The Thanksgiving for the Morning

O God,
the God of spirits and of all flesh,
you are beyond compare,
and stand in need of nothing.
You have given the sun rule over the day,
and the moon and the stars rule over the night,
look down on us with gracious eyes,
and receive our morning thanksgivings,
and have mercy on us.
We have not “spread out our hands to a strange God;”
for there is not among us any new God
but you the eternal God.
You are without end.
You have given us our being through Christ,
and given us our well-being through him.
Through him also give us eternal life;
with him be glory, and honor,
and worship to you and to the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953



A Morning Prayer

O God,
you are faithful and true,
you “have mercy on thousands and ten thousands
of those who love you,”
you love the humble
and protect of the needy who lack all things,
for all things are subject to you.
Look down on this your people,
who bow their heads to you,
and bless them with spiritual blessing.
“Keep them as the apple of your eye,”
preserve them in piety and righteousness,
and give them eternal life in Christ Jesus your beloved Son,
with him be glory, honor, and worship to you and to the Holy Spirit,
now and always, and forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953


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The Light of Your Heavenly Grace Has Renewed Us

O Lord,
hear the morning prayers of your people,
and enlighten our hearts with your healing goodness,
that no dark desires may trouble us
since the light of your heavenly grace has renewed us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Gelasian, freely modified from Ancient Collects, ed. WIlliam Bright, p. 7#1



Arise and Shine in My Heart

wilhelm_loeheO Lord Jesus,
Creator of all things,
light of the glory
of the Father in heaven.
I thank you for letting me see
the light of a new day!
Bright Sun of Righteousness,
arise and shine in my heart,
so that I may walk as a child of light as in the day,
and finally see you
in the eternal light of joy everlasting.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#12)

“O Lord Jesus, Creator of all things,” is a reference to John 1:3

“light of the glory of the Father in heaven” is a reference to John 1:14

“Bright Sun of Righteousness” is a reference to Malachi 4:2

“arise and shine in my heart” is a reference to 2 Peter 1:19

“so that I may walk as a child of light” is a reference to Ephesians 5:8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:5

Original in German:

O Herr Jesu, Du Schöpfer aller Dinge, Du Glanz der Herrlichkeit Deines himmlischen Vaters, ich danke Dir von Herzen, daß Du mich das fröhliche Sonnenlicht wieder schauen lässest. O Du helle Sonne der Gerechtigkeit, geh auch in meinem Herzen auf, damit ich in Deinem Glanze als ein Kind des Lichtes und als am Tage wandeln und Dich dermaleins im ewigen Freudenlichte selig schauen möge! Amen


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Christ, You Are the True Light


you are the true Light,
who has come into the world
to enlighten and sanctify all people.
Let the light of your face shine on us,
that we may appear
in your unapproachable light;
and make our paths straight
so that we may walk in your commands.

Source: Morning prayer, attributed to the Greek Church, found in Allgemeines evangelisches Gesang- und Gebetbuch zum Kirchen und Hausgebrauch, Hamburg, 1846, p. 706#3

From the German source:

Christe, du wahres Licht, das jeden Menschen, der in die Welt kommt, erleuchtet und heiliget, laß leuchten über uns das Licht deines Antlitzes, auf daß wir in ihm das Licht schauen, dahin niemand kommen kann; und mache richtig unsere Stege, auf daß wir in deinen Geboten wandeln. Amen.

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The Splendor of Eternal Light


May the Lord + Jesus Christ,
who is the splendor of eternal Light,
remove from your hearts
the darkness of night. Amen.

May he drive far from you
the snares of the crafty enemy,
and always give you
his angel of light
to guard you. Amen.

That you may rise to your morning praises,
kept safe in him,
in whom is all
the fullness of your salvation.

Source: Attributed to Mozarabic Psalter, possibly 8th century.


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Help Us This Day

Sulpicius SeverusHelp us this day,
O Lord,
to serve you devoutly
and the world busily.
May we do our work wisely,
give help secretly,
go to our meal with appetite
and dine moderately.
May we please our friends duly,
go to bed merrily
and sleep soundly.
in the joy
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Sulpicius Severus (363-425) from several sources.