Archive for May 2011

Novena Prayer for the Seriously Ill   2 comments

A Physician in a Hospital

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Prayer Source = William G. Storey, editor, Novenas:  Prayers of Intercession and Devotion (Chicago, IL:  Loyola Press, 2005), page 218

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Great Physician of our souls and bodies,

you have mercy on all those who put their trust in you.

Please heal your servant, Name,

of the sickness that afflicts her/him

and restore her/him to good health

to serve you in your holy Church,

now and for ever,

AMEN.

Through the prayers of the great Mother of God,

Mary, most holy, and of all the saints,

may our compassionate Lord and Savior

be kind and merciful to us.

AMEN.

Novena Prayer for Healing or a Cure   2 comments

An Old New Zealand Postage Stamp

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Prayer Source = William G. Storey, editor, Novenas:  Prayers of Intercession and Devotion (Chicago, IL:  Loyola Press, 2005), page 212

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Lord Jesus, healer of our souls and bodies,

during your life on earth you went about doing good,

healing every manner of sickness and disease,

strengthening, curing, comforting, and counseling.

Healer of our broken souls and bodies

and enemy of death and disease,

lay your healing hand on Name,

and by your grace restore him/her to good health

that he/she may praise you without ceasing

and serve you among your holy people

for many years to come.

Blessed be Jesus, friend of the human race!

AMEN.

May God the Father bless us and keep us,

God the Son lay his healing hands upon us,

God the Holy Spirit strengthen us and console us.

May the Holy and Undivided Trinity guard our body,

save our soul, and bring us in safety to our heavenly home.

AMEN.

An Australian Benediction   Leave a comment

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Image Source = Matthew Field

Prayer Source = An Order for the Holy Communion (2009, revised), of the Anglican Church of Australia

Available Here

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God who has called you is faithful.

Go into the world with joy,

forgive generously,

love extravagantly,

live abundantly.

And the blessing of God,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be upon you now and for ever.  Amen.

Romans 16:25-27 (Confraternity Version, 1941)   Leave a comment

Paul Writing His Epistles (A Painting from Perhaps the 1500s)

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Saint Paul was, of course, Jewish.  And the Confraternity Version is an old Roman Catholic translation.  Here is the end of the Epistle to the Romans, reformatted.

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Now to him who is able to strengthen you in accordance with my gospel,

and the preaching of Jesus Christ,

and the revelation of the mystery which has been kept in silence from eternal ages,

which is manifested now through the writings of the prophets according the precept of the eternal God,

and made known to all the Gentiles to bring about obedience to faith–

to the only wise God,

through Jesus Christ,

be honor forever and ever.  Amen.

Thanksgiving after Communion, 1917   2 comments

Eucharistic Adoration

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(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eucharistic_adoration_(lutheran).jpg)

Prayer Source = Common Service Book (1917), of the predecessor bodies of the United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962), itself an ancestor of the Lutheran Church in America (1962-1987) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1987-)

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We give thanks to Thee, Almighty God, that Thou hast refreshed us with this Thy salutary gift; and we beseech Thee, of Thy mercy, to strengthen us through the same in faith toward Thee, and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end.  Amen.

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This prayer is quite common in Lutheran hymnals and service books of North American origin across generations.  I have found in the 1930 American Lutheran Hymnal, the 1941 Lutheran Hymnal, and the 1958 Service Book and Hymnal.  And I have found updated variations of it in the 1993 Christian Worship:  A Lutheran Hymnal, the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, the 1982 Lutheran Worship, the 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and the 2006 Lutheran Service Book.

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Here is the version from the Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod:

We give thanks to You, almighty God,

that you have refreshed us through this salutary gift,

and we implore You that of Your mercy

You would strengthen us through the same

in faith in You and fervent love toward one another;

through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

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Here is the version from Christian Worship:  A Lutheran Hymnal (1993), of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod:

We give thanks, almighty God,

that you have refreshed us with this holy supper.

We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you

and increase our love for one another.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

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Here is the version from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

We give you thanks, almighty God,

that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.

In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift,

in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Blessing of the God of Abraham and Sarah…   3 comments

Abram’s Counsel to Sarai, by James Tissot (1836-1902)

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Benediction Source = Enriching Our Worship (1998), of The Episcopal Church

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May the blessing of the God of Abraham and Sarah,

and of Jesus Christ born of our sister Mary,

and of the Holy Spirit, who broods over the world as a mother broods over her children,

be upon you and remain with you always.

Amen.

For the Right Use of Possessions (II)   6 comments

Part of My Library As It Appeared on January 11, 2009

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

I have reduced the size of library and rearranged bookcases and books since January 11, 2009, with some of my volumes going to students.  Nevertheless, my library remains an invaluable source of reference materials.  Almost of all of the prayers on this weblog come from some of these books.  May these prayers (or many of them, at least) bless and otherwise help you.

I have modernized, adapted, and reformatted a prayer from The Book of Common Order (1950), of The United Church of Canada.

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Lord of all being, Maker and Master of the world and all that dwell therein,

we thank you that in in your treasure house

there is ample store for the needs of all your children.

Forgive us when in our desire to possess and to enjoy,

we seek our own more than our well-earned share of this world’s goods.

Teach us that none of us lives to himself or herself.

May we hold all that we have as a trust

to be used for the furtherance of your kingdom in Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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The original form follows:

Lord of all being, Maker and Master of the world and that dwell therein:  We thank thee that in thy treasure house there is ample store for the need of every child of thine.  Forgive us when in our desire to possess and to enjoy, we seek for own more than our well-earned share of this world’s goods.  Teach us that no man liveth to himself.  May we hold all that we have as a trust to be used for the furtherance of thy kingdom in Jesus Christ.  Amen.

For the Right Use of Possessions (I)   6 comments

Part of My Library as It Appeared on January 11, 2009

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

(The vast majority of my possessions are books.)

I have modernized, adapted, and reformatted a prayer from The Book of Common Order (1950), of The United Church of Canada.

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Lord,  you, who were rich, became poor for our sakes.

We owe all that we have

all that we are,

our being,

our well-being,

and our immortal hope

to you.

Help your servants to make pure use of wealth and this world’s good,

we pray you,

so that, prodigal of our mercy, we may ask for yours,

and that we may gain you in spending gladly for others.

You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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The original form follows:

Lord, who for our sakes didst become poor, though thou wast rich; to whom we owe all that we have and are, being, well-being and immortal hope:  We pray thee help thy servants to make pure use of wealth and this world’s good; that prodigal of our mercy we may ask for thine, and spending gladly for others may gain thee; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit dost live and reign, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.