you see that we have no strength in ourselves.
Keep us both outwardly and inwardly.
Defend us from all adversities which hurt the body,
and cleanse us from all evil thoughts
which afflict the mind;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent
Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman
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“which afflict the mind,” the Latin word mentes can also be translated as “soul.”