A German Blessing

Bless us, O God the Father, who created us,
Bless us, O God the + Son, who redeemed us,
Bless us, O God the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies us.
O blessed Trinity, keep us in body, soul and spirit to everlasting life.
Amen.

Source: Weimarisches Gesangbuch, 1873

Quoted here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Also found here: The Prayer Manual,  Ed. Frederick B. Macnutt, Pub. A. R. Mowbray, 1957 #135

“Body, soul and spirit” is a reference to 1 Thessalonians 5:23

I found a German original from an earlier source:

Segne uns, Gott der Vater, der uns erschaffen hat;
Segne uns, Gott der Sohn, der uns erlöset hat;
Segne uns Gott, der heilige Geist, der uns geheiliget.
Die hochgelobte Dreieinigkeit bewahre unsern Leib und Seele zum ewigen Leben.
Amen.

Sammlung christlicher Lieder für evangelische Gemeinen zur öffentlichen und stillen Erbauung, Breslau 1835

May We Delight in Your Praise

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dIn this hour of this day,
fill us, O Lord, with your mercy,
that rejoicing throughout the whole day,
we may delight in your praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Also found in Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902 p. 13 #2

Also found here: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/potts/prayermiddle.x.pr99.html

Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.

 

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Shepherd, Watch While We Sleep

wilhelm_loeheBeloved Shepherd of our souls and bodies,
you never slumber nor sleep.
Spread your holy protection over us
and cover us with your mighty wings,
that no terrors of the night may disturb us,
and let your divine majesty
watch over our minds while we sleep;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914, #54

Also found here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

 

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Evening Thanks

We give you thanks, O Lord,
for you have preserved us through the day.
We give you thanks
for you will preserve us through the night.
Bring us in safety, O Lord,
to the morning hours,
That you may receive our praise at all times;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 10 #5

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com

 

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A Gregorian Blessing (1)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus sanctify us
and keep us from all evil.
May Christ drive far from us all hurtful things,
and purify both our souls and bodies.
May Christ bind us to himself by the bond of love,
and may his peace abound in our hearts.
Amen.

Original Source: Gregorian Sacramentary

Source of this version: https://connect.wels.net/AOM/ps/worship/svcfolder/Documents/07%20Good%20Friday/Recession%20of%20the%20Cross%20-%20Good%20Friday%20Belmont.doc

Also found here: http://www.jacobswell.org.uk/pdf/CelticHealing.pdf

Guide Us by Your Holy Spirit

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Lord God, heavenly Father,
keep us in your grace and guard us in all temptations,
that by the guidance of your Holy Spirit
we may live according to your will
and be comforted in every need by your goodness,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich, 1506-1549

Source of this version: Freely paraphrased from several sources.

Also found here: A Lutheran Prayer Book, ed. Doberstein, © 1960 Muehlenberg Press, Philadelphia

 

 

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage by [Stratman, Paul]Prayers by Veit Dietrich are included in Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage, available from Amazon.com, and also available for Amazon Kindle. It is a collection of prayers from the history of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe. The collection includes prayers by Johannes Bugenhagen, Georg C. Dieffenbach, Veit Dietrich, Matthias Flacius, Wilhelm Loehe, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Joachim Mynsinger, Johann G. Olearius, Johann Jacob Rambach, and the early agendas and prayer books of the Austrian, Brunswick, Hamburg, Lueneberg, Norwegian, Nuremberg, Pomeranian, Riga, Russian, Saxon, Schleswig-Holstein, and Swedish Evangelical-Lutheran churches.

A Communion Prayer

veit-dietrich

O Lord God, heavenly Father,
we praise and thank you for your grace
that through your Son Jesus Christ
you established this supper
in which we eat his body and drink his blood.
By your Holy Spirit, help us
to use this gift worthily,
to confess and forsake our sins,
to confidently believe that we are forgiven through Christ,
and to grow in faith and love day by day
until we come at last to the joy of eternal salvation,
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich, 1506-1549

Source of this version: Freely paraphrased from http://olcc.us/liturgical-resources/collects-veit-dietrich/

Also found here: A Lutheran Prayer Book, ed. Doberstein, © 1960 Muehlenberg Press, Philadelphia

 

 

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage by [Stratman, Paul]Prayers by Veit Dietrich are included in Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage, available from Amazon.com, and also available for Amazon Kindle. It is a collection of prayers from the history of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe. The collection includes prayers by Johannes Bugenhagen, Georg C. Dieffenbach, Veit Dietrich, Matthias Flacius, Wilhelm Loehe, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Joachim Mynsinger, Johann G. Olearius, Johann Jacob Rambach, and the early agendas and prayer books of the Austrian, Brunswick, Hamburg, Lueneberg, Norwegian, Nuremberg, Pomeranian, Riga, Russian, Saxon, Schleswig-Holstein, and Swedish Evangelical-Lutheran churches.