Three Blessings by Philip Melanchthon

0940_Cranach_nR 001Son of God,
Lord Jesus Christ,
crucified on a cross for us
and raised up from the grave,
to you we pray.
Receive us into your eternal church
and keep us always.
With your Holy Spirit, guide us
in the light of your Word.

The almighty God,
Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
mercifully protect you,
strengthen you,
and guide you.

May the almighty God,
Father of our Savior Jesus Christ,
who through his gospel is gathering
an eternal church among men and women,
strengthen you in body and soul,
and graciously keep and guide you,
now and forever.

Source: Philip Melanchthon, found on (modified)


Forgive Our Sins

0940_Cranach_nR 001Almighty, eternal God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Creator of heaven and earth, and man,
together with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, your word and image,
and with your Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us,
and forgive us our sins for your Son’s sake,
whom you have made our Mediator according to your wonderful counsels,
and guide and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit,
which was poured out upon the Apostles.
Grant that we may truly know and praise you throughout all eternity! Amen.

Source: Philip Melanchthon

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Guide Our Souls

0940_Cranach_nR 001O God, be present with us always,
dwell within our hearts.
With your light and your Spirit
guide our souls, our thoughts, and all our actions,
that we may teach your Word,
that your healing power may be in us
and in your church universal. Amen

Source: Philip Melanchthon

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Holy Spirit, Illumine and Preserve Me

0940_Cranach_nR 001Almighty and Holy Spirit,
the comforter, pure, living, true—
illumine, govern, sanctify me,
and confirm my heart and mind in the faith,
and in all genuine consolation;
preserve and rule over me so that,
dwelling in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
I may behold the Lord and praise him with a joyful spirit,
and in union with all the heavenly church. Amen.

Source: Philip Melanchthon (in some sources, titled “Melanchthon’s Last Prayer”)

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Also found here: The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (August 24)

Also found here: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern  by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 168 #2