Make Us Watchful and Heedful

Lord God, heavenly Father,
make us watchful and heedful
in awaiting the coming of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
that when he stands at the door and knocks,
he may find us not sleeping in carelessness and sin,
but awake and rejoicing in his appearing;
through your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity Last

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Last Sunday in the Church Year

O Lord God,
grant that we may not fall asleep in our sins
like the foolish virgins,
but always watch and pray
and be ready to enter your eternal glory;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service, Augustana Book Concern, 1925.

Original in Traditional English:

Grant, O Lord God, that we may not, like the foolish virgins, fall asleep in our sins, but always watch and pray, and be ready to enter into Thine eternal glory; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. AMEN