Early Hymn Calling God’s Works to Praise

May none of God’s wonderful works keep silence
night or morning.
Bright stars,
high mountains,
the depths of the seas,
sources of rushing rivers:
may all these break into song as we sing
to Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
May all the angels in the heavens reply:
Amen! Amen! Amen!
Power, praise, honor,
eternal glory to God,
the only giver of grace.
Amen! Amen! Amen!

Source: Third-century hymn

Source of this version: http://ecen.org/content/may-none-god%E2%80%99s-wonderful-works-keep-silence

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (February 15)

A Prayer Based on John 14:6

O Lord Jesus Christ,
you have said that you are the way, the truth, and the life.
Do not let us stray from you
who are the way,
nor to distrust you
who are the truth,
nor to rest in anything other than you,
who are the life.

Teach us by your Holy Spirit,
what to believe,
what to do,
and where to take our rest.

We ask it for your own name’s sake.

Source: Desiderius Erasmus

Source of this version: https://pollypilgrim.wordpress.com/prayer-page/erasmus-prayer/

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (February 3)

A Prayer for Cleansing

Come, therefore, O Lord Jesus,
divest yourself of your garments
which you have put on for my sake.
Be naked, that you may clothe us with your mercy.
Gird yourself with a towel for our sakes,
that you may gird us with your gift of immortality.
Pour water into the basin; wash not only our feet but also the head,
and not only the footprints of the body, but also of the mind.
I wish to put off all the filth of our fraility,
so that I, too, may say:
“I have put off my garment, how shall I put it on?
I have washed my feet, how shall I defile them?”

Source: Ambrose, d. 397

Source of this version: https://magdelene.wordpress.com/category/martin-luther-king/

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (January 21)

The last two lines quote the Song of Songs 5:3

A Prayer for Closeness to Christ

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

Source: Richard of Chichester, d. 1253
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.


Gratias tibi ago, Domine Jesu Christe,
de omnibus beneficiis quae mihi praestitisti;
pro poenis et opprobriis, quae pro me pertulisti;
propter quae planctus ille lamentabilis vere tibi competebat.
Non est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Strength

We give you thanks upon thanks,
O Lord our God,
Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
by all means, at all times, in all places.
For you have sheltered, assisted,
supported, and led us on
through the past times of our lives,
and brought us to this hour.
O good and loving,
grant that we may pass this holy day,
and all the times of our lives, without sin,
with all joy, health, salvation,
sanctification, and fear of you.
O Lord God, drive away from us
and from your holy Christian and apostolic Church
all envy, all fear, all temptation,
all the working of Satan,
and all conspiracy of wicked men.
Supply us with things good and profitable.
In whatever ways we have sinned against you,
in word, deed, or thought,
pass over in your love and goodness.
Do not forsake us, O God,
for we hope in you.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one
and from his works;
by the grace, compassion, and goodness
of your only Son. Amen.

Source: The Divine Liturgy of St. Mark

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (January 16). Also in http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0718.htm