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This book strives to bring together the best classic prayers and rites from many sources and arranges them for personal devotion. Most of the prayers are gathered from Christians of the past as a source of prayer for Christians today. Thus, the title Christian Prayer.
This prayer book can also be used for group or congregational worship. The topical prayers can be used as intercessions in corporate worship. The confessions and absolutions and the litanies can be read alone, but they are printed so they can be used with a leader and group.
This book contains texts or basic outlines for the main services of the church, the Divine Service, and Matins and Vespers, along with Prime and Compline modified from our publication The Antiphonary of Bangor and The Divine Offices of Bangor.
The topical prayers drew from many sources, all updated in language and edited for consistency.
Seasonal Devotions and Home Liturgies are short rites can be used by families or small groups to observe days and seasons that may not always be celebrated in corporate worship, and some that may establish new traditions in the home. Lighting of an Advent Wreath, Blessing of a Nativity Scene, Chalking the Door for Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Days of Holy Week, Easter Eve and All Saints Day. As this book is being prepared, (April and May of 2020) we are being made painfully aware of the need for worship materials in the home.
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“Through Your Mercy, O Our God…” Prayers from the Mozarabic Church
This book is a collection of prayers from the Mozarabic tradition. The Mozarabs were Christians who lived in Spain under Islamic rule. The prayers in the Mozarabic Rite are free in style and substantial in meaning. Most of the prayers also seem to be very direct in presenting gospel content. They are also very consciously biblical. Some of the Mozarabic prayers also have a definite structure. Sometimes the structure is similar to the parallelism in Hebrew psalms. Some prayers remind me of a modern bullet list. The content, structure and biblical foundation of the prayers give them a special beauty, along with deep meaning.
The Sarum Rite, also called the Use of Salisbury, was a variation of the Roman Rite developed in the 1100s that was known to be high in ceremony. It also had a wealth of richly worded prayers that have influenced Christian worship ever since. Many prayers from the Sarum Rite were used in the Book of Common Prayer. This book gathers prayers from the original Sarum Missals, Breviaries and Psalters and presents them in a single collection in contemporary liturgical English, and may be useful in public or private devotions.
NOTE: This volume also contains all the psalm prayers from the book Psalm Prayers from Sarum.
Psalm Prayers from Sarum
Many of the psalms are prayers. In the history of Christian worship, psalms have also been the inspiration for prayers. In many traditions, after a psalm is sung or read in the service of evening prayer, a short prayer based on the psalm follows. These psalm prayers are taken from the Sarum Psalter, the book used for the Liturgy of Hours in the community of Sarum (Salisbury), England. These ancient prayers reflect on each psalm, sometimes applying the truths of the psalm, sometimes repeating the petition in the psalm, sometimes reflecting on the meaning of the psalm for the individual. This book also includes other prayers and blessings from the Sarum Liturgy of Hours.
Since these prayers are included in “God Be in My Head…” Prayers from Old Sarum, it is no longer available in paperback. It is still available for Kindle from Amazon.com.
Now and Forever: Contemporary Collects
This is a book of prayers for use with the Three-Year Lectionary (CW 2021, LSB, RCL). The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.
This second edition includes information on downloading digital files, and also includes the same collects arranged for use with the Historic Lectionary.
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You can check out the prayers in Now and Forever in our free now-and-forever-easter-sampler.
Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church
Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church is a collection of prayers from the time of Patrick (d. ca. 460-493) to the Synod of Whitby (664), and also from the Celtic Christian tradition that remained after Whitby. A few of the prayers in this book may be familiar from their appearance in other prayer books. Some may be appearing in English for the first time. All prayers (with one exception) are rendered or revised into contemporary English with the hopes that they will be useful in private and corporate worship.
Includes prayers from The Antiphonary of Bangor, The Lorrha-Stowe Missal, The Book of Cerne, The Book of Dimma, St. Patrick, St. Columba and many other sources.
The New Ancient Collects: Completely Revised and Refreshed for Modern Usage.
Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage
The New Mozarabic Collects: A Revision and Refreshing of ‘Mozarabic Collects’ by Charles R. Hale
The prayers presented here are all taken from the 1881 book Mozarabic Collects, translated and edited by Charles Hale. The ‘Elizabethan’ or traditional liturgical English used at the time can be a great barrier for the modern reader, both in understanding the meaning of the prayers, and in seeing the beauty of the content. The goal in updating the language is both academic—to show the true content of the prayers for the value of understanding the history of the Mozarabic church—and practical, to make these prayers usable in today’s worship settings. All the prayers from Hale’s work are included along with some short orders of worship for morning and evening prayer.
Since these prayers are included in “Through Your Mercy, O Our God…” Prayers from the Mozarabic Church, this book is no longer available in paperback. It is still available for Kindle from Amazon.com.