By Remembering Christ, We Endure

19_x_Grunewald_Resurrection-615x1024.jpgAlmighty and eternal God,
merciful Father,
you gave your Son
for our sins,
and raised him up again
for our righteousness.
Through him you have overcome death
and have opened up for us the way to eternal life.
Through your Holy Spirit,
grant that we may rely on this in true faith,
that our bodies also will arise
with Christ to eternal life,
and that by remembering this comfort
we may endure
all kinds of sorrow in this life
with patience
through the power of the resurrection
of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Die pommersche Kirchen-Ordnung und Agenda,  p. 289, #2, Martin Luther, [Die Gebete Luthers, #13]

Original in German:

Allmächtiger ewiger Gott, barmherziger Vater, der du deinen Sohn um unsrer Sünde willen dahin gegeben und zu unsrer Gerechtigkeit auferwecket, durch ihn den Tod überwunden, und uns den Zugang zum ewigen Leben geöffnet hast: wir bitten dich, gieb uns durch deinen Geist, daß wir in wahrem Glauben uns hierauf verlassen, und unsre Körper mit Christo auch zum ewigen Leben erwecket werden, und daß wir in Betrachtung dieses Trostes allerlei Ungemach dieses Lebens mit Geduld mögen ertragen, durch die Kraft der Auferstehung deines Sohnes, unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, der mit dir und dem heiligen Geiste lebet und regieret von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen. Pommersche Agende.

 

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An Easter Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ,
you died for the sins of the whole world,
and on this day you rose from the dead.
By your Resurrection put the sin within us to death.
As you destroyed the power of death by your cross and passion,
share with us your blessed life;
through your merits, O blessed Savior,
you live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 26 #1 (Easter Day)

“you died for the sins of the whole world” John 1:291 John 2:2

“As you destroyed the power of death” 1 Corinthians 15:26Hebrews 2:14

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Give Us Grace and Faith While We Await the Resurrection

Almighty God,
through the death of your Son
you have destroyed the power of sin and death
and through his resurrection
have restored innocence and eternal life
so that we would be redeemed
from the power of the devil.
Through the same power of the Resurrection,
raise our mortal bodies
when you awaken the dead.
Grant us your grace
that we may steadfastly believe this
with all our hearts,
and await the joyful resurrection of our bodies
with all your blessed ones;
through the same Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: The Saxon Agenda of 1540, translated by Paul C. Stratman © 2016

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage by [Stratman, Paul]This prayer is from Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage, available from Amazon.com, and also available for Amazon Kindle. It is a collection of prayers from the history of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe. The collection includes prayers by Johannes Bugenhagen, Georg C. Dieffenbach, Veit Dietrich, Matthias Flacius, Wilhelm Loehe, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Joachim Mynsinger, Johann G. Olearius, Johann Jacob Rambach, and the early agendas and prayer books of the Austrian, Brunswick, Hamburg, Lueneberg, Norwegian, Nuremberg, Pomeranian, Riga, Russian, Saxon, Schleswig-Holstein, and Swedish Evangelical-Lutheran churches.

An Early Easter Hymn

Let us glorify him singing,
“Glory to you, O Lord!”
Let us worship him and say,
“Glory to you, O Lord!”

The Lord is risen for us,
the Word of truth,
made flesh from the virgin.
Let us praise him and say
“Glory to you, O Lord!”

Source: Fourth to Sixth Century hymn (Catalogue of Greek Papyri in the John Rylands Library, Vol. I, 7)

Source of this version: The New Archaeological Discoveries and their Bearing upon the New Testament by Camdem McCormick Cobern, Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1918, p. 304

Walk with Us

antifonariodelec3b3n1Jesus, our Master,
meet us while we walk in the way,
yearning to reach the heavenly country;
so that, following your light
we may keep the way of righteousness,
and never wander away into the darkness of this world’s night,
while you, who are the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
are shining within us;
for your own name’s sake.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Modified freely from http://1stholistic.com/Spl_prayers/prayer_mozarabic-prayer.htm

Also found here: https://yorkminster.org/worship-and-choir/worship/sermons/sermon-lent-3-evensong.html

The prayer seems to be recalling the Easter evening gospel from Luke 24:13-35.

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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A New Testament Blessing (Hebrews)

Now may the God of peace
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
equip you with everything good that you may do his will,
working in us that which is pleasing in his sight,
through + Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Hebrews 13:20-21 (English Standard Version)

Now may the God of peace,
who through the blood of the eternal covenant
brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
equip you with everything good for doing his will,
and may he work in us what is pleasing to him,
through + Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Source: Hebrews 13:20-21 (New International Version)

Now may the God of peace–
who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
in connection with his blood,
which established the eternal testament–
may he equip you with everything good thing to do his will,
as he works in us what is pleasing in his sight
through + Jesus Christ.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Hebrews 13:20-21 (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Good Shepherd, Protect Your Flock

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O good Shepherd,
look mercifully on your flock,
and do not let the sheep
which you redeemed with your precious blood
to be torn to pieces
by the assaults of the devil.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902 p. 97 #3

 

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A Closing Prayer for Easter Dawn

This prayer is written to go with the lessons for The Resurrection of our Lord–Easter Dawn, Isaiah 12:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, John 20:1-18.

M: The Lord is risen!
C:  He is risen indeed!

M: Let us pray.
O risen Christ, our stronghold, our sure defense and our Savior, refresh our hearts with the living water of your gospel and cheer our hearts with the shout of your victory. Dry our tears as we deal with the hardships and tragedies of this world, and lift up our heads that we see you as our risen Teacher, Savior and Friend. You live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C:  Amen.

Formatted as poetry:

O risen Christ,
our stronghold, our sure defense and our Savior,
refresh our hearts with the living water of your gospel
and cheer our hearts with the shout of your victory.
Dry our tears as we deal with the hardships
and tragedies of this world,
and lift up our heads that we see you
as our risen Teacher, Savior and Friend.
You live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

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