Preserve Us from Greed and Cares that We May Seek First Your Kingdom

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in the wilderness
your Son fed over four thousand people
with seven loaves and a few small fish.
Graciously remain with us and bless us.
Preserve us from greed and the cares of this life
that we may seek first your kingdom and your righteousness
and in all things needful for body and soul
experience your constant help;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 7

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Forgive Us, Cleanse Our Hearts, that We May Love Your Word

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we confess that we are poor, wretched sinners
and that there is no good in us,
since our hearts, flesh and blood
are so corrupted by sin
that we can never be without sinful desire in this life.
Therefore dear Father,
forgive us these sins
and let your Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts
that we may desire and love your Word,
abide by it
and by your grace be forever saved;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 6

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Forgive Us Our Sins, that We May Praise and Glorify You

Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
you gave us your holy Word
and have generously provided for all our bodily needs.
We are unworthy of all these mercies
and have rather deserved punishment.
But forgive us our sins as you forgave Peter,
and prosper and bless us in our different callings
that by your strength we may be sustained and defended,
now and forever
and so praise and glorify you eternally;
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 5

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Give Us Confidence in Your Mercy, and Teach Us to Be Merciful

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you are merciful
and through Christ you promised us
that you will neither judge nor condemn us,
but graciously forgive us all our sins
and abundantly provide for all our needs of body and soul.
By your Holy Spirit
establish in our hearts a confident faith in your mercy
and teach us also to be merciful to our neighbor,
that we may not judge or condemn others,
but willingly forgive all people,
and judging only ourselves,
lead blessed lives in your fear;
through your dear Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 4

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Awaken Our Hearts by Your Holy Spirit

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we give you thanks
that through your holy Word
you have called us to your great supper of eternal life.
Awaken our hearts by your Holy Spirit,
that we may not hear your Word and produce no fruit,
but that we may prepare ourselves rightly for your heavenly banquet
and not allow ourselves to be hindered by any worldly care;
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 2

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You Hate Nothing You Have Made

Almighty and eternal God,
you hate nothing you have made
and you forgive the sins of those who are penitent.
Create in us new and contrite hearts
that we truly repent of our sins,
acknowledge our wretchedness,
and obtain perfect forgiveness from you,
the God of all mercy;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for Ash Wednesday, Book of Common Prayer, 1549

Take My Soul into Your Hands

“Nothing Other Than Sheer Life”: Martin Luther on ...

O my heavenly Father,
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
God of all comfort,
I thank you for revealing to me
your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
in whom I believe,
whom I have preached and confessed,
whom I have loved and praised.

I pray, my Lord Jesus Christ,
take my soul into your hands.

Heavenly Father,
I know that
although I will live this body
and be taken from this life,
I will live with you forever,
and that no one can pluck me
out of your hands.

God so loved the world
that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish,
but have eternal life.

Our God is the God of salvation,
and the Lord delivers from death.

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
You have redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth.

Source: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther by Ernst August Brueggeman

 

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I Come According to Your Command

Heavenly Father, dearest God,
I am an unworthy, poor sinner,
not worthy to lift my eyes or hands to you
or to pray.
But since you have commanded us all to pray,
and since you have promised to hear,
and since you have taught us by word and example
through your dear Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
I come to you,
according to your command,
obedient to you,
and relying on your gracious promise,
and in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ,
with all your holy Christians on earth,
I pray as he has taught me:

Our Father…

Source: Martin Luther, in  Die Gebete Luthers, #135.

Original in German:

Ach himmlischer Vatter, du lieber GOtt, ich bin eyn unwürdiger, armer Sünder, nicht werth, das ich meine augen oder hende gegen dir auffhebe oder bette. Aber weil du uns allen gebotten hast zu betten und darzu auch erhörung verheyssen und über1 dasselbe uns beyde wort und weise gelehret durch deinen lieben Son, unsern Herren Jesum Christ, so komme ich auff solch dein Gebott, dir gehorsam zu sein, und verlasse mich auff deine gnädige verheyssung, und im Namen meines HErrn Jesu Christi bette ich mit allen deinen heyligen Christen auff Erden, wie er mich gelehret hat:

 

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Litany for Matins

Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.
Glory to you, who gave me sleep to refresh my weakness
and to repay the toils of this weak flesh.
To this day, and all days,
a peaceful, healthy, sinless course,
Grant, O Lord.

The angel of peace,
a faithful guide, guardian of souls and bodies,
to encamp around me
and to encourage all that is good,
Grant, O Lord.

Pardon and forgiveness of all sins and offences,
Grant, O Lord.

To our souls, whatever is good and convenient,
and peace to the world,
Grant, O Lord.

Whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—
such thoughts and such deeds,
Grant, O Lord.

A Christian death,
without sin,
without shame,
and if it pleases you, without pain,
and a good answer before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Grant, O Lord. Amen.

Source: Bishop Andrews, in Service and Prayers for Church and Home, p. 14 (modified)

Give us Faithful Hearts

O Lord, give us
wise, self-controlled,
patient, understanding,
devout, faithful,
and courageous hearts.
Fill our souls with
devotion to your service,
and strength against all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Archbishop Laud, 1573
Source of this version: Service and Prayers for Church and Home edited by Wilbur Patterson Thirkield, 1918

Original in traditional English:

Give unto us, O Lord, we humbly beseech thee, a wise, a sober, a patient, an understanding, a devout, a religious, a courageous heart; a soul full of devotion to do thee service, strength against all temptations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.