that all things work
for the good of those who love you.
Take away from me fear,
anxiety and distress.
Help me to face and endure my difficulty
with faith, courage and wisdom.
Grant that this trial
may bring me closer to you
for you are my rock and refuge,
my comfort and hope,
my delight and joy.
I trust in your love and compassion.
Blessed is your name,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.

Source: Orthodox prayer, slightly modified from http://stpeterorthodoxchurch.com/other-orthodox-prayers/

To the Trinity

O Trinity, supreme in being;
O Unity without beginning,
the hosts of heaven sing your praise,
trembling before you.
Heaven and earth,
the heights and the depths,
are in awe of you,
all-holy Trinity.
Men and women bless you,
the fire, the wind, the light, all serve you,
all things created obey you in fear.

Source: Festal Menaion, Greek Orthodox Church

Modified (restored) from http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3915/devotion-for-trinity-sunday

Ascension Day Acclamation

Ascension_Painting.pngThe Lord ascended into heaven
so that he could send
the Comforter into this world.

Today the Father receives again to his side
the One who was in him from all eternity.

O you nations of the earth, clap your hands,
for Christ has gone up
to the place where he had been from all eternity.

Source: Ascension Day, Orthodox

This version is shortened from The Oxford Book of Prayer and http://standrewsinthevalley-thursdaymemos.blogspot.com/2011/06/



Give Us Knowledge and Life Everlasting

johnchrysostomAlmighty God,
you have given us grace
at this time with one accord
to make our common supplication to you;
and you have promised
through your well-beloved Son
that when two or three
are gathered together in his name
you will be in the midst of them:
Fulfill now, O Lord,
our desires and petitions
as may be best for us;
granting us in this world knowledge of your truth,
and in the age to come life everlasting.

Source: Book of Common Prayer, and The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

Original in Greek:

Ὁ τὰς κοινὰς ταύτας καὶ συμφώνους ἡμῖν χαρισάμενος προσευχάς, ὁ καὶ δυσὶ καὶ τρισί, συμφωνοῦσιν ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί σου, τὰς αἰτήσεις παρέχειν ἐπαγγειλάμενος· Αὐτὸς καὶ νῦν τῶν δούλων σου τὰ αἰτήματα πρὸς τὸ συμφέρον πλήρωσον, χορηγῶν ἡμῖν ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι ζωὴν αἰώνιον χαριζόμενος.

In traditional English from the Book of Common Prayer:

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

For the Gift of a New Day

We give you thanks
for the rest of the past night
and for the gift of a new day
with its opportunities to please you.
Grant that we may pass its hours
in the complete freedom of your service,
that at evening we may again give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: The Eastern Church

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.)


We give you thanks,
Holy Lord, Father Almighty, everlasting God,
for you have been pleased to bring us through the night
to the hours of morning;
Grant us to pass this day without sin,
so that at evening we may again give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian

Source of this version: Modified from:  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 6 #3

Also found here:  Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 323 #2