For Mercy

O Lord, you gave your apostles peace,
shed down on us all your holy calm;
gather together with your hand
all those who are scattered,
and bring them like sheep into the fold of your holy Church,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Strengthen and confirm me, O Lord, by your cross,
on the rock of faith,
that my mind be not shaken by the attacks of the enemy.
For you alone are holy.

You know, O Lord,
how many and great are my sins,
you know how often I sin,
from day to day,
from hour to hour,
in the things I do
and the things I leave undone.
No more, O Lord,
no more, O Lord my God,
will I provoke you.
No more shall my desire be for anything but you,
for you alone are truly lovable.
And if again I offend in anything,
I humbly ask your mercy
to grant me strength
to live in a manner more pleasing to you.
Amen.

Source: Theodore the Studite

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

For the Loving Care of the Good Shepherd

stjohnsashfield_stainedglass_goodshepherd-frame_cropO Lord Jesus Christ,
good Shepherd of the sheep,
you came to seek the lost
and gather them to your fold.
Have compassion on those who have wandered from you.
Feed those who hunger,
make the weary lie down in your pastures,
bind up those who are broken in heart,
and strengthen those who are weak,
that we rely on your care,
find comfort in  your love,
and abide in your guidance to our lives’ end;
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Source: An Ancient Collect, Sixth Century

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

I Am the Good Shepherd

stjohnsashfield_stainedglass_goodshepherd-frame_cropO Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the Good Shepherd,
and you call your own by name.
Let people everywhere hear your voice
and follow you on the path of life,
that so there may be one flock,
and one Shepherd;
to the honor and glory of your name.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references  John 10

“and follow you on the path of life” in A Book of Collects the line is given as “and follow thee into the abundant life.”

Picture: St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Wikimedia Commons

The Soul’s Cry

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O Jesu! tonight,
O Shepherd of the poor,
O sinless One,
you suffered full sore,
by ban of the wicked,
and were crucified.

Save me from evil,
save me from harm,
save my body,
sanctify me tonight,
O Jesu, tonight,
nor leave me.

Endow me with strength,
Herdsman of might,
guide me aright,
guide me in your strength.
O Jesu! in your strength
preserve me.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 71. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p.70

But wait… there’s more!

Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church is a collection of prayers from the time of Patrick (d. ca. 460-493) to the Synod of Whitby (664), and also from the Celtic Christian tradition that remained after Whitby. A few of the prayers in this book may be familiar from their appearance in other prayer books. Some may be appearing in English for the first time. All prayers (with one exception) are rendered or revised into contemporary English with the hopes that they will be useful in private and corporate worship. Includes prayers from The Antiphonary of Bangor, The Lorrha-Stowe Missal, The Book of Cerne, The Book of Dimma, St. Patrick, St. Columba and many other sources.

Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church is available in paperback through Amazon.com. It is also available for Amazon Kindle.

Prayer for Protection

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tend us to the shelter and the fold,
bless us beneath your own glorious mantle,
be our Shield of protection, and guard us forever.

Be a hard triumphant sword
to shield us securely from wicked hell,
from the fiends and from the cold, sharp daggers,
and from the lurid smoke of the abyss.

My soul is in the trust of the High King,
the Good Shepherd is in charge of my soul.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889)  Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I,  p. 37. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 36

“from the fiends and from the cold, sharp daggers,” in Carmina’s translation is “From the fiends and from the steive snell gullies.” In Scots Gaelic “fheadaine frinne fuara.” Google translate gives “cold” for “fuara.”  Other Scots English dictionaries gave “piercing” for “snell,” and  “knife” for “gullie.” 

“The Good Shepherd is in charge of my soul,” this line was altered to keep the prayer Christ-centered.

But wait… there’s more!

Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church is a collection of prayers from the time of Patrick (d. ca. 460-493) to the Synod of Whitby (664), and also from the Celtic Christian tradition that remained after Whitby. A few of the prayers in this book may be familiar from their appearance in other prayer books. Some may be appearing in English for the first time. All prayers (with one exception) are rendered or revised into contemporary English with the hopes that they will be useful in private and corporate worship. Includes prayers from The Antiphonary of Bangor, The Lorrha-Stowe Missal, The Book of Cerne, The Book of Dimma, St. Patrick, St. Columba and many other sources.

Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church is available in paperback through Amazon.com. It is also available for Amazon Kindle.

Be Our Shepherd

stjohnsashfield_stainedglass_goodshepherd-frame_cropO Lord,
be our Shepherd,
so we may receive all good things from your kindness.
Fill us with your overflowing cup,
and bring us to dwell in your house forever;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 153 #2

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

Give Us Your Righteousness

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dO God,
source of perfect blessedness,
you teach your faithful people to walk in your laws,
to search your testimonies,
to keep your commands;
Give us your righteousness,
that we may seek you with our whole hearts;
that we, who often have wandered like lost sheep,
may be restored by your kind arms,
and rejoice in the glories of Paradise,
through Jesus Christ your Son.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Breviary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 63 #2

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