Help, Have Mercy, Save

O God almighty,
you made heaven and earth and sea
and all that is in them.
Help me.
Have mercy on me,
Wash away my sins.
Save me in this world
and in the world to come
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
through whom is the glory and the power
forever and ever.

Source: Oxyrhynchus Papyrus

Source of this version: The New Archaeological Discoveries and their Bearing upon the New Testament by Camdem McCormick Cobern, Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1918, p. 292

Good Shepherd, Protect Your Flock


O good Shepherd,
look mercifully on your flock,
and do not let the sheep
which you redeemed with your precious blood
to be torn to pieces
by the assaults of the devil.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902 p. 97 #3



Give Us Wisdom to Seek You

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
intelligence to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to see you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: St. Benedict

Source of this version:

Also found here: The Catholic Prayer Book, © 1986 Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

An Evening Prayer

Be present,
O merciful God,
and protect us
through the silent hours of his night,
so that we,
who are wearied by the changes
and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Source: An Ancient Collect, sixth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953



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