A Final Commendation of the Dying

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dDepart, Christian soul, out of this world,
in the name of God the Father almighty who created you,
in the name of Jesus + Christ his Son, who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit, who has been poured out into you.

May you depart this day in peace,
and your home be in the heavenly Jerusalem.

Source: Sarum

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902, p. 120 #1

“May you depart this day…” original has “May thy place be this day in peace,”

A longer version reads thus:

Depart in peace, ransomed soul,
in the name of God the Father almighty who created you,
in the name of Jesus + Christ, the Son of the living God, who redeemed you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit, who sanctified you.

Come now to Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8) Amen.

Source of this version: The Lutheran Hymnal, p. 119

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

“Enter now Mount Zion…” is a reference to Hebrews 12:22-23

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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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Praise and Glory to the Trinity

Praise and glory be to the omnipotence of the eternal Father, who in his Providence created the world out of nothing.

Praise and glory be to the wisdom of his only-begotten Son, who redeemed the world with his blood.

Praise and glory be to the loving kindness of the Holy Spirit, who enlightened the world in faith.

Praise and glory be to the holy and undivided Trinity, who formed us without our deserving it in their image.

We give praise and glory to you, most blessed Trinity, for the blessing of our creation, by which you granted us bodies and souls, you adorned us with your image and likeness, and added us to your Christian flock, making us sound and whole in our sense and in our members, above all the creatures who are beneath the heavens, and gave us your holy angels as our guides and ministers.  For all this be pleased that we may praise you, world without end.

Source: Latin, 11th century

Source of this version: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Also found here: https://prayers4reparation.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/a-medieval-prayer-of-thanks-and-praise-to-the-holy-trinity/

A Prayer on Resisting Satan

Be off, Satan, from this door and from these four walls. This is no place for you; there is nothing for you to do here. This is the place for Peter and Paul and the holy Gospel; and this is where I mean to sleep, now that my worship is done, in the name of the Father and of the Holy Spirit.

Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, send me your Spirit; instill the wisdom of your Holy Spirit into my heart; protect my soul and body, every limb in my body, every fiber of my being, from all possible harm and all traps the Devil may set for me and every temptation to sin.

Source: Euchologium Sinaiticum

Source of this version:  The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (January 24)

Also found here: https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/prayers-of-earliest-christians/

Above, the word “Father” in the second paragraph is added so that the prayer does not seem to be addressed to Satan.

Variant:

Be off, Satan, from this floor…

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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 (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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