PRAYERS, DOXOLOGIES – Sermons and Biblical Studies


To God the Father, who has made us and all the world;

to God the Son, who has redeemed us and all mankind;

to God the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies us and all the elect people of God;

to the one living and true God be all glory for ever and ever.

Author unknown

Bless us, O God the Father, who has created us.

Bless us, O God the Son, who has redeemed us.

Bless us, O God the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies us.

O Blessed Trinity, keep us in body, soul, and spirit to everlasting life.

Author unknown

To God the Father, who first loved us, and made us accepted in the Beloved;

to God the Son, who loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood;

to God the Holy Ghost, who sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts:

to the one true God be all love and all glory, for time and eternity.

Thomas Ken

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Thomas Ken

Prayers, Family

How a Father Should Teach His Household to Conduct Morning and Evening Devotions.

Morning Devotions

As soon as you get out of bed in the morning, you should bless

yourself with the sign of the Holy Cross and say:

May the will of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be done! Amen.

Then, kneeling or standing, say the creed and pray the Lord’s Prayer. If you wish, you may then pray this little prayer as well:

My Heavenly Father, I thank You, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, that You kept me safe from all evil and danger last night. Save me, I pray, today as well, from every evil and sin, so that all I do and the way that I live will please you. I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have. Let Your holy angels be with me, so that the evil enemy will not gain power over me. Amen.

After that, with joy go about your work and perhaps sing a song inspired by the Ten Commandments or your own thoughts.

Luther’s Little Instruction Book

(The Small Catechism of Martin Luther)

Appendix 1: Devotions

The Evening Devotions

When you go to bed in the evening, you should bless yourself with the sign of the Holy Cross and say:

May the will of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be done! Amen.

Then, kneeling or standing, say the creed and pray the Lord’s Prayer. If you wish, then you may pray this little prayer as well:

My Heavenly Father, I thank You, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, that You have protected me, by Your grace. Forgive, I pray, all my sins and the evil I have done. Protect me, by Your grace, tonight. I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have. Let Your holy angels be with me, so that the evil enemy will not gain power over me. Amen.

After this, go to sleep immediately with joy.

Luther’s Little Instruction Book

(The Small Catechism of Martin Luther)

Famous Prayers

I asked God for strength that I might achieve;

I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for help that I might do greater things;

I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;

I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;

I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I was given nothing I asked for;

But everything that I had hoped for.

Despite myself, my prayers were answered;

I am among all men most richly blessed.

An unknown Confederate soldier

The Lord is not my servant, I am His. Let my prayers reflect this.

Author unknown

O direct my life towards thy commandments,

Hallow my soul,

purify my body,

correct my thoughts,

cleanse my desires,

soul, and body, mind and spirit,

heart and reins.

Renew me thoroughly, O God,

for, if Thou wilt, Thou canst.

Bishop Lancelot Andrewes

0 Lord our God, grant us grace to desire Thee with our whole heart; that, so desiring, we may seek, and seeking find Thee; and so finding Thee may love Thee; and loving Thee, may hate those sins from which Thou hast redeemed us.


Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

Grant, Almighty God, as at the present time thou dost deservedly chastise us for our sins, according to the example of thine ancient people, that we may turn our face to thee with true penitence and humility: May we throw ourselves suppliantly and prostrately before thee; and, despairing of ourselves, place our only hope in thy pity which thou hast promised.

John Calvin

Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in Thy peace and wake in Thy glory.

John Donne

Praise to the Trinity

Praise to the Trinity

Who is sound and life.

Creator and sustainer

Of all beings.

The angels praise You,

Who in the splendor

Of your hidden mysteries

Pour out life abundant.

Hildegard of Bingen

I have now spent fifty-five years in resolving: having, from the earliest time almost that I can remember, been forming plans of a better life. I have done nothing. The need of doing, therefore, is pressing, since the time of doing is short. O GOD, grant me to resolve aright, and to keep my resolutions, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Samuel Johnson

If this obstacle is from Thee, Lord, I accept it; but if it is from Satan, I refuse him and all his works in the name of Calvary.

Isobel Kuhn

Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules, or particular forms of devotion, but act with a general confidence in God, with love and humility

Brother Lawrence

Oh, Lord God, Thou hast made me a pastor and teacher in the Church. Thou seest how unfit I am to administer rightly this great and responsible Office; and had I been without Thy aid and counsel I would surely have ruined it all long ago. Therefore, do I invoke Thee. How gladly do I desire to yield and consecrate my heart and mouth to this ministry! I desire to teach the congregation. I, too, desire ever to learn and keep Thy Word my constant companion, and to meditate thereupon earnestly. Use me as Thy instrument in Thy service, Only do not Thou forsake me, for if I am left to myself, I will certainly bring it all to destruction. Amen.

Martin Luther. Luther’s prayer when he was ordained

Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.

Martin Luther

Thanks be to thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which Thou hast given us; for all the pains and insults which Thou hast borne for us. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may we know thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly; For Thine own sake.

St. Richard of Chichester

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, The Order for Holy Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

The Jesus Prayer.


Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,

Though foolishly he lost the same,

Decaying more and more,

Till he became

Most poor:

With thee

Oh let me rise

As larks, harmoniously,

And sing this day thy victories:

Then shall the fall farther the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did begin:

And still with sickness and shame

Thou did’st so punish sin,

That I became

Most thin

With thee

Let me combine,

And feel this day the victory,

For, if I imp my wing on thine,

Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

George Herbert, The Temple

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

where there is injury, pardon,

where there is doubt, faith,

where there is despair, hope,

where there is darkness, light,

where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

not so much to be understood as to understand,

not so much to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Attributed to Francis of Assisi

We beg you, Lord, to help and defend us.

Deliver the oppressed,

have compassion on the despised,

raise the fallen,

reveal yourself to the needy,

heal the sick,

bring back those who have strayed from you,

feed the hungry,

lift up the weak,

remove the prisoners’ chains.

May every nation come to know that you are God alone,

that Jesus is your Son,

that we are your people, the sheep of your pasture.

Clement of Rome

O Lord, convert the world – and begin with me.

Chinese student’s prayer

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose on your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Office of Compline

Save us, Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Office of Compline

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesu Christ our Saviour.

The Book of Common Prayer, 1549, Evensong, Second Collect

My dearest Lord,

be thou a bright flame before me,

be thou a guiding star above me,

be thou a smooth path beneath me,

be thou a kindly shepherd behind me,

today – tonight – and forever.


O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Used by J.H. Newman. Based on a 16th century prayer

O Lord, forgive what I have been, sanctify what I am, and order what I shall be.

Author unknown

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

Grant to us your servants: to our God – a heart of flame; to our fellow men – a heart of love; to ourselves – a heart of steel.

Augustine of Hippo

God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed;

give us the courage to change what should be changed;

give us the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.

Attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, also known as The Serenity Prayer

Let nothing disturb you

nothing frighten you,

all things are passing;

patient endurance

attains all things.

One whom God possesses lacks nothing,

for God alone suffices.

Bookmark of Teresa of Avila

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;

teach me to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to see for rest,

to labour and not to seek reward,

except to know that I do your will.

Ignatius Loyola

Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until in you they find their rest. Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness from doing it; but that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service we may find our perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Augustine of Hippo

Grant me, I beseech thee, almighty and merciful God, fervently to desire, wisely to search out, truly to acknowledge, and perfectly to fulfil, all that is well-pleasing to thee. Order thou my worldly condition to the honour and glory of thy name; and of all that thou requirest me to do, grant me the knowledge, the desire, and the ability, that I may so fulfil it as I ought, and as is expedient for the welfare of my soul

Thomas Aquinas

O Lord, thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget thee, do not thou forget me.

General Lord Astley, before the battle of Edgehill

Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ,

for all the benefits you have won for me.

For all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,

may I know you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly,

day by day.

Richard of Chichester


give us wisdom to perceive you,

intellect to understand you,

diligence to seek you,

patience to wait for you,

eyes to behold you,

a heart to meditate on you

and a life to proclaim you,

through the power of the Spirit

of our Lord Jesus Christ.


O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted on us; remember the fruits we have brought, thanks to this suffering – our comradeship, our loyalty, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this, and when they come to judgment let all the fruits which we have borne be their forgiveness.

Prayer found near the body of a dead child in the Revensbruck concentration camp

Blessing and honour, thanksgiving and praise

more than we can utter,

more than we can conceive,

be unto you, O most holy and glorious Trinity,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

by all angels, all people, all creatures

for ever and ever. Amen and Amen.

Lancelot Andrewes

I bind to myself the name,

the strong name of the Trinity;

by invocation of the same,

The Three in One, and One in Three.

Of whom all nature has creation;

eternal Father, Spirit, Word:

Praise to the Lord of my salvation,

Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

St Patrick

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

The Breastplate of St Patrick

Lord Jesus Christ, you said that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Help us not to stray from you, for you are the Way;

nor to distrust you, for you are the Truth;

nor to rest on any other than you, as you are the Life.

You have taught us what to believe, what to do, what to hope, and where to take our rest.

Give us grace to follow you, the Way, to learn from you, the Truth, and live in you, the Life.

Desiderius Erasmus

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O good Jesus, hear me.

Hide me within your wounds

and never allow me to be separated from you.

From the wicked enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me,

and bid me come to you,

so that with your saints I may praise you

for ever and ever.

The “Anima Christi”, fourteenth century

God be in my head,

and in my understanding;

God be in my eyes,

and in my looking;

God be in my mouth,

and in my speaking;

God be in my heart,

and in my thinking;

God be at my end,

and at my departing.

Book of Hours, 1514

We praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.

To thee all Angels cry aloud : the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry,

Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory.

The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.

The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee;

The Father : of an infinite Majesty;

Thine honourable, true : and only Son;

Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man : thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.

We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.

We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people : and bless thine heritage.

Govern them : and lift them up for ever.

Day by day : we magnify thee;

And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.

O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.

Te Deum Laudamus, fourth/fifth century, The Book of Common Prayer

I rise today with the power of God to guide me,

the might of God to uphold me,

the wisdom of God to teach me,

the eye of God to watch over me,

the ear of God to hear me,

the word of God to give me speech,

the hand of God to protect me,

the path of God to lie before me,

the shield of God to shelter me,

the host of God to defend me

against the snares of the devil and the temptations of the world,

against every man who meditates injury to me,

whether far or near.

The breastplate of St Patrick

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

John Chrysostom