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

A ‘Mass’ of Prayers

Kyrie Father, do not look on my many sins, but in your mercy provide for all my needs, food, clothing, shelter, for I cannot survive without these, or without you. Lord, have mercy. Jesus, you gave yourself for us all as the Lamb of God to bear our sins. Remember me, whom you bought with … Continue reading A ‘Mass’ of Prayers

Prayer for the Second Sunday after Pentecost

O God, your angels always enjoy your peace, and you also share your peace with us. In our time on earth, lead us in the way of peace, and give us complete peace in our inheritance in your kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. … Continue reading Prayer for the Second Sunday after Pentecost

An Intercessory Prayer

In the source, this is printed as a responsive prayer. Show us your mercy, O Lord, and give us your salvation. (Psalm 85:7) Lord, save our rulers! Answer us in the day we call! (Psalm 20:9) May your servants be clothed with righteousness. May your favored ones shout for joy. (Psalm 132:9) Save your people, and bless the … Continue reading An Intercessory Prayer

Confession before Communion

Confession, when a Christian wishes to come to the Lord’s Table. Dear sir, I ask, would you hear my confession and pronounce the forgiveness of sins to me for God’s sake? Yes. I, a poor sinner, confess to God and to you that I have sinned much against all the commandments of God in my … Continue reading Confession before Communion

Prayers When Reading the Word

A short sigh to God the Father O God, Father of all poor, miserable souls! Give us all your grace and enlighten us with your truth. To you be praise, glory and thanks forever. Amen. Another to God the Son Lord Jesus, our King, you are Peace, Light and Life. Enlighten, awaken and strengthen our … Continue reading Prayers When Reading the Word

A Foretaste of the Heavenly Banquet

The following post-communion prayer combines elements of three prayers which seemed to have a common source.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, gracious and merciful Lord, we give you thanks and praise for the foretaste of the heavenly banquet that you have given us to eat and to drink in the body and blood of your dear … Continue reading A Foretaste of the Heavenly Banquet