For Complete Love

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Lord, my God,
Light of the blind and Strength of the weak;
indeed, also, Light of those who see,
and Strength of the strong;
listen to my soul,
and hear it crying out of the depths.

O Lord,
help us to turn and seek you;
for you have not forsaken your creatures
the way we have forsaken you, our Creator.
Let us turn and seek you,
for we know you are here in our hearts,
when we confess to you,
when we cast ourselves on you,
and weep at your feet,
after all our rugged ways;
and you gently wipe away our tears,
and we weep the more for joy;
because you, Lord, who made us,
remake and comfort us.

Hear, Lord, my prayer,
and grant that I may most entirely love you,
and rescue me, O Lord, from every temptation,
even to the end.

Source: Augustine of Hippo, d. 430

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.)


Pentecost 18

O Lord,
you love unity
and dwell in the hearts of those who are peaceful.
Give all your faithful people
true peace and mutual love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity 17, The New Mozarabic Collects, #69

The New Mozarabic Collects: A Revision and Refreshing of 'Mozarabic Collects' by Charles R. Hale by [Stratman, Paul]

Reconcile Us

antifonariodelec3b3n1O God,
out of your great love for this world
you reconciled earth to heaven through your only Son.
By the darkness of our sins
we are often turned aside from brotherly love.
Let your light shine in our souls
and fill us with your own sweetness
and embrace our friends in you
and our enemies for your sake
in a bond of mutual affection.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 269 #1

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.