Light of all lights, illumine me with the brightness of your holiness, so that I may today reflect in some small measure your brilliant purity. Put to flight, Light of light, the brooding clouds of the world, and shine into the darkness of my soul. Warm my heart and guide my steps, so that my life may be worship and my worship glorifying to you. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, shine upon us in your infinite majesty—Amen.
Father Almighty, we worship you on this joyful resurrection day. Be glorified, Almighty God, our Maker and Master, our Savior and King. Glory to you in your unfathomable love, in the mercy that delivered your Son for us. Glory to you in your invincible strength, in the power that raised Jesus our Savior from the dead. Glory to you in your unapproachable holiness, in your incomparable majesty, glory and honor and praise—Amen!
God of all kindness, look mercifully upon us. You are strong! Carry us, in your almighty strength. When we are tempted, teach us to lift our eyes to the cross, to remember your unflagging endurance and your invincible love. Shield us from doubt, sin, and all things that stand opposed to your holiness and the worship that is your due—Amen.
All authority, all honor, all power and majesty and praise, belong to you, marvelous Triune God. You know all, see all, can do all; you are everywhere and everywhen, transcendent and immanent. You are holy and righteous, unstained by the merest spot of sin; you are loving and kind, filled with mercy and compassion towards your fallen creation. To love you with all ourselves is all our commission and joy—Amen.
Spirit of all grace, Spirit of salvation and life, sanctify my soul in your perfect peace. Spirit of promise, work in me the fulfillment of the promises, and lift my eyes by day and by night to the blessed hill of Calvary. Spirit of holy-love, put in me love of holiness and of the Holy One, who for me walked the path to Calvary. Holy Spirit, let your hand of mercy rest on me tonight—Amen
You who cleansed the temple, cleanse the temple of my heart today. Drive out every wicked and unworthy desire, and let songs of praise rise to you from the very depths of my soul. I was created a vessel of adoration and prayer, but greed and vanity threaten to make my heart a den of thieves. Sanctify me, Lord of light; fill me, Spirit of holiness, and may your temple resound with worship, to your glory—Amen.
Lord God Almighty, you are great beyond all description and worthy of all praise and worship. Infinite majesty, Triune mystery, Father-Spirit-Son, thrice-holy Three-in-One, all thoughts fail and words wilt in the attempt to describe your glory. Time cannot measure you, space cannot contain you, danger cannot threaten you, opposition cannot challenge you, evil cannot touch you—God forever praised! Be exalted in this day, and in your people, and in my heart—Amen.
Collect me, Holiness in Heaven,
from my scattered ruminations,
weary wishes and weakly-faced
temptations; gather me up, profoundly
graced with shalom sweet
and strange wholeness of Heaven;
begin anew this broken work,
speak light against the fading day,
and over my misshapen way, Spirit
of holiness, descend, each
shattered piece to mend.
Gracious and Eternal Spirit, thank you for your watchful care today. Breathe forth your peace and strength into me tonight, so that I may continue to serve you diligently, and to protect me from the temptations of darkness. Sustain me by your love and strengthen me by your power; waking and sleeping, be my light into truth and my shield of protection. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer in the fellowship of your love—Amen.
I praise you with the light of morning, God who sent light into our darkened world. The Son of God is given, a Savior for mankind! Teach me the lesson of Christmas, wonderful Christ; teach me of love that reaches to the absolute depths, of power that brings the Son of God into the virgin’s womb, of gentleness that overthrows the powers of the world, of holiness incorruptible. Be forever praised, God our Savior.