O Lord our God,
teach us to ask you for the right blessings.
Steer the vessel of our life toward yourself,
the tranquil haven of all storm-tossed souls.
Show us the course we should go.
Renew a willing spirit within us.
Let your Spirit curb our wayward senses
and guide and empower us to our true good,
to keep your laws,
and in all we do always rejoice in your glorious, joyful presence;
for yours is the glory and praise from all your saints forever and ever. Amen.
Source: Basil of Caesarea, d. 379
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.)
purity of lips,
a clean and innocent heart,
and rightness of action.
humility, patience, abstinence,
chastity, prudence, justice,
courage and self-control.
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,
God guide me with your wisdom,
God discipline me with your justice,
God help me with your mercy,
God protect me with your strength.
God fill me with your fullness,
God shield me with your shade,
God fill me with your grace,
for the sake of your Anointed Son.
Jesu Christ, the Son of David,
visiting Boy in the Temple,
sacrificial Lamb in the Garden,
who died for me.
Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 65. English translation modified.
Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 64