Orthodox England

Excerpt from: Volume 6 Issue 2 Date 1st December 2002

From the Righteous: The English Prayers of Abbot Ælfric of Eynsham (c. 1000)

O Almighty God, have mercy on me a sinner.

I bless myself with the blessing of the Almighty Father and of His Son and of the Holy Spirit.

O Thou Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Thou Who ever wast, and now art, and ever wilt be, One Almighty God Indivisible, in Whom I believe and I hope, Thee do I love and in Thee do I trust that I may not be put to shame and that my foes may not mock me. Amen.

Thou Almighty Sovereign, deliver our hearts from the temptations of evil thoughts, that we may be a worthy dwelling-place for the Holy Spirit, through Thy Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in oneness with the same Holy Spirit unto all ages. Amen.

O Lord God, Almighty Father, bless us and shield Thy servants under Thy majesty, through Thine Only-Begotten Son and the might of the Holy Spirit, that we may ever make glad in Thy praise, safe from all foes, through Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in oneness with the same Holy Spirit unto all ages. Amen.

O Thou, Almighty God, Who through Thy co-eternal Wisdom, didst create man when he was not, and afterward when he was lost, didst restore him by Thy mercy, grant that the same Wisdom may so kindle our souls that we may love Thee with all our minds and hasten to Thee with all our hearts. Amen.

O Thou Almighty God, Who didst have Thy beloved Son, our Saviour Christ, take on our humanity and endure the cross, grant that we may have the example of His patience and partake in His true resurrection. Amen.

O Thou Almighty God, Who with Thy finger hast written in our hearts the righteousness of Thy Law, grant us increase in Thy faith and hope and true love, and make us to love that which Thou teachest, that we may be worthy of the reward which Thou hast promised us. Amen.

O Thou Almighty and Everlasting God, direct our deeds by Thy goodwill, that we may be found worthy to abound in good works in the name of Thy beloved Son. Amen.

We pray Thee, O Lord, that Thou mayest increase in us Thy faith and ever kindle the Holy Spirit within us. Amen.

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