An Evening Prayer
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
2M ago
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for you have granted us to pass through this day and to reach the beginning of the night. Hear our prayers and those of all your people. Forgive our sins and hear our evening requests. Send down on us the fullness of your mercy. Arm us with the armor of your righteousness, fence us round with your truth, guard us with your power. Deliver us from every assault and device of evil, and grant that we may pass this evening, and the approaching night, and all the days of our life, in the fullness of peace and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen ..read more
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The Western Rite, Part 3, The Service of the Sacrament
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
3M ago
The Service of the Sacrament begins with the Great Thanksgiving, a prayer that leads up to the Words of Institution, and in some cases includes the Words of Institution. The Great Thanksgiving begins with the same greeting as the Service of the Word. “The Lord be with you. And also with you.” Only here there is a full dialogue that follows as we begin “The Great Thanksgiving.” Some early liturgies have the Apostolic Greeting at the beginning of the Great Thanksgiving / Preface Dialogue instead of the Salutation and Response. The Great Thanksgiving The Great Thanksgiving, sung in Latin to the ..read more
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St. Martin’s Advent Sale
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
4M ago
At one time, Advent began near St. Martin’s Day, November 11. We’re extending the discounted price of Praying with the Readings for Year B and Historic Lectionaries, and adding the volumes for Minor Festivals and Occasions, and Now and Forever: Contemporary Collects. The sale will continue through St. Andrew’s Day, November 30. The Praying with the Readings series strives to create Prayers of the Church (Prayers of Intercession, Prayers of the People) using classic forms and presenting the needs of God’s people in fresh ways. Prayers for each Sunday and Major Festival are composed o ..read more
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Reformation / Luther’s Birthday Sale
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
4M ago
October 31 through November 10, the following resources will be on sale for $26.00 each: Praying with the Readings, Three-Year Lectionary, Year B (regularly $30.00) Praying with the Readings, Historic Lectionary (regularly $30.00) Each book includes directions for downloading and finding passwords to unlock the downloadable files. Download package now includes an HTML page with links to import prayers directly into Christian Worship: Service Builder with no copying or pasting. You can view all the books in the series at this link on Amazon.com ..read more
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Kyrie – Lord, Have Mercy
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
5M ago
Almighty God and Father, we cry to you in our need. In your great compassion, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. for us you were born of the Virgin Mary. Have mercy on us. Lord, forgive us our sins. Help us in our last hour. For us you suffered death. Have mercy on us. Source: Kyrie minus summum 1612, Kyrie magnae Deus Potentiae, from a musical arrangement by Hugo Diestler. Translated for A Collection of Prayers ..read more
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Ninefold Kyrie – Lord, Have Mercy
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
5M ago
Merciful God, highest treasure, we call to you in our need. Have mercy on us. Faithful Creator, heavenly Father, look on your beloved children now. Have mercy on us. When we were in pain, you brought us joy, and restored us to your Son’s kingdom. Have mercy on us. Christ, Son of God, your church’s head, glory, joy and crown, saving well of living water, have mercy on us. Look on your children, the sheep of your scattered flock, for this is why you came to this earth. Have mercy on us. You are our Atonement, our appointed Redeemer, our only intercessor, Have mercy on us. Holy Spirit, Counselor ..read more
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The Western Rite, Part 2, The Service of the Word
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
6M ago
Service of the Word This is the oldest part of the service. Many authorities (Reed, Pfatteicher, Strey) describe worship in the early church beginning with a simple greeting, and then the pattern of readings from the synagogue would follow: a reading from the law, a psalm, and a reading from the prophets. To this, readings from the letters and the “memoirs of the apostles” (Justin Martyr’s term for the gospels) were added. Old Testament readings later were reduced to one, and still later disappeared altogether with some exceptions (Epiphany). In the mid-twentieth century, the use of the Old Te ..read more
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The Western Rite, Part 1: Confession / Lord, Have Mercy / Glory to God in the Highest
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
6M ago
During September of 2023 we will look at the Western Rite. The Oxford Dictionary defines rite as: “a religious or other solemn ceremony or act. ‘the rite of communion.'” A stricter definition used by liturgists is a rite is words that are spoken (or sung) in worship. Ceremony is actions or gestures used in worship. The Western Rite isn’t a single rite, but more of a pattern of words and songs that many denominations and traditions follow. The Roman Catholic Mass, the Lutheran Divine Service or Gottesdienst, the Anglican / Episcopalian Eucharist are all variations of the Western Rite ..read more
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The Epiphany Proclamation — Noveritis
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
7M ago
The Noveritis, also known as the Epiphany Proclamation, is a listing of liturgical dates of moveable feasts in the year ahead. Noveritis is the first word of a refrain when the text is sung. According to ancient custom, the date of Easter was announced on the feast of Epiphany. This tradition dated from a time when calendars were not readily available, and the church needed to publicize the date of Easter, since many celebrations of the liturgical year depend on it. (Wikipedia) The proclamation may be read or sung, either after the r ..read more
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A Collection of Prayers Annual Report, June 18, 2023
A Collection of Prayers
by pastorstratman
9M ago
I haven’t posted many new prayers in the last year–only a few Lenten, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday litanies from some newly found resources. Searches and hits on “Sanctus / Holy, Holy, Holy” remains the top item, with Luther’s Evening Prayer, Kyrie, Eleison / Lord, Have Mercy, Go Forth into the World, In the Midst of Life We Are in Death, and Agnus Dei / Lamb of God all in the top hits and searches. With Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei as some of the top hits, I see a pattern of interest in the history of the Western Rite. Perhaps that could be a subject for a series of posts, or maybe even a bo ..read more
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