Vesting Prayers
(traditional)
 
 
Provided by Bp. Lucas Graywolf, Diocese of Texas
Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch


It is traditional for those who serve at God's altar that they say special prayers as they don specific articles of liturgical attire. The following prayers have been graciously provided by Bishop Lucas Graywolf, bishop of the Diocese of Texas.

 
Washing the Hands
 
Cleanse my hands, O Lord, in thy strength, that I may so render unto Thee a pure offering and a perfect work.
 
Amice
 
Place, O Lord, unto my head the helmet of salvation, that I may overcome the assaults of the devil.
 
Alb
 
Purify me, O Lord, from all stain and cleanse my heart, that washed in the Blood of the Lamb, I may enjoy eternal delights.
 
Stole
 
(Kiss the cross at the center of the stole. Priests cross in the middle). Restore to me, O Lord, the state of immortality which was lost to me by my first parents, and although unworthy to approach Thy sacred mysteries, grant me nevertheless eternal joy. As a sign of his full priestly powers the bishop does not cross the stole in front.)
 
Tying the girdle (cincture)
 
Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of purity, and quench in my heart the fire of concupisence, that the virtue of continence and chastity may remain in me.
 
Chasuble
 
O Lord, Who hast said, "My yoke is sweet and my burden is light," grant that I may carry it so as to obtain Thy grace.
 
Maniple
 
(Hangs on the left forearm). Let me deserve, O Lord, to bear the maniple of tears and sorrow, so that one day I may come with joy into the rewards of my labors.
 
Preparatory Prayers (before the saying of the Holy Mass)
 
Let no Priest or Bishop come to the Altar of the Lord without asking for the full grace and authority of God, stating his intentions to make present the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


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