Monday, May 25, 2015

Prayers for the Festival of the Holy Trinity

The Trinity prayers from Seed-Grains of Prayer: A Manual for Evangelical Christians By Wilhelm Loehe, Translated from the Original German 36th Edition By H. A. Weller.


We praise God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah!
And from now, henceforth, eternally we will praise Him. Hallelujah !


304.
ALMIGHTY, Everlasting God, Who hast taught us to know and confess in true faith that, in three persons of equal power and majesty, Thou art one everlasting God, desiring to be worshipped as such, we pray Thee, sustain us steadfast in that faith against everything that may threaten the same: Who livest and reignest from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.


305.
ALMIGHTY, Everlasting God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Who hast revealed Thy grace unto us abundantly; Who, as the Father Eternal, didst create us in Thine own image; as the Son Eternal, wast incarnate for our sake, and for our sins didst pay the debt upon the cross; and Thou, Holy Ghost Eternal, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, to lead us into faith and to sanctify us by the holy gospel: we beseech Thee, the One, Everlasting, Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, keep us in the true knowledge of Thy Name, and in true faith unto the end; and, by Thy grace, save us: Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.


306.
O MOST Holy, Blessed, Undivided Trinity, eternal, unending, inconceivable, illimitable, spiritual unity of essence in threefold personality; praise, honor and glory be unto Thee for the divine revelation of Thy holy word in which we have life eternal, that we may know Thee, the Father, and Him Whom Thou hast sent, Jesus Christ, Thy beloved Son, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

O God the Father, Who art the first person in the Holy Trinity, I acknowledge, love, honor, praise, and worship Thee as my most beloved Father, Who art the Father of all in heaven and earth. Thy beloved Son has commanded me to address Thee as my Father, and promised “whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, that will He give you." Likewise He said, “I ascend unto my Father and your Father; to my God and your God." O dearly beloved Father, Thou gavest me two great and noble gifts, — Thy Son and the Holy Ghost, — and for such unspeakable love I will ever praise and magnify Thee.

God the Son, Who art the second person in the Holy Trinity, begotten from eternity, of the same substance with the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, in substantial likeness of the Father, the reflection of His glory, true, eternal God and everlasting Life, the beginning and end of all things, through Whom all things visible and invisible were made, and all kingdoms and governments; by Whom all things were made that are made, and in Whom all things exist; Who in time wast made man and sent forth of the Heavenly Father to seek and to save that which was lost; Who art become flesh of my flesh and blood of my blood, my brother, my bridegroom; Who has betrothed me in eternity, in judgement, in righteousness, and in faith; Who art my Redeemer, Advocate, Throne of Grace, High Priest, Emmanuel, King, Light, Life, Mediator, and Helper, my only Surety and Savior, God and man in one perfect person; Who sittest upon the throne of Thy; glory at the right hand of divine majesty; Who hearest our prayers and desires, and art with us always even unto the end of the world: I render praise, honor, and glory unto Thee for all Thy great love, Thy passion and death, Thy resurrection, and Thy ascension on high.

God the Holy Ghost, Almighty, Everlasting God, co-equally eternal and almighty with the Father and the Son, Spirit, proceeding alike from the Father and the Son; Who makest us to be temples and dwelling places of the Holy Trinity; Who makest us new-born and enlightenest, sanctifiest and comf ortest us: Thou art our most beloved and most high Comforter, Who abidest ever with us when this world and all creatures forsake us: unto Thee be praise, honor, and glory for my re- generation, enlightenment, and sanctification.

O Holy Trinity, distinguishable as to persons, but indivisible in essence, God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of the same divine substance, of the same everlasting divinity, we acknowledge three persons, coequally eternal, holy, glorious, and incomprehensible. Therefore, with the seraphim, we say and sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth," Holy is God the Father, Holy is God the Son, Holy is the Holy Ghost; and, with Saint Paul, we confess that, ''Of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things, to Whom be glory forever. Amen.”

Holy Trinity, come unto us and deign to make us Thy temple; for, Thou art above us all, and through us all, and in us all. Lord Jesus, he that beholdeth Thee beholdeth the Father, for Thou art in the Father and the Father in Thee. Thou hast instituted our blessed baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity, and hast renewed the eternal covenant of grace in us by the same. Thou art our true blessedness, in whom and through whom we are blest in the Holy Trinity, even as Moses wrote: “he Lord bless thee and keep thee,” that is, may God the Father defend us, together with all His children; “The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee,” that is, God the Son, Who is the image of the Father, our light and the refuge of grace, enlighten us by His grace; “The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and grant thee peace,” that is, God the Holy Ghost, through Whom we behold the fatherly countenance of God and enjoy peace, satisfy our hearts. Yea, God the Father, Who art love and mercy everlasting, the inexhaustible fountain of all goodness; yea, God the Son, my everlasting righteousness, wisdom, glory and blessedness, my light and my salvation; yea, God the Holy Ghost, my only and everlasting comfort, peace, joy, strength, and might, bring me into unity with Thee; possess and dwell in my heart; keep me as the apple of Thine eye ; protect me under the shadow of Thy wing; bless, enlighten, and, in my final need, comfort me and receive my soul unto Thee. At the last day, awaken me unto eternal joy and let me behold Thy glory forever. Amen.

Seed-grains of prayer : a manual for evangelical Christians by Löhe, Wilhelm, 1808-1872; Jacobs, Henry Eyster, 1844-1932; Weller, H. A. Published 1914, pp. 494-502

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