Bread of Life for the Soul, Food for the Body

Lucas_Cranach_(I)_-_Johannes_Bugenhagen[1].jpgO almighty God, merciful Father,
your Word keeps all the blessed
on the righteous path of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Give us the true
bread of heaven for our souls,
that we may never experience
spiritual hunger,
just as you now feed your creatures
out of your pure mercy and love.
O Father,  may we enjoy all your gifts
with thanksgiving and contentment,
and keep us from gluttony
and all wrong desires.
Amen.

Source: Johannes Bugenhagen, 1485-1558

Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #39.

O allmächtiger Gott und barmherziger Vater, dessen Wort alle Gottseligen in rechter Straße deines Sohnes, unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, erhält, wir bitten dich um die rechte wahre Speise unsrer Seelen, damit wir nicht geistlichen Hunger empfinden, wie du uns denn jetzund aus lauter Gunst mit diesen Kreaturen am Leibe speisest. O Vater, wir bitten dich, du wollest schaffen, daß wir sie mögen genießen mit Danksagung und recht brauchen ohne Befleckung aller fleischlichen Lüste. Vater unser u. s. w.

 

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pastorstratman

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

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