Protect Us so We Do Not Fall

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we thank you that in your great mercy
you have called us by your holy Word
to the blessed marriage-feast of your Son
and through him you forgive us all our sins.
Since we are daily afflicted by temptations,
offense and danger
and since we are weak and inclined to sin,
protect us by your Holy Spirit so we do not fall.
If we do fall and defile the wedding-garment
which your Son has given us,
graciously restore us and preserve in us
a constant faith in your grace;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 20

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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