Two Wedding Prayers

O eternal God, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, author of everlasting life, send your blessing on this man and this woman whom we bless in your name. Help and empower them to live faithfully together, and to keep the promises made to each other and to you. Keep them in … Continue reading Two Wedding Prayers

Lord Jesus, Be Our Holy Guest

Lord Jesus, be our holy Guest, Our morning Joy, our evening Rest; And with our daily bread impart Your love and peace to every heart. Amen. Source: Slightly modified from “Forms of Grace before Meat,” The Book of Common Worship, Henry Van Dyke, editor, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1906, p. 167. According to The Catholic Prayer … Continue reading Lord Jesus, Be Our Holy Guest

Protect Us that We May Serve You

O Lord, graciously receive the prayers of your church, that by your protection from all adversity and error, we may serve you in safety and freedom. Grant us your peace all the days of our life; through Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: The Order of Complin, Sarum Rite, p. 38 Original in traditional English: O … Continue reading Protect Us that We May Serve You

Canticle: Give Thanks to the Father (A Song of Redemption)

The canticle Give Thanks to the Father (A Song of Redemption) is used in the Roman Liturgy of the Hours in Evening Prayer on Wednesdays. Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the … Continue reading Canticle: Give Thanks to the Father (A Song of Redemption)

For Health and Healing

Almighty God, you are the only source of health and healing. In you there is calm, and the only true peace in the universe. Grant to each one of us your children an awareness of your presence, and give us perfect confidence in you. In all pain and weariness and anxiety teach us to yield … Continue reading For Health and Healing

The Itinerarium

The Itinerarium is a short service similiar to the Suffrages, which included special prayers for travel. Into the way of peace. THE BENEDICTUS (Luke 1:68-79) Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited us and prepared redemption for his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the … Continue reading The Itinerarium

Cross before Glory

Almighty God, your dear Son did not ascend to joy until he first suffered pain, and did not enter into glory before he was crucified. Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it as the true way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen. … Continue reading Cross before Glory

A Passion Blessing

May the almighty Lord, who bore the reproach of the cross, bless all this family present here. Amen. May he, who hung on the tree, himself lead us to the heavenly kingdom. Amen. May he place us at the right hand of the Father, who was made the cause of our peace. Amen. Through the … Continue reading A Passion Blessing

Litany for the Church

Lord, be merciful to us. Heal our souls, for we have sinned against you. Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation. (Psalm 85:7) Turn again, O Lord, and be gracious to your servants. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:22) … Continue reading Litany for the Church