Guide Me, Today, Tonight and Forever

Be O Lord, a guiding star above me, a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me and a bright flame before me; today, tonight and forever. Amen. Source: Attributed to St. Columba, 521-597. Source of this version: Included in Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church, © 2018, Paul C. Stratman  

“This Is the Night!” Easter Eve Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise. It is truly good and right, with all powers of heart and mind, and with the service … Continue reading “This Is the Night!” Easter Eve Eucharistic Prayer

Yours is the Day, Yours is the Night

Yours is the day, O Lord, and yours is the night. Let your Sun of righteousness remain in our hearts to drive away the darkness of wicked thoughts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Source: Gelasian Sacramentary Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 10 #4 Graphic, Gelasian … Continue reading Yours is the Day, Yours is the Night

The Athanasian Creed

The Athanasian Creed was not written by St. Athanasius, the defender of the doctrine of the Trinity at the Council of Nicaea (AD 325). It seems to have been written about a hundred years later. This creed expands the teaching of the Trinity, and seems to draw from a work by St. Augustine, On the … Continue reading The Athanasian Creed

The Way of Light

The Way of Light or Stations of Easter is a counterpart to the Stations of the Cross with the focus on the events following Christ’s resurrection. The versicle and response, “We adore you, O Christ,…” is from the traditional devotions for the Stations of the Cross, expanded for use in the Easter season. The prayers that … Continue reading The Way of Light

Christmas Eve

O Lord, you have filled this holy night with the brightness of the true Light, Jesus Christ. You have revealed your peace and goodwill through him and have given us blessed hope. Increase our joy with that news that a child is born to us, a Son is given to us; your Son, Jesus Christ … Continue reading Christmas Eve

You Broke the Bonds of Death

It is truly good and right, with all the powers of our heart and mind, to praise you Father and your Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Father, by your wondrous condescension of loving-kindness toward us your servants, you gave up your Son. Dear Jesus you paid the debt of Adam for us to … Continue reading You Broke the Bonds of Death

Home Liturgy for Holy Saturday–Vigil of Easter

There are several traditions for worship on Holy Saturday: The most ancient is the Vigil of Easter in which lessons are read from the Old Testament that prefigure the redemption and resurrection. The mood of the worship is kept very somber. Then when the prophecies have been read, lights are turned up, bells are rung, … Continue reading Home Liturgy for Holy Saturday–Vigil of Easter

Featured Prayers: Easter

Scroll through all our Easter prayers at this link:  Holy Saturday / Easter Eve This Is the Night (Easter Eve Eucharistic Prayer) Mozarabic Collect You Were Buried So that You Would Rise (Mozarabic) All Things Restored through Christ (Gelasian) Abide with Us (Dieffenbach) Collects for Easter Modern numbering of Sundays is used. (Old numbering … Continue reading Featured Prayers: Easter