For Christ’s Servants Everywhere

1280px-meister_des_sakramentarium_gelasianum_001O God of infinite mercy and boundless majesty,
no distance can separate those you care for
from your love.
Be with your servants everywhere
who confide in you,
and wherever they go,
be their guide and companion.
Let nothing harm them,
and no difficulty oppose them.
Make all things turn out happily and prosperously for them,
that with your help,
whatever they ask for according to your will,
they quickly receive;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary, fifth century. Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, ed. J. Manning Potts.

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An Anniversary of Ministry

lutherroseO God,
by your command the order of all time runs its course.
Look graciously on me your servant,
whom you have called into your ministry.
Mercifully preserve your gifts in me
so that my service may be pleasing to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian, in The New Ancient Collects, #576, Bright’s Ancient Collects, p. 194.1

 

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May We Persevere with Steadfast Faith in the Confession of Your Name

1280px-meister_des_sakramentarium_gelasianum_001Almighty and eternal God,
by Christ you revealed your glory to all nations.
Preserve the works of your mercy,
that your Church,
which is spread throughout the world,
may persevere with steadfast faith
in the confession of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian collect for Good Friday, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 98.1.

The Light of Your Heavenly Grace Has Renewed Us

O Lord,
hear the morning prayers of your people,
and enlighten our hearts with your healing goodness,
that no dark desires may trouble us
since the light of your heavenly grace has renewed us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian, freely modified from Ancient Collects, ed. WIlliam Bright, p. 7#1

Make Us Watchful

Advent 1O Lord our God,
make us watchful and heedful
as we await the coming of your Son,
Christ our Lord,
that when he comes and knocks,
he will find us not sleeping in sins
but awake and rejoicing in his praises;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary 

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 16 #4

Purify Our Consciences

Advent 1O Lord,
purify our consciences by your daily presence,
that when your Son, our Lord comes,
he may find in us a place prepared for himself;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary 

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 16 #3