A Lenten Prayer

O Lord, our Light and our Salvation,
remove the darkness of sorrow and ignorance.
Enlighten us with true wisdom,
and give us our sure hope in you;
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
we worship and glorify you,
one God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 23 #3 (Lent 4)

“O Lord, our Light and our Salvation” is a reference to  Psalm 27:1

“remove the darkness of sorrow and ignorance” may be a reference to  Isaiah 9:2

“Enlighten us with true wisdom” is a reference to  Psalm 19:8Ephesians 1:18,

“and give us our sure hope in you” is a reference to  Psalm 33:22Psalm 39:7

Open and Enlighten Our Minds

Lucas_Cranach_(I)_-_Johannes_Bugenhagen[1].jpgAlmighty and eternal God,
Lord, heavenly Father,
your Word is a lamp to our feet
and a light for our path,
open and enlighten our minds
that we may understand your
pure, clear and holy Word,
and then, rightly understanding your Word,
live our lives that we may never displease your majesty;
through Jesus Christ, your Son,
our dear Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God in eternity.
Amen.

Source: Johannes Bugenhagen, 1485-1558

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, #34.

“Sprechend: Vater u. s. w. indicates that this prayer would be followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

Allmächtiger, ewiger Gott, Herr, himmlischer Vater, deß Wort eine Kerze ist unsern Füßen und ein Licht unsern Wegen, thu auf und erleuchte unser Gemüth, daß wir dein Wort rein, lauter, und heiliglich verstehen und dann nach dem, das wir recht verstanden haben, unser Leben gestalten, auf daß wir deiner Majestät nimmer mißfallen, durch Jesum Christum, deinen Sohn,  unsern lieben Herrn, der mit dir in Einigkeit des heiligen Geistes lebt und regiert, Gott in Ewigkeit, sprechend: Vater u.s. w. Johannes Bugenhagen

Enlighten Us

bartolomc3a9_esteban_murillo_-_adoration_of_the_magi_-_google_art_projectO Jesus Christ our King,
your sign to the Magi was a bright shining star.
Enlighten us by your grace,
and fill us with all wisdom
and spiritual understanding;
grant this because of your goodness,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
whose kingdom and dominion
endure through all ages.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Epiphany, freely modified from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p.18 #2

“your sign to the Magi was a bright shining star” is a reference to Matthew 2

 

A General Prayer (Advent)

O Lord, our heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the comfort you have given us in the gift of your dear Son Jesus Christ, whom you sent to be a King and Savior to redeem his people from their sin and to deliver them from the might of Satan and the power of everlasting death. Give us your Holy Spirit to enlighten, govern, and sanctify our hearts, that we may confess him as our King and Savior, and always cling to him. Give us a true and living faith so that we may not be offended at his humiliation, Word and Kingdom, which the world esteems so lightly; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Accept also, O Lord, the prayers of your faithful people for the well being of your holy Church throughout the world. Govern and sanctify it, with all its pastors and ministers, by your Holy Spirit, that we may be kept by your Word in true faith and fervent love toward you and one another.

Grant also health and prosperity to all who are in authority, especially, the president of our nation and the governor of our state,* that they may rule over us according to your will to maintain righteousness and hinder and punish of wickedness, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.

Grant also that our enemies may cease their enmity and be inclined to walk with us in meekness and in peace.

All who are in trouble, want, sickness, anguish of labor or any other trouble, especially those who suffer for your name and for your truth’s sake, comfort, O God, with your Holy Spirit, that they may receive and confess their afflictions as the manifestation of your Fatherly will.

Cause also the fruits of the earth to prosper, and give us all other things you would have us ask for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith  by Wilhelm Löhe, Advent Prayer 1, p. 119-120

* “the president of our nation and the governor of our state” should be modified to fit the circumstances of a country’s national, provincial or district authorities.

Prayer for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the Light of the blind,
the Way for those who stray,
and the resurrection of the dead.
Enlighten the darkness of our hearts and minds,
bring sinners to repentance,
so that we may live in you and for you;
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
we worship and glorify you,
ever one God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881,  p. 36 # 2 (Trinity 19)

“Light of the blind” is a reference to Matthew 11:5Luke 4:18Luke 7:22John 9:39,  Romans 2:19,

“way for those who stray” is a reference to Psalm 23:3John 14:6Hebrews 12:13

“resurrection” is a reference to John 11:25

“enlighten…” is a reference to John 1

“bring sinners to repentance” is a reference to Psalm 51:13Luke 5:32

“live in you and for you” is a reference to Galatians 2:20Philippians 1:21

Prayer for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O almighty God, our Heavenly Father,
renew in us the gifts of your mercy,
increase our faith, strengthen our hope,
enlighten our understanding,
enlarge our love,
and make us ever ready to serve you,
both in body and soul;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 34 #3 (Trinity 14)

“increase our faith, strengthen our hope, … enlarge our love” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 13:13

“both in body and soul” may be a reference to 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O God,
you are the well of life,
and in your light we shall see light.
When we thirst give us living water
and enlighten our darkened minds with heavenly light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 34 #1 (Trinity 12)