For Grace

O Lord Jesus,
grant us your grace and give us time for repentance.
We want to keep your commandments and do your bidding,
choose the better part and no longer follow evil.
Give us your strength to do this,
O loving Savior,
for your own name’s sake. Amen.

Source: Dan Jeremy, 12th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

New Year Prayer

blake_ancient_of_daysO God,
your days are without beginning
and without end.
We dedicate this coming year to you.
Give us such prosperity as you know is good for us,
and make us abound in doing whatever is pleasing to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for New Year, freely modified from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p.18 #1

“” is a reference to Revelation 21:6Revelation 22:13

“Give us such prosperity as you know is good for us” is a reference to Psalm 128:5Romans 8:28

“make us abound in doing whatever is pleasing to you” is a reference to 2 Corinthians 9:8

 

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For the Crown of Victory

Almighty God,
a thousand years in your sight pass as a watch in the night.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
forgetting what lies behind
and straining forward to what lies ahead,
that so finally by your mercy
we may obtain the crown of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references Psalm 90:4Hebrews 12:1 and Philippians 3:13.