O Lord, graciously enlighten our hearts with your holy light, that we may serve you without fear in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Lead us out of the darkness of this world, to the land of heavenly brightness; through your mercy, O blessed Lord, who lives and reigns over all things, … Continue reading From Darkness to Light
O Lord, with me there is always doubt. With you there never is. The darkness was long, too long, and it all came from within me– from my doubts and fears, from me, looking inward, seeking self. Your light was there, guiding and correcting, and pointing me to your Son, his goodness, holiness, and pure … Continue reading Light in Darkness
Usually, A Collection of Prayers does not feature hymns, since another fine website, Hymnary.org, has extensive information, multiple translations, and charts on hymns appearance in hymnals. “O Gracious Light” is an exception because of its liturgical use. “O Gracious Light” was first recorded by an unknown author in the Apostolic Constitutions, which was written in … Continue reading O Gracious Light – Phos Hilaron
Lord God, heavenly Father, we most heartily thank you that by your Word you have brought us out of the darkness of error into the light of your grace. Mercifully help us to walk in that light, guard us from all error and false doctrine and grant that we may not become ungrateful and despise … Continue reading By Your Word You Have Brought Us out of Darkness
This is intended to be a short devotional liturgy which may be used at home, in a Sunday School or Christian school, or in any small gathering. All gather around the Advent wreath. Our help is in the name of the Lord, The Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8) Reading and Prayer: First Week “Readiness” … Continue reading The Lighting of an Advent Wreath (Home / Devotional Liturgy)
O Lord,direct our steps this dayinto the way of peace, and strengthen our hearts to obey your commandments.May the Dayspring visit us from on high, and give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, that they may adore you for your mercy, follow you for your truth, desire you for … Continue reading For Light to Follow You
Almighty God,in you there is no darkness at all.Give us your eternal light.When we cannot see the way before us, may we continue to put our trust in you,that under your guidance and protectionwe may be kept from falling this day, and finally, by your mercy, enter into our rest; through Jesus Christ our Lord. … Continue reading For Spiritual Light
Shine your light on us, O Lord, so that, being rid of the darkness of our hearts, we may attain to the true Light; through Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World. Amen. Source: Sarum Rite, eleventh centurySource of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.
O Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ your Son our God, give us that love which can never cease, that will kindle our lamps but not extinguish them, that they may burn in us and enlighten others. O Christ, our dearest Savior, kindle our lamps, that they may evermore shine in your temple, that … Continue reading For Love and Light
O Lord, incline your merciful ears to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our hearts by the light of your visitation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: Gelasian Sacramentary, fifth century, Advent 3. Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953, also in The New Ancient Collects, #48.