Move Us to Thanks for Jesus’ Suffering

matthiasgrunewald_thecrucifixion2Almighty Father, eternal God,
for us you sent your Son
and let him suffer
the pain of the cross,
that he might drive away from us
all the terror of the evil foe.
Move us to joyfully give thanks for his suffering
through which we have received
forgiveness of sins
and redemption from eternal death;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther

Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #590.

Original in German:

Allmächtiger Vater, ewiger Gott, der du für uns hast deinen Sohn des Kreuzes Pein lassen leiden, auf daß du von uns des Feindes Gewalt treibest: verleihe uns also zu begehen und zu danken seinem Leiden, daß wir dadurch der Sünden Vergebung und vom ewigen Tode Erlösung erlangen, durch denselben deinen Sohn Jesum Christum, unsern Herrn. Amen. Luther.

Gewalt can be translated as “power,” “violence,” “force,” “might,” or  “control.” “Terror” seemed to sum up all these well.

Give us Health of Mind and Body

Almighty God,
you know that we are surrounded by many great dangers,
and because of our human frailty
we cannot withstand them.
Give us health of mind and body
so that we who suffer under sin
may overcome and win the victory in you;
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 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

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

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For Those Who Suffer Injury by Accident

O God, our Father,
through your Son you reached out
to the sick and broken in body.
Mercifully reach those
who suffer injury of body
and anguish of mind
because of accident.*
By your Holy Spirit
direct them to pray to you
to heal their broken bodies,
so that they may also bring
their broken hearts
to be made whole by your grace
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Dr. H. D. Hoover (a minister and professor in The Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States and later in The United Lutheran Church in America, active around 1922).

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for use in Church,  United Lutheran Church in America, 1935, #245

*the word accident can be replaced with something more specific if needed: violence, terrorism, etc.

For Pardon

800px-mathis_gothart_grc3bcnewald_007O God, the Son of God–
so loving, yet hated–
so patient, yet beaten and killed–
and gentle and merciful to your persecutors;
by the the wounds of your passion
you have forgiven our sins.
As in your humiliation
you suffered death for us,
so now, in your glory,
bestow on us the everlasting brightness
of your grace.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts

Grant Us Patience when Hurt

coverdaleO God, give us patience when the wicked hurt us.
O how impatient and angry we are
when we think ourselves unjustly slandered, reviled, and hurt!
Christ suffers strokes upon his cheek,
the innocent for the guilty;
yet we may not abide one rough word for his sake.
O Lord, grant us virtue and patience,
power and strength,
that we may take all adversity with good will,
and with a gentle mind overcome it.
And if necessity and your honor require us to speak,
grant that we may do so with meekness and patience,
that the truth and your glory may be defended,
and our patience and steadfast continuance perceived.
Amen.

Souce: Miles Coverdale

Source of this version: https://thevalueofsparrows.com/tag/patience-2/

Give Us Patience

coverdaleGive us patience and steadfastness in adversity,
strengthen our weakness,
comfort us in trouble and distress,
help us to fight;
grant unto us
that in true obedience and satisfaction of mind
we may give over our own wills
unto thee our Father in all things,
according to the example of thy beloved Son;
that in adversity we grudge not,
but offer up ourselves unto thee without contradiction….
Give us a willing and cheerful mind,
that we may gladly suffer and bear all things for thy sake.

Souce: Miles Coverdale

Source of this version: http://fubar.com/s/bp4/681/

In contemporary English:

Give us patience and steadfastness in adversity,
strengthen our weakness,
comfort us in trouble and distress,
help us to fight;
grant that in true obedience and satisfaction of mind
we may give over our own wills
to you our Father in all things,
according to the example of your beloved Son;
that in adversity we grudge not,
but offer up ourselves to you without contradiction….
Give us a willing and cheerful mind,
that we may gladly suffer and bear all things for your sake.

Source of this version: Modified from http://fubar.com/s/bp4/681/

A Prayer for Readiness

O Lord, for me you have suffered all things. Let me be prepared for your coming again, that you may find me where you want to find me. Yours is the glory and the kingdom with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Source: St. Augustine

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