Delightful It Is to Serve the King of Kings

Let me bless almighty God,
whose power extends over sea and land,
whose angels watch over all.
Let me study sacred books to calm my soul:

I pray for peace,
kneeling at heaven’s gates.
Let me do my daily work,
gathering seaweed, catching fish,
giving food to the poor.
Let me say my daily prayers,
sometimes chanting, sometimes quiet,
always thanking God.
Delightful it is to live
on a peaceful isle, in a quiet cell,
serving the King of kings.

Source: Attributed to St. Columba, 521-597.

Source of this version: https://daily-prayers.org/angels-and-saints/prayers-of-columba-colomcille-of-ireland/

Included in Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church, © 2018, Paul C. Stratman

 

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What Need I Fear?

Alone with none but you, my God
I journey on my way.
What need I fear, when you are near
O King of night and day?
More safe am I within your hand,
Than if a host round me stand.

My destined time is known to you,
And death will keep his hour;
Did warriors strong around me throng,
They could not stay his power:
No walls of stone can man defend
If you your messenger will send.

My life I yield to your decree,
And bow to your control
In peaceful calm, for from your arm
No power can wrest my soul:
Could earthly omens e’er appal
A man that heeds the heavenly call?

The child of God can fear no ill,
His chosen, dread no foe;
We leave our fate with you, and wait
Your bidding when to go:
‘Tis not from chance our comfort springs,
You are our trust, O King of kings.

Source: Attributed to St. Columba, 521-597.

Source of this version: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/hymn-lyrics/alone_with_none_but_thee_my_god.htm

Guide Me, Today, Tonight and Forever

Be O Lord,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
and a bright flame before me;
today, tonight and forever. Amen.

Source: Attributed to St. Columba, 521-597.

Source of this version: https://daily-prayers.org/angels-and-saints/prayers-of-columba-colomcille-of-ireland/

Included in Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church, © 2018, Paul C. Stratman

 

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For Love of God’s Law

O Lord,
be gracious to your people,
that they reject the things that displease you
and love your commandments.
Support them with your comfort in this mortal life
and bring them to the full enjoyment of life immortal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Leonine SacramentaryNew Ancient Collects, #281

 

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“This Is the Night!” Easter Eve Eucharistic Prayer

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The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is truly good and right,
with all powers of heart and mind,
and with the service of our lips,
to praise the invisible God,
the Father almighty, and his only Son
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who paid the debt of Adam for us to the eternal Father,
and erased the stain of ancient guilt
by his blood poured out in love.
For this is the Paschal festival
in which Christ, the true Lamb was slain,
and the door-posts hallowed by his blood,
by which you first brought our ancestors,
the children of Israel, out of Egypt,
and led them through the Red Sea with dry feet.
This is the night
which cleared away the darkness of sin with a pillar of light.
This is the night
which restores grace and unites believers in Christ
in holiness throughout the world,
separated from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin.
This the night
in which Christ broke the bonds of death
and ascended from the grave as a Conqueror.
Life itself would be no blessing to us
without his redemption.
O wondrous love!
To redeem your servants you gave up your Son.
This holy night,
drives off offences, washes away sins,
restores innocence to the fallen and joy to the sad.
O truly blessed night,
which spoiled the Egyptians and enriched the Hebrews —
the night in which heaven and earth are reconciled!
We pray therefore, O Lord,
that you would preserve your servants
in the peace and joy of this Easter happiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gregorian, freely modified from Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 52.2. The New Ancient Collects#159.

 

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I Arise Today (St. Bridget)

I arise today
through a mighty strength:
God’s power to guide me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s eyes to watch over me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to shelter me,
God’s host to secure me.

Source: St. Bridget of Kildare (Bridget of Gael)

Source of this version: http://www.faithandworship.com/Celtic_Blessings_and_Prayers.htm

Also found here: http://www.worldprayers.org/archive/prayers/adorations/i_arise_today.html

Similar to St. Patrick’s Breastplate

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A Litany Prayer against Temptation

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Raise up your power and deliver us,
O Lord our God.
When we are overwhelmed by the storms of temptation
raise us up by your strength.
Hear us, O Lord. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary. Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, ed. J. Manning Potts.

 

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A Litany Prayer for Personal Dedication

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O Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the inexpressible joy of Christians,
take away from us whatever is not yours,
and make us yours in all things.
Hear us, O Lord. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary. Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, ed. J. Manning Potts.

 

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The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail

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O God,
you promised
that you would be with your Church
to the end of the age,
and that the gates of hell
will never prevail
against the apostolic confession.
Make your strength perfect in our weakness,
and keep your divine promise
and be present with your weakest members.
Give each of us what we ask,
as it pleases you,
guard us from the attacks of all our enemies,
and assure us with your presence.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary, Bright’s Ancient Collects, p. 97.2,  The New Ancient Collects, #322.

 

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Forgive and Correct

B_Escorial_93v[1].jpgO Lord our God,
forgive our sins
and correct our mideeds.
Direct our actions
and inspire us
with thoughts
pleasing to you.
Purify our consciences
and sanctify our hearts
that in purity of heart
and gladness of spirit
we may serve you,
our Lord and God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Collects and Prayers for Use in Church by the United Lutheran Church in America, © 1935

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