New Year Prayer

blake_ancient_of_daysO God,
your days are without beginning
and without end.
We dedicate this coming year to you.
Give us such prosperity as you know is good for us,
and make us abound in doing whatever is pleasing to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for New Year, freely modified from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p.18 #1

“” is a reference to Revelation 21:6Revelation 22:13

“Give us such prosperity as you know is good for us” is a reference to Psalm 128:5Romans 8:28

“make us abound in doing whatever is pleasing to you” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 9:8

 

The Blessing of a Nativity Scene

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All gather around the nativity scene.

L:  Our help is in the name of the LORD,
R:  The Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

L: The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the second chapter.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3And everyone went to register, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the town of Nazareth, into Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was from the house and family line of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, his wife, who was pledged to him in marriage and was expecting a child.

6And so it was that while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8There were in the same country shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified! 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. For behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which will be for all people: 11Today in the town of David, a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude from the heavenly army, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.” (EHV)

L: The Gospel of the Lord.
R:  Praise be to you, O Christ.

L: Let us pray.
God of glory, when the set time had fully come, you sent your only Son to be born of the virgin Mary, and made the good news of great joy about his birth known to shepherds, who then spread abroad the news about the holy Child.

Bless us as we remember his birth. Speak to our hearts with the news of his birth, and continue to renew our faith with the peace of his gospel. Move us to respond and to share this good news with those around us with the message of your love reflected in our lives, and also in word, art and song; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
R:  Amen.

A Christmas carol reflecting on the birth of Christ may be sung.

This rite is based loosely on The Blessing of a Manger or Nativity Scene from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers © 2008, USCCB.

The prayers are newly composed, © 2016 Paul C. Stratman, https://acollectionofprayers.wordpress.com/

All Scripture is from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.com

Pray and Wait

O God, our Refuge and Strength,
author of all godliness,
hear the devout prayers of your Church.
Lead us to pray faithfully,
and to wait for your good answer patiently;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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“Lead us to pray faithfully, and to wait for your good answer patiently” in the original Latin is “Grant that what we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually.”

Stir Us Up to Serve

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people
that they may bear many fruits of good works,
and because of your faithfulness
receive your great reward;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Keep Us

O Lord,
keep your household, the Church,
in continual godliness,
that through your protection
we may be free from all adversities
and devoutly given to serve you in good works
to the glory of your name;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Guide and Empower Us to Do What is Right

O God,
all good things come from you.
Inspire your humble servants
to think those things that are right,
and guide and empower us to do them;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Easter

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Prayer for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom glory in the highest is always sung
in heaven and on earth,
grant your good will to us and to all your people,
cleanse us from all our sins,
and give us your peace forever;
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. 37 #1 (Trinity 20)

“glory in the highest ” is a reference to Luke 2:14Luke 19:38

“cleanse us from all our sins” is a reference to 2 Peter 1:91 John 1:9