For Those Who Have Forgotten You

O God,
no one can escape your Spirit,
and none may flee from your presence.
We pray for those who have forgotten you
and have wandered  in disobedience to your will
and neglected your holy Word and Sacraments.
May your Holy Spirit continue to strive with them,
may your exceeding great love still plead with them,
to bring them home to yourself again,
that they may rejoice in your salvation
and glorify your blessed name.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 54

Original has: “and neglected your holy Church and Sacraments.”

Let Your Right Hand Guard uUs

Lord Jesus Christ,
keeper and preserver of all things,
let your right hand guard us by day and by night,
when we sit at home,
and when we walk abroad,
when we lie down
and when we rise up,
that we may be kept from all evil,
and have mercy upon us sinners.
Amen.

Source: Nerses of Clajes (St. Nerses I)

Source of this version:  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

 

Stay with Me in My Distress

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus Christ,
you have come to comfort and save all troubled souls.
Come also to me and stay with me in my distress.
Fill my troubled heart with the Word of your promise,
“I am with you always.”
Fill my home with your blessing,
and my whole life with Christian humility.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914  (#241)

“Fill my troubled heart with the Word of your promise, ‘I am with you always.'” in the original is “Fill my miserable heart with the beauties of Thy comforting presence…”

Help Us Retain All We Have Heard

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep it.”
As we have heard your Word, so also empower us to keep it.
Help us, so that in pure and honest hearts
we may retain all we have heard,
and bring forth fruit with patience.

May we consider your Word diligently,
repeat it at home,
and speak of it with our families,
that we may govern our whole lives by it,
and finally, in our last hour,
die in peace with the comfort of your Word.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#80c.)

Show Me Your Mercy

Show me, O Lord,
your mercy
and delight my heart with it.
Let me find you
whom I so longingly seek.
See!
Here is the man
whom the robbers siezed,
mishandled,
and left half dead
on the road to Jericho.
O kind hearted Samaritan,
come to my aid!
I am the sheep
who wandered into the wilderness –
seek after me
and bring me home again
to your fold.
Do with me what you will
that I may stay by you
all the days of my life,
and praise you with all those
who are with you
in heaven for all eternity.

Source: St. Jerome

Source of this version: http://www.spirituality.org/is/110/saint.asp

Also found here: http://www.ccel.org/node/4505

Also found here:  Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 224 #2

A Final Commendation of the Dying

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dDepart, O Christian soul, out of this world,
in the name of God the Father almighty who created you,
in the name of Jesus + Christ his Son, who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit, who has been poured out into you.

May you depart this day in peace,
and your home be in the heavenly Jerusalem.

Source: Sarum

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902, p. 120 #1

“May you depart this day…” original has “May thy place be this day in peace,”

A longer version reads thus:

Depart in peace, ransomed soul,
in the name of God the Father almighty who created you,
in the name of Jesus + Christ, the Son of the living God, who redeemed you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit, who sanctified you.

Come now to Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8) Amen.

Source of this version: The Lutheran Hymnal, p. 119

Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.

“Enter now Mount Zion…” is a reference to Hebrews 12:22-23