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.
Amen.

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

 

An Advent Prayer

Advent 3Heavenly Father,
you sent your messengers
to tell of the birth of your Son,
that people might believe in him.
Open our ears to hear your call,
to repent of our sins,
and to seek our heavenly inheritance.
May we profess Christ until we stand by his grace
before the glory of your majesty;
Grant this for the sake of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Freely modified from Mozarabic Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent, in  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 16

“May we profess Christ… majesty” in Mozarabic Collects reads” So that we, who profess Christ, may not for our works be condemned before the glory of Thy majesty;”

Prayer for the Last Sunday of the Church Year

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
You alone heal the wounds of our sins,
and you show goodness everlasting in the land of the living;
Grant that we may serve you faithfully with a quiet mind in this world,
and going forth in your love,
may praise and bless you forever in the world to come;
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. 38 #2 (Trinity Last)

“You alone heal the wounds of our sins” is a reference to Isaiah 53:5

“in the Land of the Living” is a reference to Psalm 27:13Psalm 116:9Psalm 142:5

Relieve Us by the Comfort of Your Grace

Almighty God,
grant that we who deserve to be afflicted for our evil deeds
may mercifully be relieved by the comfort of your grace;
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 Fourth Sunday in Lent

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

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We Praise and Thank Your Divine Goodness

O almighty and eternal God,wilhelm_loehe
we praise and thank your divine goodness
for the precious food and drink you have given us
in the body and blood of your only Son.
By your Holy Spirit, grant us
the forgiveness of sin,
growth in grace,
and everlasting union
with your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran FaithWilhelm Löhe, 1902, The Orders of Public Worship, The Communion or Morning Service, A, p. 36

Fix Our Hearts on True Joys

O God,
you make the minds of the faithful
to be of one will.
Grant that we may love what you command
and desire what you promise,
that among the many changes of this world,
our hearts may always be fixed
where true joys are found;
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 Fourth Sunday after Easter

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

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Give Us Grace and Faith While We Await the Resurrection

Almighty God,
through the death of your Son
you have destroyed the power of sin and death
and through his resurrection
have restored innocence and eternal life
so that we would be redeemed
from the power of the devil.
Through the same power of the Resurrection,
raise our mortal bodies
when you awaken the dead.
Grant us your grace
that we may steadfastly believe this
with all our hearts,
and await the joyful resurrection of our bodies
with all your blessed ones;
through the same Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: The Saxon Agenda of 1540, translated by Paul C. Stratman © 2016