Ancient, Christmas

Christmas Prayer by St Augustine

Let the just rejoice, for their justifier is born. Let the sick and infirm rejoice, For their saviour is born. Let the captives rejoice, For their Redeemer is born. Let slaves rejoice, for their Master is born. Let free men rejoice, For their Liberator is born. Let All Christians rejoice, For Jesus Christ is born. – St. Augustine of Hippo…

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Ancient, In Need Or Trial

A Prayer Of Irenaeus The Martyr

Thank you, Jesus Christ my Lord: In all my trials and sufferings, You give strength to stand firm. Even more you have given me A share in your eternal glory!   – Irenaeus of Lyons 130-202AD.  A great early teacher, writer, leader who died for his faith.

Ancient, Evening

Leonine Evening Prayer

O Lord God, Be present, and protect us through the silent hours of the night, So that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, May rest upon your eternal changelessness.   – From the ‘Leonine Sacramentary’ (used from around 300-600AD). The oldest of the Latin liturgical books.  Named after Pope Leo I and was in…

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Ancient, Before The Word

‘A Prayer To Hear’ by St Benedict

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, patience to wait for you, eyes to see you, a heart to know you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – St Benedict 480-547AD