Restore to Me the Joy

girolamo_savonarola“Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
I recall what great peace,
what great tranquility of soul I enjoyed
when I rejoiced in the Lord,
and found delight in God my Savior.
Yes, now I grieve even more
because I know what I have lost.
I know what very great benefits I have lost.
Yes, I cry frantically,
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
Restore what you have taken away from me because of my sins.
Restore what I have lost through my own fault.
Restore through Jesus’ merits,
who always stands at your right hand
and makes intercession for us,
that through him I may know
that you are reconciled to me,
that the seal is set on my heart,
that I may say with the apostle—
“I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me.”

Source: Girolamo Savonarola

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 44 #1

This prayer quotes Psalm 51:12Song of Solomon 8:6,  Galatians 2:20

Create in Me a Clean Heart

girolamo_savonarolaCreate a clean heart in me, O God:
a humble heart,
a meek heart,
a peaceful heart,
a benevolent heart,
a devout heart
which does evil to no one,
which does not repay evil for evil,
but overcomes evil with good,
which loves you above all things,
thinks always about you,
speaks about you,
gives you thanks,
delights in hymns and spiritual songs,
and has its citizenship in heaven.
Amen.

Source: Girolamo Savonarola

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 44 #1

Holy Father of Glory

Thanks to you, Holy Father of glory,CelticCapital4
Father kind, ever loving, ever powerful,
because of all the abundance, favor, and deliverance
that you bestow on us in our need.
Whatever providence befalls us as your children,
in our portion, in our lot, in our path,
seal it to us with the rich gifts of your hand
and the joyous blessing of your mouth.

We are guilty and polluted, O God,
in spirit, in heart, and in flesh,
in thought, in word, in act,
we are hard in sin in your sight.
Put forth to us the power of your love,
leap over the mountains of our transgressions,
and wash us in the true blood of reconciliation,
like the snow of the mountain, like the lily of the lake.

In the steep path of our common calling,
be it easy or uneasy to our flesh,
be it bright or dark for us to follow,
your own perfect guidance be on us.
Be a shield to us from the wiles of the deceiver,
from the arch-destroyer with his arrows pursuing us,
and in each secret thought our minds get to weave,
be yourself on our helm and at our sail.

Though dogs and thieves would raid us from the fold,
be the strong Shepherd of glory near us.
whatever matter or cause or propensity,
that would bring to us grief, or pains, or wounds,
or that would bear witness against us at the last,
on the other side of the great river of dark shadows,
Oh! obscure it from our eyes,
and from our hearts drive it for ever.

Now to the Father who created each creature,
now to the Son who paid ransom for his people,
now to the Holy Spirit, Comforter of might:
shield and bless us from every wound,
be about the beginning and end of our race,
be giving us to sing in glory,
in peace, in rest, in reconciliation,
where we shall shed no tear, where we shall die no more…
where we shall shed no tear, where we shall die no more.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 23, 25. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 22

 

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God Be with Us

CelticCapitalGod be with us
on this your day.
Amen.

To us and with us
on this your day.
Amen.

It is clear to be seen of us,
since we came into the world,
that we have deserved your wrath.
Amen.

Your own wrath,
God of all.
Amen.

Grant us forgiveness.
Amen.

Grant us forgiveness.
Amen.

Grant to us your own forgiveness
merciful God of all.
Amen.

Anything that is evil to us,
or that may witness against us,
as we shall live,
illumine it to us
obscure it to us
banish it from us,
root it out of our hearts,
ever evermore everlastingly,
ever evermore everlastingly.
Amen.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 15, 17. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 14

Deliver Us Captives

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dO Lord, you listen to prayer.
Listen to our petitions.
We have been taken captive by our sins,
and feel withered like the grass.
Deliver us by your divine mercy.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Rite

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 300 #2

Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.

 

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Forgive Me My Sins

Forgive me my sins, O Lord,
forgive me the sins of my youth
and the sins of my age,
the sins of my soul,
and the sins of my body,
my secret and my whispering sins,
my overconfident and my crying sins,
the sins that I have done to please myself,
and the sins that I have done to please others.
Forgive me those sins which I know,
and those sins which I do not know;
forgive them, O Lord,
forgive them all of your great goodness. Amen.

Source: Private Devotions, 1560

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 32 #1

Cleanse and Renew My Heart

O my Lord,
give me that purity of conscience
which alone can receive your inspirations.
My ears are dull,
so that I cannot hear your voice.
My eyes are dim,
so that I cannot see your presence.
You alone can quicken my hearing,
and purge my sight,
and cleanse and renew my heart.
Teach me, like Mary,
to sit at your feet,
and to hear your Word

Source: John Henry Newman

Source of this version: Modified from https://pollypilgrim.wordpress.com/prayer-page/a-prayer-from-john-henry-newman/

Also found in context here:  http://www.newmanreader.org/works/meditations/meditations11.html

Confession of Sin

You see all things.
We have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed.
Blot out our transgressions,
be merciful to us sinners,
and grant that our names may be found
written in the book of life,
for the sake of Christ Jesus our Savior.
Amen.

Source: Nerses of Clajes (St. Nerses I)

Source of this version:  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

“Blot out our transgressions” is a reference to Psalm 51:1

“Written in the book of life” is a reference to Revelation 13:8

 

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Collect for Purity

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common Prayer

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may love you completely,
and rightly magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: 11th-century Leofric missal, also attributed to the Gregorian Sacramentary (7th Century)

Source of this version: Modified from 1980 Alternative Service Book via wikipedia.com

Traditional English:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Book of Common Prayer

Latin:
Deus cui omne cor patet et omnis voluntas loquitur: et quem nullum latet secretum: purifica per infusionem sancti spiritus cogitationes cordis nostri: ut te perfecte diligere et digne laudare mereamur, per dominum nostrum iesum christum filium tuum qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem spiritus sancti deus, per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.

This prayer has its own page on wikipedia.

Variant:

…of your Holy Spirit, that every thought and word of ours may begin from you, and in you be perfectly completed, through Christ our Lord. (The Catholic Prayer Book, 1984, 1986)

Sarum version begins:

O God, unto whom all hearts be open…

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The House of My Soul

220px-sandro_botticelli_050O God,
you are the light of every heart that sees you,
the Life of every soul that loves you,
the strength of every mind that seeks you.
Help me to continue steadfast in your holy love.
Be the joy of my heart;
take it all to yourself,
and remain there.
The house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
and spare your servant from strange sins.

Source: St. Augustine

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Also found here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/liturgy/lent/the-house-of-my-soul-is-narrow-st-augustine-of-hippo/

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (April 3)

The last two lines quote Psalm 19:12-13

 

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