Grant to us Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot do anything that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through...
Largire nobis, Domine, quaesumus, spiritum cogitandi, quae bona sunt, promtius et agendi: ut qui sine te esse non possumus, secundum, te vivere valeamus, per.
Introit: We have thought of thy loving kindness
Ps: great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
Epistle: Romans 8:12-17. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh...
Gradual: Be thou my strong rock
Gospel: Matthew 7:15-23. Beware of false profits.
Our Lord taught that even secret thoughts transgress Gods law and cited hate and lust as two examples. His disciples in another place cried "who the can be saved" and he said, " with men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible"
We ask in this prayer for Gods spirit to be govern our thought and actions that those things that we think and do may please him.
Augustine captures this thought with this, "Give, O Lord, what thou commandest, and then command what thou wilt". Indeed, it may be that this ancient prayer was related very closely with the theology revealed by the good doctor.
(Portions were paraphrased and passages cited from The Collect of the Day, by Paul Zeller Strodach, 1939, The United Lutheran Press, Philadelphia) http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/s/t/r/strodach_pz.htm
The Ancient Collect: Its history and form