For Hearing the Word

O Lord, our Maker, Redeemer and Comforter, we are gathered in your presence to hear your holy Word. Open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word we may be taught to repent of our sins, to believe in Jesus in life and in death, and to grow day by day in grace and holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary, 1913, p. 7.

As it appeared in The Lutheran Hymnary in traditional English:

O Lord our Maker Redeemer and Comforter we are assembled in Thy presence to hear Thy holy word. We pray Thee so to open our hearts by Thy Holy Spirit that through the preaching of Thy word we may be taught to repent of our sins, to believe on Jesus in life and in death, and to grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Prayer of Good Courage

Lord God,
you have called your servants
to ventures of which
we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden,
through perils unknown.
Give us faith to go out
with good courage,
not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand
is leading us
and your love
supporting us,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Eric Milner-White, Daily Prayer, p. 14. Originally published: Oxford University Press, 1941.

Original in traditional English:

The call of Abraham

O Lord God, who hast called thy servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown: Give us faith to go out with a good courage, not knowing whither we go, but only that thy hand is leading us, and thy love supporting us; to the glory of thy Name.

Good Friday Anthem (3)

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O Savior of the world,
by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us:
Save us and help us, O Lord.

Source: From the Proper Liturgy for Good Friday, The Book of Common Prayer (U. S., 1979), p. 282.

Variant:

O Savior of the world,
who by your cross and precious blood did redeem us:
Help, save, pity, and defend us, we pray, O Lord.

Original from BCP 1979 in traditional English:

O Savior of the world,
who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us:
Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord
.

Good Friday Anthem (2)

christ,jesus,god,lord: The Christian Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
if we endure, we shall also reign with him.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Source: From the Proper Liturgy for Good Friday, The Book of Common Prayer (U. S., 1979), p. 281-2.

Variant:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of the cross
joy has come to the whole world.

Source: https://www.methodistprayer.org/

Good Friday Anthem (1)

christ,jesus,god,lord: The Christian Cross

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross
joy has come to the whole world.

May God be merciful to us and bless us,
show us the light of his countenance, and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross
joy has come to the whole world.

Source: From the Proper Liturgy for Good Friday, The Book of Common Prayer (U. S., 1979), p. 281

Variant:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of the cross
joy has come to the whole world.

Source: https://www.methodistprayer.org/

Filled with His Love and Spirit of Self-Sacrifice

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Heavenly Father,
let your blessing be on us
as we pass through these holy days
in which we remember
the sufferings and death
of our dear Lord.
Set his example before us,
that we may follow him
in willing obedience,
learn his gracious humility,
and be filled with his love
and spirit of self-sacrifice,
and learn the lessons of a life
pleasing to you
and helpful to our neighbors;
through him who loved us
and gave himself for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from  The Parish School Hymnal, Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, 1926.

Last Sunday in the Church Year

O Lord God,
grant that we may not fall asleep in our sins
like the foolish virgins,
but always watch and pray
and be ready to enter your eternal glory;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service, Augustana Book Concern, 1925.

Original in Traditional English:

Grant, O Lord God, that we may not, like the foolish virgins, fall asleep in our sins, but always watch and pray, and be ready to enter into Thine eternal glory; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. AMEN

Litany of the Most Holy Trinity (2)

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 

God the Father in heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. 

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. 

God, from you, by you and in you are all things,
in you we live and move and have our being,
you alone have immortality and live in light no one can approach,
your majesty fills the whole earth,
the highest heavens cannot contain you,
you are wonderful in all your works for humanity,
you work all things by your gracious will,
in your hands are the souls of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind,
you open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing, have mercy on us. 

You have the power to cast body and soul into hell,
you do great, unsearchable and marvelous things without number,
your eyes are brighter than the sun and see all the ways of mankind,
you search the heart and examine the mind,
you give food to all flesh,
you made all things for yourself,
you live forever and ever,
you are a Father of the fatherless, and defend the cause of the widow,
you are full of compassion and mercy, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth,
you are our shield and our very great reward,
One God and Father of all, you are above all, and through all, and in us all, have mercy on us. 

Be gracious to us, spare us, Holy Trinity.
Be gracious to us, hear us, Holy Trinity.
From all evil, deliver us, Holy Trinity.

From all pride and arrogance,
from gluttony, excess and greed,
from anger, envy, and all ill-will,
from all evil desires and uncleanness,
from all laziness and despair,
by the immensity of your power,
by the infinity of your wisdom,
by the abundance of your goodness,
by the eternity of your glory and majesty,
by the depth of your knowledge and your providence,
by the unspeakable greatness of your love and pity,
by the unfathomable depths of your justice and judgment,
and on the day of judgment, deliver us, Holy Trinity.

We sinners pray, hear us, Holy Trinity.

That we may love you, our God, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength,
that we may serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days,
that we may worship you, the Lord our God, and serve you only,
that we may never take your holy name in vain,
that we may worship you in spirit and in truth,
that we may honor, serve and obey our parents and others in authority, and give them love and respect,
that we may never, from anger, hatred, or envy, hurt the life or reputation of any person, that we may love you above all things, and our neighbors as ourselves for your sake,
that we may never do to another what we would not have them do to us,
that we may never covet the goods of our neighbor,
that we may keep our hearts from all carnal desires and impure affections,
that you would make all grace abound in us,
that we may present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God,
that you would bring us to the kingdom you prepared for us from the foundation of the world, we pray, hear us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
pray for us to the Father.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
be merciful to us sinners.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
pour out your Holy Spirit on us.

Blessed Trinity, hear us.
Adorable Trinity, hear us.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father …

Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our ancestors,
and to be praised and highly exalted forever; (Song of the Three Holy Children, 29)

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven
and worthy of great praise, to be sung and glorified forever. (Psalm 145:3 and Song of the Three Holy Children, 34)

Let all your angels and saints praise you.
Let them praise and glorify you forever.

Let us praise the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
We praise and magnify him forever.

O Lord, hear our prayer,
and let our cry for help come to you. (Psalm 102:1)

Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, you have given your servants who confess of the true faith the duty to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and to worship the true Unity in the power of the divine majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith, and always defend us from all adversities; for you, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Treasury of Devotion: A Manual of Prayer for General and Daily Use, 1869, edited by T. T. Carter, 1808-1901.

In the original, the phrase “that we may worship you in spirit and in truth” is “that we may keep holy the fasts and festivals of the Church, by religious worship and deeds of mercy,”

In the original, the phase “that we may honor, serve and obey our parents and others in authority, and give them love and respect,” is “that we may pay all due honor, reverence and obedience to our parents, bishops, superiors, and all who stand to us in the place of parents,”

Litany of the Holy Spirit (3)

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, most merciful and patient, always striving for humanity in all its wanderings,
Holy Spirit, by your power the blessed virgin conceived and bore a Son,
Holy Spirit, through you the holy child Jesus grew strong in spirit and was filled with wisdom,
Holy Spirit, you descended on Jesus at his baptism and anointed him without measure,
Holy Spirit, by your power Jesus fulfilled his earthly ministry, teaching and working miracles, and preaching the kingdom of God,
Eternal Spirit, through you Jesus offered himself without blemish to God as our Priest and Victim,
Comforter, you proceed from the Father and were promised by the Lord to his disciples in their hour of sorrow, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, you were given to the apostles by the breath of Christ,
Holy Spirit, on the day of Pentecost you descended on the apostles as tongues of fire,
Holy Spirit, you blessed the apostles with wisdom and power to preach the gospel, to build the Church, and to send messengers tor the extension of Christ’s kingdom,
Holy Spirit, you inspired the apostles and evangelists to write the holy books of the New Testament for the comfort and edification of the Church,
Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life in both the new and old creation, by your divine power you quicken the whole body of Christ,
Holy Spirit, by your supernatural work you give power and efficacy to the means of grace,
Holy Spirit, in all ages you comforted and strengthened martyrs and confessors, and enlightened the teachers of your Church with heavenly wisdom, have mercy on us.

Blessed Paraclete, you have always been the sustaining comfort and sweet refreshment of the sorrowful and suffering,
Holy Spirit, you spread abroad love, joy and peace  in the hearts of the faithful and obedient followers of Christ,
Most gracious and patient Spirit, in your unending mercy you always seek to recall us from our wandering and bring us back in to God in repentance, have mercy on us.

By your life-giving power and might,
by your all powerful grace and strength,
by your continual presence in the church, good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners pray, hear us, Holy Spirit.

That we who have been made members of Christ’s body may be filled with all the fullness of your gifts of grace,
that we may never resist your holy work, but by your inspiration think those things that are good, and by your guidance do them,
that we may always enjoy the full blessing of Christ’s sacramental gifts through you,
that we may be led by you, live and walk in you, and rightly using the freedom with which Christ has made us free,
that as there is one body and one Spirit, the Church may be enabled to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,
that you would enlighten all ministers and stewards of your mysteries with true knowledge and understanding of your holy Word,
that you would give all your people a right understanding of Christian truth, and a brotherly love and affection towards one another, hear us, good Lord.

That you would take away from us all hatred and prejudice and whatever else hinders us from godly union and concord,
that you would give us the gift of perseverance, that being faithful to the point of death, we may hereafter be glorified with Christ,
that you would bring new life to your Church, that reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ, when he appears in glory at the end of time, hear us, good Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
pour out your Holy Spirit on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
send us the promised Spirit from the Father.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
give us the Spirit of peace.

Our Father …

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, send us your Holy Spirit, and by his gracious indwelling, make us a temple of his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Treasury of Devotion: A Manual of Prayer for General and Daily Use, 1869, edited by T. T. Carter, 1808-1901.

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