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.

 

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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.

 

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A Sarum Blessing (5)

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dMay the eternal God
bless and keep us,
guard our bodies,
save our souls
and bring us safe to the heavenly country,
our eternal home,
where Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit reign,
one God for ever and ever.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Source of this version: Ministry at the Time of Death, Church of England, https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/pastoral/funeral/attimeofdeath.aspx

Variant:

May the eternal God
bless and keep us,
guard our bodies,
save our souls,
direct our thoughts
and bring us home,
where Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit ever reign,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Source of this version: A Lutheran Prayer Book, ed. Doberstein, © 1960 Muhlenberg Press, Philadelphia PA

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

 

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A Sarum Blessing (4)

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionThe Father eternal bless you with his continual blessing.
God, the + Son of God, bless and help you.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit illumine your hearts and your bodies.
Amen.

Source: Modified from The Psalter or Seven Ordinary Hours of Prayer according to the Use of the Illustrious and Excellent Church of SarumWestminster 1852, p. 12

The blessing can be read as “bless you” or “bless us” as needed.

Graphic: Model of Old Sarum (Salisbury) Cathedral, Wikipedia.com

 

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