We Will Not Die, but Peacefully Sleep and Be Raised

Almighty and eternal God,
by your Son you promised us
forgiveness of our sins
and deliverance from eternal death.
We pray that by your Holy Spirit
you will daily increase our faith
in your grace through Christ
and establish us in the certain hope
that we will not die,
but peacefully sleep
and be raised again on the last day
to eternal life and salvation;
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 24

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

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You Broke the Bonds of Death

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It is truly good and right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise you Father
and your Only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear Father, by your wondrous condescension
of loving-kindness toward us your servants,
you gave up your Son.
Dear Jesus you paid the debt of Adam for us
to the eternal Father
by your blood poured fourth
in loving-kindness.
You cleared away the darkness of sin
by your magnificent and radiant resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth.
Our life had no hope of eternal happiness
before you redeemed us.
Your resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.
How inestimable is the tenderness of your love!

Source: Gregory the Great. Combined from several sources. Main source: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=1245

Appears to be a shortened version of “This Is the Night!”

Featured Prayers: Easter

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Holy Saturday / Easter Eve

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Historic Collects for Easter

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Mozarabic Collects for Easter

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Other Classic Prayers for Easter

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Easter Evening / Emmaus

The Good Shepherd – Misericordias Domini, Second Sunday after Easter (Old Lectionary), Fourth Sunday of Easter (New Lectionary).

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Ascension Day

Litanies

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Canticles / Anthems

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Blessings

Redirect Those Who Are in Error

Almighty God,
you redirect those who are in error
by the light of your truth
so they may return to the way of righteousness.
Grant that all who are brought
into the fellowship of Christ’s kingdom
may avoid those things that are hurtful to their faith
and follow all things that strengthen them in it;
through  Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Leonine

Easter Tuesday

Almighty God,
through the resurrection of your Son
you secured peace for our troubled conscience.
Always give us this peace,
that in the merit of your Son
we may finally come to the perfect peace of heaven;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

Almighty God,
you bestowed on us the Paschal mysteries
as the token of the covenant of humanity’s redemption.
Give us the will to show forth in our lives
what we profess with our lips;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

O almighty and eternal God,
through the resurrection of your Son
you sealed the covenant of man’s reconciliation.
As we rejoice in your covenant grace,
may we show forth in our lives
what we profess with our lips;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

Easter Monday

O God,
in the Paschal feast
you bestowed restoration on the world.
Continue to give your people your heavenly gifts
that they may attain to perfect freedom
and advance to life eternal;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Latin original, adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

O God,
through the resurrection of your Son
you bestowed life and freedom on the world.
Continue to give these your gifts to your people
that they may walk in perfect freedom
and receive life eternal;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Latin original, adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

You Are Holy in All Your Works

O Lord Jesus Christ, true God and truly human,
you do not change,
and you are holy in all your works.
Take all unbelief away from us,
and fill us with the gifts of your grace;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 28 #1 (Easter 4)

You Triumphed over Death in Power

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O Christ,
true Redeemer of the world,
when the angel rolled away the stone from the tomb
you triumphed over death in power
and you first announced your resurrection
to faithful women who eagerly sought you.
Deliver us from all weakness,
take away from our mouth
any ‘stone’ which would prevent
our confessing your name,
and grant that we may always delight in your service,
and loving you with increasing fervor,
may receive your eternal comfort.

Source: Mozarabic, 7th century
Source of this version: Freely modified from The Revised Prayer-book of the Reformed Spanish Church

Translation from The Revised Prayer-book of the Reformed Spanish Church in traditional English.

O Christ, Thou true Redeemer of the world, Who, the angel having rolled away the stone from the sepulchre, didst by Thy wondrous power triumph over death, and wast pleased to first announce Thy resurrection to tender women who sought Thee with so great regard; Deliver us from all weakness; take away from our mouth every stone which would prevent our confessing Thy Name, and grant that we may ever delight in Thy service, and loving Thee with increasing fervour may be comforted with Thy everlasting consolation.

 

Mozarabic, ad.

Easter Prayer

O God,
you gave your only Son to the death of the Cross for our redemption,
and by his glorious resurrection
you delivered us from the power of the enemy.
Teach us to die to sin daily,
that we may forever live with him
in the joy of his resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gregory the Great

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

 

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