May 21, 2012

Five Prayers for Trinity Sunday

Over the 27 years of his ministry, Arnold Ruddat, a long-time Lutheran pastor in the United States, wrote many prayers for worship. Ruddat died from cancer at the age of 53, but many of his prayers (and other resources) have been preserved on the Arnold Ruddat’s Library  website. Here are some of his prayers for Trinity Sunday.

Prayers for Trinity Sunday

O Triune God, your three fold name was placed upon us when we were baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And this day we worship the Trinity in person and the Unity in substance of Majesty coequal. Grant us the grace to continue in this faith until we join the hosts of heaven that cry, Holy, holy, holy before you heavenly throne, you who live and rule, one God, through all eternity. Amen.

Through your efforts, blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have been redeemed, created, and sanctified. Although we have never understood the fullness of the Trinity, you have granted us new life and have declared us innocent through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. For this we worship you in humble adoration. Keep us in the faith until we join the elect around your glorious throne. We ask this in your name, you who live and rule, ever one God, through all eternity.  Amen.

O God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in whose name we are baptized and into whose fellowship we have been received. We cling in faith to you, the only God. We praise you dear Father, for having loved us and sent your Son to die for our sins. We praise you dear Jesus, for having redeemed us from our sins by sacrificing yourself for us. We praise you, Holy Spirit, for having sanctified us for you gave us faith and through faith cleansed us from sin. O Triune God, graciously enable us always to believe and obey, and to worship and confess you; Creator, Redeemer and Sanctified, one God, eternal and all-glorious forever.  Amen.

We bind unto ourselves today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature has creation;
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of our salvation;
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.  Amen.

O triune God, what an exciting mystery we celebrate today, that you, our God, are three persons in one being. Your essence is so awesome, it is beyond our understanding. O Father, you adopted us as your children through the death and resurrection of your Son. O Holy Spirit, you gave us faith in Jesus through explosive power of the gospel. You testify that we are God’s children, and you guarantee our inheritance of eternal glory with Jesus. O holy Trinity, your saving love overwhelms us. Keep us as your own, and each day move us to declare: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty! We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit, one God, through all eternity.  Amen.

— written by Arnold Ruddat

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