New Year’s Day: Name of Jesus

O Jesus, our Savior and our Lord,
by the proclamation of your grace,
you took the yoke of the law from our necks,
and removed the burden from our shoulders to your own;
Hear the prayers of your Church,
that we may joyfully serve you here,
and see your glorious presence in all its joy in the life to come;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for New Year, freely modified from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p.17 #2

“you took the yoke of the law from our necks…” is a reference to Galatians 5:1

Prayer for the Last Sunday of the Church Year

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
You alone heal the wounds of our sins,
and you show goodness everlasting in the land of the living;
Grant that we may serve you faithfully with a quiet mind in this world,
and going forth in your love,
may praise and bless you forever in the world to come;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 38 #2 (Trinity Last)

“You alone heal the wounds of our sins” is a reference to Isaiah 53:5

“in the Land of the Living” is a reference to Psalm 27:13Psalm 116:9Psalm 142:5

With a Quiet Mind

O Lord,
give your faithful people
forgiveness and peace
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet 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: Gelasian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

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

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A General Prayer (Christmas)

Blessed Immanuel, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, we thank you for taking on yourself our nature, coming down from heaven and becoming fully human, and making us partakers of the divine nature. You revealed to us the loving heart of your Father. You brought us peace and quenched his divine anger against us. By your blessed birth we are made new creatures. You are our great High Priest through whom we have access to the Father. Enable us, O blessed Lord and loving Immanuel, to confess your appearing in the flesh, always to be mindful of your great love and humiliation, most heartily to rejoice and comfort ourselves in the same, and evermore partake of its power. Open our hearts and lips that with the holy angels we may ever praise and magnify you. Finally take us into your heavenly kingdom, that we may praise and serve you there, forever and ever. Amen. Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel. Blessed be his holy name. Let the whole earth be full of his glory. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith  by Wilhelm Löhe, Christmas Prayer 6, p. 124-125

Give Us a Devout Will and a Desire to Serve You

Almighty and eternal God,
always give us a devout will toward you
and the desire to serve your majesty with a pure heart;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Sunday after Ascension

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

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Prayer for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O Christ,
the alpha and the omega,
the beginning and the ending,
the root and the offspring of David,
our King and our Savior,
may we serve you faithfully here,
and continue to be yours forever;
through your merits, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 36 #1 (Trinity 18)

“alpha and the omega” is a reference to Revelation 1:8Revelation 21:6 and Revelation 22:13

“root and offspring of David” is a reference to Revelation 5:5Revelation 22:16John 7:422 Timothy 2:8. See this link for references to “Son of David”

Prayer for the Lord’s Day

Almighty Father,
dwell among us today
and fill us with yourself.
Say to each one of us,
“I am your salvation.”
Speak to us so that we cannot fail to hear.
Show yourself to us,
and show us how badly we need you.
Uphold your servants
who proclaim your Word in your temple
and lead the worship of your people.
Touch the hearts of the hearers
that they may receive and serve you.
Hear us, O heavenly Father,
for the sake of your only Son.
Amen.

Source: attributed to Augustine of Hippo, d. 430

Source of this version: Freely modified The Hymnal and Order of Service, The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, 1925, p. 679 #3