Prayer for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

O Lord our Strength,
increase in us a true love of your holy name,
that we trust in your grace,
fear no earthly evil,
set our hearts on no earthly good,
and finally rejoice in your full salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 20 #1 (Epiphany 4)

“O Lord our Strength” is a reference to  Psalm 28:7, possibly also to Psalm 46:1

“set our hearts on no earthly good” is a reference to  Colossians 3:2

“rejoice in your full salvation” is a reference to  Psalm 13:5Psalm 35:9Psalm 51:12Psalm 95:1,

A Prayer for Communicants

800px-chalice_and_paten_from_tyniec2c_10502c_exh-_benedictines_ng_prague2c_150645Lord Jesus,
you call to yourself
all who labor and are heavy laden
to refresh them and give rest to their souls.
Let these guests experience your love
at the heavenly feast you have prepared
for your people on earth.
Keep them from impenitence and unbelief
that none may partake of this holy Sacrament
to their own judgment.
Take off from them the spotted garment of the flesh
and of their own righteousness,
and adorn them with the garment of the merit
purchased with your blood.
Strengthen their faith,
increase their love and hope,
and hereafter have them sit at your heavenly table,
where you will have your people eat of the eternal manna
and drink from the river of your pleasure forevermore.
Hear us for your own sake. Amen.

Source: Modified from Liturgy and Agenda, 1921

“you call to yourself all who labor and are heavy laden” is a reference to Matthew 11:28

“that none may partake of this holy Sacrament to their own judgment” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 11:29

“Take off from them the spotted garment of the flesh… and adorn them with the garment of the merit purchased with your blood” is a reference to Zechariah 3 Romans 13:12-14Galatians 3:27 and Revelation 7:14

“Strengthen their faith, increase their love and hope,” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 13:13

“eat of the eternal manna” is a reference to Revelation 2:17

“drink from the river of your pleasure forevermore” is a reference to Revelation 22:1-2

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Increase in Us Faith, Hope, and Love

Almighty and eternal God,
increase in us faith, hope, and love.
Lead us to love what you command
so that we may obtain what you promise;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary, 6th-7th Century, Historic Collect for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

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

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Keep Us in Your Grace

God of all power and might,
author and giver of all that is good,
put in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and in your great mercy keep us in 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: Gelasian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

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Three Swedish Communion Prayers

When the administration of the holy meal is finished, the pastor turns to the congregation and says:

M: Let us pray.

Turning to the altar, the pastor offers one of the following thanksgiving collects:

M: We thank you, almighty Father, through your Son, Jesus Christ you have instituted this holy supper for our comfort and salvation. Grant us grace to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus on earth, that we may also be partakers of the great communion in heaven.
C: Amen.

or:

M: We thank you, almighty God, that through this precious meal of grace you have refreshed and satisfied us. Use it to increase our faith and advance us in godliness and all Christlike virtues; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.

or:

M: O Lord Jesus Christ, you have called us to this communion. We humbly thank you for your mercy, that you have fed us here with your body and blood and filled and embraced us with your goodness. O Lord, be near us! We commit ourselves into your hands and put our trust in you. Let us abide with you forever.
C: Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Swedish Rite: a translation of “Handbok för svenska kyrkan” by Eric Esskildsen Yelverton, 1921, The Service of High Mass, p. 32

Prayer for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O almighty God, our Heavenly Father,
renew in us the gifts of your mercy,
increase our faith, strengthen our hope,
enlighten our understanding,
enlarge our love,
and make us ever ready to serve you,
both in body and soul;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 34 #3 (Trinity 14)

“increase our faith, strengthen our hope, … enlarge our love” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 13:13

“both in body and soul” may be a reference to 1 Thessalonians 5:23

For the Ministry of the Word

Most merciful Father,
send your heavenly blessing
on the ministers of your Word and Sacraments,
that they may be clothed with righteousness,
and that your Word that they speak
may never be spoken in vain.
Grant also to your people grace to hear and receive
what is taught from your most holy Word
as the means of their salvation,
that in all our words and deeds
we may together seek your glory
and the increase of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Unknown

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 105 #2