Give Us Highest Comfort in Your Grace

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly grace you did not spare you only Son
but gave him up to death on the cross.
Pour your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that we may find our highest comfort in your grace.
Protect us from temptations to sin more,
and help us patiently bear whatever hardships may come,
so that through him we may have eternal life.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 6 / Palm Sunday

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Give Us Comfort that We Will Never See Death

Lord God, heavenly Father,
your dear Son, our Redeemer Christ Jesus said,
‘Whoever remains in my word will never see death.’
Pour out your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that your Son’s Word may come to us
and that we may hear it, hold it,
and commit ourselves to it with our whole heart,
and in the midst of death find comfort
that we will never see eternal death,
for the sake of your Son,
our Redeemer Christ Jesus.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 5

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Preserve Us from Greed and the Cares of this Life

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in the wilderness your Son fed over five thousand people
with five loaves and two fish.
Graciously remain with us and bless us.
Preserve us from greed and the cares of this life
that we may seek first your kingdom and your righteousness
and in all things remember your Fatherly goodness;
through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Lent 4

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Preserve Us in All Temptations

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you sent your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
to take on himself our flesh
that he might overcome the devil’s tyranny
and defend us poor sinners.
We give you thanks for your merciful help.
Be present with us in your grace in all temptations,
preserve us from worldly security
and by your Holy Spirit keep us
in your Word and your fear,
that we may be delivered from the enemy
and obtain eternal salvation;
through your beloved 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, Lent 3

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Confirm our Faith and Hope in Your Grace and Mercy

Lord God, heavenly Father,
may your Holy Spirit strengthen our hearts
and confirm our faith and hope
in your grace and mercy.
Although we have reason to fear because of our conscience,
our sin and our unworthiness,
we may nevertheless, with the woman of Canaan,
hold fast to your grace
and in every trial and temptation
find you a very present help and refuge;
through your beloved 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, Lent 2

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Help Us against the Adversary

Lord God, heavenly Father,
just as the adversary continually afflicts us
and as a roaring lion walks about,
seeking to devour us,
for the sake of the suffering and death of your Son, Jesus Christ,
help us by the grace of the Holy Spirit
and strengthen our hearts by your Word,
that our enemy may not prevail over us,
but that we may always abide in your grace
and be preserved to eternal life,
through your beloved 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, Lent 1

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Make Us Watchful and Heedful

Lord God, heavenly Father,
make us watchful and heedful
in awaiting the coming of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
that when he stands at the door and knocks,
he may find us not sleeping in carelessness and sin,
but awake and rejoicing in his appearing;
through your beloved 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 Last

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You Have No Pleasure in the Death of the Wicked

O almighty, eternal and merciful God,
by your beloved Son,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
you have established the kingdom of grace for us
in your holy Church on earth
that we might believe the forgiveness of our sins.
Since you are a God
who has no pleasure in the death of the wicked,
but that they turn from their ways and live,
graciously forgive us all our sins;
through your Son Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 26

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By Your Word You Have Brought Us out of Darkness

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we most heartily thank you
that by your Word
you have brought us out of the darkness of error
into the light of your grace.
Mercifully help us to walk in that light,
guard us from all error and false doctrine
and grant that we may not become ungrateful
and despise and persecute your Word,
as your people did long ago,
but receive it with all our heart,
govern our lives according to it
and put all our trust in your grace
through the merit of 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 25 / Reformation

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We Will Not Die, but Peacefully Sleep and Be Raised

Almighty and eternal God,
by your Son you promised us
forgiveness of our sins
and deliverance from eternal death.
We pray that by your Holy Spirit
you will daily increase our faith
in your grace through Christ
and establish us in the certain hope
that we will not die,
but peacefully sleep
and be raised again on the last day
to eternal life and salvation;
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 24

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