For Right Living

Lord,
give us a spirit
to always think and do what is right.
Since we cannot do anything good without you,
empower us to live according to your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary.

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Original in Latin:

Largire nobis, quaesumus, Domine, semper spiritum cogitandi quae recta sunt, propitius et agendi: ut, qui sine te esse non possumus, secundum te vivere valeamus.

This prayer also appears in  Die pommersche Kirchen-Ordnung und Agenda, p. 298.

O Herr, wir bltten, gib uns allezeit gnadiglich einen Geist zu gedenken und zu thun, was recht ist, auf daß wir, die wir ohne dich nicht sei können, nach dir auch leben mögen, durch Jesum Christum unsern Herrn, der mit dir in vereinigter Gottheit des heiligen Geistes lebet und regieret immer und ewiglich, Amen.

 

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You Refresh Us through Your Discipline

O God,
you discipline us in your love,
and you refresh us through your discipline.
Move us to give you thanks for both;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 31 #2

 

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Seek Your Kingdom and Righteousness

O Lord,
help us always
to seek your kingdom and righteousness.
Give us all other things we need as well;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary, Gelasian Sacramentary

Source of this version:  Freely modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 89 #1

Also found here: Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 114 #2

Graphic, Gelasian Sacramentary, from Wikipedia.com

 

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Good Shepherd, Protect Your Flock

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O good Shepherd,
look mercifully on your flock,
and do not let the sheep
which you redeemed with your precious blood
to be torn to pieces
by the assaults of the devil.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary

Source of this version: Modified from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902 p. 97 #3

 

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Heavenly Things

Grant to us, O Lord, not to mind earthly things,
but rather to love heavenly things,
that while all things around us pass away,
we even now may hold fast those things which abide forever.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary, 5th Century

Source of this version: http://www.catholicity.com/prayer/prayers-for-the-church.html

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Variant:

Grant, Lord, that we not to be anxious about earthly things, but love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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God Begins and Finishes All Things

O God, in your loving kindness
you both begin and finish all good things;
grant that as we glory in the beginnings of your grace,
so we may rejoice in its completion;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Leonine Sacramentary, 440

Source of this version: Modified from http://womenofchristianity.com/page/2/

Also found here: Ancient Collects and Other Prayers, Ed. by W. Bright: J.H. & Jas. Parker, London, 1902, p. 92 #1

Also found here:  Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 165 #2

 

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