By Baptism You Have Cleansed Us

Lord God, heavenly Father,
by your blessed Word
and your holy baptism
you have mercifully cleansed
all who believe
from the fearful leprosy of sin,
and you daily grant us your gracious help
in all our needs.
Enlighten our hearts by your Holy Spirit
that we may never forget your blessings,
but always live in your fear,
trusting fully in your grace
and with thankful hearts
continually praise and glorify you;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 14

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Prayer at the Birth of a Child

Almighty and eternal God,
we thank you for this your blessing
of the birth of a healthy child.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
receive this child into your care forever,
for you have commanded
that the little children be brought to you.
So we pray, moved by your Word
that you would make this child your own
through your precious blood.
Give this child grace, blessing,
strength, power and prosperity
so that we might bring this child to you with joy
to enter your kingdom through holy Baptism,
and give thanks for your grace with all God-fearing hearts.

Source: Based on a prayer in the Pomeranian Agenda, p. 114#1, Translated by Paul C. Stratman © 2018



A Baptism Blessing

CelticCapital13Great One who inhabits the heights
imprint your blessing always,
remember the child of my heart,
in name of the Father of peace,
when the messenger of the King
on him puts the water of meaning,
grant him the blessing of the Three
who fill the heights.
The blessing of the Three
who fill the heights.

Sprinkle down on him your grace,
give him virtue and growth,
give him strength and guidance,
give him flocks and possessions,
sense and reason void of guile,
angel wisdom in his day,
and he will stand clothed in Christ
in your presence.
He will stand clothed in Christ
in your presence.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 115. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 114

He will stand clothed in Christ” in the original is “that he may stand without reproach.”

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.”

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from