Featured Prayers: Lent

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Prayers for Ash Wednesday

Short Devotional Rite for Ash Wednesday

Other Prayers and Collects for Lent

Historic Collects for Lent

Mozarabic Collects for Lent

Veit Dietrich Collects for Lent

Passion Prayers

Lenten Responsive Prayers, written to go with Midweek Readings from the Gospel of Mark

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Penitential Prayers

Litanies

Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Days of Holy Week

Triduum

HolyTH

Holy (Maundy) Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday / Easter Eve

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“God Be in My Head” Lent – Easter Sampler

The Sarum Rite, also called the Use of Salisbury, was a variation of the Roman Rite developed in the 1100s that was known to be high in ceremony. It also had a wealth of richly worded prayers that have influenced Christian worship ever since. Many prayers from the Sarum Rite were used in the Book of Common Prayer. This book gathers prayers from the original Sarum Missals, Breviaries and Psalters and presents them in a single collection in contemporary liturgical English, and may be useful in public or private devotions.

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Now and Forever, Now Available as Digital Download

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

Now and Forever is a prayer resource based on the Revised Common Lectionary and is adaptable to lectionaries in Lutheran Service Book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal (1993) and Christian Worship: Hymnal (2021). Also usable with Episcopal and Roman Catholic Lectionaries.

The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.

Files are included with the prayers rearranged for use with the readings of the Historic Lectionary.

This resource is also available in book form through Amazon.com.

Download package contains prayers for every Sunday and Festival in the Revised Common Lectionary in Word (docx), PDF and Rich Text Format (rtf). There are two sets of files. One set has the prayers in sense-line (poetic) format and the other set has the prayers in paragraph format. See below for an example of one of the prayers in both sense-line and paragraph formats.

Ash Wednesday

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(Sense-line format)

God of unfailing love,
have mercy on us.
Work godly sorrow in our hearts.
See what is unseen in us
and forgive us.
Renew and refresh us
by your Holy Spirit;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. [47]

(Paragraph format)

God of unfailing love, have mercy on us. Work godly sorrow in our hearts. See what is unseen in us and forgive us. Renew and refresh us by your Holy Spirit; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [47]

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Give Us Highest Comfort in Your Grace

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly grace you did not spare you only Son
but gave him up to death on the cross.
Pour your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that we may find our highest comfort in your grace.
Protect us from temptations to sin more,
and help us patiently bear whatever hardships may come,
so that through him we may have eternal life.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 6 / Palm Sunday

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Give Us Comfort that We Will Never See Death

Lord God, heavenly Father,
your dear Son, our Redeemer Christ Jesus said,
‘Whoever remains in my word will never see death.’
Pour out your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that your Son’s Word may come to us
and that we may hear it, hold it,
and commit ourselves to it with our whole heart,
and in the midst of death find comfort
that we will never see eternal death,
for the sake of your Son,
our Redeemer Christ Jesus.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 5

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Preserve Us from Greed and the Cares of this Life

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in the wilderness your Son fed over five thousand people
with five loaves and two fish.
Graciously remain with us and bless us.
Preserve us from greed and the cares of this life
that we may seek first your kingdom and your righteousness
and in all things remember your Fatherly goodness;
through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 4

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Preserve Us in All Temptations

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you sent your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
to take on himself our flesh
that he might overcome the devil’s tyranny
and defend us poor sinners.
We give you thanks for your merciful help.
Be present with us in your grace in all temptations,
preserve us from worldly security
and by your Holy Spirit keep us
in your Word and your fear,
that we may be delivered from the enemy
and obtain eternal salvation;
through your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 3

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Confirm our Faith and Hope in Your Grace and Mercy

Lord God, heavenly Father,
may your Holy Spirit strengthen our hearts
and confirm our faith and hope
in your grace and mercy.
Although we have reason to fear because of our conscience,
our sin and our unworthiness,
we may nevertheless, with the woman of Canaan,
hold fast to your grace
and in every trial and temptation
find you a very present help and refuge;
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 2

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Help Us against the Adversary

Lord God, heavenly Father,
just as the adversary continually afflicts us
and as a roaring lion walks about,
seeking to devour us,
for the sake of the suffering and death of your Son, Jesus Christ,
help us by the grace of the Holy Spirit
and strengthen our hearts by your Word,
that our enemy may not prevail over us,
but that we may always abide in your grace
and be preserved to eternal life,
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 1

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

This revision/translation of The Collects of Veit Dietrich is licensed by Paul C. Stratman under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International LicensePlease contact for permission for any commercial use.

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The Western Rite

The Western Rite is a term for the order of service used in many churches. It is called Western to distinguish it from the Eastern Rite (Churches in the “Orthodox” tradition, Greek, Russian, Armenian, etc.).

The Order of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church, the Order of Holy Communion or the Common Service in the Lutheran Church, and the Holy Eucharist in Anglican and Episcopal churches are all versions of or derived from the Western Rite.

Nearly every version of the Western Rite follows this outline:

  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria in Excelsis
  3. Service of the Word
    • Prayer/Collect of the Day
    • Readings
      • First Reading
      • Psalm
      • Second Reading
      • Gospel Acclamation / Verse / Alleluia
      • Gospel
    • Sermon
  4. Credo
  5. Sursum Corda, Preface (Anaphora)
  6. Sanctus
  7. Prayer of Thanksgiving
  8. Lord’s Prayer
  9. Verba (Words of Institution)
  10. Agnus Dei
  11. Communion
  12. Dismissal/Blessing
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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

A Collection of Prayers: Digital Products presents Lenten Responsive Prayers: Year B, prayers written to complement the Passion Readings for Year B from the Gospel of Mark.

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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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