Well known Prayers

(1) Faithfulness: 

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, 
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults
which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day. Amen.
(Richard de Wych - Bishop of Chichester, 13 Century)

(2) Godliness: O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who have safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in today with your mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, nor run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by your governance, to do always that is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Collect for grace - BCP)

(3) Work: O Lord, our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who sees all who dwell upon earth from your throne: We beseech you most sincerely, that by your favour you will watch over us in our daily work, and so replenish us with the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may always incline to your will, and walk in your way. Endue us plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant that we would live long in health and wealth; strengthen us that we may conquer and overcome all our enemies; and finally after this life attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Adapted from the collect for the Queen - BCP)

(4) After prayer: Almighty God, who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and does promise that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen. (John Chysostom – AB of Constantinople, 4th century - BCP)

(5) Peace: O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give to your servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey your commandments, and also that by you we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. (Evening collect - BCP)

(6) Thanksgiving: Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you most humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness to us and all mankind. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and the hope of glory. Give us, we pray, such a sense of all your mercies that our hearts may be sincerely thankful, so that we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen. (English Prayer Book, from BCP)

(7) Good works: Stir up, we beseech you, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Collect for last Sunday before advent - BCP)

(8) Humble reliance: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Collect for 12th Sunday after Trinity – Common Worship CW)

(9) Scripture: Blessed Lord, who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. (Collect for 2nd Sunday in advent - BCP) 

(10) Godliness: Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now ever. Amen. (Collect for advent - BCP)

(11) Longing: Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen. (Collect for 17th Sunday after Trinity - CW)

(12) Suffering: O GOD, who has taught us that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us; Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, you being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord. Amen. (Collect for 4th Sunday after Trinity - BCP)