Defend Us from False Teachings

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we thank you for revealing yourself to us
through the knowledge of your precious Word.
Graciously keep us steadfast in this knowledge until death,
that we may obtain eternal life.
Now and always send us pious pastors
who faithfully preach your Word
without offense or false doctrine,
and give them long life.
Defend us from all false teachings
and frustrate the counsels of all who distort your Word,
who come to us in sheep’s clothing
but are inwardly ravening wolves,
that your true Church may always remain among us
and be defended and preserved from such false teachers;
through Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 8

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

This revision/translation of The Collects of Veit Dietrich is licensed by Paul C. Stratman under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International LicensePlease contact for permission for any commercial use.


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

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