Lead Us to Love You Sincerely

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your almighty power
you opened the eyes of the blind,
and showed yourself to them.
Turn our eyes away from worthless things,
and lead us to love you sincerely;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 22 #3 (Lent 3)

“you opened the eyes of the blind” is a reference to  Mark 8:23John 9:17ff,

“Turn our eyes away from worthless things” is a reference to  Psalm 119:37


CelticCapital25God, listen to my prayer,
let my earnest petition come to you,
for I know that you hear me
as surely as if  I saw you with mine eyes.

I am placing a lock on my heart,
I am placing a lock on my thoughts,
I am placing a lock on my lips
and double-knitting them.

Whatever is amiss for my soul
in the pulsing of my death,
may you, O God, sweep it from me,
and may you shield me in the blood of your love.

Let no thought come to my heart,
let no sound come to mine ear,
let no temptation come to mine eye,
let no fragrance come to my nose,

Let no fancy come to my mind,
let no ruffle come to my spirit,
that is hurtful to my poor body this night,
nor ill for my soul at the hour of my death;

But may you yourself, O God of life,
be at my breast, be at my back,
you to me as a star, you to me as a guide,
from my life’s beginning to my life’s closing.

Source: ‘Catriona Bheag ‘ (Little Catherine) MacDonald, cottar, Borve, Barra in  Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. IIIp. 71. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III, p.70

Renew Innocence

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dO God,
renewer and lover of innocence,
turn the hearts of your servants to yourself
that we may be found
rooted in faith
and fruitful in works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Sarum Rite

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 224 #2

Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.

My Heart Rests in You

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Almighty God,
you care for me as if you thought of me alone,
and you care for all as if all were one.
I see the things of this earth pass away,
and I see other things take their place,
but you remain forever.
Therefore, my God and Father,
to you I entrust all I have received from you,
for then, I can lose nothing.
You, O Lord,
have made me for yourself,
and my heart can find no rest
until it rests in you.

Source: Augustine

Source of this version: Freely modified The Hymnal and Order of Service, The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, 1925, p. 680 #3

See also “Prayer and Motto of St. Augustine”

Note: Many published prayers attributed to Augustine contain some form of the words “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

In You Alone do I Have All

God, of your goodness, give me yourself,
for you are sufficient for me.
I cannot properly ask anything less,
to be worthy of you.
If I were to ask anything less
I should always be in want,
for in you alone do I have all.

Source: Julian of Norwich, d. 1443

Source of this version: Modified from  http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/christian/comfort/i-have-all-in-god.aspx#miyhOGfJa0pdHywi.99

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