Prayers of the Reformers (20) – Easter Praise and Petitions

prayersofreformers-manschreckFor this final Lord’s Day of April 2017 we post two more prayers from the book Prayers of the Reformers, compiled by Clyde Manschreck and published by Muhlenberg Press (1958).

Since we are still in the season of remembering our Lord’s resurrection from the dead in a special way, and since every Lord’s Day is a celebration of our risen Lord, we give you two Easter prayers today.

The first is an Easter prayer or hymn of Martin Luther (dated 1524) and is taken from the section “A Calendar of Prayer” (p.148). The German title is “Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod” (Jesus Christ, our Savior, out from the Dead”).

Jesus Christ, who came to save,
And overcame the grave,
Is now arisen,
And sin hath bound in prison.
Have mercy, Lord.

Who withouten sin was found,
Bore our transgression’s wound.
He is our Saviour,
And brings us to God’s favor.
Have mercy, Lord.

Life and mercy, sin and death,
All in his hands he hath;
Them he’ll deliver,
Who trust in him forever.
Have mercy, Lord.

The second is an Easter prayer of Miles Coverdale, simply titled “Easter” (pp.148-49, slightly edited).

O God, strengthen Thou our weak faith in the resurrection of Thy beloved Son:

Illuminate our minds, and expel out of us all darkness, through the light and brightness of the glorious resurrection: O strengthen our weakness through the power of Thy Spirit. Raise us from the death of sin, in the same Spirit and power wherein Thou hast raised up Thy Son from the dead.

Comfort and strengthen us in adversity, and make us constant therein; that we may press through the same in steadfast hope to the joyful and blessed resurrection.

Kindle in us the fire of Thy godly love, that with earnest and fervent desire we may seek and find Thee through Christ…

Set up the spiritual kingdom of Christ Jesus in our hearts, that in us Thy name may be sanctified, and Thy will performed; that we may become Thy virtuous children, and never displease Thee, our gracious Father; that we, continuing still in Thy merciful covenant, do never fall away from the company and fellowship of Thee and Thy Son.

And whereas Thou hast given us such knowledge, grace, and understanding, grant that we may make the same known unto many, being always ready through charitable love to serve our brethren.

Amen.

 

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