Protect Us that We May Serve You

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dO Lord,
graciously receive
the prayers of your church,
that by your protection
from all adversity and error,
we may serve you in safety and freedom.
Grant us your peace all the days of our life;
through Christ our Lord.

Source: The Order of Complin, Sarum Rite, p. 38

Original in traditional English:

O Lord, graciously receive the prayers of Thy church, that by the destruction of all adversity and error, she may serve Thee in safety and freedom; and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Inward Peace and Goodwill

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your incarnation you united
things earthly and heavenly.
Fill us with the sweetness
of inward peace and goodwill,
that we may join the heavenly host
in singing praises to your glory;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Gregorian Rite, 6th Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for Use in Church United Lutheran Church in America, 1935

Variant, as a blessing:

And may He, Who through His Incarnation united earthly things with Heavenly, fill us with the sweetness of inward peace and good will, and make us partakers with the Heavenly Host. Amen.

Source of this version: The Priest to the Altar: Or Aids to the Devout Celebration of Holy Communion Chiefly After the Ancient English Use of Sarum, Peter Goldsmith Medd,
Rivingtons, 1879, 11th Century

A Sarum Blessing (7)

May the Lord direct our hearts,
this day and for ever,
in the love of God
and in the patient waiting for Christ.
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus + Christ our Lord.

Source: Parts are from Sarum Rite (“The Lord bless us…”).

Source of this version: The gospel of the kingdom, a vade-mecum of texts and prayers of intercession, ed. Hugh Croskery, 1877

Guide Those Established in Your Love

may we always love and revere your holy name,
for you never fail to guide
those you establish firmly in your love;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Sarum Rite, Gelasian Sacramentary, 8th Century

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

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The Historic Collects

This edition of the historic collects is based in small part on the translations of the historic collects in the older liturgy books (Book of Common Prayer 1928, The Lutheran Hymnal, Service Book and Hymnal), but does not rely entirely on the old versions. The prayers were checked against the original prayers in their (mostly) Latin sources which are available in Luther Reed’s The Lutheran Liturgy. Reed’s comments on each prayer were also noted.

This work combines all the prayers from The Lutheran Liturgy/Service Book and Hymnal and The Lutheran Hymnal, along with a few from Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996). The newer translations and versions in Lutheran Book of Worship and Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal were also consulted, along with the work of Rev. Bosco Peters, who also has fresh translations of Latin based prayers in the Book of Common Prayer at his website, Liturgy: Spirituality that Works for People (

The redundancies and other elements that were added in older English translations have been removed, along with a few of the redundancies inherent in the prayers. As with my previous projects, the goal is to focus on the meaning of the prayers and to make them useful and understandable to the modern reader.


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A Prayer for Enlightenment

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dO God, author of eternal light,
shed forth continual day upon us who watch for you,
that our lips may praise you,
our lives may bless you,
and our meditations in the morning glorify you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Sarum Missal

Source of this version: Modified from A Lutheran Prayer Book, ed. Doberstein, © 1960 Muhlenberg Press, Philadelphia PA

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Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.

Prayer for Grace

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dO Lord, our heavenly Father,
almighty and everlasting God,
who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day;
defend us in the same with thy mighty power;
and grant that this day we fall into no sin,
neither run into any kind of danger,
but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance,
to do always that is righteous in thy sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Source of this version: Book of Common Prayer (Unaltered).


O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God,  you have brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger; and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Source of this version: Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee WI

Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.