An Epiphany Prayer

antifonariodelec3b3n1The heavens are shining with the clear beauty of the stars, O Lord,
and the earth is made beautiful by your light,
because you came to this world from your holy dwelling place.
Remove all sadness from our hearts,
because you have come to make all things new.
Grant also that as we see your light
we  may be purified and prepared to see you forever,
that we who preach to the nations the glad joys of your appearing,
may rejoice with forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary

Source of this version: Modified freely from  http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=964

Also found here: http://www.holyapostlesnyc.org/pulpit-posts/what-are-we-willing-to-offer-to-this-newborn-child-who-is-the-lord-of-the-universe/

Sources read thus:

The heavens are shining with the clear beauty of the stars, O Lord,
and the very earth is made beautiful by a shining light,
because thou didst vouchsafe to appear to the world from out thy holy dwelling place.
Remove, therefore, from our hearts all sadness,
for unto this end art thou come,
that thou mayest make all things new.
Grant also that light unto our eyes which may purify us
and fit us to behold thee for ever;
that thus we who preach to the nations the glad joys of thy Apparition,
may be made glad with thee in infinite joy. Amen.

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Forgiveness

antifonariodelec3b3n1O Lord,
let your forgiveness come from above.
May it comfort us in our misery,
may it cleanse us from our offences,
may it be granted to the penitent,
may it plead for mourners,
may it bring back those who wander from the faith,
may it raise up those who are fallen into sins,
may it reconcile us to the Father,
may it confirm us with the grace of Christ,
may it conform us to the Holy Spirit.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Freely modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 40 #4

In the original this is part of a Good Friday litany.

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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You Have Healed Our Wounds

antifonariodelec3b3n1You have healed our wounds, O Lord,
by the wounds of your only Son.
What then should we do
since we have been bought at so great a price?
How shall we serve such a Lord,
who has promised such liberty
and has offered such an inheritance to us?
Work in us, O Lord, what pleases you.
Possess us so that we may possess you.
We will not perish,
you will let us live,
and we will call upon your name.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Freely modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 72 #3

“You have healed our wounds” is a reference to Isaiah 53:5

“What then should we do… How shall we serve” may be a reference to Psalm 116:12

“bought at so great a price” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“We will not perish” is a reference to Psalm 118:17

“We will not perish” in the original is “We will not go back from you.” Changed to “We will not perish” to broaden the reference to psalm 118.

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Life, Light, Strength, Rest

antifonariodelec3b3n1O Lord God,
Life of mortals,
Light of the faithful,
Strength of those who labor,
and the Rest for your saints,
give us a peaceful night
free of all trouble,
that after quiet sleep,
we may enjoy your blessings
at the return of the light,
and be moved to action
by your Holy Spirit,
and moved to give you thanks.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Freely modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 11 #2

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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A Mozarabic Blessing (1)

antifonariodelec3b3n1May the rich blessing of the Lord attend us,
and grant us all remission of sins.
May the Lord graciously protect us from all evil
and mercifully preserve and keep us in all good,
and may he who created and redeemed us
preserve us for himself unspotted to the end.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Psalter

Source of this version: http://rockhay.tripod.com/worship/benewip.htm

Also found here: http://blogs.gcu.edu/spiritual-life/weekly-devotional-shattered-glass/

And here: http://www.gracewoodlands.org/filerequest/1851.pdf

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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An Ascension Prayer

antifonariodelec3b3n1O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory,
you ascended through the eternal gates to your Father’s throne
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Since you reign in heaven,
help us not to be bound to things of this earth,
but lift our hearts where you, our redeemer, have gone before;
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source:  Mozarabic Sacramentary

Source of this version: Freely adapted from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 28 #3

Also found here: A Lutheran Prayer Book, ed. Doberstein, © 1960 Muehlenberg Press, Philadelphia

The opening lines of the prayer are loosely quoting the Te Deum Laudamus.

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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A Prayer for Peace

antifonariodelec3b3n1O God, you are peace eternal.
Your gift is peace.
You have taught us
that your children will be called peacemakers.
Pour out your peace into our souls
that all discord may vanish away,
and that we may forever love and seek
the things that bring your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Sacramentary (Also attributed to the Gelasian Sacramentary)

Source of this version: Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 82 #4, also in Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953.

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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