For Christian Graces

O Lord,
give me
purity of lips,
a clean and innocent heart,
and rightness of action.

Give me
humility, patience, abstinence,
chastity, prudence, justice,
courage and self-control.

Give me
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and godliness,
and of your fear.

Always lead me to seek your face
with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind.
Let me have a contrite and humble heart in your presence—
to prefer nothing to your love.

Most high, eternal, and ineffable Wisdom,
drive away from me the darkness of blindness and ignorance.
Most high and eternal Strength, rescue me.
Most high and eternal Courage, help me.
Most high and incomprehensible Light, illuminate me,
Most high and infinite Mercy, have mercy on me. Amen.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

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For a Friend Before a Journey

O God,
you always bestow your mercy on those who love you,
and are near those who serve you.
Direct the way of your servant in your will.
Protect and guide him,
that he may walk without stumbling
in the paths of righteousness,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, 8th century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

A Prayer for Spiritual Blessings

Most high God,
our loving Father,
you are infinite in majesty.
I humbly pray for your servant __________.
Give him a pure mind, perfect love,
sincerity in conduct, purity in heart,
strength in action, courage in distress
self-control in character.
Hear his prayers and bless him.
Protect him under the shadow of your wings,
and hear my prayers for him in your mercy.
Pardon his sins, perfect his work, accept his prayers.
Protect him by your name, O God of Jacob!
Send him your saving help from your holy place,
and strengthen him out of Zion.
Receive his offerings, accept his sacrifice,
give him the grace of devotion,
fulfil his desire with good gifts,
and crown him with mercy.
As he serves you with faithful devotion,
pardon his sins,
correct him with Fatherly tenderness,
and direct him on your righteous path.
Deliver him from all troubles,
that declared righteous by you,
both here and eternally,
he may praise you forever with the angels,
saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, fourth century.

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

Not with Gold, Not with Silver, but with Blood from the Side of the Savior

800px-mathis_gothart_grc3bcnewald_007By the shedding of the Blood of Christ our Lord,
peace has been established in heaven and earth.
Truly precious is the Covenant of peace,
which was made by the offering of that holy Blood!
Not with gold,
not with silver,
not with gems or pearls,
but with the blood that poured
from the side of the Savior,
which gladdened heaven,
purified earth,
and terrified hell.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 48#2.

 

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O Single, Unequaled Mystery

800px-mathis_gothart_grc3bcnewald_007It is truly good and right
that we should give thanks to you, Lord God,
through Jesus Christ your Son,
who, being God eternal,
was pleased to become fully human for our salvation.

O single, unequaled Mystery of our Savior!
For he, being one and the same,
God most high, and perfect Man,
both supreme High Priest and most sacred Sacrifice,
according to his divine power created all things,
and according to his human condition delivered man.
By virtue of his Sacrifice he atoned for those stained by sin,
in right of his priesthood he reconciled those alienated from God.

O single, unequaled Mystery of redemption
by which those ancient wounds
were healed by the Lord’s new medicine,
and the judgment passed before on the first man
was lifted by the gifts of our Savior.

In self-indulgence Adam reached his hands to the tree.
In loving patience Christ fixed his hands to the cross.
Therefore the punishment borne by innocence
became the freedom of the debtor,
for debts are remitted to debtors
paid by him who owed nothing.

Source: Ancient Gallican Missal, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright p, 41#1

 

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In Your Great Mercy Set Us Free

comeuntomeO God,
you are the author of love,
and you love pure peace and affection.
Heal the diseases of all Christians who are sick,
and in your great mercy set free
all who are terrified by fears,
afflicted by poverty,
weary with trouble,
worn down by illness,
burdened with punishment,
and all prisoners and wanderers.
Show them your compassion daily,
lift them up, correct them,
and protect them.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 122#1. Also in  Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

 

For over 150 years, Bright’s Ancient Collects has been a standard resource for classic Christian prayers. The New Ancient Collects is a complete revision and refreshing of all the prayers in Bright’s Ancient Collects with updated language. It is available in paperback and for Amazon Kindle from Amazon.com.

Always Lead Me to Seek Your Face

O Lord,
give me
purity of lips,
a clean and innocent heart,
and rightness of action.

Give me
humility, patience, abstinence,
chastity, prudence, justice,
courage and self-control.

Give me
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and godliness,
and of your fear.

Always lead me to seek your face
with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind.
Let me have a contrite and humble heart in your presence—
to prefer nothing to your love.

Most high, eternal, and ineffable Wisdom,
drive away from me the darkness of blindness and ignorance.
Most high and eternal Strength, rescue me.
Most high and eternal Courage, help me.
Most high and incomprehensible Light, illuminate me,
Most high and infinite Mercy, have mercy on me. [315.]

Source:  Gallican, from the time of Charlemagne, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright p. 96#1.

 

For over 150 years, Bright’s Ancient Collects has been a standard resource for classic Christian prayers. The New Ancient Collects is a complete revision and refreshing of all the prayers in Bright’s Ancient Collects with updated language. It is available in paperback and for Amazon Kindle from Amazon.com.