Advent 3

Advent 3

Lord, hear our prayers,
and lighten the darkness of our hearts
by your gracious appearing;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent, Gregorian, 10th Century

Source of this version: Newly translated for A Collection of Prayers

Original in Latin:

Aurem tuam, quæsumus, Dómine, précibus nostris accómmoda: et mentis nostræ ténebras, grátia tuæ visitatiónis illústra; Qui vivis…

See this article by Bosco Peters.

 

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Advent 2

Advent 3

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to make ready the way of your only Son,
so that by his coming we may worship you with pure minds;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent, Gelasian, 8th Century

Source of this version: Newly translated for A Collection of Prayers

Original in Latin:

Excita, Dómine, corda nostra ad præparándas Unigéniti tui vias: ut per ejus advéntum, purificátis tibi méntibus servíre mereámur. Qui tecum vivit et regnat.

 

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Advent 1

Advent 3

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.
Rescue and protect us
from the threatening perils of our sins by your might;
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for the First Sunday in Advent, Gregorian, 10th Century

Source of this version: Newly translated for A Collection of Prayers

Original in Latin:

Excita, quaesumus Domine, potentiam tuam, et veni: ut ab imminentibus peccatorum nostrorum periculis, etmereamur protegente eripi, te liberante salvari. Qui vivas et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus: per omnia saecula saeculorum.

 

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Attention Worship Planners: Now and Forever

Attention worship planners! A new church year begins in just over four weeks. The first Sunday in Advent is December 1.

A Collection of Prayers presents a new prayer resource, based on the Revised Common Lectionary, and adaptable to lectionaries in Lutheran Service Book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship and Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal. Also usable with Episcopal and Roman Catholic Lectionaries:

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.

Available from Amazon.com in paperback and for Kindle.

Here are sample prayers for Advent and Christmas, Year A. Prayers may be used on a trial basis. Printed materials (church bulletins/worship folders) must include a copyright notice:

Prayer of the Day (Closing Collect in the Prayers of the People, Closing Prayer, or however the prayer is used…) is reprinted from Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries, copyright © 2019 Paul C. Stratman, used by permission. Available through Amazon.com.

First Sunday in Advent

When the theme is “See, your King comes to you!”

Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself when you appeared in human flesh at your first coming, you humbly rode into Jerusalem on a donkey when you brought your saving work to fulfillment, and without fear or force, you come to us in Word and Sacrament. Fill our hearts with the joy and peace that comes with your Word of promise, that we may live secure in you; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [1]

First Sunday in Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Keep us mindful of our present time and watchful for the day of your return. Clothe us with your armor of light and keep us faithful to the end; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [3]

Second Sunday in Advent

O God of hope, give us endurance, encouragement, joy and peace. Move us to repentance, change our hearts with your eternal Word, and dwell with us forever; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [6]

Third Sunday in Advent

Stir up our hearts, O Lord. Strengthen us, open our eyes and ears and fill us with joy that our Savior has come; for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [9]

Fourth Sunday in Advent

O Lord, you promised in your Holy Scriptures to send your Son Jesus Christ as the Son of David, and your own Son. Reveal this saving promise also to us and move our hearts to faith and obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [12]

Christmas Eve

O Lord, you have filled this holy night with the brightness of the true Light, Jesus Christ. You have revealed your peace and goodwill through him and have given us blessed hope. Increase our joy with that news that a child is born to us, a Son is given to us; your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [15]

Christmas Day

Glorious Father, you have revealed your glory, your grace and your truth by sending your only Son to become flesh and dwell among us. Enlighten darkened hearts with this true light that shines on everyone, that all might hear, believe, and receive the right to become children of God; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [16]

Kindle Our Hearts by Your Spirit

Almighty God,
fulfill our desire
and kindle our hearts by your Spirit,
that being filled with the oil of your grace,
we may shine as bright lights
at the coming of your Son Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Gelasian
Source of this version: Freely modified from A Century of Collects, [3] selected and translated by Atwell M. Y. Baylay, 1913.

 

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For Deliverance from Sin

Advent 1

O Lord,
look mercifully on us,
and grant that we may choose the way of peace.
Rescue us from the captivity of the sins which have oppressed us,
that we may attain the dwellings of the heavenly Jerusalem;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

O Emmanuel…

December 23

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Source: The O Antiphons

Source of this version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Antiphons, also in Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 21

Latin:

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.

Isaiah had prophesied:

  • “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

(Emmanuel means God is with us).

 

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