For the Dying

800px-caravaggio-emmaus-750pixO God,
our heavenly Father,
have pity on your children in great bodily weakness
who are drawing near the gates of death.
Send your dear Son to meet with them on the way,
and to stay with them,
for the day is now far spent,
that he may comfort them with the Word of your goodness,
and break with them the bread of eternal life;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references Luke 24:13-35

“that he may comfort them with the Word of your goodness” in the original is “that he may comfort them with a sense of thy goodness”

Graphic: Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, from Wikimedia Commons

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For Those Who Teach and Learn

Almighty God,
our heavenly Father,
you have committed to your holy Church
the care and nurture of your children.
Enlighten with your wisdom
those who teach and those who learn,
that rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth,
they may worship you
and serve you
from generation to generation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

For Faith

O heavenly Father,
you understand all your children.
Give us your gift of faith,
that we may see our perplexities in the light of your wisdom,
and receive the blessed encouragement of your sympathy,
and have a clearer knowledge of your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

I Am the Light of the World

cefalc3b9_pantocrator_retouchedO Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the Light of the world.
Enlighten our hearts with the brightness of your glory,
and guide our feet into the way of peace,
to the honor of your holy name.

Source: Freely modified from A Book of Collects in Two Parts, John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references John 8, Hebrews 1,  Luke 1

Graphic: Christus Pantocrator in the apsis of the cathedral of Cefalù, Wikipedia

The Glory of Servanthood

jesus-washing-peters-feet-ford-madox-brownO Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of man,
you did not come to be served, but to serve.
Give us grace to lay aside all our vanity,
clothe us with your power,
and crown us with your humility,
that finally, in the glory of serving,
we may stand beside your throne,
where with the Father and the Holy Spirit
you reign, one God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Modified from A Book of Collects in Two Parts, John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references Matthew 20:28, John 13:4 and Matthew 10:40-42

Painting by Ford Madox Brown, public domain

For Inward Calm

jesus-stilling-the-tempest-je-sus-calmant-la-tempe-teO Lord Christ,
serene Son of God,
your will subdued the troubled waters
and quieted the fears of your people;
Let your majesty master us,
your power of calm control us;
that despite our fears we may have faith,
and despite our troubles we may find perfect trust in you;
who lives and reigns over all things,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts, John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references Luke 8:22-25

Picture by James Tissot, public domain

You Are the Truth

O God,
through our Lord Jesus Christ
you taught us
that those who remain in your Word
will know the truth that sets them free;
Move us to serve you faithfully
that we may be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Modified from A Book of Collects in Two Parts, John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references John 8:31-32 and Romans 8:21