Prayers: Ancient & Modern
These prayers are taken from an out-of-print book of prayers, by this name, assembled by Mary W. Tileston, copyrighted in 1897 and last published in 1927.
This collection of prayers for daily use has been gathered from many sources, ancient and modern; or which were modern in 1897. The collection has historical interest, and the literary quality has been carefully considered by the compiler, but the primary object is to nourish the spiritual life.
As the design is to provide a brief selection for every day, in many cases a portion only of a long prayer is given, or it is condensed by omission, but alterations have been made as sparingly as possible.
Fourteen centuries of prayer, aspiration, and praise unite here in one harmony of devotion. A large number of these prayers date from the fifth and sixth centuries, taken from the Leonine, Gelasian, and Gregorian Sacramentaries, from which the collects in the Book of Common Prayer are in great measure derived.
The earnest and impassioned prayers of St. Augustine belong to the same period. Many of the prayers attributed to him, however, are of later origin and doubtful authorship, some of them, probably, being by St. Anselm and St. Bernard.
There are some striking and fervent collects from the Mozarabic Sacramentary, which was in use in Spain before A.D. 700.