The matter Lord, is yours! Bring it to perfection in us. Make us always more pleasing to you and bring us to where we touch nothing evil anymore. Send us your Holy Spirit to guide us into pure Truth.
We commend ourselves to you and set all our affairs before you. Protect us now from evil and sin. Let us not go astray but bring us into the fellowship of your holy children.
Awaken praise in us while we live on earth! Give us the strength we need to honour you with our lives, fearing none but you alone. Lord of hosts, King of kings, may your name be praised now and through eternity!
Michael Schneider, 1530s, imprisoned at Passau, Germany