Historic Collects for Easter Day

Almighty God,
on this day you conquered death
and opened to us the gate of eternal life
through your only Son.
As you put good desires in our minds,
help us to carry them out in our actions;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Gregorian 

Almighty God,
grant that we who celebrate your Paschal feast
may be kindled with heavenly desires
and thirst for the fountain of life;
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Gregorian

Almighty God,
grant that we who celebrate the solemnities
of the Lord’s resurrection
may rise again from the death of the soul
by the renewal of your Holy Spirit;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Gregorian 

O God,
for our redemption you gave your only Son,
Jesus Christ,
to suffer death on the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
you have delivered us from the power of the enemy.
May we die to sin daily
so that we may always live with him
in the joy of his resurrection;
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Gregorian

Christmas Day (Christmas II)

Almighty God,
grant that we who are are bathed
in the new light of your incarnate Word
may reflect the faith
that shines in our hearts
in all we do;
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 Christmas Day (Christmas II),  Gregorian, 10th Century.

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

Original in Latin:

Da, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut dum nova incarnati Verbi tui luce perfundimur, hoc in nostro resplendeat opere, quod per fidem fulget in mente.

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

 

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Sunday after Christmas

Almighty and eternal God,
direct our actions with what pleases you,
that in the name of your beloved Son
we may be made to abound in good works;
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 Sunday after Christmas,  Gregorian, 10th Century

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

Original in Latin:

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, dírige actus nostros in beneplácito tuo, ut in nómine dilécti Fílii tui mereámur bonis opéribus abundáre. Per Dóminum.

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Advent 3

Advent 3

Lord, hear our prayers,
and lighten the darkness of our hearts
by your gracious appearing;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent, Gregorian, 10th Century

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

Original in Latin:

Aurem tuam, quæsumus, Dómine, précibus nostris accómmoda: et mentis nostræ ténebras, grátia tuæ visitatiónis illústra; Qui vivis…

See this article by Bosco Peters.

 

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Advent 1

Advent 3

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.
Rescue and protect us
from the threatening perils of our sins by your might;
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for the First Sunday in Advent, Gregorian, 10th Century

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

Original in Latin:

Excita, quaesumus Domine, potentiam tuam, et veni: ut ab imminentibus peccatorum nostrorum periculis, etmereamur protegente eripi, te liberante salvari. Qui vivas et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus: per omnia saecula saeculorum.

 

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Epiphany

Almighty and eternal God,
Brightness of faithful souls,
you brought the Gentiles to your light,
and made known to them him who is the true Light,
and the bright and morning Star.
Fill the world with your glory,
and show yourself by the radiance of your light to all nations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary

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

 

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