a weekend prayer, from an ancient Gallican liturgy (thanks to @bolin_thomas)

I found this, via Logos, as part of my current dissertation work. You will note why, I believe.

A Roman copy of a Greek statue commemorating t...
A Roman copy of a Greek statue commemorating the victory over the Galatians called The Dying Gaul. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to Thomas Bolin for this translation,

Omnipotentis Domini misericordiam depraecemur, ut acceptum referat divina dignatio quidquid altaribus suis infert humana sedulitas. Ratas faciat praeces et vota cunctorum; et quod devotio inpendit ad gratiam, poscentibus profeciat ad salutem. ad quem redi reviviscere ; quem nemo amittit, nisi errore deceptus ; nemo quaerit, nisi ratione commonitus ; nemo invenit, nisi corde conpunctu.

We entreat the mercy of almighty God, that the painstaking mortal attention brought to any of his altars may be made acceptable to the divine dignity. May He render acceptable every prayer and offering, that whatever devotion is exerted toward grace will succeed in its demands for salvation to You who are ready to give life again, whom no one loses unless deceived by error, whom no one seeks unless by the force of reason, to whom no one comes without a repentant heart.

Thanks to Tom for this!

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


  1. Honest question (not trolling, Votum in conspectu Dei, but how can this two assertions match Christian teaching:
    “that whatever devotion is exerted toward grace will succeed in its demands for salvation to You who are ready to give life again, whom no one loses unless deceived by error”

    1 – whatever devotion? – I was taught it was Christ alone by Christ Himself… John 14:6
    2 – unless deceived by error? – “…if it’d be possible they would have deceived the very elect…” – “…in no wise I will cast them out…” Mat 24:24 and John 6:37


    1. 1.) – define devotion? That is not what I am going to do in my dissertation, at least for this liturgical prayer. However, it may be that this is about working out our own salvation, etc… or prayer, etc… crucifying the flesh, etc…

      2.) I would assume that since this person had yet to experience the joys of calvinism, they are still speaking about the idea that the way of Christ is the way all should go… unless you are deceived.

      Like Calvin was #boom.


  2. Oh.. I see now…1 – working out your own salvation (which the next verse says that God will make you do it anyway but the pleasure of His own will), and/or prayer, crucifying the flesh may be a devotion exerted towards grace…
    2 – I also understand now, if one doesn’t go the way of Christ, he is deceived… that is true, very true!

    I vowed before God not to debate and I don’t think it is necessary, but I can certainly, since you mentioned Calvin, add a Calvinist spin on both 1 and 2 and even preach on it… and it would be gloriously joyful knowing that God, by His Spirit, prompts all these things in us (again Phil 2:12-13) and that it is just not from our own inspiration. Everyone would be happy and shout hallelujah, amen, but the minute I reveal that that is what Calvinists believe they will count me as a heretic… 😉


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