For Purity of Heart

1538547_de6ab6b6O merciful Lord Jesus Christ,
you were made in the likeness of sinful flesh,
you bore our sins in your body
to cleanse us by your death
and to make us new creatures
acceptable to God.
Purify us from those stains of sin
that daily defile our souls,
and grant us grace
to maintain the cleanness
which you impart
that both in name and in profession
we may give you glory as your people;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: The Priest’s Prayerbook, 1897

Original in traditional English:

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Help Us Overcome

devil-1566853_640O God,
you are the healer
of soul and body.
Save us
and make us whole.
Even when
we suffer
under all our sickness
and all our infirmity,
help us overcome
the temptations of the enemy
by your strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Priest’s Prayerbook, 1865, #262

Original in traditional English:

O GOD, Who art the Healer of soul and body, send forth Thy salvation, and make us whole; that  while we deplore all our sickness and all our infirmity, we may by Thy strength overcome the temptations of the enemy. Through…

You, O Lord, Are My Defender

1538547_de6ab6b6Even though there are many
who say of me,
“His God will not help him,”
you, O Lord, are my Defender,
my Worship,
the One who lifts up my head.
Do not forsake me
when I am in need,
but defend me
until the trouble
is past.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Priest’s Prayerbook, 1865, #238

Original in traditional English:

Many a one there be that say of my soul, There is no help for him in his GOD: but Thou, O LORD, art my Defender, Thou art my worship, and the lifter up of my head. Depart not from me in the time of my need but defend Thou me until this tyranny be overpast. Through…

The Hope You Have Given Us by Your Word

croce_camargueO God,
you never forsake
those who hope in you.
Grant that we
may live in the hope
you have given us by your Word
as an anchor of our souls,
sure and steadfast,
to preserve us unshaken and secure
in all the storms of this life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Priest’s Prayerbook, 1865, #235

Original in traditional English:

O GOD, Who never forsakest those that hope in Thee: grant that we may ever keep that which Thou hast given us by Thy Word as an anchor of our souls, sure and steadfast, to preserve us unshaken and secure in all the storms of this life; Through…

Deliver Our Hearts

1538547_de6ab6b6O most merciful and gracious God,
hear our prayers,
and deliver our hearts
from the temptation of evil thoughts,
that by your goodness,
we may be a fitting dwelling for your Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Source: Priest’s Prayer Book

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 123 #1