Prayers of the Early Church and Prayers of the Middle Ages

We have just completed uploading the prayers of two books, Prayers of the Early Church and Prayers of the Middle Ages, both edited by J. Manning Potts. Both are in the public domain. At Christian Classics Ethereal Library, the books can be viewed online, or can be downloadable in different ebook formats such as plain … Continue reading Prayers of the Early Church and Prayers of the Middle Ages

By Your Command the Day Arises

Almighty and everlasting God, by your command the day arises and the world is adorned with the splendor of light. Receive our prayers and show us the light of your countenance that walking in the way of your salvation we may follow you as our ruler and guide; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: … Continue reading By Your Command the Day Arises

Purify, Instruct and Console

Almighty everlasting God, do not rebuke us in your anger, but purify, instruct, and console us with your boundless mercy, and consider the weakness of our mortal nature. Just as we are not able to please you without you, we may be holy by your grace alone; through Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: Gregorian Rite Source of this version: Modified from A … Continue reading Purify, Instruct and Console

Our Hope and Our Heart’s Delight

O God, you are life, wisdom, truth, bounty, and blessedness, the eternal, the only true good, our God and our Lord, our hope and our heart’s delight, we acknowledge with thanksgiving that you have made us in your image, and that we may direct our thoughts to you. Lord, make us to know you aright, that we may love, enjoy, and possess you more … Continue reading Our Hope and Our Heart’s Delight

Cleanse Our Hearts, Hear Our Prayers

O Lord, open our lips that we may bless your holy name. Cleanse our hearts from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts, that we may worthily and devoutly offer up our prayers and praises to you, and be heard in the presence of your divine majesty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: Unknown Source: of … Continue reading Cleanse Our Hearts, Hear Our Prayers

In Pity and Mercy, Forgive

O God, eternal Light, Splendor of the stars, Clearness of the night, boundless Enlightener of the darkness, grant us to pass this night in security and peace, and if we have this day collected any stain of sin, in pity and mercy, forgive. Hear our prayers and grant our request; through Jesus Christ our Lord. … Continue reading In Pity and Mercy, Forgive

Power to Withstand Temptations

Lord, give your people power to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only true God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: Unknown. Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, … Continue reading Power to Withstand Temptations

Give us Grace and Strength to Overcome

O Lord, give us all grace and strength to overcome every sin. Sins of aggression, purpose, surprise, negligence, omission, sins against you, ourselves, our neighbors, sins great, small, remembered, forgotten. Amen. Source: Christina G. Rosetti Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 81 #2 … Continue reading Give us Grace and Strength to Overcome