Protect Us this Day

Protect us this day,
O Lord, holy Father,
almighty and eternal God,
and in your compassion and mercy,
help and guide us.
Enlighten our hearts
and keep our thoughts, words and works
pleasing in your sight,
that we may do your will
and walk in your path of righteousness
our whole life long.

Source: Antiphonary of Bangor, ninth century

Source of this version: Translated and reworked from the Latin text for A Collection of Prayers.

© 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Translation of Prayer “Esto nobis protector in ista die / Protect Us this Day” by Paul C. Stratman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please contact for any commercial usage.

Original in Latin:

16. Collectio Ad Secundam

Esto nobis protector in ista die, Domine. sancte Pater, omnipotens aeterne Deus, et miserator et misericors, et auxiliator et dux nobis, et illuminator cordium nostrorum. Custodi, Domine, cogitationes, sermones. opera, ut possimus placere in conspectu tuo, Domine, et perficere voluntatem tuam, et ambulare in via recta toto nostrae vita; tempore.

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