O GOD the Father of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, Lord, Whose Name is great, Whose nature is blissful, Whose goodness is inexhaustible, You God and Master of all things, Who are blessed for ever; Who sits on the Cherubim, and is glorified by the Seraphim; before Whom stand thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand, the hosts of holy Angels and Archangels; sanctify, O Lord, our souls and bodies and spirits, and touch our apprehensions and search out our consciences, and cast out of us every evil thought, every base desire, all envy, and pride, and hypocrisy, all falsehood, all deceit, all worldly anxiety, all covetousness, vainglory, and sloth, all malice, all wrath, all anger, all remembrance of injuries, all blasphemy, and every motion of the flesh and spirit that is contrary to Your holy will. And grant us, O Lord, the Lover of men, with freedom, without condemnation, with a pure heart and a contrite soul, without confusion of face and with sanctified lips, boldly to call upon You, our holy God and Father Who art in heaven. From a Prayer in the Liturgy of S. James
Book: Ancient Collects and Other Prayers
Compiled by: William Bright, M.A.
Publisher: J.H. and Jas. Parker 1862