This little volume (promulgated in 1576) is truly one of the undervalued gems of Lutheran liturgical theology. Sad that it met so swift a demise in Sweden. Although the Red Book retained the Swedish custom of building the consecration into the actual Preface and so followed it with the Sanctus, what is of interest to me is the prayer that was prayed following the Sanctus and leading to the Our Father. It is in every sense an evangelical reworking of the Roman canon:
[...Hosanna in the highest!]
Therefore we also remember, O Lord God, this blessed command and the same Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's holy passion and death, His resurrection and ascension. And this Thy Son Thou hast in Thy boundless mercy sent and given unto us, that He might be an offering for our sins, and by His one offering on the cross pay the price of our redemption, fulfill Thy justice and make perfect such an offering as might serve for the welfare of all the elect unto the end of the world. The same Thy Son, the same offering, which is a pure, holy and undefiled offering, set before us for our reconciliation, our shield, defence, and covering against Thy wrath, against the terror of sins and of death, we take and receive with faith and offer before Thy glorious majesty with our humble supplications. For these Thy great benefits we give Thee fervent thanks with heart and mouth, yet not as our bounden duty is but according to our power.
And we humbly beseech Thee through the same Thy Son, whom thou in Thy divine and secret counsel hast set before us as our only mediator, that Thou wilt vouchsafe to look upon us and our prayers with mercy and pitying eye, suffer them to come to Thy heavenly altar before Thy Divine majesty and be pleasing unto Thee, that all we who are partakers at this altar of the blessed and holy food and drink, the holy bread of eternal life and the Cup of eternal salvation, which is the holy body and precious blood of Thy Son, may also be fulfilled with all heavenly benediction and grace.
We pray Thee likewise, O Lord God, that Thou wilt vouchsafe to grant us poor sinful men who trust in Thy manifold mercies, that we may be received among Thy holy Apostles, Martyrs and all Thy saints, in whose number suffer us to be, not of our merit, but of thy compassion, who forgivest our sins and failings. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
By whom Thou, O Lord, dost ever create, sanctify, quicken, bless and grant us every good thing. Through Him, with Him, and in Him be all honor, glory and praise unto Thee Almighty God and Father and to the Holy Spirit, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.
Let us pray.
As our Lord Jesus Christ himself hath taught us, saying thus : Our Father