For the Prisoner

O God,
hear the sighing of the prisoner,
and by your almighty power
deliver us all from the bonds and chains of sin,
whether in our bodies or in our souls;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

 

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For Strength

O Lord,
be our Sanctifier and the Shepherd.
Strengthen and help us,
that in our daily life walk with you,
we serve you in all quietness of spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Master. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Purified Lives

O God,
let the fire of your love burn up in us all things that displease you,
and prepare us for your heavenly Kingdom;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Loyal Service

Almighty and eternal God,
make our wills always subject to your will,
and our hearts always ready to serve you;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Protection

O God,
Shepherd of all your people,
deliver us from all sins which assail us,
that so we may always be pleasing in your sight,
and safe under your shelter;
for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Assistance in Temptation

Almighty and merciful God,
you give your faithful people
the grace that makes every path of this life
the straight and narrow way which leads to life eternal.
Grant that we,
who know that we have no strength to help ourselves,
put all our trust in your almighty power,
and by the assistance of your heavenly grace,
always prevail in all things,
against whatever arises to fight against us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

For Defense from Evil

O almighty God,
we seek the shelter of your protection.
Defend us from all evils,
that we may serve you in peace and quietness of spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Roman Breviary, 11th Century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.