Featured Prayers: Prayers for Peace in Troubled Times

Collects for Peace

Other Prayers for Peace

Prayers for Protection

Prayers for Leaders


Lenten Responsive Prayers

In Christian Worship: Occasional Services (p. 152), readings from Matthew, Mark and Luke are offered as an option for the readings in midweek Lenten services. Readings for Year B are as follows:

Ash Wednesday – Ash Wednesday lessons
Second Midweek – Mark 14:1-26
Third Midweek – Mark 14:27-42
Fourth Midweek – Mark 14:43-65
Fifth Midweek – Mark 14:66–15:15
Sixth Midweek – Mark 15:16-47

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  • Litany of Repentance for Ash Wednesday
  • Prayers of the Church based on the readings from the Gospel of Mark for Lenten Midweek Services, responses taken from the seven penitential psalms
  • a Prayer of the Church for Holy Week, based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and John 12:20-36

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Prayers of the Church: Historic Lectionary

For worship planners…

  • Prayers of the church for every Sunday of the church year.
  • Flexible responsive prayer format with scriptural responses and options for traditional litany responses.
  • Prayers for higher festivals are written in a traditional litany format.
  • Downloadable as a single package or as seasonal modules.
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In Trouble and Turmoil, Be Our Peace

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Lord of the nations,
God in whom we trust,
you alone are holy,
good, wise,
and the source of every blessing.

In trouble and turmoil,
be our peace.
In our hearts and minds
give us the peace that surpasses understanding.
In our mouths
put words of peace,
and make us peacemakers
that we may be called your children.

Let the truth of your Word
govern and guide us
when we are inclined
to be like Pontius Pilate
and say, “What is truth?”

When we are unsure of all things,
draw us to you,
our faithful God,
steadfast in love,
our rock, refuge and fortress.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, January 6, 2021.

Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3

Filled with His Love and Spirit of Self-Sacrifice


Heavenly Father,
let your blessing be on us
as we pass through these holy days
in which we remember
the sufferings and death
of our dear Lord.
Set his example before us,
that we may follow him
in willing obedience,
learn his gracious humility,
and be filled with his love
and spirit of self-sacrifice,
and learn the lessons of a life
pleasing to you
and helpful to our neighbors;
through him who loved us
and gave himself for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from  The Parish School Hymnal, Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, 1926.

Christmas Day


Glorious Father,
you have revealed your glory,
your grace and your truth
by sending your only Son
to become flesh and dwell among us.
Enlighten darkened hearts
with this true light
that shines on everyone,
that all might hear, believe, and receive
the right to become children of God;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Newly composed by Paul C. Stratman in Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries, #16. ©  2019 Paul C. Stratman

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Christmas Eve


O Lord,
you have filled this holy night
with the brightness of the true Light,
Jesus Christ.
You have revealed
your peace and goodwill through him
and have given us blessed hope.
Increase our joy
with that news that a child is born to us,
a Son is given to us;
your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Opening phrase based on the historic collect for Christmas Eve, newly composed by Paul C. Stratman in Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries, #15. ©  2019 Paul C. Stratman

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Litany of the Nativity

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

God, loving Father, you sent your one and only Son, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you are the Word who became flesh to save the world, have mercy.
Holy Spirit, you connect us to the love and power of God with your Word, have mercy.

Holy Trinity, splendor and majesty are yours.
Holy Trinity, glory and strength are yours.

promised seed of the woman,
our shield and great reward,
Bringer of peace,
One to whom the scepter belongs,
promised Prophet,
Son of David,
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace, have mercy on us.

Shepherd of your people Israel,
from of old, from ancient times,
Word who became flesh,
Lord’s anointed, have mercy on us.

because you were conceived by the Holy Spirit,
because you were born of the virgin Mary,
because you became flesh and made your dwelling among us,
because you became truly human, like us in every way, except without sin,
because you endured every hardship common to humanity,
because you suffered under Pontius Pilate,
because you were crucified,
because you suffered death as the wages of the world’s sin,
because you were buried, hear our prayer.

because you broke the gates of hell,
because you proclaimed your victory in Satan’s realm,
because you rose in glory,
because you recalled faithless disciples and restored their faith by saying “Peace,”
because you ascended on high,
because you intercede for us at your Father’s right hand, hear our prayer.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Lamb of God, grant us your peace.

To us a child is born.
To us a Son is given.

Lord Jesus Christ, Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing, give us your blessed hope as we hear again of your first coming. Fill our lives with the glory of your love, and empower us to live to your glory, for you are God’s gift of love, once wrapped in swaddling clothes, now wrapped in the pages of Scripture, no longer in a cattle stall or feeding trough, but living and reigning with your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, dwelling in the highest glory, granting peace to your people, now and forever.

Litany of the Nativity, © 2020 Paul C. Stratman, written for A Collection of Prayers, www.acollectionofprayers.com.

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Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage – Christmas Sampler

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Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation this Christmas with this collection of Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage – Christmas Sampler.  This collection draws on the history of the Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe (1500s-1800s). The whole book can be purchased through Amazon.com at this link: http://amzn.to/2AXqUzi 

To preview, download this free pdf of a sampling of the Christmas prayers:

Prayers from the Ev. Lutheran Heritage – Christmas Sampler

The New Ancient Collects, Christmas Sampler

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The New Ancient Collects is a revision of the classic Ancient Collects and Other Prayers by Dr. William Bright. These treasures of the ancient Christian church have been refreshed in contemporary English, and the collection is available for purchase through Amazon.com at this link: http://amzn.to/2hFSvNR

To preview, download this free pdf of a sampling of the Christmas prayers:

The New Ancient Collects – Christmas Sampler

Featured Prayers: Advent

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Scroll through all our Advent prayers at this link: https://acollectionofprayers.com/tag/advent/

Advent Rites

Rites for the Lighting of an Advent Wreath

The “O Antiphons”

“Stir Up” Prayers

Historic Collects for Advent

Mozarabic Collects for Advent

Veit Dietrich Collects for Advent

Contempoarary Collects (Stratman)

Other Prayers for Advent

General Prayers for Advent:


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