Strengthen Our Hands

Strengthen, O Lord, the hands that have taken holy things,
that they may daily bring forth fruit to your glory.
Grant, O Lord, that the lips which have sung your praises within the sanctuary
may glorify you forever;
that the ears which have heard the voice of your Son
may be closed to the voice of clamor and dispute;
that the eyes which have seen your great love,
may also behold your blessed hope.
Grant that the feet that have trodden your holy courts
may ever walk in the light;
that the souls and bodies, which have received your body and blood,
may ever be restored.

Source: Liturgy of Malabar

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.htj.org.uk/content/pages/documents/1424881581.pdf

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

Variant:

Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

This shortened variant of the prayer is from Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A., Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 36

Closing Prayer for Holy (Maundy) Thursday

This prayer may be used in place of the prayers “We give thanks, almighty God,…” “O God the Father, source of all goodness…” in the Common Service or “Hear the prayers of your people…” in the Service of Word and Sacrament in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.

CLOSING PRAYER

M: Lord Jesus Christ, on the night before you suffered, you showed your disciples the extent of your love, you gave them this sacrament of forgiveness and remembrance, and you promised them that you would drink it again with them in your Father’s kingdom. As we have partaken of this sacrament, show us your love in your words of invitation, restore our joy in the forgiveness you have won by your death and resurrection, and give us hope in the promise you have given of a feast to come. In this sacrament, live and rule in us, even as you live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C:  Amen.

Formatted as poetry:

Lord Jesus Christ,
on the night before you suffered,
you showed your disciples the extent of your love,
you gave them this sacrament of forgiveness and remembrance,
and you promised them that you would drink it again with them
in your Father’s kingdom.
As we have partaken of this sacrament,
show us your love in your words of invitation,
restore our joy in the forgiveness you have won by your death
and resurrection,
and give us hope in the promise you have given of a feast to
come.
In this sacrament,
live and rule in us,
even as you live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

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