Seasonal Blessings

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Advent

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Christmas

Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one all things earthly and heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing …

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Christ the Son of God, born of Mary, fill you with his Word and Spirit to trust his promises and obey his will; and the blessing …

Epiphany

Christ the Son of God gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom; and the blessing …

Ash Wednesday to Lent 4

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him; and the blessing …

Lent 5 and Holy Week

Christ crucified draw you to himself, to find in him a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven; and the blessing …

Easter

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing …

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The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, make you perfect in every good work to do his will; and the blessing …

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God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing …

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God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us the victory, give you joy and peace in his faith; and the blessing …

Ascension

Christ our king make you faithful and strong to do his will, that you may reign with him in glory; and the blessing …

Pentecost

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the word and works of God; and the blessing …

Trinity Sunday

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing …

Saints’ Days

God give you grace to follow his saints in faith and hope and love; and the blessing …

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God give you grace to follow his saints in faith and truth and gentleness; and the blessing …

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God give you grace to share the inheritance of his saints in glory; and the blessing …

Unity

Christ the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for the sheep, draw you and all who hear his voice to be one within the fold; and the blessing …

General

The God of grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, establish, strengthen and settle you in the faith; and the blessing …

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God, who from the death of sin raised you to new life in Christ, keep you from falling and set you in the presence of his glory; and the blessing …

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Christ who has nourished us with himself the living bread, make you one in praise and love, and raise you up at the last day; and the blessing …

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The God of peace fill you with all joy and hope in believing; and the blessing …

Source: Various sources. “…and the blessing of almighty God…” may have its origin in the Urbi et Orbi papal blessing.

Source of this version: Modified from the Alternative Service Book 1980 (http://www.oremus.org/liturgy/asb/ea/blessing.html)

In the second Christmas blessing, the Alternative Service Book has “…fill you with his grace…”

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On the Lord’s Day

O Lord Almighty,
you have created the world by Christ,
and have commanded us to remember the Sabbath,
to rest from our works,
and to meditate on your Word.
We[1] have also appointed festivals that bring joy to our souls,
to remember that Wisdom, your only Son,
who submitted to be born of a woman for us.
He appeared in life,
and showed himself in his baptism.
He appeared as both God and man.
He suffered for us according to your will,
and died,
and rose again by your power.
To remember and proclaim this,
we solemnly celebrate the feast of the resurrection on the Lord’s Day,
and rejoice in him who has conquered death,
and has brought life and immortality to light. Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

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

[1] Original: “Thou hast also appointed festivals”

Prayer for Transfiguration

O God,
you so loved the world
that you gave your only Son
to reconcile the earthly with the heavenly;
Move us to love you above all things,
that we love our friends in you,
and our enemies for you;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 21 #2 (Sexagesima)

“O God, you so loved the world…” is a reference to  John 3:16

“to reconcile the earthly with the heavenly” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 5:19,  Colossians 1:20

“Move us to love you above all things” is a reference to  Deuteronomy 6:5Matthew 22:37Mark 12:30Luke 10:27

Prayer for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

O God,
author of peace,
may we be so held in the bonds of love,
that those who are peaceful may remain in peace,
and that those who differ may be reconciled by your mercy;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #3 (Epphany 6)

“may we be so held in the bonds of love” may be a reference to  2 Corinthians 5:14

Prayer for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Only Son of God the Father,
you took on yourself our nature to save the world,
and by humbling yourself
you opened the way to Paradise again to fallen humanity;
Wash away our iniquities, cleanse us from our sins,
that we may be imitate you as dearly loved children;
through your mercy,
O our God, you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #2 (Epiphany 5)

“Only Son of God the Father” is a reference to  John 1:14John 3:16John 3:18

“you took on yourself our nature…humbling yourself” is a reference to  Philippians 2:8

“Wash away our iniquities” is a reference to  Psalm 51:2

“that we may be imitate you as dearly loved children” is a reference to  Ephesians 5:1

Let the Light of Your Gospel Shine on Us

veit-dietrichO merciful and eternal God, heavenly Father, we thank you for revealing to us the glory of your Son and letting the light of your gospel shine on us. Guide us by this light that we may walk diligently as Christians in all good works, always be strengthened by your grace and conduct our lives in all godliness; 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/ (Epiphany 6)

 

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage by [Stratman, Paul]Prayers by Veit Dietrich are included in Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage, available from Amazon.com, and also available for Amazon Kindle. It is a collection of prayers from the history of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe. The collection includes prayers by Johannes Bugenhagen, Georg C. Dieffenbach, Veit Dietrich, Matthias Flacius, Wilhelm Loehe, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Joachim Mynsinger, Johann G. Olearius, Johann Jacob Rambach, and the early agendas and prayer books of the Austrian, Brunswick, Hamburg, Lueneberg, Norwegian, Nuremberg, Pomeranian, Riga, Russian, Saxon, Schleswig-Holstein, and Swedish Evangelical-Lutheran churches.

 

Prayer for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

O Lord our Strength,
increase in us a true love of your holy name,
that we trust in your grace,
fear no earthly evil,
set our hearts on no earthly good,
and finally rejoice in your full salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #1 (Epiphany 4)

“O Lord our Strength” is a reference to  Psalm 28:7, possibly also to Psalm 46:1

“set our hearts on no earthly good” is a reference to  Colossians 3:2

“rejoice in your full salvation” is a reference to  Psalm 13:5Psalm 35:9Psalm 51:12Psalm 95:1,