A Prayer for Peace

antifonariodelec3b3n1O God, you are peace eternal.
Your gift is peace.
You have taught us
that your children will be called peacemakers.
Pour out your peace into our souls
that all discord may vanish away,
and that we may forever love and seek
the things that bring your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Sacramentary (Also attributed to the Gelasian Sacramentary)

Source of this version: Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 82 #4, also in Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953.

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Shine into Our Hearts

Almighty and merciful God,
Fountain of all goodness,
you know the thoughts of our hearts.
We confess that we have sinned against you
and done evil in your sight.
Wash us from the stains of our past sins,
and give us grace and power to put away all hurtful things.
Deliver us from the bondage of sin,
that we may bring forth worthy fruits of repentance.

O eternal Light, shine into our hearts.
O eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil.
O eternal Power, be our support.
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.
Eternal Pity, have mercy on us.
Grant that with all our hearts, and minds, and strength,
we may always seek your face.
In your infinite mercy, bring us into your holy presence.
Strengthen our weakness
that we follow in the footsteps of your blessed Son,
obtain your mercy,
and enter your promised joy. Amen.

Source: Alcuin of York, d. 735

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

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An Evening Collect

Lighten our darkness,
Lord, we pray;
and in your mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of your only Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Eerdman’s Book of Famous Prayers © 1983

found also here: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/daily2/night/variations.aspx

and in The Lutheran Hymnal, p. 107 #47

Also found here: Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 341 #2

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com

 

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We Commend Ourselves This Day

Into your hands, O God,
we commend ourselves
and all who are dear to us this day.
Let your presence be with us even to its close.
Let us never lose sight of you
all the day long,
but let us worship and pray to you,
that at evening we may again give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Original Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of This Version: The Catholic Prayer Book © 1984, Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Also found at: http://www.woodfordvalleyparish.org.uk/prayers.html

Variant:

Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend ourselves this day.
Let your presence be with us to its close.
Strengthen us to remember
that in whatever good work we do we are serving you.
Give us a diligent and watchful spirit,
that we may seek to know your will in all things,
and in knowing it, gladly to perform it,
to the honor and glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com

 

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A Prayer of St. Augustine

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Eternal God, you are the light of the minds that know you,
the joy of the hearts that love you,
and the strength of the wills that serve you.
Grant us so to know you,
that we may truly love you, and so to love you
that we may fully serve you,
and to serve you is perfect freedom,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Source: Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, also found in the Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: The Catholic Prayer Book © 1984, Servant Books, Cincinnati OH

Also found at: http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english3/p02711.htm

and http://ctkprayers.blogspot.com/2009/02/eternal-god-light-of-minds-that-know.html 

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

 

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