Without Stumbling or Stain

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Grant us, O Lord, to live this day in gladness and peace,
without stumbling and without stain,
that reaching the evening victorious over all tempation,
we may praise you,
the eternal God,
for you govern all things,
and are praised
now and forever.

Original Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Source of This Version: Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal © 1993, Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee WI

Also found at: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/S&S_Prayers.htm

Variant:

Let our prayer, O Lord, come before Thee in the morning. Thou didst take upon Thee our feeble and suffering nature; grant us to pass this day in gladness and peace, without stumbling and without stain; that reaching the even-tide without any temptation, we may praise Thee the Eternal King: through Thy mercy, O our God, who art blessed and dost live, and govern all things, world without end. Amen.—Mozarabic Liturgy

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/potts/prayermiddle.vi.pr30.html

Also found in Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 8 #1

And in  Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 354 #2

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

For over 150 years, Bright’s Ancient Collects has been a standard resource for classic Christian prayers. The New Ancient Collects is a complete revision and refreshing of all the prayers in Bright’s Ancient Collects with updated language. It is available in paperback and for Amazon Kindle from Amazon.com.

We Commend Ourselves This Day

Into your hands, O God,
we commend ourselves
and all who are dear to us this day.
Let your presence be with us even to its close.
Let us never lose sight of you
all the day long,
but let us worship and pray to you,
that at evening we may again give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of This Version: The Catholic Prayer Book © 1984, Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Also found at: http://www.woodfordvalleyparish.org.uk/prayers.html

Variant:

Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend ourselves this day.
Let your presence be with us to its close.
Strengthen us to remember
that in whatever good work we do we are serving you.
Give us a diligent and watchful spirit,
that we may seek to know your will in all things,
and in knowing it, gladly to perform it,
to the honor and glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com

A Prayer of St. Augustine

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Eternal God, you are the light of the minds that know you,
the joy of the hearts that love you,
and the strength of the wills that serve you.
Grant us so to know you,
that we may truly love you, and so to love you
that we may fully serve you,
and to serve you is perfect freedom,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Source: Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, also found in the Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: The Catholic Prayer Book © 1984, Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Also found at: http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english3/p02711.htm

and http://ctkprayers.blogspot.com/2009/02/eternal-god-light-of-minds-that-know.html 

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O God,  by the light of the Holy Spirit you instructed the hearts of the faithful. Grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations; through Christ Our Lord.
R. Amen.

Original Source: First prayer and response, Byzantine Liturgy, Pentecost Vespers, Troparion.

Source of This Version: http://catholicism.about.com/od/prayers/qt/Come_HS_Prayer.htm

Original Latin:

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus.

Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum.

The Common Table Prayer

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“Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest” by Fritz von Uhde (1848-1911)

Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest,
Let these gifts to us be blessed.

Source: Common use

Variant: …Let thy gifts…

Variant: …And let this meal to us be blessed.

Original: German, sometimes attributed to Martin Luther

Komm, Herr Jesu; sei du unser Gast;
und segne, was du uns bescheret hast.

References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_table_prayer

Sources

Most of the classic prayers are in the public domain. The books listed below are the primary sources.

Use or quotation of a resource is not neccessarily an endorsement of everything found in that book or website.

Books

Ancient Collects and Other Prayers Selected for Devotional Use from Various Rituals, Ed. by William Bright, D.D.,  J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902

The Catholic Prayer Book, © 1986 Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A.

Luther’s Catechism, Gausewitz edition, © 1956 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Luther’s Catechism, Kuske revised edition, © 1998 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Lutheran Liturgy (St. Louis: Concordia, 1945?)

A Lutheran Prayer Booked. Doberstein, © 1960 Muehlenberg Press, Philadelphia

Minister’s Prayer Booked. Doberstein, © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Mozarabic Collects, Translated and Arranged from the Ancient Liturgy of the Spanish Church, Rev. Chas. R. Hale, S. T. D. New York, James Pott, Publishers, 1881

The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers

Seed-Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians by William Loehe, Lutheran Pastor, translated by H. A. Weller. Chicago, Wartburg Publishing House, 1914

Websites

The websites are of varying levels of quality and varying doctrinal viewpoints.  The websites were still helpful to confirm the sources, and to find other (and sometimes longer or better) versions of prayers.

http://www.thebreadboxletters.com/
http://tomwills.typepad.com/thenewchristianyear/
http://godspace-msa.com/
http://www.invitationtoprayer.org/
http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/liturgy/liturgy.html 
http://www.plts.edu/
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/
http://www.ccel.org
https://aspiritfilledlife.wordpress.com
http://www.liturgies.net/
http://www.woodfordvalleyparish.org.uk/prayers.html
https://paxtonvic.wordpress.com/
http://1stholistic.com/Spl_prayers/
https://prayerandverse.com/
https://www.hymnary.org/
http://orderofcenturions.org/
http://sbabbey.com/
https://reformedchristianmuse.wordpress.com/
http://www.aholyexperience.com
http://www.beliefnet.com
http://christianicon.tumblr.com/
https://www.churchofengland.org/
http://tonusperegrinus.blogspot.com/
http://www.oremus.org/
http://kairos2.com/
http://www.catholicity.com/
http://www.htj.org.uk/
http://spirituality.org/
http://stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk/
http://presidentialprayerteam.com/
http://abstractcathedral.com/
http://catholictradition.org/
https://prayers4reparation.wordpress.com
https://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/prayers/
http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/
http://www.newadvent.org/
https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/
http://godprayers.org
http://getupwithgod.com/
http://www.prayingeachday.org/
http://www.worldprayers.org/
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/
http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/
http://www.woodfordvalleyparish.org.uk
http://www.catholicdoors.com/
http://ctkprayers.blogspot.com
http://catholicism.about.com/

A Sarum Blessing (6)

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dAlmighty and merciful God,
Father, + Son and Holy Spirit,
bless, help, and bring us at last
to life eternal.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Source of this version: http://newscriptorium.com/assets/docs/collects-and-prayers/prmanual.htm

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

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