Prayer for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord Jesus Christ,
make us to live sober,
righteous and godly in this present world,
looking for the blessed hope and your glorious appearing,
May we run in the way of your commandments,
and may attain your heavenly promises;
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. 36 # 3 (Trinity 20)

“sober” is a reference to 1 Peter 5:8

“in this present world” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 7:31 and Titus 2:12

“blessed hope and your glorious appearing” is a reference to Titus 2:13

“run in the way of your commandments” is a reference to Psalm 119:32

 

Prayer for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the Light of the blind,
the Way for those who stray,
and the resurrection of the dead.
Enlighten the darkness of our hearts and minds,
bring sinners to repentance,
so that we may live in you and for you;
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
we worship and glorify you,
ever one God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881,  p. 36 # 2 (Trinity 19)

“Light of the blind” is a reference to Matthew 11:5Luke 4:18Luke 7:22John 9:39,  Romans 2:19,

“way for those who stray” is a reference to Psalm 23:3John 14:6Hebrews 12:13

“resurrection” is a reference to John 11:25

“enlighten…” is a reference to John 1

“bring sinners to repentance” is a reference to Psalm 51:13Luke 5:32

“live in you and for you” is a reference to Galatians 2:20Philippians 1:21

Redirect Those Who are in Error

Almighty God,
you redirect those who are in error
by the light of your truth
so they may return to the way of righteousness.
Grant that all who are brought
into the fellowship of Christ’s kingdom
may avoid those things that are hurtful to their faith
and follow all things that strengthen them in it;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary, 6th-7th Centuries, Historic Collect for the Third Sunday after Easter

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

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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

Evening Prayers

Two Evening Prayers from the Antiphonary of Bangor

In the evening

Let our evening prayers ascend to your ears, O divine Majesty, and let your blessing descend over us, O Lord, as we put our hope in you; for you live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

At the beginning of the night

O God, you shine your light on the deep darkness of night. Shine your light on our deep darkness, and guard our hearts in the way of your commandments, O Lord; for you live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Source: Antiphonary of Bangor, ninth century

Source of this version: Translated and reworked from the Latin text for A Collection of Prayers.

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31. Ad vespertinam.

Vespertina oratio nostra ascendat ad aures divinae majestatis tuae, et descendat benedic tio tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te, Qui regnas &c

32. Ad initium noctis.

Deus qui inextricabiles tenebras illuminas noctium, densitatem caliginis illustrans, corda nostra in opere mandatorum tuorum te oramus, Domine custodias, Qui regnas &c

By Your Command the Day Arises

Almighty and everlasting God,
by your command the day arises
and the world is adorned with the splendor of light.
Receive our prayers
and show us the light of your countenance
that walking in the way of your salvation
we may follow you as our ruler and guide;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Unknown.

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 3 #3

Open Wide the Door of My Heart

The Last ChapterLord God almighty,
open wide the door of my heart
and illumine it with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
that I may seek what is pleasing to your will.
Guide my thoughts and my heart,
and lead my life in the way of your commandments,
that I may always seek to fulfill them,
and that I may grasp the eternal joys of the heavenly life;
through  Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Venerable Bede

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 44 #4