Oremus-Let Us Pray!

Oremus–Let Us Pray! is an updating of the classic resource by Paul Zeller Strodach, which is now in the public domain. The original can be viewed here: https://archive.org/details/oremuscollectsde00unse/page/n5/mode/2up

This revision puts all the prayers of Oremus into contemporary English, making the book a useful resource for personal devotion and public worship.

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Psalm Prayer for Psalm 63

Prayer after Psalm 63

Author of Light,
eternal God,
pour out your everlasting radiance on us,
who earnestly seek you,
that our lips may praise you,
our lives bless you,
and our meditations glorify you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Ludolph of Saxony, d. 1378

Translation in traditional English, from the Sarum Psalter:

Author of Light! Eternal God! do Thou pour everlasting radiance upon us, who, at day-break, watch for Thee; so that our lips may praise Thee, our life bless Thee, our morning meditations glorify Thee, through Christ our Lord. Amen.




A Memorial of the Resurrection

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your glorious resurrection,
you appeared alive and immortal to your disciples and faithful followers,
stayed with and taught them for forty days,
and showed them many infallible proofs,
speaking about the Kingdom of God,
and comforted them and assured them of your actual resurrection,
removing all doubt from their hearts.

O Lord,
grant that we may be numbered among those
chosen by God to be witnesses of your resurrection,
not only by word of mouth,
but in actions and truth,
for your honor and glory;
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
you live and reign as one God,
now and forever. 

Source: Ludolph of Saxony, d. 1378
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

Potts’ translation has the line in the second paragraph, “not only by word of mouth, but in reality of good works.” Line was changed to more clearly reflect 1 John 3:18.