be a tender father toward us your servants.
Govern, protect, preserve,
sanctify, guide, and console us.
Let us be so warmed with love for you,
that we may never forget you,
O most merciful Lord, most tender Father;
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
Source: Old Gallican Sacramentary
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, ed. J. Manning Potts, The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)
Also found here: Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 78 #2
“Abba, Father” is a reference to Romans 8:15
“Let us be so warmed with love…” in the original is “Let us be so warmed with love for you, that we may not be despised by you,”