Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 4

IV.

O Lord, almighty Father, unbegotten, have mercy on us.

O Lord, by your own Son you redeemed the work of your hands, have mercy on us.

O Lord, Adonai, blot out our sins,  have mercy on us.

O Christ, brightness of the glory of the Father, and the express image of his person, have mercy on us.

O Christ, by command of the Father, you saved the world, have mercy on us.

O Christ, salvation of all and the eternal life of the angels, have mercy on us.

O Lord, the Spirit, the Counselor, bestower of pardon, have mercy on us.

O Lord, fountain of mercy and of sevenfold grace, have mercy on us.

O Lord, most merciful forgiver, proceeding from both the Father, and the Son,  have mercy on us.

Most bountiful giver of gifts, teacher, quickener, compassionate, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI

Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 3.

III. On the Epiphany, Whitsun (Pentecost) Day especially.

O Lord, fountain of goodness, Father unbegotten, from whom all good things come, have mercy on us.

O Lord, you sent your Son to suffer for the sins of the world that he might save it, have mercy on us.

O Lord, you bestow the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit, by whom heaven and earth are filled, have mercy on us.

O Christ, the only-begotten of God the Father, whom the holy prophets wondrously foretold to be born into the world of a virgin, have mercy on us.

O holy Christ, Lord of heaven, theme of glorious song, before whom the highest angels ever stand, chanting the praise of your divinity, have mercy on us.

O Christ, from heaven accept our prayers. We devoutly and humbly worship you on earth, calling to you, gentle Jesus, have mercy on us.

O Lord, gracious Spirit, in union with the Father and the Son, consisting of one nature, proceeding from both, have mercy on us.

O Lord, who appeared in the form of a dove when Christ was baptized in the water of Jordan, have mercy on us.

O Lord, fire divine, kindle our hearts that we may proclaim you, have mercy on us. 

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI

 

Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 2

II. On all other double Feasts.

O Lord, King, Father unbegotten, true Being, have mercy on us.

O Lord, fountain of light and maker of all things, have mercy on us.

O Lord, you sealed us with the form of your image, have mercy on us.

O Christ, in the form of God, partaker of our human nature, have mercy on us.

O Christ, the rising dawn, by whom all things were made, have mercy on us.

O Christ, perfect Wisdom, have mercy on us.

O Lord, quickening Spirit, power of life, have mercy on us.

O Lord, proceeding from both the Father and the Son, in whom are all things, have mercy on us.

O Lord, the cleanser of iniquities and bestower of grace, have mercy on us.

O Lord, on account of our offenses, do not leave us, have mercy on us.

O Comforter of the sorrowing soul, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI

 

Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 1.

I. On all principal Feasts.

O God, the Creator of all things, our God, in your pity, have mercy on us.

To you, O Christ, King of kings, rejoicing in praise together, we pray, have mercy on us.

To you belongs praise, virtue, peace, and dominion forever and ever, have mercy on us.

O Christ, our only king, co-eternal Son of the gracious Father, have mercy on us.

You saved lost humanity, restoring all from death to life, have mercy on us.

Jesus, good Shepherd, so the sheep of your pasture will not perish, have mercy on us.

O Spirit, Comforter, we your people pray, have mercy on us.

O Lord, our strength and our eternal salvation, have mercy on us.

Supreme and one God, mercifully grant us the gifts of life, and in your kindness, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI,11th-15th centuries

For Love of Jesus

Ah! sweet Jesus,
pierce the marrow of my soul
with the healthful arrows of your love,
that it may truly burn, and melt, and languish,
with the desire for you alone;
that it may desire to be dissolved, and to be with you;
let it hunger alone for the bread of life;
let it thirst after you,
the spring and fountain of eternal light,
the stream of true pleasure;
let it always desire you, seek you, and find you,
and sweetly rest in you. Amen.

Source: Bonaventura, d. 1274
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Steadfastness

In all that you require me to do,
grant me the knowledge,
the desire and the ability,
that I may so fulfill it as I ought,
and may make my path to you.
I pray,
keep me safe, straightforward, and perfect to the end.

Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart,
which no unworthy affection may drag downwards;
give me an unconquered heart,
which no tribulation can wear out;
give me an upright heart,
which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.

Bestow on me also, O Lord my God,
understanding to know you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you. Amen.

Source: Thomas Aquinas, d. 1274
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

Daily Prayer

Grant me,
O merciful God,
to study prudently,
to understand rightly,
and to fulfill whatever is pleasing to you perfectly,
to the praise and glory of your name.

You are the King of glory, O Christ.
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.

Source: Thomas Aquinas, d. 1274
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.