May Your Gifts Be Our Refreshment

Bless, O Lord, your gifts
which we are about to receive
from your goodness.

May your gifts, O Lord,
be our refreshment,
and your grace our comfort;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 175 #2

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Send Your Holy Angels

Hear us, holy Lord,
Father almighty,
everlasting God,
and send your holy angels from heaven
to guard, cherish, protect, visit
and defend all who dwell in this house;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 104 #1

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Scatter the Darkness

O God, by the light of your Word
you scatter the darkness of ignorance.
Increase in our hearts the power of faith
which you have given us,
that no temptations may put out the fire
your grace has caused to burn in our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 7 #3

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A Prayer for God’s Chosen People

O God,
you have made all those who are born again in Christ
to be your chosen people, royal priesthood and holy nation.
Grant us both the will and the power to do what you command,
that your people who are called to eternal life
may have the same faith in their hearts
and the same devotion in their actions;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1901, p. 99 #2

“chosen people,”etc., This prayer quotes 1 Peter 2:9. In this version, the reference was expanded. In the original, the line is “…to be a royal and priestly race.”

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Hearts and Minds Unshadowed

O God,
you divide the day from the night.
Give us hearts and minds
unshadowed by the gloom of evil,
that we may think continually upon things
that are good and wholesome,
and be always pleasing in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Modified from  http://newscriptorium.com/assets/docs/collects-and-prayers/prmanual.htm

Also found here:  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 6 #2

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Enlighten Our Minds

Enlighten our minds, O God,
by your Spirit who proceeds from you,
that as your Son has promised,
we may be led into all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Quoted here:  A Minister’s Prayer Book © 1986 Fortress Press, Philadelphia

Also found here: http://www.projectwittenberg.org/etext/hymnals/CSB1919/CSBCollectsandPrayers.pdf

This prayer quotes John 16:13.

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Evening Thanks

We give you thanks, O Lord,
for you have preserved us through the day.
We give you thanks
for you will preserve us through the night.
Bring us in safety, O Lord,
to the morning hours,
That you may receive our praise at all times;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 10 #5

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Persevere with Steadfast Faith

Almighty and everlasting God,
in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations.
Preserve the works of your mercy,
that your Church throughout the world
may persevere with steadfast faith
in the confession of your name;
through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: http://www.plts.edu/docs/jacobson/pentecost_2006.pdf

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

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The Collect for Peace

O GOD, from whom all holy desires,
all good counsels, and all just works do proceed;
Give unto thy servants that peace
which the world cannot give;
that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,
and also that by thee, we,
being defended from the fear of our enemies,
may pass our time in rest and quietness;
through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Source: attributed to the Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Book of Common Prayer

Lord God, all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works come from you. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments. Defend us also from the fear of our enemies that we may live in peace and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Source of this version: Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A.

Variant:

Almighty and everlasting God, you are the fountain of all peace, spiritual and temporal. We humbly pray, in your great goodness grant us that peace which the world cannot give, that we may ever live in your fear, obedient to your commandments, to the end that you may deliver us from all our enemies; through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Source of this variant: Modified from Altar Book of the Norwegian Church, Augsburg Publishing House, 1915

A devotion on this prayer can be found on Pastor Stratman’s Blog.

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A Gelasian Blessing

May God, the Lord, bless us with all heavenly benediction,
and make us pure and holy in his sight.

May the riches of his glory abound in us.

May he instruct us with the Word of truth,
inform us with the Gospel of salvation,
and enrich us with his love,
through + Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: http://rockhay.tripod.com/worship/benewip.htm

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

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