May Christ our Lord,
Who is the Head of every beginning,
grant us so to pass through the coming year with faithful hearts,
that we may be able in all things to please His loving eyes.
O God, Who art the Self-same,
Whose years shall not fail,
grant us to spend this year as Thy devoted servants,
according to Thy good pleasure.
Fill the earth with fruit,
grant our bodies to be free from disease,
our souls from offenses;
take away scandals and keep far
from our borders all manner of calamitous events;
through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord.
– from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers by William Bright