PRAYER: The Sarum Rite

The Sarum Rite

As used at Salisbury

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Proficiscere, anima Christiana de hoc mundo!

Go forth upon thy journey, Christian soul!
Go from this world! Go, in the name of God,
the omnipotent Father, who created thee!
Go, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
Son of the living God, who bled for thee!
Go, in the name of the Holy Spirit, who
hath poured upon thee! Go, in the name
Of Angels and Archangels; in the name
Of Thrones and Dominations; in the name
Of Princedoms and of Powers; and in the name
Of Cherubim and Seraphim, go forth!
Go, in the name of Patriarchs and Prophets;
And of Apostles and Evangelists,
Of Martyrs and Confessors; in the name
of holy Monks and Hermits; in the name
of holy Virgins; and all the Saints of God,
Both men and women, go! Go on thy course,
And may thy place today be found in peace,
And thy dwelling be the Holy Mount
Of Sion:—through the same, through Christ, our Lord.

Incline your ear, O Lord, when we ask your mercy for the souls of your servants whom you have bidden to leave this world, that you would command them place in the kingdom of peace and light, and grant them the company of your saints; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulcher, and didst thereby sanctify the grace to be a bed of hope to thy people: make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of thy passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls may live with thee; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.

O God, through the grace of your Holy Spirit, you pour your best gift of love into the hearts of your faithful people, grant unto us health, both of mind and body, that we may love you with our whole strength, and that today we may do those things which please you to your entire satisfaction, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, because by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.  O Savior of the world: who by thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us, save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.


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