Prayer for the Second Sunday after Epiphany

O Lord God,
you always hear those who cry to you,
and you show your tender mercy to those who are distressed.
Help us to despise the emptiness of this world,
renounce its deceits,
and find in Christ our eternal and exceedingly great reward;
Grant this, for the sake of your blessed Son, our Savior.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 19 #1 (Epiphany 1)

“you always hear those who cry to you” is a reference to Psalm 27:7Psalm 34:17Psalm 39:12Psalm 145:19

“you show your tender mercy to those who are distressed” is a reference to 2 Samuel 24:141 Chronicles 21:13Nahum 1:7

“Help us to despise the emptiness of this world” is a reference to Colossians 2:8

“renounce its deceits” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 4:2, see also Psalm 43:1Romans 1:29Ephesians 4:14Colossians 2:81 Peter 2:1

“find in Christ our eternal and exceedingly great reward” is a reference to Genesis 15:1Colossians 3:24

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;”

Defend Us from All Enemies

O Lord,
mercifully hear our prayer
and stretch forth the right hand of your majesty
to defend us from all enemies that rise up against us;
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 First Sunday in Lent

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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

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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.”

Defend Us from All Evil

O Lord,
mercifully hear our prayers.
Set us free from the bonds of sin.
Defend us from all evil;
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 Quinquagesima

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Deliver Us by Your Gracious Goodness

O Lord,
hear the prayers of your people
and show us your favor,
that we who are justly afflicted for our sins
may be mercifully delivered by your gracious goodness
for the glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for Septuagesima

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Grant Us Peace in Our Time

Almighty and eternal God,
you govern all things in heaven and earth.
Mercifully hear the prayers of your people
and grant us your peace in our time;
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 Second Sunday after the Epiphany

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