Enlighten, Nourish, Open

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Lateral door of Rates Monastery with the Agnus Dei: the Lamb of God carrying a cross.

Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord,
that your Word may go forth
and give light and understanding
to nourish the hearts of the simple.
Set our desires on your commandments,
so that we may receive with open heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

Source: Mozarabic, from Ancient Collects, edited by William Bright, p. 78#3.


Prayer for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, the Father almighty,
shine on us with the light of your knowledge,
and the fullness of all virtue,
that, while we seek for the gifts of learning,
we may never depart from you,
the Fountain of all wisdom;
through Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 31 #3 (Trinity 5)

“shine on us with the light”   Psalm 119:105

“and the fullness of all virtue” 2 Peter 1:5

“the Fountain of all wisdom” may be a reference to Psalm 36:9Psalm 68:26Proverbs 14:27

Prayer for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

O Christ, our Lord and our eternal Redeemer,
as we follow you and share in your sufferings,
fill us with your Holy Spirit,
that we subdue the old self to the new,
and the new self to you,
and at last share the glory of your resurrection;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 31 #2 (Trinity 4)

“share in your sufferings” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 1:5Philippians 3:101 Peter 4:13

“fill us with your Holy Spirit” is a reference to Acts 2:4Ephesians 5:18

“that we subdue the old self to the new, and the new self to you” is a reference to Colossians 3:9-10. See also Romans 12:22 Corinthians 4:16Ephesians 4:23

“share the glory of your resurrection”is a reference to Philippians 3:10Revelation 20:6

Prayer for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, our God,
you have commanded us
to speak righteousness,
and to judge fairly;
Grant that no sin may be found in our mouths,
nor wickedness in our minds,
but that, from pure hearts,
we may speak those things that are right;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 31 #1 (Trinity 3)

“you have commanded us to speak righteousness” is a reference to Psalm 37:30Proverbs 8:8,

“and to judge fairly” is a reference to John 7:24

“no sin may be found in our mouths” is a reference to Psalm 39:1Psalm 59:12Ecclesiastes 5:6

“pure hearts” is a reference to Psalm 24:41 Timothy 1:52 Timothy 2:221 Peter 1:22

Prayer for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

O God, you alone are holy,
by your grace you have purified the unholy,
and have written our names in heaven.
Continue to sanctify us by your Spirit
and cleanse us from every spot of sin,
that we may live to your glory;
through Jesus Christ,
our most blessed Lord and Savior.

Source: Based upon Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 30 #3 (Trinity 2)

Original reads: O God, you alone are holy, by your grace you purify the unholy. Cleanse us from every spot of sin, so that, justified by you, our names may be written in heaven; through Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Savior. Amen.

“O God, you alone are holy” is a reference to Revelation 15:4

“you have purified the unholy” is a reference to Malachi 3:3

“written our names in heaven” is a reference to Isaiah 6:6-7

“cleanse us from every spot of sin” is a reference to 1 John 1:7, See also Psalm 51:2

About the Mozarabic Rite

The People

from Wikipedia

“Mozarabic” is really a term historians use for Christians who lived in Spain under Muslim or Arab rule. It literally means “among the Arabs.” The people never would have called themselves “Mozarabs.”

The Rite

The Mozarabic Rite (sometimes called the Visigothic, Hispanic or Andalusian Rite) had its beginnings in the seventh century with the invasion of the Arabs from the south and the southern Spanish Christians being cut off from the rest of Europe. It was a complete rite tradition, that is, they developed liturgies and prayers for the church year independently of Rome–most probably because of their isolation under Arab rule. Mozarabic liturgy and prayer are similar to the Mass and prayers of the Roman rite, only the prayers (collects) seem to be a bit freer in form and a bit more substantial in meaning than the prayers from the Gregorian or Gelasian sacramentaries. There is a connection between the Mozarabic Christians and the Eastern Rite Christians (Greek/Eastern Orthodox). Some scholars also see some traces of the worship of early Celtic Christians in the Mozarabic Rite (2000 Years of Prayer, ed. Michael Counsell, p. 84).

Why So Much Mozarabic?

MCSince the Mozarabic Rite developed its own rites and prayers for each Sunday and the liturgies of the hours each day there are a lot of prayers from the Mozarabic tradition out there. Since  A Collection of Prayers is about meaning in prayers and gathering prayers that are rich in meaning, the Mozarabic Rite has become a favorite source. The chief source for Mozarabic prayers is the book Mozarabic Collects based on the translation and arrangement from the Ancient Liturgy of the Spanish Church by the Rev. Charles R. HaleWhen I found the book last year, I got the electronic text from the pdf, and began reworking the English text to preserve and emphasize meaning. The result was Mozarabic Collects… Freely modified and adapted for modern use.

There are other prayers that I find from time to time that are ascribed to the the following sources:

  • B_Escorial_93v[1].jpgMozarabic Rite or Mozarabic Liturgy (this would include everything related to the worship of Mozarabic Christians.)
  • Mozarabic Sacramentary (A Sacramentary is a book that would be on the altar containing all liturgy and prayers needed to conduct a service. The Mozarabic Collects would be from the Sacramentary)
  • Mozarabic Breviary (A Breviary is a small book of prayers, or a book containing shortnened Matins and Vespers devotions, along with daily readings, based on the Church Year.)
  • Mozarabic Psalter (A psalter is a book with the text of the psalms, along with antiphons and prayers said or chanted during liturgies of the hours.)

Mozarabic Chant

Gregorian chant seems to be very even and measured. Mozarabic chant shows the middle-eastern influence with twists and turns. In many ways it resembles chants from the Maronite / Syriac Christian tradition and Islamic chants. Here’s a whole album of Mozarabic chants on YouTube:

Our collection of Mozarabic prayers can be read here: https://acollectionofprayers.wordpress.com/tag/mozarabic/

The Splendor of Eternal Light

christ-898330_640.jpgMay the Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the splendor of eternal Light,
remove from your hearts
the darkness of night. Amen.

May he drive far from you
the snares of the crafty enemy,
and always give you
his angel of light
to guard you. Amen.

That you may rise to your morning praises,
kept safe in him,
in whom is all
the fullness of your salvation.

Source: Attributed to Mozarabic Psalter, possibly 8th century.