Deliver Us from Evil

O God of peace and charity,
deliver us from all temptation,
assist us in every conflict,
console us in every trouble.
Give us patience in adversity,
and grace to worship you with a pure conscience,
and to serve you with all our strength.
We bless you, we thank you, day by day we magnify you.
Let our praises be pleasing to you,
and our prayer acceptable.

Source: Gallican Missal

Source of this version: Freely 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. 60 #1

Wisdom, Strength, Light, Mercy

Give me, O Lord,
purity of lips,
a clean and innocent heart,
humility, fortitude, patience.
Give me the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and godliness,
and of fear of the Lord.
Make me always seek your face with all my heart,
all my soul, all my mind.
Give me a contrite and humble heart in your presence.
Most high, eternal and holy Wisdom,
drive away from me the darkness
of blindness and ignorance.
Most high and eternal Strength, deliver me.
Most high and eternal Light, illuminate me.
Most high and infinite Mercy, have mercy on me.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 60 #1

“purity of lips” is a reference to Psalm 24:4  and possibly Psalm 17:1

“clean and innocent heart” is a reference to Psalm 51:10

“Give me the Spirit of wisdom…” is a reference to Isaiah 11:2

“Make me always seek your face with all my heart…” is a reference to Matthew 22:37

“Give me a contrite and humble heart…” is  a reference to Psalm 51:17


Abba, Father

be a tender father toward us your servants.
Govern, protect, preserve,
sanctify, guide, and console us.
Let us be so warmed with love for you,
that we may never forget you,
O most merciful Lord, most tender Father;
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Source: Old Gallican Sacramentary

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.)

Also found here: Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 78 #2

“Abba, Father” is a reference to Romans 8:15

“Let us be so warmed with love…” in the original is “Let us be so warmed with love for you, that we may not be despised by you,”

To Go Forward with Your Help

Grant your servants, O God,
to be set on fire with your Spirit,
strengthened by your power,
enlightened by your splendor,
filled with your grace,
and to go forward with your help.
Give them, O Lord,
a right faith,
perfect love,
true humility.
Grant, O Lord,
that there may be in us simple affection,
brave patience,
persevering obedience,
perpetual peace,
a pure mind,
a right and clean heart,
a good will,
a holy conscience,
awareness and watchfulness,
spiritual strength,
a blameless life,
and after we have finished our course,
we may happily enter into your blessed kingdom.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902, p. 93 #3

A Gallican Blessing

May God the Father bless us,
who created all things in the beginning,
May the + Son bless us, who for our salvation
came down from his throne on high,
May the Holy Spirit bless us,
who rested as a dove on the Christ in Jordan.

May  he sanctify us in the Trinity
whose coming in judgment all nations look for.

Source: Gallican Missal

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