Early Christian Prayers - Various Authors - ebook

A collection of prayers handed down to us from the first centuries of the Christian Church. Early prayers provide a unique insight in Christian worship of the first few centuries after the Crucifixion.

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Early Christian Prayers


St. Augustine

St. Clement

St. Ambrose

A Gaelic Blessing

St. Jerome

St. Columba

St. Æthelwold of Winchester

St. Patrick

St. Anselm

St. Mark the Evangelist


St. Clement of Alexandria

Syriac Christians

St. Basil the Great

Macarius the Egyptian or Macarius the Great

St. Ignatius of Antioch

St. Ephraem Syrus

St. John Chrysostom

St. Augustine

St. Augustine, also called Saint Augustine of Hippo, original Latin name Aurelius Augustinus, (born November 13, 354, Tagaste, Numidia [now Souk Ahras, Algeria]—died August 28, 430, Hippo Regius [now Annaba, Algeria]; feast day August 28), bishop of Hippo from 396 to 430, one of the Latin Fathers of the Church and perhaps the most significant Christian thinker after St. Paul.

Augustine’s adaptation of classical thought to Christian teaching created a theological system of great power and lasting influence. His numerous written works, the most important of which are Confessions (c. 400) and The City of God (c. 413–426), shaped the practice of biblical exegesis and helped lay the foundation for much of medieval and modern Christian thought. In Roman Catholicism he is formally recognized as a doctor of the church.

Look upon us, O Lord,

and let all the darkness of our souls

vanish before the beams of thy brightness.

Fill us with holy love,

and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.

All our desire is known unto thee,

therefore perfect what thou hast begun,

and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.

We seek thy face,

turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.

Then shall our longing be satisfied,

and our peace shall be perfect.

(Augustine, 354 - 430)

St. Clement

Saint Clement I, byname Clement Of Rome, Latin Clemens Romanus, (born, Rome?—died 1st century AD, Rome; feast day November 23), first Apostolic Father, pope from 88 to 97, or from 92 to 101, supposed third successor of St. Peter. According to the early Christian writer Tertullian, he was consecrated by Peter. Bishop St. Irenaeus of Lyon lists him as a contemporary of the Apostles and witness of their preaching. Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea dates his pontificate from 92 to 101. His martyrdom is legendary, and he has been hypothetically identified with the Clement mentioned in Phil. 4:3. His attribute is an anchor, to which he was tied and cast into the sea, according to spurious tales.

We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector.

Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly;