A Prayer for Love

O blessed Lord,
you have commanded us to love one another,
grant us grace that having received your undeserved blessings,
we may love everyone in you and for you.

We ask your kindness for all;
but especially for the friends
whom your love has given to us.
Love them, O fountain of love,
and move them to love you
with all their heart,
that they may will,
and speak,
and do those things
only which are pleasing to you.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: Modified from http://spirituality.org/is/055/page09.asp

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Variant:

O blessed Lord, who hast commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that having received thine undeserved bounty, we may love everyone in thee and for thee. We implore thy clemency for all; but especially for the friends whom thy love has given to us. Love thou them, O thou fountain of love, and make them to love thee with all their heart, that they may will, and speak, and do those things only which are pleasing to thee.

For the Spirit of Prayer

praying handsO Holy Jesus,
give us the gift
and spirit of prayer,
and by your own gracious intercession
at your Father’s right hand,
give us what we need,
when we do not know
what we should pray for.
Teach us always
to flee to you for mercy,
pardon and support,
and make us always conform
to your blessed will.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Euchologion. A collection of Prayers, etc. for the use of families1847, p. 56.

This prayer is a reflection on Hebrews 7:25 and Romans 8:26.

Original in traditional English:

O Holy Jesus, vouchsafe us the gift and spirit of Prayer, and do Thou by Thy gracious Intercession supply our ignorances. Teach us at all times to fly to Thee for mercy, pardon, and support, and make us in all things conform to Thy blessed will. Amen. 

Stir Us Up to Serve

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people
that they may bear many fruits of good works,
and because of your faithfulness
receive your great reward;
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 Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity

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

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Prayer for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom glory in the highest is always sung
in heaven and on earth,
grant your good will to us and to all your people,
cleanse us from all our sins,
and give us your peace forever;
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. 37 #1 (Trinity 20)

“glory in the highest ” is a reference to Luke 2:14Luke 19:38

“cleanse us from all our sins” is a reference to 2 Peter 1:91 John 1:9

 

Send Us Your Holy Angels

O Lord, King Eternal,
send us your holy angels
to defend us in both soul and body.
Just as you have called us to share with them
the blessedness of the world to come,
may we follow their example
and do your will on earth as it is done in heaven;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 45 #3 (St. Michael and All Angels, September 29)

“send us your holy angels to defend us in both soul and body” is a reference to Psalm 91:11

“you have called us to share with them the blessedness of the world to come” may be a reference to Luke 20:36

“and do your will on earth as it is done in heaven” is a reference to Matthew 6:10

“their example and do your will on earth as it is done in heaven” in the 1888 translation is rendered “the example of their obedience, and delight to do Thy pleasure.” The wording above was chosen to make the allusion to the Lord’s Prayer more obvious.

Fix Our Hearts on True Joys

O God,
you make the minds of the faithful
to be of one will.
Grant that we may love what you command
and desire what you promise,
that among the many changes of this world,
our hearts may always be fixed
where true joys are found;
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 Fourth Sunday after Easter

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

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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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