The Historic Collects

This edition of the historic collects is based in small part on the translations of the historic collects in the older liturgy books (Book of Common Prayer 1928, The Lutheran Hymnal, Service Book and Hymnal), but does not rely entirely on the old versions. The prayers were checked against the original prayers in their (mostly) Latin sources which are available in Luther Reed’s The Lutheran Liturgy. Reed’s comments on each prayer were also noted.

This work combines all the prayers from The Lutheran Liturgy/Service Book and Hymnal and The Lutheran Hymnal, along with a few from Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996). The newer translations and versions in Lutheran Book of Worship and Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal were also consulted, along with the work of Rev. Bosco Peters, who also has fresh translations of Latin based prayers in the Book of Common Prayer at his website, Liturgy: Spirituality that Works for People (http://liturgy.co.nz/).

The redundancies and other elements that were added in older English translations have been removed, along with a few of the redundancies inherent in the prayers. As with my previous projects, the goal is to focus on the meaning of the prayers and to make them useful and understandable to the modern reader.

Download here: THE HISTORIC COLLECTS

Also available through Academia.edu: https://www.academia.edu/28073230/The_Historic_Collects 

Purify, Instruct and Console

missale_romanum_glagoliticeAlmighty everlasting God,
do not rebuke us in your anger,
but purify, instruct,
and console us with your boundless mercy,
and consider the weakness of our mortal nature.
Just as we are not able to please you without you,
we may be holy by your grace alone;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Rite

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 94 #3

 

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A Gregorian Blessing (3)

The Lord enrich us with his grace,
and further us with his heavenly blessing.
The Lord defend us in adversity
and keep us from all evil.
The Lord receive our prayers,
and graciously absolve us from our offences,
for the sake of Jesus + Christ, our Savior.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary

Source of this version: http://newscriptorium.com/assets/docs/collects-and-prayers/prmanual.htm

Also found here: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/Education/1516_Anglican_Identity_Prayers.pdf

 

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A Gregorian Blessing (2)

May God Almighty direct our days in his peace,
and grant us the gifts of his blessing.
May he deliver us in all our troubles,
and establish our minds in the tranquility of his peace.
May he so guide us through things temporal
that we finally lose not the things eternal.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary

Source of this version: http://newscriptorium.com/assets/docs/collects-and-prayers/prmanual.htm

Also found here: http://www.urc.org.uk/images/Free-Ebooks/WB2_Treasury_of_Prayers.pdf

 

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A Gregorian Blessing (1)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus sanctify us
and keep us from all evil.
May Christ drive far from us all hurtful things,
and purify both our souls and bodies.
May Christ bind us to himself by the bond of love,
and may his peace abound in our hearts.
Amen.

Original Source: Gregorian Sacramentary

Source of this version: https://connect.wels.net/AOM/ps/worship/svcfolder/Documents/07%20Good%20Friday/Recession%20of%20the%20Cross%20-%20Good%20Friday%20Belmont.doc

Also found here: http://www.jacobswell.org.uk/pdf/CelticHealing.pdf

 

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Collect for Purity

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common Prayer

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may love you completely,
and rightly magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: 11th-century Leofric missal, also attributed to the Gregorian Sacramentary (7th Century)

Source of this version: Modified from 1980 Alternative Service Book via wikipedia.com

Traditional English:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Book of Common Prayer

Latin:
Deus cui omne cor patet et omnis voluntas loquitur: et quem nullum latet secretum: purifica per infusionem sancti spiritus cogitationes cordis nostri: ut te perfecte diligere et digne laudare mereamur, per dominum nostrum iesum christum filium tuum qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem spiritus sancti deus, per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.

This prayer has its own page on wikipedia.

Variant:

…of your Holy Spirit, that every thought and word of ours may begin from you, and in you be perfectly completed, through Christ our Lord. (The Catholic Prayer Book, 1984, 1986)

Sarum version begins:

O God, unto whom all hearts be open…

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