Canticle: A Longer Sanctus

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God almighty! Heaven and earth are full of your glory. We worship you. We give you thanks for your marvelous deeds, Lord God, heavenly King, God and Father, Almighty Lord. Jesus Christ, only Son of the most high, Holy Spirit, Spirit of peace, truth and grace, to you, eternal God, be … Continue reading Canticle: A Longer Sanctus

Guard and Guide Our Leaders

O merciful Father in heaven, all rule and authority in the kingdoms of the world comes from you, and you hold in your hand all the might of humanity. You have instituted the governing authorities that exist for the punishment of those who do wrong and for the approval of those who do good. Look on your servants, … Continue reading Guard and Guide Our Leaders

Maintain Righteous Government

Lord, preserve your people. Maintain righteous government everywhere, so that all things may take place in an orderly way and peace may not be destroyed by revolution or secret enmity, nor the eternal good order be corrupted by debased living or disturbed by other offenses. Amen. Source: Attributed to Martin Luther, modified slightly from  

A Prayer in Need: Lord, Have Mercy

Lord, have mercy. In all our needs… In all all our hurts… In all our anxiety… Lord, have mercy. With all our questions… With all we know… With all we don’t know… Lord, have mercy. For healing… For peace… For a stronger trust in your Word and promise… Lord, have mercy. To calm our doubts… … Continue reading A Prayer in Need: Lord, Have Mercy

Nunc Dimittis and Prayer

Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel. Luke 2:29-32 (ESV) Almighty and eternal God, we humbly pray, … Continue reading Nunc Dimittis and Prayer

Agnus Dei / Lamb of God

In most liturgies, the Agnus Dei immediately follows the Words of Institution. The Agnus Dei is based on John the Baptist’s short sermon, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” This short song brings the liturgy of the Divine Service to a sort of fulfillment. In the Kyrie we sang “Lord, have mercy. … Continue reading Agnus Dei / Lamb of God

Gloria in Excelsis / Glory to God in the Highest

The Gloria in Excelsis is a song of praise used in the Divine Service. It’s origin is in the eastern or Greek churches where it was first used as a song of praise in daily morning prayer. In the western churches it is used as the song of praise at the beginning of the Divine … Continue reading Gloria in Excelsis / Glory to God in the Highest

Help Us to Know Your Word, Help Us to Do Our Work

Almighty and eternal God, we pray that you would uphold us through the right knowledge of your divine Word through your Holy Spirit. Grant us peace and health as we do the work of our callings with your blessing; through your dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: Martin Luther,  [Die Gebete Luthers, #41] Original … Continue reading Help Us to Know Your Word, Help Us to Do Our Work

Canticle: The Benedictus

The canticle The Benedictus is taken from Luke 1:68-79, a psalm-like prayer sung or recited by Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, when he regained his speech. 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 … Continue reading Canticle: The Benedictus