Give Us Highest Comfort in Your Grace

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly grace you did not spare you only Son
but gave him up to death on the cross.
Pour your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that we may find our highest comfort in your grace.
Protect us from temptations to sin more,
and help us patiently bear whatever hardships may come,
so that through him we may have eternal life.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 6 / Palm Sunday

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

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Give Us Comfort that We Will Never See Death

Lord God, heavenly Father,
your dear Son, our Redeemer Christ Jesus said,
‘Whoever remains in my word will never see death.’
Pour out your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that your Son’s Word may come to us
and that we may hear it, hold it,
and commit ourselves to it with our whole heart,
and in the midst of death find comfort
that we will never see eternal death,
for the sake of your Son,
our Redeemer Christ Jesus.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 5

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

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Preserve Us from Greed and the Cares of this Life

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in the wilderness your Son fed over five thousand people
with five loaves and two fish.
Graciously remain with us and bless us.
Preserve us from greed and the cares of this life
that we may seek first your kingdom and your righteousness
and in all things remember your Fatherly goodness;
through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 4

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

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Preserve Us in All Temptations

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you sent your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
to take on himself our flesh
that he might overcome the devil’s tyranny
and defend us poor sinners.
We give you thanks for your merciful help.
Be present with us in your grace in all temptations,
preserve us from worldly security
and by your Holy Spirit keep us
in your Word and your fear,
that we may be delivered from the enemy
and obtain eternal salvation;
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, Lent 3

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

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Confirm our Faith and Hope in Your Grace and Mercy

Lord God, heavenly Father,
may your Holy Spirit strengthen our hearts
and confirm our faith and hope
in your grace and mercy.
Although we have reason to fear because of our conscience,
our sin and our unworthiness,
we may nevertheless, with the woman of Canaan,
hold fast to your grace
and in every trial and temptation
find you a very present help and refuge;
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, Lent 2

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

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Help Us against the Adversary

Lord God, heavenly Father,
just as the adversary continually afflicts us
and as a roaring lion walks about,
seeking to devour us,
for the sake of the suffering and death of your Son, Jesus Christ,
help us by the grace of the Holy Spirit
and strengthen our hearts by your Word,
that our enemy may not prevail over us,
but that we may always abide in your grace
and be preserved to eternal life,
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, Lent 1

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

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Filled with His Love and Spirit of Self-Sacrifice

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Heavenly Father,
let your blessing be on us
as we pass through these holy days
in which we remember
the sufferings and death
of our dear Lord.
Set his example before us,
that we may follow him
in willing obedience,
learn his gracious humility,
and be filled with his love
and spirit of self-sacrifice,
and learn the lessons of a life
pleasing to you
and helpful to our neighbors;
through him who loved us
and gave himself for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from  The Parish School Hymnal, Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, 1926.

A Pleading of the Passion

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father…

O Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us.
Save us and help us, O Lord.

Jesus, you gave your disciples your body about to be broken and your blood about to be shed;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, in agony of prayer you took the cup of pain;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, betrayed by a kiss;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, forsaken by your friends;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, denied by Peter;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, when bound before Caiaphas, you confessed yourself the Son of God;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, blindfolded, struck, and spat on;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, while your enemies raged with loud voices before the governor, you were silent;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, whom Herod mocked and arrayed in a magnificent robe;
Have mercy on us

Jesus, crowned with thorns;
Have mercy on us

Jesus, brought forth that all might behold their king;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, acclaimed by the people, “Crucify him! Crucify!”
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, rejected for Barabbas;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, condemned to death;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, scourged;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, you were led in shame along the way of sorrow;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, falling beneath the Cross;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, you came to Calvary amid shouts and weeping;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, stripped naked before the people;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, laid on the cross;
Have mercy on us.

By the nails through hands and feet;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your parched lips;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your ears filled with mockery and scorn;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By the forgiveness of your foes;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your promise to the repentant thief;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your love to your dear disciple;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your broken heart;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your soul all alone;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your spirit commended to your Father;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your death;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from your wrath, and from everlasting damnation;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From all blindness of heart; from pride, arrogance and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred and malice, and all unkindness;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From fornication and all other deadly sin; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From avoiding your service, and distrusting your love; from hatred of your cross and scorn of your passion;
Good Lord, deliver us.

Let us confess our sins, saying together :

We confess to God Almighty, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 
before the whole company of heaven, 
that we have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, 
through our fault, our own fault, our own most grievous fault; 
therefore we pray God to have mercy on us. 

May God Almighty have mercy on us, 
forgive us our sins, 
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, and forgive you all your sins, deliver you from all evil, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to eternal life. Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, absolution, and forgiveness of all your sins, time for true repentance, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his own blood and made us a kingdom and priests to God his Father—to + him be the glory and the power forever.  (Revelation 1:5-6) Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

In an alternative litany form:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father…

O Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us.
Save us and help us, O Lord.

Jesus, you gave your disciples your body about to be broken and your blood about to be shed;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, in agony of prayer you took the cup of pain;
Jesus, betrayed by a kiss;
Jesus, forsaken by your friends;
Jesus, denied by Peter;
Jesus, when bound before Caiaphas, you confessed yourself the Son of God;
Jesus, blindfolded, struck, and spat on;
Jesus, while your enemies raged with loud voices before the governor, you were silent;
Jesus, whom Herod mocked and arrayed in a magnificent robe;
Jesus, crowned with thorns;
Jesus, brought forth that all might behold their king;
Jesus, acclaimed by the people, “Crucify him! Crucify!”
Jesus, rejected for Barabbas;
Jesus, condemned to death;
Jesus, scourged;
Jesus, you were led in shame along the way of sorrow;
Jesus, falling beneath the Cross;
Jesus, you came to Calvary amid shouts and weeping ;
Jesus, stripped naked before the people;
Jesus, laid on the cross;
Have mercy on us.

By the nails through hands and feet;
By your parched lips;
By your ears filled with mockery and scorn;
By the forgiveness of your foes;
By your promise to the repentant thief;
By your love to your dear disciple;
By your broken heart;
By your soul all alone;
By your spirit commended to your Father;
By your death;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from your wrath, and from everlasting damnation;
From all blindness of heart; from pride, arrogance and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred and malice, and all unkindness;
From fornication and all other deadly sin; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil;
From avoiding your service, and distrusting your love; from hatred of your cross and scorn of your passion;
Good Lord, deliver us.

Let us confess our sins, saying together :

We confess to God Almighty, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 
before the whole company of heaven, 
that we have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, 
through our fault, our own fault, our own most grievous fault; 
therefore we pray God to have mercy on us. 

May God Almighty have mercy on us, 
forgive us our sins, 
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, and forgive you all your sins, deliver you from all evil, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to eternal life. Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, absolution, and forgiveness of all your sins, time for true repentance, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his own blood and made us a kingdom and priests to God his Father—to + him be the glory and the power forever.  (Revelation 1:5-6) Amen.

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The Passion

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Jesus, our Lord and our God,
you gave your cheek to those who struck you
and for our sake you endured much mockery.
Grant that following the example of your sufferings,
we may be courageous in bearing our own,
and learn from you,
for you are meek and lowly in heart;
you now reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Source: Mozarabic, modified from Daily Prayer.

Translation from Daily Prayer in traditional English:

Jesus, our Lord and our God, who gavest thy cheek to those who smote thee and wast for our sake filled full with reproach; Grant that after the example of thy sufferings, we may be valiant in bearing our own, and learn of thee, the meek and lowly of heart; who now reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

 

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