Our Hope and Our Heart’s Delight

littlemoreO God,
you are life, wisdom, truth,
bounty, and blessedness,
the eternal, the only true good,
our God and our Lord,
our hope and our heart’s delight,
we acknowledge with thanksgiving
that you have made us in your image,
and that we may direct our thoughts to you.
Lord, make us to know you aright,
that we may love, enjoy, and possess you
more and more;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 70 #3

Joy and Gladness

Praise to you, O Lord,
for you have nourished us from youth
and you give food to all living things.
Fill our hearts with joy and gladness
and provide for all our needs,
that we may abound in every good work;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
To him, with you and the Holy Spirit
be glory, honor, might, majesty and dominion,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

“nourished us from youth” is a reference to Ecclesiasticus 50:22  (Apocrypha)

“give food to all living things.” is a reference to Psalm 145:16

Fill all of Our Needs

wilhelm_loehePraise God
who has sustained us from birth
and gives food to every living thing.
May he fill our hearts with joy and gladness,
filling all our needs,
and satisfying us with what he provides.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#21)

“who has sustained us from birth” is a reference to Ecclesiasticus 50:22  (Apocrypha)

“and gives food to every living thing” is a reference to Psalm 145:16

This prayer is likely a translation or adaptation of “Joy and Gladness”

 

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What Can We Give You?

What blessing,
what praise,
what thanksgiving
can we give you, O God, lover of all?
For when we were in the darkness of death
and drowning in the depths of sin
you granted us freedom
and gave us this immortal and heavenly food,
and showed us the mystery kept secret for long ages.
Help us understand your supreme mercy
and the greatness of your goodness
and Fatherly care for us.

Source: The Coptic Liturgy of St. Cyril

Source of this version: Freely modified from Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, p. 148 #1

“What blessing … can we give you” is be a reference to Psalm 116:12

“For when we were…” is a reference to Romans 5:8

“Mystery kept secret…” is a reference to Romans 16:25

 

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Strength

We give you thanks upon thanks,
O Lord our God,
Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
by all means, at all times, in all places.
For you have sheltered, assisted,
supported, and led us on
through the past times of our lives,
and brought us to this hour.
O good and loving,
grant that we may pass this holy day,
and all the times of our lives, without sin,
with all joy, health, salvation,
sanctification, and fear of you.
O Lord God, drive away from us
and from your holy Christian and apostolic Church
all envy, all fear, all temptation,
all the working of Satan,
and all conspiracy of wicked men.
Supply us with things good and profitable.
In whatever ways we have sinned against you,
in word, deed, or thought,
pass over in your love and goodness.
Do not forsake us, O God,
for we hope in you.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one
and from his works;
by the grace, compassion, and goodness
of your only Son. Amen.

Source: The Divine Liturgy of St. Mark

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

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (January 16). Also in http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0718.htm

 

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