Forgive Us, Cleanse Our Hearts, that We May Love Your Word

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we confess that we are poor, wretched sinners
and that there is no good in us,
since our hearts, flesh and blood
are so corrupted by sin
that we can never be without sinful desire in this life.
Therefore dear Father,
forgive us these sins
and let your Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts
that we may desire and love your Word,
abide by it
and by your grace be forever saved;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 6

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Forgive Us Our Sins, that We May Praise and Glorify You

Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
you gave us your holy Word
and have generously provided for all our bodily needs.
We are unworthy of all these mercies
and have rather deserved punishment.
But forgive us our sins as you forgave Peter,
and prosper and bless us in our different callings
that by your strength we may be sustained and defended,
now and forever
and so praise and glorify you eternally;
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 5

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Give Us Confidence in Your Mercy, and Teach Us to Be Merciful

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you are merciful
and through Christ you promised us
that you will neither judge nor condemn us,
but graciously forgive us all our sins
and abundantly provide for all our needs of body and soul.
By your Holy Spirit
establish in our hearts a confident faith in your mercy
and teach us also to be merciful to our neighbor,
that we may not judge or condemn others,
but willingly forgive all people,
and judging only ourselves,
lead blessed lives in your fear;
through your dear Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 4

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Awaken Our Hearts by Your Holy Spirit

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we give you thanks
that through your holy Word
you have called us to your great supper of eternal life.
Awaken our hearts by your Holy Spirit,
that we may not hear your Word and produce no fruit,
but that we may prepare ourselves rightly for your heavenly banquet
and not allow ourselves to be hindered by any worldly care;
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 2

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Featured Prayers: Sundays after Trinity / Pentecost

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Collects of the Day

The following prayers / collects were originally composed or chosen to go with the historic lectionary, a series of lessons that developed in the early church. It was a one-year series, that is, the same lessons would be read on the same Sundays, each year. For the historic lectionary on an interactive calendar, see www.sanctus.org.

Most of the collects designated as “historic” come from the sacramentaries of the Roman church.

The collects designated as “Mozarabic” come from the ancient Spanish church around the year AD 700. The Mozarabic church was isolated from the rest of Europe while Spain was occupied by Muslims. The Mozarabic tradition of liturgy and prayer developed independently from worship in Europe and Rome.

Veit Dietrich was a friend and associate of Martin Luther, and these prayers were written in the 1540s as part of a commentary on the historic gospels. They appeared in The Lutheran Hymnary (1913), a worship book prepared by Norwegian-American Lutherans.

Summer and Fall Commemorations

Last Sunday after Pentecost

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
you alone heal the wounds of our sins,
and you show constant goodness in the Land of the Living;
Grant that we may serve you faithfully with a quiet mind in this world,
and going forth in your love,
may praise and bless you forever in the world to come;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity Last, The New Mozarabic Collects, #77

 

Mozarabic, ad.

Pentecost 25

O Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the Redeemer of all who put their trust in you.
Free your people from the bonds of their sins,
fill their hearts and minds with true wisdom,
and let your peace and heavenly blessing always be with them;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity 24, The New Mozarabic Collects, #76

 

Mozarabic, ad.

Pentecost 22

O Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom glory in the highest is always sung
in heaven and on earth,
grant your good will to us and to all your people,
cleanse us from all our sins,
and give us your peace forever;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity 21, The New Mozarabic Collects, #73

 

Mozarabic, ad.

Pentecost 21

O Lord Jesus Christ,
make us live sober,
righteous and godly lives in this present world
as we expect the blessed hope
and your glorious appearing.
May we run in the way of your commandments,
and receive your heavenly promises;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed, and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for Trinity 20, The New Mozarabic Collects, #72

 

Mozarabic, ad.