Serve You with Willing Spirits

O God,
deliver us from earthly desires,
that no sin may reign in us,
but that with willing spirits we may serve you,
our only Lord;
through Jesus Christ.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 86 #2

“with willing spirits we may serve you” is possibly a reference to Psalm 51:12

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from




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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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