Featured Book: The New Ancient Collects

The New Ancient Collects: Completely Revised and Refreshed for Modern Usage.

The New Ancient Collects : Completely Revised and Refreshed for Modern Usage. by [Stratman, Paul]For over 150 years, Bright’s Ancient Collects has been a standard resource for classic Christian prayers. The New Ancient Collects is a complete revision and refreshing of all the prayers in Bright’s Ancient Collects with updated language. Click here to purchase through Amazon. Available in paperback and for Kindle.





Some sample prayers. Each one has a reference to the original Ancient Collects (71.1 means page 71, the first prayer on the page, etc.) along with its original source.

Almighty and eternal God,
convert our minds
to do what is pleasing to you,
Do not let your rebuke be met with our neglect,
and become a greater reason for punishment,
but let your Fatherly admonition be a blessing
as we amend our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. [227]

71.1, Leonine

O Lord,
convert all our hearts to yourself,
that we abstain from whatever offends you,
and experience your mercy and not your wrath;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. [228]

71.2, Leonine

Eternal Father,
convert our hearts to yourself,
for those you move
to your devotion and worship
will lack no good thing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. [229]

71.3, Leonine

Almighty God, do not look on our many evils,
but draw us away from sin, for we are weak,
and guide our wills to what is right;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. [230]

71.4, Leonine

“God Be in My Head…” Prayers from Old Sarum

"God Be in My Head..." Prayers from Old Sarum by [Stratman, Paul]The Sarum Rite, also called the Use of Salisbury, was a variation of the Roman Rite developed in the 1100s that was known to be high in ceremony. It also had a wealth of richly worded prayers that have influenced Christian worship ever since. Many prayers from the Sarum Rite were used in the Book of Common Prayer. This book gathers prayers from the original Sarum Missals, Breviaries and Psalters and presents them in a single collection in contemporary liturgical English, and may be useful in public or private devotions.

NOTE: This volume also contains all the psalm prayers from the book Psalm Prayers from Sarum.

Available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon.com.

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

Written for the Sunday and Festival themes in the Revised Common Lectionary. 

The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.

Because the prayers focus mainly on the themes in the Gospels, the prayers are compatible or usable with Revised Common Lectionary, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Lutheran Service Book, ILCW, Roman Catholic and Episcopal lectionaries.

Available from Amazon.com in paperback and for Kindle.

A Family Handbook of Prayer

AFHoP,Cover.pngI was contacted by Mary J. Moerbe who is a blogger interested in Lutheran writers. She also runs a Lutheran homeschool website, www.LutheranHomeschool.com. She asked if I would develop a short prayerbook with a set of classic prayers, and provide some prayers and Scriptures in other languages for homeschoolers who are teaching their children other languages.

The result is A Family Handbook of Prayer. It is provided as a free download. Its 24 pages contain morning and evening prayers, the Lord’s Prayer in several languages, table prayers, and a selection of psalms taken from the English Standard Version, some are also printed with German (Luther 1545), Latin (Vulgate) and Spanish (Reina-Valera 1995) translations.

It is formatted as a pdf, and instructions on printing as a booklet are on the inside front page (p. 2).

Download at this link: A Family Handbook of Prayer


Psalm Prayers from Sarum

Psalm Prayers from Sarum by [Stratman, Paul]Many of the psalms are prayers. In the history of Christian worship, psalms have also been the inspiration for prayers. In many traditions, after a psalm is sung or read in the service of evening prayer, a short prayer based on the psalm follows. These psalm prayers are taken from the Sarum Psalter, the book used for the Liturgy of Hours in the community of Sarum (Salisbury), England. These ancient prayers reflect on each psalm, sometimes applying the truths of the psalm, sometimes repeating the petition in the psalm, sometimes reflecting on the meaning of the psalm for the individual. This book also includes other prayers and blessings from the Sarum Liturgy of Hours.

Available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon.com.

Now and Forever: Easter Sampler

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries is a complete set of prayers written for the Sunday and Festival themes in the Revised Common Lectionary. It is usable in worship, and the 208 prayers can also be used devotionally through the seasons of the church year.

To introduce the book, we present Now and Forever: Easter Sampler, which includes prayers from the Easter Vigil through the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd). Individuals and congregations are free to use the prayers on a trial basis, and invited to purchase through Amazon.com where it is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

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 text or THML/XML.

In Prayers of the Early Church, Potts lists no sources, but only mentions,
“The prayers have been collected from many old books of prayers and devotional materials.” Bright’s Ancient Collects seems to have been one of his sources.

In Prayers of the Middle Ages: Light from a Thousand Years, Potts does list sources:

Some of the books which have been most valuable are Prayers of the Ages, compiled by Caroline S. Whitmarsh; Of the Imitation of Christ; Great Souls at Prayer, arranged by Mrs. Mary W. Tileston; The Cloud of Witness, by Hon. Mrs. Gell; Prayers, from the collection of the late Baron Bunsen; A Chain of Prayer Across the Ages, compiled by Selina Fitzherbert Fox; Prayers We Love to Pray, arranged by Edward Leigh Pell; Morning Readings, compiled by Frank M. Rich; Prayers of the Saints, by Cecil Headlam; Prayers Ancient and Modern, compiled by Mary Wilder Tileston; Ancient Collects, by Rev. William Bright; Prayers, Massachusetts Council of the Church Service League; Theologia GermanicaThe Cloud of UnknowingHis Words of Admonition and Praises of God, by St. Francis of Assisi; Common Prayers for Family Use, by Westcott.”

In A Collection of Prayers, these two books are given their own ‘categories,’ and can be viewed at the links below: