You Have Given Your Beloved Son to Be Our Shepherd

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your fatherly goodness
you have been mindful of us poor, miserable sinners
and have given your beloved Son
to be our Shepherd,
not only to nourish us by his Word
but also to defend us from sin, death and the devil.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us
so that as our Shepherd knows us
and provides for us in every affliction,
we also may know him,
and trusting in him,
seek help and comfort in him,
obey his voice with all our hearts
and obtain eternal 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, Easter 2, Misericordias Domini

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Through Word and Sacrament Strengthen Our Faith Day by Day

Word and Sacrament

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we thank you for your inexpressible grace.
For the sake of your Son,
you have given us the holy gospel
and have instituted the holy sacraments
that we may have comfort and forgiveness of sin.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us,
that we may heartily believe your Word
and through the holy sacraments
day by day
strengthen our faith
until finally,
we obtain salvation;
through 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, Easter 1 (Quasimodogeniti)

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Enlighten Our Hearts by Your Word

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you revealed your Son
to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus.
Enlighten our hearts
also by your Word and by your Holy Spirit,
that we may become established in the faith,
hold fast to your Word,
delight to speak it,
and diligently meditate on it.
As we follow the example of Christ,
we must suffer much evil on earth,
but still give us a sure comfort in your Word,
until after this life,
we shall be raised to eternal life;
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, Easter Monday

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Raise Us to Eternal Life

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you gave up your Son for our offenses
and raised him again for our justification.
Give us your Holy Spirit,
that he may rule and govern us
according to your will,
graciously keep us in the true faith,
defend us from all sins
and after this life
raise us 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, Quinqagesima

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Enlighten Our Darkened Hearts

Lord God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously opened the eyes of the blind
through your Son Christ Jesus,
and have let us poor sinners see your light.
Enlighten our darkened hearts
so that we may rightly learn and know Christ your Son,
who died on the cross for us,
and was counted guilty of our sins.
May we see your gracious help and mercy
in all our needs and afflictions,
and may we seek that help
through faithful prayer
and find our comfort and defense against the devil,
and finally be delivered in death.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Quinqagesima

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Prepare Our Hearts by Your Holy Spirit

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we thank you that through your Son Jesus Christ
you have sown your holy Word among us.
Prepare our hearts by your Holy Spirit
that we may diligently and reverently hear your Word,
keep it in good hearts
and bring forth fruit with patience.
Do not let our hearts incline to sin,
but subdue them by your power
and in all persecutions comfort us
with your grace and continual help;
through your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Sexagesima

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You Have Called Us into Your Vineyard

Lord God, heavenly Father,
through your precious Word
you have called us into your vineyard.
Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that we may labor faithfully in your vineyard,
shun sin and all offense,
obediently keep your Word
and do your will,
and put our whole and only trust in your grace,
which you have poured on us generously
through your Son Jesus Christ,
that we may obtain eternal salvation through him;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God,
now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Septuagesima

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Guide Us by Your Light

Merciful and eternal God, heavenly Father,
we thank you that you have revealed to us
the glory of your Son
and let the light of your Gospel shine on us.
We pray that you would guide us by this light
that we may walk diligently as Christians in all good works,
always be strengthened by your grace,
and conduct our lives in all godliness;
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, Transfiguration

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Give Us Faith to Overcome Our Weakness

Lord God, heavenly Father,
in your special love and mercy
you gave us your Son
who became truly human
and died on the cross for us.
Pour your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that we may put all our trust in him,
just as the Centurion believed
that Christ would help his sick servant,
may we be assured
of the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life.
We have your Word:
“Whoever believes in me will never see death.”
Dear Father in heaven,
grant that we may believe with no doubts in our hearts,
and remain in the faith until our last hour.

Almighty and eternal God,
mercifully look on our weaknesses,
and in all dangers and needs
defend us with your power against our enemies;
through Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Epiphany 3.

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Send Your Blessing on Every Husband and Wife

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we thank you for instituting holy matrimony
to keep us from unchastity and other offenses.
Send your blessing on every husband and wife,
that they may not provoke each other to anger and strife,
but live peaceably together in love and godliness,
receive your gracious help in all temptations
and raise their children according to your will.
Move us all to walk before you in purity and holiness,
to put all our trust in you,
and lead holy lives on earth
and in the world to come enjoy 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, Epiphany 2

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