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Did you enjoy Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church? Here’s another part of the Celtic-Anglo Christian heritage!

From the Introduction: 

"God Be in My Head..." Prayers from Old Sarum by [Stratman, Paul]The “Sarum Rite” or “Use of Salisbury” was a variant of the Roman Rite. It was known for additional responses not in the Roman Rite and for its high ceremony. In 1078, William of Normandy appointed Osmund, a Norman nobleman, as bishop of Salisbury. As bishop, Osmund initiated some revisions to the Celtic-Anglo-Saxon Rite and the local adaptations of the Roman Rite. Scholars have theorized that the liturgical practices of Rouen in northern France inspired the Sarum liturgical books. After the liturgical reforms in Salisbury, other English dioceses issued their own books, based on the Sarum Rite.

The Sarum Rite 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.

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Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 5)

The dark clouds of life bring no terror to those in whose hearts your fire is burning brightly. Outside is the darkness, terror and howling of the storm; but in the heart, in the presence of Christ, there is light, peace and silence: Alleluia!

Alleluia!

I see your heavens sparkling with stars. How glorious you are, radiant with light! Eternity watches me by the rays of the distant stars. I am small, insignificant, but the Lord is at my side. your right arm guides me wherever I go.

Glory to you for constantly watching over me.

Glory to you for the encounters you arrange for me.

Glory to you for the love of parents, for the faithfulness of friends.

Glory to you for the humbleness of the animals which serve me.

Glory to you for the unforgettable moments of life.

Glory to you for the heart’s innocent joy.

Glory to you for the joy of living moving and being able to return your love.

Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 5, Antiochian Orthodox

Source of this version: Modified from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/akathist-of-thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 4)

How sweet for those whose thoughts dwell on you. How life-giving is your holy Word. To speak with you is more soothing than anointing with oil, sweeter than the honeycomb. To pray to you lifts the spirit and refreshes the soul. Where you are not, there is only emptiness; hearts are smitten with sadness; nature, and life itself, become sorrowful; where you are, the soul is filled with abundance, and its song resounds like a torrent of life: Alleluia!

Alleluia!

When the sun is setting, when quietness falls like the peace of eternal sleep, and the silence of the spent day reigns, then in the splendor of its declining rays, filtering through the clouds, I see your heavens: fiery and purple, gold and blue, they declare the unspeakable beauty of your presence, and call to us in their majesty. We turn to the Father:

Glory to you at the hushed hour of nightfall.

Glory to you , covering the earth with peace.

Glory to you for the last ray of the sun as it sets.

Glory to you for sleep’s repose that restores us.

Glory to you for your goodness even in the time of darkness when all the world is hidden from our eyes.

Glory to you for the prayers offered by a trembling soul.

Glory to you for the pledge of our reawakening on that glorious last day, that day which has no evening.

Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 4, Antiochian Orthodox

Source of this version: Modified from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/akathist-of-thanksgiving

 

Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 3)

It is the Holy Spirit who shows us joy in each flower: the exquisite scent, the delicate color, the beauty of the Most High in the tiniest of things. Glory and honor be to the Spirit, the Giver of Life, who covers the fields with their carpet of flowers, crowns the harvest with gold, and gives us the joy of gazing at it with our eyes. O be joyful and sing to him: Alleluia!

Alleluia!

How glorious you are in the springtime, when every creature awakens to new life and joyfully sings your praises with a thousand tongues. You are the Source of Life, the Destroyer of Death. By the light of the moon nightingales sing, and the valleys and hills lies like wedding garments, white as snow. All the earth is your promised bride awaiting her spotless husband. If the grass of the field is like this, how gloriously shall we be transfigured in the Second Coming after the Resurrection! How splendid our bodies, how spotless our souls:

Glory to you, bringing from the depth of the earth an endless variety of colors, tastes and scents.

Glory to you for the warmth and tenderness of the world of nature.

Glory to you for the numberless creatures around us.

Glory to you for the depths of your wisdom, the whole world a living sign of it.

Glory to you! On my knees, I kiss the traces of Thine unseen hand.

Glory to you, enlightening us with the clearness of eternal life.

Glory to you for the hope of the unutterable, imperishable beauty of immortality.

Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 3, Antiochian Orthodox

Source of this version: Modified from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/akathist-of-thanksgiving

Here I Receive Christ, My Soul’s Salvation.

Almighty and Eternal God,
I come to the sacrament
of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
As one sick I come to the Physician of life;
unclean, to the Fountain of mercy;
blind, to the Light of eternal splendor;
poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.

Therefore, through your infinite mercy and generosity,
heal my weakness,
wash my uncleanness,
give light to my blindness,
enrich my poverty,
and clothe my nakedness.
May I thus receive the Bread of Angels,
the King of kings,
the Lord of lords,
with reverence and humility,
contrition and devotion,
purity and faith,
purpose and intention,
since here I receive Christ,
my soul’s salvation.

Grant that I may receive not only
the Sacrament of the body and blood of our Lord,
but also its full grace and power.
Give me the grace, most merciful God,
to receive the body of your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
born of the virgin Mary,
and unite me with his mystical body
and include me among his members.

Most loving Father,
grant that I may behold for all eternity,
face to face,
your beloved Son,
whom now on my pilgrimage,
I am about to receive in this sacrament,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Thomas Aquinas, 13th century.

Source of this version: Freely modified from https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/aquinas-before-communion.html

Prayer was edited for stylistic and doctrinal reasons. Translation from ourcatholicprayers.com reads as follows:

Almighty and Eternal God, behold I come to the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As one sick I come to the Physician of life; unclean, to the Fountain of mercy; blind, to the Light of eternal splendor; poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, I beg of You, through Your infinite mercy and generosity, heal my weakness, wash my uncleanness, give light to my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I thus receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, with such reverence and humility, contrition and devotion, purity and faith, purpose and intention, as shall aid my soul’s salvation.

Grant, I beg of You, that I may receive not only the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord, but also its full grace and power. Give me the grace, most merciful God, to receive the Body of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, in such a manner that I may deserve to be intimately united with His mystical Body and to be numbered among His members. Most loving Father, grant that I may behold for all eternity face to face Your beloved Son, whom now, on my pilgrimage, I am about to receive under the sacramental veil, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.