Grant Us Courage and Comfort to Continue Steadfastly in Your Testimony

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we give thanks that through your Holy Spirit
you have appointed us to bear witness
of your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just as the world cannot endure such testimony
and persecutes us in every way,
grant us courage and comfort
that we may not be offended because of the cross,
but continue steadfastly in your testimony
and be found always
among those who know you and your Son,
until we obtain eternal salvation;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Sunday after Ascension

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You Sit at the Right Hand of the Father as Lord over All Things

O Jesus Christ,
almighty Son of God,
you are no longer in humiliation here on earth,
but sit at the right hand of your Father
as Lord over all things.
Send us your Holy Spirit.
Give your Church pious pastors.
Preserve your Word.
Control and restrain the devil
and all who would oppress us.
Mightily uphold your kingdom
until all your enemies have been put under your feet,
that we may hold the victory
over sin, death and the devil;
through you,
who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Ascension

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Grant Us Your Holy Spirit to Protect Us

Lord God, heavenly Father,
through your Son you promised us
that whatever we ask in his name you will give us.
Keep us in your Word
and grant us your Holy Spirit,
that he may govern us according to your will,
protect us from the power of the devil,
from false doctrine and false worship.
Defend our lives against all danger
and grant us your blessing and peace,
that we may in all things
know your merciful help
and praise and glorify you as our gracious Father
now and forever;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Easter 5, Rogate

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Hold on to this Comfort in All Trials and Temptations

Lord God, heavenly Father,
through your Son
you promised us your Holy Spirit,
that he will convict the world of sin,
of righteousness and of judgment.
Enlighten our hearts,
that we may confess our sins,
obtain eternal righteousness through faith in Christ,
and hold on to this comfort
in all our trials and temptations,
that Christ is Lord over the devil and death and all things
and that he will graciously deliver us
out of all our afflictions
and make us partakers of eternal salvation;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Easter 4, Cantate

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Like Your Only Son in Suffering and Glory

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly goodness
you allow your children
to come under your chastening rod here on earth
that we may be like your only Son
in suffering here
and in glory hereafter.
Comfort us
in temptations and afflictions
by your Holy Spirit
that we may not fall into despair,
but that we may continually trust
in your Son’s promise
that our trials will endure but a little while
and will then be followed by eternal joy.
In patient hope,
help us overcome all evil
and at last obtain eternal salvation;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Easter 4, Jubilate

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You Have Given Your Beloved Son to Be Our Shepherd

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly goodness
you have been mindful of us poor, miserable sinners
and have given your beloved Son
to be our Shepherd,
not only to nourish us by his Word
but also to defend us from sin, death and the devil.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us
so that as our Shepherd knows us
and provides for us in every affliction,
we also may know him,
and trusting in him,
seek help and comfort in him,
obey his voice with all our hearts
and obtain eternal salvation;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Easter 2, Misericordias Domini

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Through Word and Sacrament Strengthen Our Faith Day by Day

Word and Sacrament

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we thank you for your inexpressible grace.
For the sake of your Son,
you have given us the holy gospel
and have instituted the holy sacraments
that we may have comfort and forgiveness of sin.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us,
that we may heartily believe your Word
and through the holy sacraments
day by day
strengthen our faith
until finally,
we obtain salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Easter 1 (Quasimodogeniti)

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Enlighten Our Hearts by Your Word

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you revealed your Son
to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus.
Enlighten our hearts
also by your Word and by your Holy Spirit,
that we may become established in the faith,
hold fast to your Word,
delight to speak it,
and diligently meditate on it.
As we follow the example of Christ,
we must suffer much evil on earth,
but still give us a sure comfort in your Word,
until after this life,
we shall be raised to eternal life;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Easter Monday

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Raise Us to Eternal Life

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you gave up your Son for our offenses
and raised him again for our justification.
Give us your Holy Spirit,
that he may rule and govern us
according to your will,
graciously keep us in the true faith,
defend us from all sins
and after this life
raise us to eternal life;
through your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God,
now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Quinqagesima

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You Sent Your Son

Almighty and eternal God,
in your tender love towards humanity
you sent your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ
to take on himself our flesh
and to suffer death on the cross.
Grant that we may follow the example
of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Book of Common Prayer/Common Worship, after Gelasian, historic collect for Palm Sunday

The prayer above was expanded from a shorter Latin original (Gelasian) that reads:

O God,
you sent our Savior
to become truly human
and suffer death on the cross
as an example of humility and patience
to be imitated by the human race.
Mercifully grant that we may be worthy
to have the assurance
and the fellowship
of his resurrection;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.