Move Our Hearts to Seek You

O God,
you have forbidden us
to be anxious about what we need for this life.
Move our hearts
to seek you and your kingdom,
that all good things may be given to us as well;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source:  Gelasian, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 89#2.



Always Lead Me to Seek Your Face

O Lord,
give me
purity of lips,
a clean and innocent heart,
and rightness of action.

Give me
humility, patience, abstinence,
chastity, prudence, justice,
courage and self-control.

Give me
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and godliness,
and of your fear.

Always lead me to seek your face
with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind.
Let me have a contrite and humble heart in your presence—
to prefer nothing to your love.

Most high, eternal, and ineffable Wisdom,
drive away from me the darkness of blindness and ignorance.
Most high and eternal Strength, rescue me.
Most high and eternal Courage, help me.
Most high and incomprehensible Light, illuminate me,
Most high and infinite Mercy, have mercy on me. [315.]

Source:  Gallican, from the time of Charlemagne, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright p. 96#1.

Also attributed to Alcuin of York.



Walk as a Child of the Light

candle-2038736_960_720O my Lord Jesus,
be my light!
Enlighten my heart
so that I walk
as a child of the light,
flee and shun
the works of darkness,
and serve you this whole day.

Source: Nürnberger Handbuch, Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #28.

Original in German

Ach mein Herr Jesu! sei du mein Licht, erleuchte mein Herz, daß ich diesen Tag als ein Kind des Lichts wandle, die Werke der Finsterniß fliehe und scheue, und diesen ganzen Tag dir dienen möge. Amen.