To You, O Jesus

To you, O Jesus, I direct my eyes;
to you my hands, to you my humble knees;
to you my heart shall offer sacrifice;
to you my thoughts, who my thoughts only sees;
to you myself–myself and all I give;
to you I die; to you I only live.

Source: Sir Walter Raleigh

Source of this version: Modified from Christus redemptor: the life, character, and teachings of … Jesus Christ … from various authors, p. 263

Keep Us both Outwardly and Inwardly

O God,
you see that we have no strength in ourselves.
Keep us both outwardly and inwardly.
Defend us from all adversities which hurt the body,
and cleanse us from all evil thoughts
which afflict the mind;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent

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

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“which afflict the mind,” the Latin word mentes can also be translated as “soul.”

Defend Us against All Adversity

O God,
you see that we do not put our trust in anything we do.
By your power defend us against all adversity;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for Sexagesima

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

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Let Us Clearly See What You Want Us to Do

O Lord,
mercifully receive the prayers
of your people who call on you.
Let them clearly see what you want them to do,
and give them the strength to do it;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the First Sunday after the Epiphany

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

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Our Only Help in Time of Need

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common PrayerO Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
our only help in time of need,
see, visit, and relieve your sick servant N.,
for whom our we pray.
Look on him with mercy,
comfort him with your goodness,
preserve him from the temptations of the enemy,
and give him patience under his affliction.
In your good time restore him to health
and enable him to lead the rest of his life
in your fear and to your glory,
and grant that he may dwell with you
in life everlasting;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from  The Order for Visitation of the Sick, U. S. Book of Common Prayer, 1928

This prayer combines two prayers from the Book of Common Prayer:

LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and sure confidence in thee, defend him in all danger, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; We fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, here lying in great weakness of body. Look graciously upon him, O Lord; and the more the outward man decayeth, strengthen him, we beseech thee, so much the more continually with thy grace and Holy Spirit in the inner man. Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life past, and stedfast faith in thy Son Jesus; that his sins may be done away by thy mercy, and his pardon sealed in heaven; through the same thy Son, our Lord and Saviour. Amen

Prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O God,
you are the well of life,
and in your light we shall see light.
When we thirst give us living water
and enlighten our darkened minds with heavenly light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 34 #1 (Trinity 12)

Prayer at Rising

CelticCapital4Bless to me, O God,
each thing my  eye sees.
Bless to me, O God,
each sound my ear hears.
Bless to me, O God,
each odor that goes to my nostrils.
Bless to me, O God,
each taste that goes to my lips,
each note that goes to my song,
each ray that guides my way,
each thing that I pursue,
each lure that tempts my will,
the zeal that seeks my living soul,
the Three that seek my heart,
the zeal that seeks my living soul,
the Three that seek my heart.

Source: Catherine Maclean, crofter, Naast, Gairloch,in Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III,p. 33. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III, p.32