Christmas Day (Christmas III)

Almighty God,
grant that the new birth
of your only Son in the flesh
may set us free
from our old slavery under sin;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for Christmas Day (Christmas III), Gelasian, 8th Century.

Source of this version: Newly translated for A Collection of Prayers.

Original in Latin:

Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut nos Unigeniti tui nova per carnem nativitas liberet, quos sub peccati iugo vetusta servitus tenet. Per…

 

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Christmas Eve (Christmas I)

O God,
you have made this holy night
shine with the brightness
of the true Light.
Grant that we
who have known the mysteries of that Light
here on earth
may come to the fullness
of his joys in heaven;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for Christmas Eve (Christmas I), Gelasian, 8th Century

Source of this version: Newly translated for A Collection of Prayers

Original in Latin:

Deus, qui hanc sacratissimam noctem veri luminis fecisti illustratione clarescere, da, quaesumus, ut, cuius in terra mysteria lucis agnovimus, eius quoque gaudiis perfruamur in caelo. Qui tecum…

Bosco Peters gives the original with various translations in this article.

 

 

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Advent 2

Advent 3

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to make ready the way of your only Son,
so that by his coming we may worship you with pure minds;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent, Gelasian, 8th Century

Source of this version: Newly translated for A Collection of Prayers

Original in Latin:

Excita, Dómine, corda nostra ad præparándas Unigéniti tui vias: ut per ejus advéntum, purificátis tibi méntibus servíre mereámur. Qui tecum vivit et regnat.

 

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An Anniversary of Ministry

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O God,
by your command the order of all time runs its course.
Look graciously on me your servant,
whom you have called into your ministry.
Mercifully preserve your gifts in me
so that my service may be pleasing to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian, in The New Ancient Collects, #576, Bright’s Ancient Collects, p. 194.1

 

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For the Holy Spirit

Almighty God,
kindle our souls by your Spirit,
that being filled with your divine gifts,
we may shine like blazing lamps
in the presence of your Son Christ at his coming;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954

 

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For Forgiveness

Almighty God,
with Fatherly tenderness
receive those who flee from your anger,
that those who dread the scourge that comes from your majesty
may rejoice in your forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954

 

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