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.

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


Prayer for the Lord’s Day

Almighty Father,
dwell among us today
and fill us with yourself.
Say to each one of us,
“I am your salvation.”
Speak to us so that we cannot fail to hear.
Show yourself to us,
and show us how badly we need you.
Uphold your servants
who proclaim your Word in your temple
and lead the worship of your people.
Touch the hearts of the hearers
that they may receive and serve you.
Hear us, O heavenly Father,
for the sake of your only Son.

Source: attributed to Augustine of Hippo, d. 430

Source of this version: Freely modified The Hymnal and Order of Service, The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, 1925, p. 679 #3

Bless, Preserve, and Keep Us

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
bless, preserve, and keep us.
The Lord mercifully with look on us with his favor,
and fill us with all spiritual benediction and grace,
that we may live godly, righteously, and soberly in this life,
and in the world to come we may have life everlasting.
Amen .

Source: The gospel of the kingdom, a vade-mecum of texts and prayers of intercession, ed. Hugh Croskery, 1877 and Short services for family worship: arranged chiefly from the Book of common prayer by J. Gibson, John Gibson, 1844

This blessing is based in part on Numbers 6:24ff.


When Someone Dies in the Lord

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common Prayer

Almighty God,
the spirits of those who die in the Lord live with you,
and the souls of the faithful,
after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh,
are in joy and bliss in your presence.
We give you humble thanks
that it has pleased you to deliver this our brother
out of the miseries of this sinful world.
We pray, in your goodness
fill up the number of your chosen ones and hasten your kingdom,
that with all those who have departed in the true faith of your holy name
we also may have our perfect fulfillment and bliss,
both in body and soul,
in your eternal glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Book of Common Prayer (1662), Burial of the Dead

Three Swedish Communion Prayers

When the administration of the holy meal is finished, the pastor turns to the congregation and says:

M: Let us pray.

Turning to the altar, the pastor offers one of the following thanksgiving collects:

M: We thank you, almighty Father, through your Son, Jesus Christ you have instituted this holy supper for our comfort and salvation. Grant us grace to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus on earth, that we may also be partakers of the great communion in heaven.
C: Amen.


M: We thank you, almighty God, that through this precious meal of grace you have refreshed and satisfied us. Use it to increase our faith and advance us in godliness and all Christlike virtues; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.


M: O Lord Jesus Christ, you have called us to this communion. We humbly thank you for your mercy, that you have fed us here with your body and blood and filled and embraced us with your goodness. O Lord, be near us! We commit ourselves into your hands and put our trust in you. Let us abide with you forever.
C: Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Swedish Rite: a translation of “Handbok för svenska kyrkan” by Eric Esskildsen Yelverton, 1921, The Service of High Mass, p. 32

Reconcile Us

O God,
by your great love for us
you have reconciled earth to heaven
through your only Son:
grant that we
who are turned aside from love for each other
by the darkness of our sins
may be filled with your Spirit shed abroad in us,
and embrace our friends in you
and our enemies for your sake;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Modified from  Prayers of the Ages, ed. Caroline Snowden Whitmarsh, 1868, p. 256

Also found here: https://attentiontothemoment.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/the-mozarabic-sacramentary/


This prayer reflects on Colossians 1:20

In traditional English:

GOD, who of Thy great love to this world – didst reconcile earth to heaven through Thine Only-begotten Son; grant that we who, by the darkness of our sins, are turned aside from brotherly love, may by Thy light shed forth in our souls be filled with Thine own sweetness, and embrace our friends in Thee, and our enemies for Thy sake, in a bond of mutual affection.

Reveal Yourself to Us

johannes-scotus-erigenaO God,
you are the everlasting essence of all things,
beyond space and time,
and yet within them.
You transcend and fill all things.
Show yourself to us,
who look for you and seek you
despite the shades of our ignorance.
Stretch forth your hand to help us.
Without you we cannot come to you.
Reveal yourself to us who seek nothing beside you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: John Scotus Eriugena

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 47 #1