II.  Various Occasions

 

WATCH-NIGHT SERVICE

Introduction

642.    Almighty and eternal God, with whom one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day: Give us grace, as we remember the way by which thou hast led us, to offer unto thee the worship of adoring hearts, and to rest our hopes for the time to come on thine unchanging love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers for the Christian Year

 

643.    Most gracious God, who hast been mindful of us not only in the past year but through all the years of our life: Pardon our sins, fashion in us those virtues which are acceptable to thee, and grant that in serenity we may serve thee more faithfully in the year that is to come, for Jesus Christ’s sake.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

 

644.    O Lord our God, whose eyes are always upon us from the beginning of the year even unto the end: We bring to thee our worship and praise, remembering thy goodness to us in the days that are past, and trusting ourselves to thy mercy for the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

James M. Todd

 

The passage of time

645.    Almighty and everlasting God, who makest us children of time, to the end that when time is over we may attain to thy blessed eternity: Mercifully receive our prayers, and hold up our goings in thy way; that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom, and so live all our appointed days on earth as finally to lay hold on the life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

646.    O God, in whose sight a thousand years are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night: So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom, in the faith and knowledge of him who is the same yesterday and today and for ever, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Penitence

647.    We confess to thee, O Lord most holy, all the sins which hinder thy purpose for our lives and do harm to the lives of others.  Forgive us, Lord, we humbly beseech thee, and turn our hearts to seek thee more sincerely, and to serve thee and our fellow-men more faithfully, in the coming year.  We ask it through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

William Temple

 

Thanksgiving

648.    Almighty God, everlasting Father, as another year draws to its close we thank thee for the protection, comfort and guidance thou hast given us through its course.  We thank thee for thy goodness that hath created us, for thy bounty that hath sustained us, for thy fatherly discipline that hath corrected us, for thy patience that hath borne with us.  Above all, we thank thee for thine incarnate Son, sent as at this time to be our Saviour.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers for the Christian Year

 

649.    O Lord, with whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning, and who in thy mercy hast led us in safety through all the days of our pilgrimage: Accept the sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving, and hear our prayer as now we offer our lives afresh to thee; beseeching thee that in the time that remains to us we may devote ourselves more fully to thy service and prove ourselves more worthy of thy goodness; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Frank Colquhoun

 

Dedication

650.    Almighty God our heavenly Father, who hast called us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase our faith, we beseech thee, as thou dost increase our years; and the longer we are suffered to abide on earth, the better may our service be, the more willing our obedience, the more consistent our daily living, the more complete our devotion to thee; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

651.    Father in heaven, by whose providence we have come to the end of the year: Grant that we may meet its close with grateful hearts; and we beseech thee to confirm our resolve to amend our ways, and to walk closely with thee in the journey before us, in the faith of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Concluding prayers

652.    Teach thy servants and pilgrims, O King of kings, to walk trustfully in thy presence and to obey thy majesty; that, while we journey to the heavenly country, thy voice may encourage, thine arm protect, and thy love transfigure us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

653.    O God of time and eternity, who makest us creatures of time, to the end that when time is over we may attain to thy blessed eternity: With time, which is thy gift, give us also wisdom to redeem the time lest our day of grace be lost; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

654.    Eternal Father, who alone canst control the days that are gone and the deeds that are done: Remove from our burdened memory the weight of past years, that we may reach forth to those things that are before, and press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Charles H. Brent

 

655.    Grant, O Lord, that as the years change, we may find rest in thine eternal changelessness.  May we meet this new year bravely, sure in the faith that, while men come and go, and life changes around us, thou art ever the same, guiding us with thy wisdom, and protecting us with thy love; through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

William Temple

See also prayers for the new year 88–91

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

The quest for unity

656.    O God of peace, who through thy Son Jesus Christ didst set forth one faith for the salvation of mankind: Send thy grace and heavenly blessing upon all Christian people who are striving to draw nearer to thee and to each other, in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace.  Give us penitence for our divisions, wisdom to know thy truth, courage to do thy will, love which will break down the barriers of pride and prejudice, and an unswerving loyalty to thy holy name; that together we may seek thy glory and the advancement of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Faith and Order Conference Manual*

 

657.    Eternal and merciful God, who art the God of peace and not of discord: Have mercy upon thy Church, divided in thy service; and grant that we, seeking unity in Christ, and in the truth of thy holy Word, with one mind and one mouth may glorify thee, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

George Appleton

 

658.    O God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ dost call the children of thy Church into a great and holy unity, even as he is one with thee: Turn us again, we beseech thee, that we may redeem the years of division, and recover in thee what we have lost of ourselves; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Procession of Passion Prayers

 

659.    O Lord, who willest that all thy children should be one in thee: We pray thee for the unity of thy Church.  Pardon all our pride and our lack of faith, of understanding and of charity, which are the cause of our divisions.  Deliver us from our narrow-mindedness, from our bitterness, from our prejudices.  Preserve us from considering as normal that which is a scandal to the world and an offence to thy love.  Teach us to recognize the gifts of thy grace amongst all those who call upon thee.

Liturgy of the Reformed Church of France

 

660.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who on the eve of thy passion didst pray that all thy disciples might be one, as thou art in the Father, and the Father in thee: Grant that we may suffer keenly on account of the infidelity of our division, and that in thee, who art perfect charity, we may find the way that leads to unity, in obedience to thy love and in loyalty to thy truth; for the honour of thy holy name.

 

661.    O God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, with whom there is no distinction of race or habitation, but all are one in thee: Break down, we beseech thee, the barriers which divide us; that we may work together with one accord with each other and with thee; through him who is the Saviour of all, Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.

 

Unity and mission

662.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst say to thine apostles, By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another: Heal our divisions, and make us one in thee; that men may know us for thy true disciples, and through us may put their trust in thee; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Adapted

 

663.    Spirit of Promise, Spirit of Unity, we thank thee that thou art also the Spirit of Renewal.  Renew in the whole Church, we pray thee, that passionate desire for the coming of thy kingdom which will unite all Christians in one mission to the world.  May we all grow up together into him, who is our Head, the Saviour of the world and our only Lord and Master.

Praying for Unity

 

664.    Eternal God, look mercifully upon the broken body of thy Church.  Draw its members unto thee and one to another by the bands of thy love; that its restored unity may bring healing to the nations, and the life of mankind may glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

665.    O God, who didst plan the gospel for an undivided Church: Refuse not, because of the misunderstandings of its message which rend the unity of Christendom, to continue thy saving work in the broken order of our making.  Prosper the labours of all churches bearing the name of Christ and striving to further righteousness and faith in him.  Help us to place the truth above our conception of it, and joyfully to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit wherever he may choose to dwell among men; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

666.    O God, of whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, in whose earthly family there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, bond nor free, but only children standing in equal need and equally sharing thy fatherly care: Grant that thy Church, being quickened by thy love, may manifest to the world the unity to which thou hast called it in the gospel of thy Son, and by the fellowship of his disciples may bring healing to the world; for the glory of thy name.

 

A prayer of dedication

667.    Almighty God, whose will it is that brethren should dwell together in unity: Receive these our prayers, and grant us such single-mindedness, courage and patience, that in face of all difficulties and temptation to despair, we may work with confidence for the unity of thy Church, and the coming on earth of thy kingdom.  And to this end, O Lord, we offer to thee our hearts and minds and strength in obedience to thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

See also 1327–34

 

MOTHERING SUNDAY SERVICE

Introduction

668.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst come to live among men as the child of a human mother: Bless us, we pray thee, as we gather in thy house today to worship thee and to thank thee for our mothers and our homes.  Fill our hearts with thy love, and help us to remember thy presence with us, not only now but at all times.  We ask it for thy name’s sake.

 

Thanksgiving

669.    O Heavenly Father, we thank thee for all the happiness of our life.  We thank thee for our baptism and for our place in thy family, the Church.  And especially today we thank thee for our parents, and for all those who have loved and cared for us.  Give us ever thankful and happy hearts, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

670.    O Lord, we thank thee for our mothers and all that they do for us.  Help us to repay their love by being kind and cheerful in our homes, helping our mothers and the other members of our families; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

 

For mothers

671.    Lord Jesus Christ, who wast born of a human mother and didst care for her upon the cross: We commend to thee the mothers of our nation.  May their children be nurtured in thy discipline and instruction, and their home be a haven of peace and love, made fragrant with thy presence; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever livest and reignest, one God, world without end.

J. R. W. Stott

 

For parents

672.    O God, we pray thee to inspire in our hearts and in the hearts of all parents a true love for thee.  Awaken us to a full sense of our responsibility, and take possession of ourselves and of our homes; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For our homes and family life

673.    Almighty God and heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ shared in Nazareth the life of an earthly home: Send down thy blessing, we beseech thee, upon all Christian families, that parents by the spirit of understanding and wisdom, and children by the spirit of obedience and reverence, may be bound each to each by mutual love; through him who became a child and learned obedience to thy will, even Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church of South India

 

674.    O God, our Father, bless our homes and make them thy dwelling- place.  Keep us faithful to thee and helpful to one another, for the sake of him who shared an earthly home at Nazareth, Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.

The Daily Service

 

675.    O Blessed Lord Jesus, who didst grow up in an earthly home obedient to thine earthly parents: Bless all the homes in this parish.  May the parents impart to their children the knowledge of thee and thy love, and may the children love, obey and succour their parents; and bring us all at last to the joy of thy heavenly home, for thy great name’s sake.

 

676.    Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, our homes, and drive from them all the snares of the evil one; let thy holy angels dwell in them to preserve all who live there in peace; and may thy blessing be upon us evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From the Order of Compline

 

For our mother the Church

677.    O Heavenly Father, we thank thee that by our baptism we have been made members of thy great family the Church; and we pray that we may grow up to be faithful members of that family and learn to love and serve thee better; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

 

For our mother-land

678.    Look in thy mercy, O Lord our God, upon our mother-land of —.  May we and all her people be true and upright, loyal and unselfish, fearing thee and serving one another, in the faith of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Mary the Mother of our Lord

679.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who in thy home at Nazareth didst love and honour thy blessed mother, and wast subject unto her: Grant that we may ever be mindful of her grace and virtue, and also may follow the example of her love and humility; to the glory of thy name, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

 

The heavenly home

680.    O Lord, who hast taught us that in thy Father’s house are many mansions: We thank thee for the heavenly home which thou hast gone to prepare for us.  Prepare us, we pray thee, for that home, and in thy mercy bring us all at last to be partakers of its joys, that we may dwell with thee for evermore.

Frank Colquhoun

 

The gift of flowers

681.    Bless, O Lord Jesus, these small gifts of flowers, that they may be channels of thy love, imparting joy to those who give and those who receive.  And we pray that all children and parents, united in thee, may ever follow thy example in loving words and deeds, to thy honour and glory, now and for evermore.

See also prayers for Home and Friends, 1214–37

 

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

 

Harvest collects

682.    Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us the  fruits of the earth in their season: Grant us grace to use the same to thy glory, the relief of those that need, and our own comfort, through Jesus Christ, who is the living bread which cometh down from heaven and giveth life unto the world; to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end.

Canterbury Convocation, 1862

 

683.    O Almighty God and heavenly Father, we glorify thee that thou hast again fulfilled to us thy gracious promise, that while the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest shall not fail.  We bless thee for the kindly fruits of the earth.  Teach us, we beseech thee, to remember that it is not by bread alone that man doth live; and grant us evermore to feed on him who is the true bread which cometh down from heaven, Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, be honour and glory for ever and ever.

Canterbury Convocation, 1862

 

684.    O Almighty God, we pray thee, sow the seed of thy Word in our, hearts, and send down upon us thy heavenly grace; that we may bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, and at the great day of harvest may be gathered by thy holy angels into thy garner; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canterbury Convocation, 1862

 

685.    Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given to us the fruits of the earth in their season, and hast crowned the year with thy goodness: Give us grateful hearts, that we may unfeignedly thank thee for all thy loving-kindness, and worthily magnify thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John Dowden

 

686.    Almighty Father, who hast at this season bestowed upon us such an abundant supply for all our necessities: Grant that we may never be destitute of those better gifts which nourish and enrich the soul, that we may bring forth abundant fruit to thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

687.    O most merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman and brought us again to the season of harvest: Grant that we may not only receive thy gifts with thankfulness, but may also, as good stewards of thy bounty, use them to thy glory and share with others what we have so richly received; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

688.    O Lord of the harvest and giver of our daily bread, we rejoice in all thy fatherly goodness; and pray that thy loving-kindness may so prevail in the hearts of thy children everywhere, that the earth may be filled with gladness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers for the Christian Year

 

689.    Grant us, O Lord so to bless thee with grateful hearts for the bounty of the earthly harvest, that fulfilled with thy love we may bring forth fruit an hundredfold in this life, and, in that harvest where angels are the reapers, be gathered as wheat into thy garner; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Thanksgiving

690.    O most merciful Father, who of thy gracious goodness hast heard the devout prayers of thy Church, and hast granted us to gather in the kindly fruits of the earth in their season: We give thee humble thanks for this thy bounty, beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness towards us, that our land may yield her increase; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canterbury Convocation, 1862

 

691.    O God, of whose great bounty cometh the richness and use of the seasons: We praise thee for the joy and fullness of harvest.  As thou hast given us all things richly to enjoy, grant us grateful hearts that we may rightly use thy good gifts.  Give us generous understanding of the wants of others, and a deep concern that all thy children may have food sufficient for their need; for thy name’s sake.

With all our Strength

 

692.    O Lord God of hosts, who dwellest in the high and holy place, and yet hast respect unto the lowly: We yield thee hearty thanks that thou hast safely brought us to the season of harvest, visiting the earth and blessing it, and crowning the year with thy goodness.  We praise thee for the fruits of the ground which thou hast bestowed upon us, filling our hearts with food and gladness.  For these and all thy mercies we laud and magnify thy glorious name; beseeching thee to give us also the increase of all spiritual gifts, and the dew of thy heavenly blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canterbury Convocation, 1862*

 

693.    O God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: We praise and magnify thy holy name for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; for the order and constancy of nature; for the beauty and bounty of the world; for the fruits of the earth, the harvest of the sea, and the wealth of the mines; and for all the riches of thy grace.  Accept our thanksgiving, O Lord, for these thy gifts, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory for ever and ever.

Adapted

 

694.    O Lord, how manifold are thy works!  In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.  The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season.  Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.  Our mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Psalms 104:24; 145:15, 16, 21

 

Intercession

695.    Give, O Lord, to all who till the ground, wisdom to understand, thy laws, and to cooperate with thy wise ordering of the world: and grant that the bountiful fruits of the earth may not be hoarded by the selfish or squandered by the foolish, but that all who work may share abundantly in the harvest of the soil; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

 

696.    Almighty God, who fillest the earth with thy riches for the use of all thy children: Have regard, we pray thee, to the impoverishment of the nations; and on all who are in authority bestow thy gifts of wisdom and goodwill, that, being lifted above self-regard, they may establish a new order, wherein the needs of all men shall be supplied; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

697.    O Almighty God, whose dearly beloved Son, after his resurrection, sent his apostles into all the world to preach the gospel to every creature: We beseech thee, O Lord, to look upon the fields now white unto harvest, and to send forth more labourers to gather fruit unto eternal life; and grant us grace to labour with them in prayers and offerings, that we, together with them, may rejoice before thee, according to the joy in harvest; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canterbury Convocation, 1862*

 

698.    O God, who hast knit us together in a world family whose members live by giving and receiving the fruits of the earth according to their own and others’ needs: Grant that all nations of men who share the good gifts of thy bounty may look beyond the gifts to the Giver, and increase in the knowledge and love of thee, the Father of all; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

With all our Strength

 

699.    O God, from whose unfailing bounty we draw our life and all that we possess, forgive our pride and self-sufficiency.  Teach us to reverence the earth, which thou hast made fruitful.  Help us to remember our unity with those by whose work we are fed and clothed.  Touch us with compassion for all who have not enough to eat.  As thou hast given us the knowledge which can produce plenty, so give us also the wisdom to bring it within the reach of all; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. H. Oldham

 

The harvest of the sea

700.    O Almighty God, who hast made the sea and all that moveth therein: We thank thee for the harvest of the waters, which thou hast made abundant in its season; and we pray thee to give us grace ever to acknowledge thee, who art the Lord of the sea and of the dry ground; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

When the harvest has been defective

701.    Almighty God and heavenly Father, who hast in wisdom seen fit to withhold from us at this time thine accustomed bounty: We most humbly praise thee for still bestowing upon us far more than we deserve.  Make us truly thankful for our many blessings; increase in us more and more a lively faith and love, and a humble submission to thy blessed will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

EDUCATION SUNDAY

For Christian education

702.    We commend to thy grace, O God, all who are entrusted with the promotion of sound education in this country.  Give wisdom to those who teach, that they may first be taught of thee; and grant to parents so to love thee that Christian homes may be the foundation of our common life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

703.    Guide, O Lord, the minds of those who direct the work of education in this district, and prosper with thy blessing our schools and colleges; that our boys and girls and young people may be equipped with faith and knowledge for life’s journey, and go forth strong in spirit to serve their generation by thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

704.    O God, who in all ages hast called men to positions of leadership and responsibility in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who have the duty of advancing the work of the Church in education, that they may serve before thee as faithful stewards in thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers for Education Sunday, 1956

 

705.    O Lord, who didst found thy Church to proclaim the Faith by preaching and teaching: Give to our leaders in religious education undaunted courage and wisdom, and to us a new spirit of faith and adventure, so that thy will may be done on earth as it is in heaven, to the glory of thy name.

Prayers for Education Sunday, 1957

 

706.    O Merciful Father, who hast taught us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: We commend to thy care and guidance the boys and girls in the schools of this parish [diocese, town]; beseeching thee that they may grow up in the faith of thy holy Church, and so be ready to do their duty in that state of life into which it shall please thee to call them; for the honour of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

707.    Almighty God, we beseech thee with thy gracious favour to behold our universities, colleges and schools, that knowledge may be increased among us, and all good learning flourish and abound.  Bless all who teach and all who learn, and grant that in humility of heart they may ever look unto thee, who art the fountain of all wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

708.    O thou who art the God of truth and light as well as of love and righteousness: We pray for the Christian schools and colleges of all countries, that they may be such homes of fellowship and brotherhood, learning and culture, that from them shall come forth a stream of leaders to share these blessings with their fellow-countrymen and to guide their countries into the way of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers of the World-Wide Church

 

For universities and colleges

709.    Almighty Father, grant that our universities and colleges may be houses of faith and fruitful study; and that their students may so learn truth as to bear its light along all their ways, and so learn Christ as to be found in him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

King’s College, Cambridge

 

710.    O God, the eternal wisdom, who wouldest that all should learn to know thee in the splendour of thy Son’s life on earth: Grant that our universities and schools, first learning Christ, may impart full treasures of knowledge, truth, and faith; so that both Church and commonwealth be nobly served by lives which follow his; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

 

For teachers

711.    O Lord God Almighty, who through thy Son Jesus Christ didst reveal thine exceeding love for children: Graciously look upon those to whom thou hast entrusted the work of teaching.  Let them all be taught of thee; and so fill them with love to thee that through them thy love may be implanted in the hearts of those who are committed to their care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Salisbury Book of Occasional Offices

 

712.    Lord Jesus Christ, who didst show on this earth thy love for children: Guide, we pray thee, with thy Spirit, those who are called to the ministry of teaching in this land; that nothing may hinder our children from growing in faith and love towards thee, and that thy name may be honoured both in our schools and in our homes.

 

713.    Almighty and everlasting God, the giver of every good and perfect gift: Send thy blessing, we beseech thee, on all who teach in this school [or in the schools of this parish]; and so strengthen them by the grace of the Holy Spirit that they may build up in the faith and love of thy dear Son those committed to their care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For education in every land

714.    O God, who art the goal of all knowledge and the source of all truth, who dost lead mankind towards thyself along the paths of discovery and learning: Direct with thy wise Spirit the work of education in every land.  Especially we would pray for those who have the difficult task of adapting new knowledge to the mind of ancient peoples.  Give them insight into the needs of those whom they teach, humility to learn from their traditions, and wisdom to combine the old and the new; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

For children

715.    O Lord Jesus Christ, Child of Bethlehem, everlasting God: Bless, we beseech thee, the boys and girls of our schools; that growing up in thy faith and fear, they may be prepared to do their duty in that state of life to which it shall please thee to call them; for thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end.

Adapted

 

716.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who was thyself a child at Nazareth: We bring again to thee the children of this parish, that they may love thee above all things.  Grant wisdom and faithfulness to all parents, that our Christian homes may be bulwarks of our common life, and that children may grow up to the praise of thy holy name.

Prayers for Education Sunday, 1956

 

For homes and parents

717.    O God our Father, who hast made men to live together in families: Preserve to us the sanctities of family life; unite parents and children in true affection to one another in thy holy fear; and give wisdom to all Christian parents and teachers, that they may bring up children in true faith and in obedience to thy Word; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

For the National Society

718.    Bless, we beseech thee, Almighty God, the work of the National Society on behalf of religious education, and grant that thy Holy Spirit may direct and rule the hearts of all who labour for the advancement of true religion.  Give to them that teach the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and to those who learn grace to love the truth, that we may ever be a righteous and God-fearing people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For students

719.    O Lord Jesus Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge: Have mercy on the students of this and every land who have set themselves to seek learning.  Guide them by thy Holy Spirit into all truth; grant them to realize that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and so spread the knowledge of thy name throughout the student world that many may turn to thee and find thee as the Way, the Truth and the Life; for thine own name’s sake.

Inter-Varsity Fellowship*

 

720.    Give thy grace, O heavenly Father, to all Christian students in the universities and colleges of this land and overseas.  Deepen their devotion to thee and their commitment to thy service; and grant that both by the consistency of their lives and the faithfulness of their witness they may bring many to the knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

See also prayers for Education and Youth, 1161–82

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Thanksgiving

721.    O Lord, thou lover of souls, who through the mouth of thy prophet of old hast declared that all souls are thine: We thank thee for the brave and faithful dead who have laid down their lives in two world wars; for the devotion and courage of the soldiers and sailors and airmen who have fallen in the cause of truth and righteousness.  Grant us so to follow their good example in faithfulness and endurance, even unto death, that we may be found worthy of the crown of everlasting life; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

722.    O Almighty God, who art a strong tower of defence unto thy servants against the face of their enemies: We yield thee praise and thanksgiving for our deliverance from those great dangers wherewith we were compassed; we acknowledge it thy goodness that we were not delivered over as a prey unto them; beseeching thee still to continue thy mercies towards us, that we may always confess thee our Saviour and mighty Deliverer; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

 

723.    Almighty and everlasting God, we give thee humble thanks for the memory and good example of those who have laid down their lives in the service of our country.  We bless thee for their courage and devotion, even unto death.  Accept their sacrifice, we beseech thee; let it not be in vain that they have died in the cause of righteousness and honour; and in thy mercy send thy peace into the hearts of all men everywhere; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

724.    We remember before thee with gratitude, O Lord our God, those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.  Grant unto all of us for whom they died that their devotion may bear fruit in us in more abundant love for others; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For the peace of the world

725.    O Almighty God, who canst bring good out of evil and makest even the wrath of man to turn to thy praise: Teach us to live together in charity and peace; and grant, we beseech thee, that the nations of the world may henceforth be united in a firmer fellowship for the promotion of thy glory and the good of all mankind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, August 1914

 

726.    O God, whose righteous wisdom governs the heavens, and controls also the destinies of men: Teach the rulers of the nations the things that belong to their peace.  Open the eyes of all men to see the sovereignty of thine eternal truth and love; that being delivered from the bondage of human vanity and corruption, they may find their freedom in obedience to thy laws and their brotherhood in the unity of thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

727.    O Lord our God, who hast reconciled us to thyself and to one another through the death of thy Son, and hast entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation: Keep ever before our hearts and minds the price that thou hast paid for the salvation of the world, and let the cross of thy Son bear in us and in all men its fruits of righteousness and peace; for his name’s sake.

Suzanne de Dietrich

 

728.    O God our heavenly Father, look mercifully upon the unrest of the world, and draw all men to thyself and to one another in the bonds of peace.  Grant understanding to the nations, with an increase of sympathy and mutual good will; that they may be united in a true brotherhood wherein are justice and mercy, truth and freedom, so that the sacrifice of those who died may not have been in vain; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

729.    Out of the darkness of our divided world we cry to thee, O God.  Let not the hopes of men perish, nor the sacrifice of men be in vain.  Turn to thyself the hearts of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men may live as thy children in the bond of thy peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

For those who suffer

730.    O Lord, our heavenly Father, we commend to thy mercy all who suffer as the result of war, especially the maimed, the blind, and those who are afflicted in mind.  Have pity upon the homeless and friendless, and upon those who no longer have a country of their own.  Fill us with compassion for them, prosper all who seek to minister to their needs, and hasten the coming of thy kingdom of justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For those who mourn

731.    Comfort, O Lord, we pray thee, all who are mourning the loss of those who laid down their lives in war.  Be with them in their sorrow, support them in their loneliness.  Give them faith to look beyond the troubles of this present time, and to know that neither life nor death can separate us from thy love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

For the healing of the world’s sorrows

732.    Eternal God, the Father of all mankind: We commit to thee the needs of the whole world.  Where there is hatred, give love; where there is injury, grant pardon; where there is distrust, restore faith; where there is sorrow, renew hope; where there is darkness, let there be light; through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer.

After St. Francis of Assisi

 

Dedication

733.    On this Remembrance Day we come, O Lord, in gratitude for all who have died that we might live, for all who endured pain that we might know joy, for all who suffered imprisonment that we might know freedom.  Turn our deep feeling now into determination, and our determination into deed, that as men died for peace, we may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord.

Leslie D. Weatherhead

 

734.    O Lord our God, whose name only is excellent and thy praise above heaven and earth: We give thee high praise and hearty thanks for all those who counted not their lives dear unto themselves but laid them down for their friends; beseeching thee to give them a part and a lot in those good things which thou hast prepared for all those whose names are written in the Book of Life; and grant to us, that having them always in remembrance, we may imitate their faithfulness and with them inherit the new name which thou hast promised to them that overcome; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Edward Brightman

 

The two minutes’ silence

735.    They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Laurence Binyon

 

736.    Almighty and everlasting Lord, God of the spirits of all flesh: We commend to thy mercy the souls of our brothers whom we have remembered before thee; beseeching thee that the memory of their devotion may ever be an example and inspiration to us, and that we may serve thee faithfully all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

737.    In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice, O God, make us better men and women, and give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The blessing

738.    God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth, and all mankind, peace and concord; and to us and all his servants, life everlasting:

      And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be with you and abide with you always.

Based on a 16th century prayer

See also prayers for the peace of the world, 1047–54

 

DEDICATION FESTIVAL

Thanksgiving and prayer

739.    Almighty God, whom year by year we praise for the dedication of this church, and who hast preserved us in safety to worship therein: Hear, we beseech thee, the prayers of thy people, and grant that whosoever in this place shall make his supplications before thee may, by the granting of his petitions, be filled with joy, to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

740.    Almighty and everlasting God, behold us thy servants gathered once again to give praise and thanks for the dedication of this holy house to thy service; mercifully grant, that recalling our own dedication as living temples of thy Holy Spirit, we may be enabled to rule and govern our souls and bodies according to thy commandment, and to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Unfolding Year

 

741.    Blessed be thy name, O Lord, that it pleased thee to put into the hearts of thy servants in years gone by to build and adorn this house for thy honour and glory, and for the ministry of thy Word and sacraments.  And we pray that we who now enjoy the benefit of their work may express our gratitude to thee for the same by showing forth thy praise from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

742.    O Almighty God, kindle in our hearts a sense of gratitude to thee for all thy mercies to us, especially for the piety of those who have gone before, whereby we are enabled to sing thy praises, hear thy Word, and receive thy sacraments.  Inspire in us the desire to give to others what we ourselves have so richly enjoyed; and this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Guildford Diocese

 

743.    O holy and eternal God, who art ever to be praised in the congregation of the saints: We yield thee hearty thanks for those who in times past have given freely of their substance for the work of this parish church; and we pray thee so to continue thy mercy towards us, that we may follow in the steps of all thy faithful servants who have loved thee here on earth, and with them may enter at last into thine unending joy; through Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate.

Adapted

 

744.    God of our fathers, who of old didst move thy servants in this place to build an house of prayer for the offering of eternal praises to thy glorious majesty: Grant to us, and to all who herein call upon thy holy name from age to age, that, by the offering of our lives and the praises of our lips, we may ever seek the increase of thy glory and thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Winchester Cathedral

 

For a parish church

745.    O Almighty Father, who art adored by the holy angels, and yet art pleased to accept the praises of sinful men: Let thy glory fill this house of prayer, we beseech thee; and mercifully grant that all who worship thee here may be numbered at the last with those who sing the new song before thy heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

 

746.    O God our heavenly Father, make the door of our parish church wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship and a Father’s care, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride, and uncharitableness.  Here may the tempted find succour, and the sorrowing receive comfort; here may the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of thy mercy; and here may all thy children renew their strength in thee and go on their way rejoicing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from various sources

 

747.    Almighty and everliving God, who, though the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee, much less a house made with hands, yet hast promised to be present wherever two or three are gathered together in thy name: Visit, we beseech thee, with thy heavenly benediction this place built for thine honour and glory; and because holiness becometh thine house for ever, sanctify with thy abiding presence the lives of all who worship thee here; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

748.    O Lord, we commit to thee the work of this parish church and all those who come within its walls.  May many find thee here as the Way, the Truth and the Life, and go forth joyfully to proclaim thy message and serve thee in thy world; for thy honour and glory.

St. Aldate’s Church, Oxford

 

749.    O Heavenly Father, we humbly beseech thee to make the door of this parish church a gateway to thy eternal kingdom; and grant that all who worship thee within thy house may also witness for thee in the world outside, to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

750.    O God, who hast taught us to love the habitation of thy house and the place where thine honour dwelleth: Make manifest in this place the glory of thy presence, that our hearts may be uplifted to thee in true adoration, and our worship may be worthy of thy praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

Dedication of life

751.    O Lord, our heavenly Father, renew in us, we humbly pray thee, the gifts of thy Holy Spirit; increase our faith, strengthen our hope, enlighten our understanding, enlarge our charity, and make us ever ready to serve thee in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

752.    Go thou with us, O Lord, as we enter into thy holy house; and go thou with us, as we return to take up the common duties of life.  In worship and in work alike let us know thy presence near us; till work itself be worship, and our every thought be to thy praise; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Daily Prayer

 

MISSIONARY FESTIVAL

Thanksgiving for missions

753.    O God, the Father of all mankind: We thank thee for thy servants who have gone forth to preach the gospel throughout the world.  We praise thee for the witness they have borne in their lives, or by their deaths; for those who have been brought out of darkness into thy marvellous light; and for the churches planted in many dark lands.  Grant, we pray thee, that we may show forth our thankfulness by greater zeal for the spread of thy kingdom and more fervent love for all those for whom Christ died; for his holy name’s sake.

Irish Prayer Book*

 

754.    O God, mighty to save, infinite in compassion towards the nations that know thee not, and the tongues which cannot speak thy name: We humbly thank thee that thou hast made the Church of thy dear Son the chariot of the gospel, to tell it out among the nations that thou art king, and to bear thy love unto the world’s end; and for all thy servants who counted not their lives dear unto them on this employment, and for all peoples newly praising thee, we praise and bless thee, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one Lord and God for ever and ever.

After the Third Collect

 

755.    Thanks be unto thee, O God, for revealing thyself to man, and for sending forth thy messengers in every age.

      Thanks be unto thee for the first apostles of Christ, sent forth into all the world to preach the gospel;

      for those who brought the good news to our land;

      for all who, in ages of darkness, kept alive the light, or in times of indifference were faithful to their Lord’s command;

      for all thy followers in every age who have given their lives for the faith;

      for those in our own day who have gone to the ends of the earth as heralds of thy love;

      for the innumerable company who now praise thee out of every kindred and nation and tongue.

      With these and the whole company of heaven we worship thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Missionary responsibility

756.    O Lord, who hast warned us that thou wilt require much of those to whom much is given: Grant that we, whose lot is cast in so goodly a heritage, may strive together the more abundantly, by our prayers, our labours and our gifts, to extend to those who know thee not what we so richly enjoy; and as we have entered into the labours of others, so to labour that others may enter into ours, to the fulfillment of thy holy will and the salvation of all mankind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Fifth century

 

757.    Almighty and everlasting God, whose beloved Son became man for us men and for our salvation, and gave commandment to his disciples that they should go and teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: Give us grace to be obedient to his command, and grant that all men may have new birth in him, and, being delivered out of the power of darkness, may be received into the kingdom of thy love: through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

George Appleton

 

758.    O God, we thank thee that thou hast called us into the fellowship of thy world-wide Church.  Unite us, and all its members everywhere, in love and loyalty to carry out thy purpose of love in the world today; and grant that we may not fail thee in this time of opportunity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers of the World-wide Church

 

759.    Lord of the harvest, the nations are waiting for thy message, and asking for messengers, and there are few who go, and few who give, and few who pray.  O grant that we may hear thy voice, and help in whatever way we can, by prayer, by gifts, and by service, to make thy gospel known to all the world; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Pakenham Walsh

 

760.    Almighty God, who hast given to thy Son Jesus Christ the name which is above every name, and hast taught us that there is salvation in none other: Mercifully grant that as thy faithful people have comfort and peace in his name, they may ever labour to publish it to all nations; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The missionary Church

761.    Almighty and everlasting God, who in days of old didst cause thy Word to grow mightily and to prevail: We praise and magnify thy holy name for the manifestation of thy Spirit’s power in this our day and for all who are labouring to spread the gospel of thy salvation throughout the world; and we pray thee so to prosper and bless their endeavours that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

762.    O Thou who art the Light of the world, the Desire of all nations, and the Shepherd of our souls: Let thy light shine in the darkness, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.  By the lifting up of thy cross gather the peoples to thine obedience; let thy sheep hear thy voice and be brought home to thy fold; so that there may be one flock, one Shepherd; one holy kingdom of righteousness and peace; one God and Father of us all, to whom be glory for ever and ever.

W. E. Orchard

 

763.    O God of love, whose will it is that all men should be saved: Bless all who have gone forth in the fellowship of thy Church to preach, to teach and to heal; guard, guide and use them; raise up more people at home to pray and to work, to care and to understand, to give to thee and to go for thee; that thy Church may grow, thy will be done, thy kingdom come, and thy glory be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The C.M.S. Prayer adapted

 

764.    O God, who willest that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth: Prosper, we pray thee, our brethren who labour in distant lands [especially those for whom our prayers are desired].  Protect them in all perils; support them in loneliness and in the hour of trial; give them grace to bear faithful witness to thee; and endue them with burning zeal and love, that they may turn many to righteousness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

765.    O God the Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, we praise thee for thy messengers who are telling in the dark places of the earth the story of thy love; and we pray thee to bless their labours, to protect them among all their perils bodily and spiritual, and to give them many souls for their reward; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

See also prayers for the Epiphany (99–104), the coming of God’s Kingdom (1034–46) and the Church Overseas (1343–81)

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL FESTIVAL

For children

766.    Almighty God and heavenly Father, we thank thee for the children whom thou hast given to us; give us also grace to train them in thy faith, fear and love; that as they advance in years they may grow in grace, and be found hereafter in the number of thine elect children; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John Cosin

 

767.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who wast found in the temple listening to the teachers and asking them questions: Be with the children who are taught in the Sunday schools of this parish, and grant them a right understanding of thy holy Word, and a readiness to do thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

768.    O Lord God, who didst reveal thyself to the prophet Samuel while he was yet a child: Grant that those whom thou hast made thy children by baptism may above all things seek to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent; for his name’s sake.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

769.    O Heavenly Father, who long ago didst watch thy Son on earth grow as in stature so in wisdom and in perfect love of thee: Teach by the wondrous tale of Jesus and his Church the children whom thou watchest now, that they may grow into his likeness, loving thee, obedient to thy will, and happy in thy house; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

770.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst take little children into thine arms and bless them: Bless, we beseech thee, the children of this church; grant that they may grow up in thy fear and love; give them day by day thy strength and guidance, that so they may continue in thy service unto their lives’ end.  Grant this, O blessed Saviour, for thine own name’s sake.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

771.    Merciful Father, regard with thy tender love and favour thy children.  Grant that as they have been admitted by baptism into the fellowship of thy people, so they may evermore grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Keep them in all temptation; teach them thy truth; and grant that they may early give their hearts to thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bellars

 

772.    O God, who hast commanded us to remember thee in the days of our youth, and dost promise that those who seek thee early shall find thee: Make our vision bright, our allegiance unfaltering, our service loyal; through him who as a boy was always about his Father’s business, Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.

J. R. W. Stott

 

For Sunday school teachers          

773.    O God our heavenly Father, who art the giver of life and light: We beseech thee to help and inspire those who teach in the Sunday schools of this parish.  Pour out upon them the spirit of unceasing prayer and faithful service; encourage them with good success; strengthen their faith and purpose when they are weary and disheartened; and fortify them with the assurance that they are fellow workers with thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

774.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who art the Saviour and Friend of age and youth: Look graciously, we beseech thee, upon those who give themselves to serve and help the young. Bless their works undertaken in thy name, and so inspire them with thy Holy Spirit that old and young may be builded together as living stones into the temple of thy Church; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

 

775.    O God, the author of all wisdom, who hast taught us that without love we can know nothing as we ought: Pour out thy Spirit of wisdom and love on all who are called to teach in this parish; that having the mind of Christ, they may serve the needs of others and give themselves wholly to the doing of thy will; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For our homes and families

776.    Almighty God our heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ was subject to his parents in the home of Nazareth: Grant thy blessing, we beseech thee, to all parents and their children, that every Christian family may be an image of the Holy Family, and every Christian home a school of heavenly knowledge and virtuous living; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

777.    Lord Jesus, who for thirty years didst dwell in thy humble home at Nazareth: Be with us, we pray thee, in our homes.  Keep from them all pride and selfishness, that they may be dwellings fit for thy presence, where we may learn to love and serve thee truly; for thy name’s sake.

Fielding Ould

 

778.    O God our heavenly Father, we pray thee to watch in thy loving care over our homes and families; keep far from them harm and danger; may thy presence be always with them, and thy gift of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For children at school

779.    O Ever-blessed Jesus, very God and very Man, who wast thyself a child, and didst submit thyself to the charge and care of earthly teachers: Bless, we beseech thee, the children who art taught in our schools.  Grant that as they grow in years they may grow in knowledge of thyself; let them learn to love and serve thee truly, and daily order their lives according to thy will; for the glory of thy holy name.

Salisbury Book of Occasional Offices*

 

For the children of our nation

780.    O Lord Jesus Christ, we beseech thee by the innocence and obedience of thy holy childhood, and by thy reverence and love for little children, to guard the children of our land, and to remove all that may hinder them from being brought up in thy faith and love; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

S. Gladstone*

 

781.    Blessed Lord, who didst welcome the children who were brought to thee, and didst lay thine hands upon them and bless them: Forgive our neglect of those who know thee not, and inspire thy Church with new zeal to guide them into the knowledge of thy love, that they may know thee as their Friend and Saviour, and serve thee unto their lives’ end; for thy name’s sake.

See also prayers for Home and Friends, 1214–37

 

YOUTH FESTIVAL

Prayers for youth

782.    Grant to us, O Lord our God, the spirit of courage and hopefulness.  Teach us so to live that we may be enabled to help others to face life more bravely.  Let no shadows oppress our spirits, lest our gloom should darken the light by which others have to live.  Say to our souls, “Be of good courage; fear not, for I am with thee”; and keep us ever strong and joyful in the consciousness of thy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

783.    Almighty and everlasting God, by whose grace thy servants are enabled to fight the good fight of faith and ever prove victorious: We humbly beseech thee so to inspire us that we may yield our hearts to thine obedience and exercise our wills on thy behalf.  Help us to think wisely, to speak rightly, to resolve bravely, to act kindly, to live purely.  Let the assurance of thy presence save us from sinning, and bless us both in body and soul; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. Taylor Smith*

 

784.    O Jesus Christ, the Lord of all good life, who hast called us to build the city of God: Do thou enrich and purify our lives, and deepen in us our discipleship.  Help us daily to know more of thee, and through us, by the power of thy Spirit, show forth thyself to others.  Make us ready for adventure in thy cause.  We do not ask that thou wilt keep us safe, but that thou wilt keep us loyal.  We ask it for thy sake who for us didst face death unafraid, and dost live and reign for ever and ever.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory*

 

785.    O Blessed Jesus, who from thy childhood didst make it thy whole employment to do thy Father’s will: Kindle in us a fervent zeal for thy glory, that we may consecrate our youth to thy service, and make it the great business of our lives to know and fear, to love and obey, our heavenly Father; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth world without end.

Thomas Ken

 

For a youth club

786.    O Lord, who didst bind thy disciples to thyself in a strong fellowship of love and service: We pray thee to bless all who are banded together in the youth club of this parish.  Deepen within them a sense of purpose in life; inspire them with the spirit of service and compassion; and unite them in loyalty to one another and to thee, their Saviour Jesus Christ.

Frank Colguhoun

 

For students

787.    O God of truth, by whose Spirit we are taught knowledge and wisdom in all goodness: Grant thy blessing, we beseech thee, to all students in our universities and colleges.  Kindle and keep alive in their hearts the holy fire of faith and love, that they may set thy will ever before them, and consecrate their lives to thy service; for the glory of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

See also 719–20

 

Thanksgiving

788.    We give thanks to thee, O God, for all the many blessings of this life; for health and strength and youth; for the joys of friendship and the opportunities of service; for the beauty of the world of nature; for the kindness and care of parents and for the blessings of home life.  Help us to repay, through those who need our help, some of the debt we owe.  We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Dedication

789.    O God, take our hands and work through them; take our lips and speak through them; take our minds and think through them; take our hearts and set them on fire with love for thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

W. Hay Aitken

 

790.    O God, who wast pleased to send on thy disciples the Holy Spirit in the burning fire of thy love: Breathe into our souls the love of whatsoever is true and beautiful and good.  May we fear to be unfaithful, and have no other fear.  Help us to remember that we are thy children, and belong to thee.  In thy service may we live, and in thy favour may we die; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Knight

 

791.    O God, from whom every good and perfect gift doth come: We thank thee for all the gifts and opportunities that are ours as young people; and we pray thee to give us grace to consecrate to thy service the talents which thou halt committed to our charge, and to use them always to thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Before the blessing

792.    Grant unto us, O God, that we may never be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, but may manfully fight under his banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and continue Christ’s faithful soldiers and servants unto our lives’ end.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

See also prayers for Education and Youth, 1161–82

 

CHOIR FESTIVAL

Church music

793.    Holy and eternal God, whose glory cherubim and seraphim and the hosts of heaven proclaim: Sanctify and bless, we beseech thee, the music of our worship and all who make it; and grant that the service that we can only offer unworthily here we may enjoy perfectly in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For a church choir

794.    O Lord our God, before whom the heavens do bow, who dost give ear to the praises of thy Church on earth: Look, we beseech thee, upon those who sing in this choir; give them reverence in worship, sincerity of purpose, and purity of life; that what they sing with their lips they may believe in their hearts and show forth in their lives, to the honour and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

795.    Almighty God, who hast ordained that the hearts of men shall be kindled by music, and their minds thereby attuned to understand thy divine mysteries: Grant, we pray thee, that all who lead thy praises may know themselves to be thy ministers, and that the hearts of all who hear may be lifted up to thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

796.    Accept in thy mercy, O Lord God, the service of those who render thee praise in the choir of this church.  May they serve thee with glad hearts and dedicated lives; and grant that by the ministry of music thy name may be glorified and the hearts of thy people be uplifted in worship and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

797.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who before thy passion didst join with thy disciples in a hymn of praise: Grant, we beseech thee, to those who offer the sacrifice of song in thy Church on earth that they may be admitted hereafter to have their part in the music of thy Church in heaven, and adore thee for ever; to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, world without end.

Salisbury Cathedral

 

798.    O Lord God Almighty, whose glory cherubim and seraphim and all the hosts of heaven with ceaseless voice proclaim: Hear and accept, we humbly beseech thee, the praises of thy Church below; and pour down upon thy ministers in choir and sanctuary such a spirit of faith, reverence, and joy as shall lift both their hymns and their lives unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scottish Prayer Book

 

For the Royal School of Church Music

799.    O Lord, bless the Royal School of Church Music and its manifold activities in every land, and grant that the grace of thy Holy Spirit may direct its labours and sanctify the lives of all its members in loyalty, zeal and purity of heart; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Thanksgiving

800.    Lord God, Almighty and all-merciful, whom angels and archangels worship and all the host of heaven: In thy loving kindness accept the worship and praise of thy servants here gathered together, who are not worthy to praise thee but for thy mercy’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

801.    Great art thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is thy power, and thy wisdom is infinite.  Thee would we praise without ceasing.  Thou callest us to delight in thy praise, for thou hast made us for thyself, and our hearts find no rest until we rest in thee: to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit all glory, praise and honour be ascribed, both now and for evermore.

 

802.    O God, who didst inspire the singers of Israel to glorify thee with thanksgiving, and to praise thee upon the strings and pipes: Accept our thanks for the beauty of craftsman’s art and music’s measure, and grant that we may so dedicate them to thy glory that thy worship may be duly adorned, and thy name worthily magnified; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Concluding prayers

803.    O God, who in the gift of music hath given us a revelation of thy divine beauty: Teach us to love thee in all thy gifts, and so to devote ourselves in all our work to thy glory, that through music we may raise men from the sorrows of this world to the enjoyment of thy divine loveliness; through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Harold Anson

 

804.    O Heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty, open our eyes, we beseech thee, to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness of heart; for the sake of him by whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

GIFT DAY, OR STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

Thanksgiving

805.    Blessed be thou, O Lord God, for ever and ever.  Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine.  Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honour come of thee, and of thine own do we now give thee, for the good of thy Church and the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

806.    Accept, O Lord God, our Father, the spiritual sacrifices which we offer to thee; this, of praise and thanksgiving, for thy great mercies already afforded to us; and this, of prayer, for the continuance and enlargement of them; and this, of the love of our hearts, as the only gift thou dost ask or desire; and all these, through the all-holy and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ thy Son our Saviour.

Adapted from John Donne

 

807.    O Lord and heavenly Father, as on this day we bring our offerings to thee, we are mindful above all things of the manifold blessings which thou hast bestowed upon us, unworthy as we are of the least of them.  Thanks be to thee, O God, for every gift of thine, and most of all for the gift beyond words, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit be glory now and for evermore.

Frank Colquhoun

 

Generosity

808.    O Thou who lovest a cheerful giver, teach us by thy Spirit to be thoughtful and prayerful in our giving.  Grant us the joy of the generous heart, and the spirit of love and self-sacrifice that was in Jesus Christ our Lord.

R. W. Stewart

 

809.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and that to whomsoever much is given of him shall much be required: Pour into our hearts the spirit of thine own abundant generosity, and make us ready and eager to share with others what we ourselves have so richly and freely received; for the honour of thy name, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Adapted

 

810.    O Almighty God, whose blessed Son, though he was rich, yet for our sakes did become poor, that we through his poverty might become rich: Grant us the spirit of generous self-giving that we may further the work of thy Church and relieve those who are in need.  Help us who have received so freely from thee to give as freely in our turn, and so share the blessedness of giving as well as the happiness of receiving.  We ask this in the name of him who gave himself for the life of the world, even thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

George Appleton

 

811.    Grant, O heavenly Father, that thy love may be so shed abroad in our hearts that we may count nothing too small to do for thee, nothing too much to give, and nothing too hard to endure; for his sake who laboured and strove and gave himself for us, thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

812.    Make us ever eager, O Lord, to share the good things that thou dost give us.  Grant us such a measure of thy Spirit that we may find more joy in giving than in getting.  Make us ready to give cheerfully without grudging, secretly without praise, and in sincerity without looking for gratitude.  For Jesus Christ’s sake.

John Hunter

 

813.    Lord Jesus, who for our sake didst become poor, that by thy poverty we might become rich: Grant to thy people so to give of their substance as to acknowledge that they belong wholly to thee; for thine own sake.

Church of South India

 

814.    Lord of our lives, teach us to use aright our money and all our possessions.  Deliver us from meanness or extravagance; may the spirit of true generosity inspire our giving.  In all our getting and our spending keep us ever mindful of thy generous love, that we may be wise and faithful stewards of the good gifts thou hast given us; for thy mercy’s sake.

With all our Strength

 

Christian stewardship

815.    O Heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast taught us that all our possessions are a trust from thee: Help us to be faithful stewards of our time, our talents, and our wealth, and gladly to consecrate to thy service all that thou hast given us; and may we have grace, O Lord, to give ourselves to thee as those who have been bought with a price; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Adapted

 

816.    Almighty God, who orders all things and has called us to thy service: Enable us to use wisely the time, ability and possessions entrusted to us, that we may be good and faithful servants, and may enter at last into the joy of our Lord; through the same our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

817.    O God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ earned his bread by the labours of his hands, and taught us that all things we possess are committed to us as a trust from thee: Help us to be faithful in the exercise of our stewardship; that in earning we may be just and honourable, and in spending we may seek first not our own indulgence but thy glory and the good of others; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

818.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy incarnation didst sanctify material things to be the means of thy grace: Grant us a right understanding of the nature of money and a generous heart in the use of the wealth thou hast committed to our stewardship, that by our sacrifices we may glorify thee, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost art ever to be glorified.

Central Board of Finance

 

819.    Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honour thee with our substance, and remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

The dedication of gifts

820.    Heavenly Father, Giver of all good things, who hast taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive: We dedicate these offerings to the service of thy Church, humbly beseeching thee that all we have and are may be used for thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Public Worship

 

821.    Almighty God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Accept, we beseech thee, the offerings which thy people here present to thee with willing and thankful hearts; and grant us so to consecrate ourselves to thy service here, that we may glorify thee hereafter in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

822.    O Lord our Governor, who art King of all the earth: Accept of thine infinite goodness the offerings of thy people which, in obedience to thy commandment, in honour of thy name, and with a free will and joyful heart, we give and dedicate to thee; and grant that the same, being devoted to thy service, may be used for thy glory, and for the welfare of thy Church and people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

823.    Accept, we beseech thee, O Lord, these gifts which we here bring to thee as the token of our love and gratitude; and grant that they may be so wisely used that by them the work of thy Church may be prospered and thy kingdom enlarged; for the glory of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

See also Offertory Prayers, 1769–76

 

Self-oblation

824.    O God, who desirest no sacrifice, but a humble and contrite spirit; who wilt accept no gifts, but such as come from a good and honest heart: Save us, we pray thee, lest we come before thee with hands not free from stain; and mercifully accept the offering of ourselves, who have nothing worthy to offer but what is from thee, and dare not offer what is not hallowed by thee; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Daily Prayer

 

825.    Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Ignatius Loyola

 

826.    Almighty God, from whom all good things do come: Grant us grace to use wisely in thy Church all thy gifts to us, and ever to show forth our gratitude by giving ourselves, our souls and bodies, to thee and to thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

OLD PEOPLE’S SERVICE

For the aged

827.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst hear the prayer of thy two disciples and didst abide with them at eventide: Abide, we pray thee, with all thy people in the evening of life.  Make thyself known to them, and let thy light shine upon their path; and whenever they shall pass through the valley of the shadow of death, be with them unto the end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

George Appleton

 

828.    Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who hast graciously promised that at evening time it shall be light: Hear us as we commend to thee thy servants who are drawing near to the end of life’s journey.  Comfort them, O Lord, with the assurance of thy presence; grant them thy peace; and may their path be as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

829.    Eternal Father, whose gift is health and length of life: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.  Grant that failing powers of body may be matched by increase of spiritual strength; so that trusting ourselves wholly to thy mercy and care, we may rest in thy will and patiently abide thy time; through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Old and young

830.    O God, who dost turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and hast granted unto youth to see visions and to age to dream dreams: We beseech thee to draw together the old and the young, that in fellowship with thee they may understand and help one another, and in thy service find their perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The sea of life

831.    Blessed are all thy saints, O God and King, who have travelled over the tempestuous sea of this life and have made the harbour of peace and felicity.  Watch over us who are still on dangerous voyage.  Frail is our vessel, and the ocean is wide; but as in thy mercy thou hast set our course, so pilot the vessel of our life towards the everlasting shore of peace, and bring us at last to the quiet haven of our hearts’ desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Augustine

 

The days of our pilgrimage

832.    Eternal God, our heavenly Father, who hast given us thy children an abiding citizenship in heaven, and in the days of our pilgrimage a citizenship also upon earth: Give us thine aid, as we journey to that heavenly city, so faithfully to perform the duties which befall us on our way, that at the end we may enter into the joy of thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For those in need

833.    Grant thy help, O Lord, to all who feel ill-equipped for the demands life makes upon them, whether through age or illness, tiredness or poverty.  Sustain them in overwork or anxiety.  Give them friends in their need, and enable them to find thy will in changed circumstances, and to rejoice in thy love even amid hardships and difficulty; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For those who serve the aged

834.    Almighty Father, whose Son Jesus Christ came to be the servant of all: We offer to thee our praise and thanksgiving for those who have loved and served thee in the persons of the aged; and we pray for all whose lives are devoted to their welfare, that they may render their service with love and understanding, with patience and cheerfulness; for the sake of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Thanksgiving

835.    Father, we thank thee for all the gains that life has brought.  At every stage of the journey thou hast been with us, and thy hand has guarded and guided our way.  Now, as life draws on towards its earthly close, let us not miss anything thou hast for us still, or fail to learn whatever thou art seeking to teach us.  O thou good and wise disposer, we are in thy hands, well contented so to be, and asking only that thy perfect will be fully done; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Concluding prayer

836.    O Heavenly Father, we commend ourselves to thy grace and keeping.  Help us always to be of good courage, and let us never be disheartened by our difficulties or doubt thy love.  Give us grace to persevere patiently along life’s way, with a grateful recollection of thy past goodness, and a sure confidence in thy power to keep us to the end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

See also 1291, 1516

 

A CIVIC SERVICE

For the borough

837.    O God, who has taught us to live in the towns and cities of this world as knowing our citizenship to be in heaven: Bless the people of this borough, and guide with thy heavenly wisdom the mayor, aldermen, councillors, and those who bear office in the same; that they may ever keep before their eyes the vision of that city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory*

 

838.    O God, our Father, whose will is our peace: Strengthen and sustain the common life of this community.  Forgive our sins and negligences; exalt our purposes: purify our aims; free us from selfish desires; and make us of one heart and mind in thy service, for the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from A Diocesan Service Book

 

839.    Almighty God, who hast ordained that men shall dwell together for their good in the life of a community: We pray thy blessing upon all who are citizens of this borough.  Give thy grace to those who occupy positions of authority, that they may fulfill their responsibilities with wisdom and equity and in the fear of God.  Grant that true faith, honest dealing, and mutual service may be the standard of our common life; and make us strong to meet every challenge which the coming days may bring; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

840.    Almighty God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down, we beseech thee, upon all those who hold office in this borough the spirit of justice and integrity, of wisdom and charity; that seeking their own good in the well-being of those committed to their charge, they may ever advance thy kingdom upon earth and promote the true welfare of thy people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For our leaders

841.    We lift up our hearts, O Lord, in intercession for all who carry civic and political responsibilities.  Grant that, putting aside all merely selfish ambition, they may seek to be the instruments of thy will and carry out thy purpose for the welfare of thy people; and may they both seek and see thy glory in happier human lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Leslie D. Weatherhead

 

842.    Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless the county council and all who are engaged in the work of local government; that they may order all things in wisdom, righteousness, and peace, to the honour of thy holy name and the good of thy Church and people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

843.    Almighty God, who alone givest wisdom and understanding: Inspire, we pray thee, the minds of all to whom thou hast committed the responsibility of government and leadership in the nations of the world.  Give to them the vision of truth and justice, that by their counsels all nations and classes may work together in true brotherhood, and serve thee in unity and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For the nation

844.    Almighty God, who hast wonderfully preserved and guided our nation through the years that are past, and given us a position of responsibility in the world: Grant that we may be worthy, of our high calling.  Purge out from among us the sins that dishonour thee.  Give us true religion; crown our faith with righteousness; and lift us up a holy people to thy praise and honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

845.    Let thy blessing rest, O God, upon this our nation; upon our Queen and all in authority under her.  Deliver us from all sin and corruption, from all weakness and fear; keep us faithful to the high trust thou hast laid upon us; and deepen our life in that righteousness which alone exalteth a nation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

For a better order of society

846.    Behold, O Lord our God, our strivings after a truer and more abiding order.  Scatter every excuse of frailty and unworthiness; consecrate us all with a heavenly mission; open to us a clearer prospect of our work; and give us strength according to our day gladly to welcome and fulfill it; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

B. F. Westcott*

 

847.    Stir up, O Lord, the wills of thy people and kindle our understanding; that we may discern the way to a just and ordered society, where all may work and all may find a just reward, and thy people may serve thee and one another in peace and goodwill, in the spirit of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Harold Anson

 

848.    O Lord our God, prosper, we pray thee, our efforts to fashion our citizen life here on earth after the pattern of the heavenly city, whose light is thy glory, and whose builder and maker thou art; through him whom thou hast sent to deliver us from all evil and to make all things new, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

A MEMORIAL SERVICE

In memoriam

849.    Almighty Father, God of the spirits of all flesh, thyself unchanged abiding: We bless thy holy name for all who have completed their earthly course in thy faith and fear, and are now at rest.  We remember before thee this day thy servant N., rendering thanks to thee for the gift of his friendship, and for his life of service and devotion.  And we beseech thee, in thy loving wisdom and almighty power, work in him, as in us, all the good purpose of thy holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

850.    O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we beseech thee, deeply sensible of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let thy Holy Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; that when we shall have served thee in our generation, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience; in the communion of the Catholic Church, in the confidence of a certain faith, in the comfort of an assured hope, in favour with thee our God, and in perfect charity with all men.  Grant this, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jeremy Taylor

 

851.    O Lord, we praise thy holy name for all thy servants departed from among us in thy faith and fear; and we humbly beseech thee so to bless us that remain on earth, that, being protected from all evil, we may ever serve and please thee with quiet minds and thankful hearts, and together with those that are gone before may have our refreshment in paradise and our portion in the resurrection of the just; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Frederick Temple

 

852.    We give thee thanks, O Lord Christ, that the life which we now live in thee is part of the life which is eternal, and the fellowship which we have with thee unites us with our brethren both on earth and in heaven.  Grant that as we journey through the years we may know joys which are without end, and at the last come to that abiding city where thou livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

 

853.    O Almighty God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, who by a voice from heaven didst proclaim, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord: Multiply, we beseech thee, to those who rest in Jesus, the manifold blessings of thy love, that the good work which thou didst begin in them may be perfected unto the day of Jesus Christ.  And of thy mercy, O heavenly Father, grant that we, who now serve thee here on earth, may at the last, together with them, be found worthy to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; for the sake of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

854.    Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Russian Contakion of the Departed

 

855.    O Lord, we pray thee to give us of thy strength, that we may live more bravely and faithfully for the sake of those who are no longer with us here on earth; and grant us so to serve thee day by day, that we may find eternal fellowship with them; through him who died and rose again for us all, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The communion of saints

856.    O Lord our God, from whom neither life nor death can separate those who trust in thy love, and whose love holds in its embrace thy children in this world and in the next: So unite us to thyself that in fellowship with thee we may always be united to our loved ones whether here or there: give us courage, constancy and hope; through him who died and was buried and rose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Temple

 

857.    O Thou who art the God of all the generations of men: We thank thee for all who have walked humbly with thee, and especially those near to us and dear, in whose lives we have seen the vision of thy beauty.  May we know that in the body or out of the body they are with thee.  Unite us still, God of our souls, in one household of faith and love, one family in heaven and upon earth; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.

John Hunter

 

858.    Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that being compassed about by so great a cloud of witnesses, we may run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; so that, this life ended, we may be gathered with those whom we have loved into the kingdom of thy glory, where there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things have passed away; through him who maketh all things new, even the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

859.    O God, who hast brought us near to an innumerable company of angels, and to the spirits of just men made perfect: Grant us during our pilgrimage to abide in their fellowship, and in our heavenly country to become partakers of their joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bright

 

Those who mourn

860.    Comfort, O Lord, we pray thee, all who mourn for the loss of those dear to them; be with them in their sorrow; give them faith to look beyond the troubles of the present time, and to know that neither life nor death can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

 

861.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy holy apostle hast bidden us not to be sorry as men without hope for them that sleep in thee: Visit, we beseech thee, with thy compassion those who mourn the loss of their beloved, and wipe away all tears from their eyes; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

Adapted

 

Concluding prayers

862.    O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done.  Then, Lord, in thy mercy grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

After J. H. Newman

 

863.    Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world without end.

John Donne

 

864.    Almighty Father, in whose hands are our lives: We commend ourselves to the keeping of thy love.  In thy will is our peace.  In life or in death, in this world and the next, uphold us that we may put our trust in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Temple

 

865.    O Lord, who hast taught us that our citizenship is in heaven, and that here we have no continuing city: Grant that the thought of the country to which we are travelling may lighten the weariness of the journey, that so we may be enabled to endure unto the end, in the strength of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

866.    Grant, O Lord, that keeping in glad remembrance those who have gone before, who have stood by us and helped us, who have cheered us by their sympathy and strengthened us by their example, we may seize every opportunity of life and rejoice in the promise of a glorious resurrection with them; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

867.    O God, who hast appointed unto men once to die, but hast hidden from them the time of their death: Help us so to live in this world that we may be ready to leave it; and that, being thine in death as in life, we may come to the rest that remaineth for thy people; through him who died and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bright

 

868.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy death didst take away the sting of death: Grant unto us thy servants so to follow in faith where thou hast led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in thee, and awake up after thy likeness; through thy mercy, who livest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God world without end.

American Prayer Book

See also prayers for the faithful departed (1006–15), and for the Feasts of All Saints (582–4) and All Souls (604–6)

 

DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL GIFTS

NOTE.  The prayers below are of a purely general character.  For detailed direction regarding the dedication of memorial gifts, such as a window, a lectern, or an organ, and for suitable prayers, see E. Milner-White After the Third Collect (Mowbrays) pp. 120–4, and Leslie S. Hunter A Diocesan Service Book (O.U.P.), pp. 56–76.

 

Sentences

869.    Our help is in the name of the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.

      Blessed be the name of the Lord: from this time forth, even for evermore.

      Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

      Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people: give unto the Lord glory and strength.

      Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

 

Before the dedication

870.    Blessed and glorious Lord God Almighty, by whose power, wisdom, and love all things are sanctified, enlightened and made perfect: Be merciful unto us and bless us, we beseech thee, and cause thy face to shine upon us, that what we now do may please thee, and show forth the honour of thy name.  Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.  And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

871.    Almighty Father, Lord of heaven and earth, be pleased to accept these gifts of thy children for the service of this House of Prayer; for all things come of thee and of thine own do we give thee.  Grant that what neither art nor costliness can make worthy for thy service may be hallowed by thy blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Diocesan Service Book

 

Act of dedication

872.    In the faith of Jesus Christ, and for the benefit of his holy Church, we offer and dedicate this . . . to the glory of God, and in memory of his servant N.; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

 

After the dedication

873.    Almighty God, our heavenly Father, without whom no word or work of ours availeth, but who dost accept the gifts of our hands for the service and beautifying of thy sanctuary: Have respect unto the prayers of us thy servants as we dedicate this . . . to thy glory.  Accept and consecrate it, we pray thee, as we set it apart from all common and unhallowed uses, ever to be employed for the service of thy Church and the honour of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Book of Common Order

 

A memorial of a churchman

874.    O God our Father, who hast called us into the fellowship of thy holy Church through Jesus Christ our Lord: We praise thee for those who have been lights of the world in their generation and in whose lives men have seen the likeness of thy mercy and love.  Accept, we beseech thee, this memorial of thy servant, N., who by thy grace rendered unto thee in this [city and diocese] true and laudable service; and grant that it may encourage those who come after to honour thee in like manner to the benefit of thy Church and people; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Diocesan Service Book

 

875.    O Thou who art the Creator and Lover of all men, by whom all souls do live: We bless and praise thee for all that was pure and true, beautiful and good, in the life commemorated this day; for the example he has left of faith and hope and duty, and of love for thy Church; and for the hope we have, through Christ, that he has entered into rest.

Book of Common Order

 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH

Introductory prayers

876.    O God, our Father, thou hast promised to hear thy children when they pray to thee.  Teach us how to pray, and what to ask for.  Help us to mean what we say; and give us grace to love thee more, and to love the people for whom we pray; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

 

877.    O God, our heavenly Father, we have come to thy house.  Help us to remember that thou art here.  Speak to us, and make us hear thy voice; and teach us to pray to thee and to sing thy praise with all our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

878.    O God, our Father, we have come to thy house to sing thy praise, to pray to thee, to hear thee speaking to us.  Help us to remember thy presence with us and to worship thee with reverence and love; for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake.

 

879.    O Heavenly Father, as we meet now in thy presence, we ask thee to open our ears to hear thy voice, to open our lips to sing thy praise, and to open our hearts to love thee more and more; for Christ our Saviour’s sake.

 

Confession

880.    O Heavenly Father, we confess that we have sinned greatly against thee in thought, and word, and deed, and have done that which is wrong in thy sight.  We ask thee to forgive us our sins, and to give us strength day by day to resist temptation and to do thy will; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

Our homes

881.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst share at Nazareth the life of an earthly home: Look in thy love upon the homes in which we live.  May they be true Christian dwellings where thy name is honoured and thy peace is ever to be found; for thy tender mercy’s sake.

 

Those we love

882.    Loving Father, bless our homes and our loved ones.  Help us to be grateful for all the good things we enjoy.  Keep us from grumbling and ill-temper.  Help us, with cheerful hearts, to be kind to one another and to do our share in making our home the abode of happiness and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Service Book for the Young

 

883.    O God, who art present in every place: Look with thy mercy on those we love, at home or wherever they may be.  Defend them from all dangers; give them strength for their daily work; and grant that both they and we, drawing nearer to thee, may also draw nearer to one another, until at last we rejoice together in our heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Our school

884.    O God, our heavenly Father, we ask for thy blessing on our school, on our work and our games, and on everything we do together.  Make us loyal to each other, obedient and truthful, and ready to work hard.  Help us always to do our best, so that we may all do our part to make our school successful and happy.  For Jesus’ sake.

Ruby E. Cleeve

 

Our country

885.    O Lord our God, we thank thee for our country and for the freedom and peace we enjoy.  We pray thee to give wisdom to our Queen and to all who rule over us.  Make us as a nation strong in faith, that we may stand firm for truth and right.  So lead us and all nations in the way of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The people who govern us

886.    Lord, we ask for special wisdom for the prime minister, and all his cabinet, for the members who represent us in parliament, for the leader in our town [or country district].  Grant that they may remember thee and make their decisions according to thy will.  We ask it for Jesus’ sake.

Margaret Cropper

 

Missionaries

887.    O God, strengthen and help those who are telling the good news of Jesus and working for thy kingdom overseas.  Help them to understand the people in the far countries where they work, and to love them and teach them wisely.  Comfort them when they are lonely, keep them well and strong, and grant that they may be full of the loving Spirit of Jesus.  For Jesus’ sake.

Margaret Cropper

 

888.    Heavenly Father, we thank thee for loving us, and for sending thy dear Son into the world to save us from our sins.  We pray to thee for all who do not know of thy love, both at home and in other lands.  Grant that through the work of our missionaries they may be led to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and with us become soldiers and servants of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

Children in other lands

889.    O God, we bring before thee the needs of children in other lands.  We pray for those who are oppressed and for those who are starving and homeless.  We remember the millions who know nothing of thy love and live in want and fear.  Bless our missionary doctors and teachers who go to help them, and may all children come to see in Jesus their Saviour and their Friend.

 

People in need

890.    Loving Father, we pray for so many people who are unhappy or lonely or ill.  Comfort and help them, we pray, especially those who are in hospitals, and all blind people and cripples.  Help them to realize that Jesus cares for them and can bring comfort and joy into their lives.  In his name we ask this.

Ruby E. Cleeve

 

Those who are ill in hospital

891.    O God of love, we pray for our hospitals, and for doctors and nurses in their work of mercy and healing.  Bless the sick, especially those known to us whom we remember in our hearts before thee. . . .  Do for them whatever is for their good, and comfort them with thy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Thanksgiving

892.    O God, our heavenly Father, we thank thee for the beauty of the world around us.  We thank thee for the love of our parents and our friends, for work and play, for food and clothing, and for all the happiness of life.  But most of all we thank thee for the birth of Jesus Christ, thy Son, for the example of his life, and for the love which made him die for us.  And we pray that we may ever serve him faithfully and fight his battles; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

C. S. Woodward

 

893.    O God, our loving Father, we thank thee for all the blessings thou hast given us; for our life and health, for our homes and friends, for everything that is good and beautiful in the world; and above all for the gift of the Lord Jesus to be our Saviour and Friend.  Help us to show forth our thankfulness to thee for all thy goodness by trying in everything to please thee; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

 

A thanksgiving for the Bible

894.    We thank thee, our Father, for the Bible, which teaches us about thee, and for thy servants of old who loved thy holy Word and wrote it down for us.  We thank thee that we can learn there about Jesus, our Friend and Saviour.  Help us to read and learn and understand, so that we may grow in the knowledge of thee.  For Jesus Christ’s sake.

Ruby E. Cleeve

 

Offertory prayer

895.    Heavenly Father, accept these gifts which we thy children bring to thee with love and thanksgiving, and use them for the good of thy Church in all the world [or to help those who are in need]; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

THE CHURCH’S YEAR

Christmas

896.    Heavenly Father, we thank thee for all thy love to us.  We remember again at this Christmas time the gift of the Lord Jesus and his birth at Bethlehem.  We pray that we may welcome him with gladness, and that there may always be room for him both in our hearts and in our homes.  We ask it in his name, who is our Saviour and our Friend.

 

897.    We thank thee, heavenly Father, for giving us Christmas Day, and for all the joys of Christmas time.  Above all we thank thee for sending Jesus into the world on that first Christmas Day long ago.  Help us to keep his birthday by being thoughtful and loving for his sake, and by offering him the love of our hearts.  For his name’s sake.

Ruby E. Cleeve

 

Lent

898.    Teach us, O Lord, during this season of Lent, to remember thy great love to us and all that thou hast suffered for our sakes.  Help us to learn more about thee, and to love thee more truly; and make us strong to overcome our temptations and to serve thee better.  For thy holy name’s sake.

 

Good Friday

899.    O God our heavenly Father, help us never to forget what Jesus Christ has done for us.  We remember especially at this time that he died for us to save us from sin, and that on Easter Day he rose again from the dead and is now alive for evermore.  O God, we thank thee for all thy love, help us to love thee more; for Jesus Christ our Saviour’s sake.

 

Easter

900.    Blessed Jesus, we rejoice today in thy mighty victory over sin and death.  Thou art the risen Lord, thou art the Prince of life, thou art alive for evermore.  We pray that we may know thy presence with us, not only as we worship thee here, but at home and school and all the days of our life; for thy great name’s sake.

 

Ascension

901.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst ascend to thy heavenly home to prepare a place for us: Help us to seek the things that are above, and to be ready at all times to carry out thy commands; that at last we too may ascend to be with thee in glory and to reign with thee for evermore.

 

Whitsunday

902.    We praise thee, O God, as we remember today how the Holy Spirit the Comforter was given to the first disciples, to make them strong to witness for thee in the world.  Strengthen us, we pray thee, by the same Holy Spirit, that we may think rightly, speak truthfully, and live bravely, to the glory of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Harvest

903.    We thank thee, O God our Father, for all thy gifts to us at this harvest time; for the ripened fruit and vegetables and the golden corn that makes our bread.  We thank thee too for the harvest of the sea, and for the food that is brought to us from other lands.  Give us always grateful hearts for these thy gifts to us; and may we who have plenty remember others who have little.  For Jesus Christ’s sake.

Ruby E. Cleeve

 

904.    Heavenly Father, we praise thee for all the good things of life, and especially at this time for the fruits of the earth and the blessings of the harvest.  Help us to use all thy gifts carefully, thankfully, and unselfishly, for the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

CONCLUDING PRAYERS

905.    Be with us, O Lord, as we go forth into the world.  May the lips which have sung thy praises always speak the truth.  May the ears that have heard thy Word be shut to what is evil.  May the feet that have brought us to thy house ever walk in thy ways; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

906.    O Lord God, who didst reveal thyself to the prophet Samuel while he was yet a child: Grant unto us thy children that we may above all things seek to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent; and deepen within us the love of thy holy name; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

III.  SACRAMENTS AND ORDINANCES

 

HOLY COMMUNION

Meditation

907.    Lord this is thy feast,

      prepared by thy longing,

      spread at thy command,

      attended at thine invitation,

      blessed by thine own word,

      distributed by thine own hand,

      the undying memorial of thy sacrifice upon the cross,

      the full gift of thine everlasting love,

      and its perpetuation till the end of time.

Lord, this is Bread of heaven, Bread of life,

      that, whoso eateth, shall never hunger more.

      And this, the Cup of pardon, healing, gladness, strength,

      that, whoso drinketh, thirsteth not again.

So may we come, O Lord, to thy table.

      Lord Jesu, come to us.

                                                A Procession of Passion Prayers

 

Thanksgiving

908.    Most loving God, we heartily thank thee that in the holy mystery of this blessed sacrament thou dost refresh and strengthen us with the Body and Blood of thy dear Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  For the beauty of this worship, for the presence of Christ, for the memorial of his passion, for communion with thy saints, for this heavenly food, for Christ in us the hope of glory, we praise and bless thy holy name; beseeching thee that we may so reverently treasure and so diligently use the grace of each communion that we may grow in the knowledge and love of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Prayers of preparation

909.    Almighty and everlasting God, behold we approach the sacrament of the passion of thy only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  As sick, we come to the physician of life; as unclean, to the fountain of mercy; as blind, to the light of eternal splendour; as needy, to the Lord of heaven and earth.  We pray thee of thine infinite mercy to heal our sickness, to wash our foulness, to lighten our darkness, and to enrich our poverty; that receiving the Body and Blood of thy dear Son, we may be incorporated into his mystical body, and ever be reckoned among his members; who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth one God, world without end.

Adapted from a prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

 

910.    We pray thee, O Lord, let thy Spirit purify our hearts, lest we come unworthily to the heavenly feast.  Make manifest thy presence in the midst, that we may grow up into thee and become strong in spiritual growth.  So grant that we may persevere in the blessed society of thy mystical body, which thou willest should be one with thee, as thou art one with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit; to whom be praise and thanksgiving for ever and ever.

Erasmus*

 

911.    Most gracious God, who art at this time calling us to prepare ourselves for coming to thy holy table: Grant us the assurance of thy pardoning love, and give us grace from the heart freely to forgive one another.  Accept us as we dedicate ourselves to thee; and grant that, feeding on Christ by faith, we may be strengthened by thy Holy Spirit, and enabled to live in thy fellowship, now and for evermore.

Book of Common Order

 

912.    Grant us, O Lord, the help of thy grace, that at this holy sacrament we may bring all our thoughts and desires into subjection to thy holy will, and may offer our souls and bodies as a living sacrifice to thee, in union with the perfect sacrifice of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

A Book of Prayers for Students

 

913.    O God, who by the blood of thy dear Son hast consecrated unto us a new and living way into the holiest of all: Grant unto us, we beseech thee, the assurance of thy mercy, and sanctify us by thy heavenly grace; that we, drawing near to thee with pure heart and undefiled conscience, may duly celebrate these holy mysteries and offer thee a sacrifice in righteousness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Liturgy of St. James

 

914.    Grant, O Lord, that we who shall receive the blessed sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ may come to that holy mystery with faith, charity, and true repentance; that being filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, we may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion, to our great and endless comfort; through him who died and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Salisbury Book of Occasional Offices

 

915.    Almighty Father, we beseech thee to look mercifully upon us who are about to commemorate the death of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Grant that our whole hope and confidence may be in his merits and thy mercy.  Pardon our sins; accept our imperfect repentance; and make this commemoration available to the confirmation of our faith, the establishment of our hope, and the enlargement of our love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Samuel Johnson*

 

916.    O Lord Christ, who at the last supper didst bequeath to thy Church a perpetual memorial of the sacrifice of the cross: Help us in this holy sacrament steadfastly to contemplate thy redeeming love, that we, ever being mindful of the price wherewith thou hast bought us, may yield our lives to thine obedience; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Charles H. Brent*

 

917.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who by the sacrifice of thyself didst break the power of sin and death and open unto us the gate of life eternal: Mercifully look upon us thy servants, and feed us with thyself, the living bread; that, established in thy grace and strengthened by thy Spirit, we may walk before thee in faith and holiness, and serve thee unto our lives’ end.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

918.    Grant, we pray thee, O Father, that we and all who meet at thy table may come with true repentance, steadfast purpose, living faith, and a thankful remembrance of the death and resurrection of thy dear Son; so that our bodies and souls may be preserved unto everlasting life, and we may feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lionel James

 

919.    Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly thank thee that thou didst choose bread and wine to be the emblems of thy sacred Body and Blood, given on the cross for the sins of the world, and didst command us thus to remember thee.  Deepen our repentance, strengthen our faith, and increase our love for the brethren, that, eating and drinking the sacrament of our redemption, we may truly feed on thee in our hearts with thanksgiving, for the sake of thy great and worthy name.

J. R. W. Stott

 

920.    Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast given thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in the most comfortable sacrament of his Body and Blood: Grant that we may celebrate the memorial of his death with reverence and godly fear, and offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving with holiness and joy, to the benefit of thy Church and the honour of thy name; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

921.    Most merciful Father, who hast given thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us and to take away the sin of the world: Prepare us in heart and mind so worthily to commemorate his death, by partaking of the bread of life and the cup of salvation, that our lives may be made strong for thy service, and our hearts may rejoice in thee, now and for evermore.

Adapted

 

Before reception

922.    O God, who feedest us thy children with the true manna, the living bread from heaven: Grant, we beseech thee, that this precious food may be our support throughout our earthly pilgrimage, until we reach that land where we neither hunger nor thirst; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Priest’s Book of Private Devotion

 

923.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast taught us that man doth not live by bread alone: Feed us, we humbly beseech thee, with the true bread that cometh down from heaven, even thyself, O blessed Saviour; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

John Dowden

 

924.    Lord Christ, our living Saviour, who in thy risen power didst make thyself known to thy disciples in the breaking of bread: Grant to us, as we now approach the holy mysteries of thy Body and Blood, a fresh manifestation of thy grace and glory, that in fellowship with thee and one another we may gain refreshment of spirit and renewal of strength; for thy holy name’s sake.

Frank Colquhoun

 

925.    Blessed Lord, by whose command we now remember thee and show forth thy death: Enable us, we pray thee, to approach thy table with penitence, faith, and gratitude; and grant that our souls being fed with the bread of life, we may live as those who are not their own but are bought with a price, to the glory of thy holy name.

 

926.    Come, Lord Jesus, in the fullness of thy grace, and dwell in the hearts of thy servants; that, adoring thee by faith, we may with joy receive thee, and with love and thankfulness abide in thee, our Saviour and our King for evermore.

 

After communion

927.    Strengthen, O Lord, the hands which have been stretched out to receive thy holy things, that they may daily bring forth fruit to thy glory.  Grant that the ears which have heard thy songs may be closed to the voice of clamour and dispute; that the eyes which have seen thy great love may also behold thy blessed hope; that the tongues which have uttered thy praise may speak the truth; that the feet which have trodden thy courts may walk in the region of light; that the souls and bodies which have fed upon thy living Body may be restored to newness of life.

From the Liturgy of Malabar

 

928.    Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to die for us: Grant that we who have been united in the communion of his most precious Body and Blood may be so cleansed from our past sins, and so strengthened to follow the example of his most holy life, that we may hereafter enjoy everlasting fellowship with thee in heaven, through him who loved us and gave himself for us, the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

B. F. Westcott

 

929.    Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy family, and guard with watchful tenderness the hearts which have been hallowed by these sacred mysteries; that as by thy mercy they receive the healing grace of thy salvation, so by thy power and protection they may evermore retain them; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Leonine Sacramentary

 

930.    Lord our God, thou Saviour of the world, through whom we have celebrated these holy mysteries: Receive our humble thanksgiving, and of thy great mercy vouchsafe to sanctify us evermore in body and soul; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Scottish Prayer Book

 

931.    O God, who in these holy mysteries hast vouchsafed to feed us with the flesh and blood of thy dear Son: We beseech thee that all who faithfully partake of the same may grow up in the communion of the body of Christ, and finally attain to the glory of the resurrection; through the merits of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Liturgy of the Catholic Apostolic Church

See also 227–8

 

HOLY BAPTISM

Candidates for baptism

932.    O Lord God, our heavenly Father, remember for good, we beseech thee, those who at this time are preparing for holy baptism.  Strengthen their faith, enlighten their minds, purify their hearts; and grant that, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, they may receive the fullness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful and elect children; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

933.    Almighty God, thou Shepherd of Israel, who didst deliver thy chosen people Israel from the bondage of Egypt, and didst establish them with a sure covenant: Have mercy, we beseech thee, on thy flock, and grant that these persons, who are by baptism to be received into thy heritage, may be delivered from the bondage of sin through thy covenant of grace, and attain the promise of eternal life which thou hast given us in thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

Church of South India

 

The baptized

934.    O God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is multiplied and governed: Preserve in the new-born children of thy family the fullness of thy grace; that, being renewed in body and soul, they may be fervent in the faith, and be enabled to serve thee all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gelasian Sacramentary

 

935.    O God, who hast united men of every nation in the confession of thy name, and dost continually multiply thy Church with new offspring: Grant that those who have been born again, of water and of the Spirit, may be one both in inward faith and in outward devotion, and with thankful hearts may show forth in their lives the grace of that sacrament which they have received; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scottish Prayer Book

 

936.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who in thine own appointed ordinance dost accept and seal thy disciples as members of thy mystical body: Grant, we pray thee, that all who by baptism have been admitted into thy holy Church may be faithful to their vows, and may live henceforth as those who, having died to sin, are partakers of thy risen power and glory; for the honour of thy holy name.

Frank Colquhoun

 

937.    O God of love, who in baptism hast received us into the congregation of Christ’s flock, and hast sealed us as thine own: Grant that we may never be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, but may fight manfully under his banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and may continue his faithful soldiers and servants unto our lives’ end.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

 

The sign of the cross

938.    O Lord God, who by thy divine mercy hast called us to be Christians, servants of the Crucified, signed with his cross: Enable us, for the love which he bore unto us, to choose the good and refuse the evil, swerving neither to the right hand nor to the left, under the standard and in the strength of the same our Saviour Jesus Christ.

A Procession of Passion Prayers

 

Thanksgiving after baptism

939.    We yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to receive us through baptism for thine own children and to incorporate us into thy holy Church; and we humbly beseech thee to grant that, as we are partakers of the death of thy Son, so we may also be partakers of his resurrection, and may finally, with thy whole Church, be inheritors of thine everlasting kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

 

Renewal of baptismal vows (at Easter)

940.    The minister, standing at the font, shall say:

      As we celebrate again the rising of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and so join ourselves to the triumph of life over death, let us remember that in our baptism we were united to him both in his death and in his resurrection.  Let us therefore again affirm the promises of the new and risen life, renouncing evil, confessing faith, and pledging our obedience.

      Do you here, in the presence of God and of this congregation, renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh, so that you will not follow nor be led by them?

      Answer:  We renounce them all.

      Do you believe all the articles of the Christian faith as contained in the Apostles’ Creed?

      Answer:  We do.

      Will you endeavour to keep God’s holy will and commandments, and to walk in the same all the days of your life?

      Answer:  We will.

Let us pray.

      Grant, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections we may be buried with him; and that through the grave, and gate of death, we may pass to our joyful resurrection; for his merits, who died, and was buried, and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect of Easter Even

 

CONFIRMATION

Before a confirmation class

941.    O Lord and heavenly Father, who art calling us at this time to seek thy grace in confirmation and to dedicate our lives to thy service: Prepare us, we pray thee, for this solemn ordinance, and make us faithful members of thy Church.  Open our hearts to receive all that thou art waiting to bestow upon us.  Teach us more of thy truth, more of thy love, more of thyself.  And grant that in lives made strong by thy Holy Spirit we may serve thee gladly and bravely all our days; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

942.    Lord Jesus Christ, who didst say to thy disciples of old, Follow me: Help us to hear thy call as it comes to each one of us today; that committing ourselves wholly to thee as our Saviour and King, we may yield our lives to thine obedience, and serve thee faithfully all our days in the fellowship of thy Church.  We ask it for the glory of thy holy name.

 

Those preparing for confirmation

943.    O Heavenly Father, look in thy mercy upon thy children who are now preparing to dedicate themselves to thee and to seek the strengthening grace of thy Holy Spirit in the laying on of hands.  Give them an earnest desire to yield their lives to thy service; and so fit them, O Lord, for this holy ordinance that they may receive the fullness of thy blessing; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ.

W. Walsham How*

 

944.    O Merciful Lord, we beseech thee so abundantly to strengthen these thy servants with the sevenfold gift of thy Holy Spirit, that they who are admitted by thine ordinance to the perfection of Christian graces, may grow into the perfection of Christian life, in the exercise of the power which thou hast given them; through thy Son Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer.

R. M. Benson

 

945.    O Lord our God, we commend to thee those who are about to seek thy grace and to renew their vows in confirmation.  Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; and grant that they may continue thine for ever, until they come to thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Based on Confirmation Service

 

946.    Grant, O heavenly Father, that those who are about to be admitted into the full communion of thy Church by confirmation may be so strengthened by the gift of thy Holy Spirit that they may ever be faithful to the vows which they shall make, and serve thee henceforth with singleness of purpose as true followers of thy Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Adapted

 

947.    Strengthen, O Lord, we pray thee, by thy Holy Spirit, thy children who are now preparing to seek thy help in the sacred rite of confirmation; and grant that, boldly confessing thee before men, they may walk steadfastly in the way of life, and serve thee faithfully all their days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

948.    Grant, O Lord, that all who shall kneel before thee to receive thy blessing in the laying on of hands may be strengthened with the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more until they come unto thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

A personal prayer of preparation

949.    O God my Father, I thank thee that thou hast welcomed me into thy family and made me thy child.

      I thank thee for sending thy dear Son to bear my sins, and to set an example for me to follow in my daily life.

      Give me courage in my confirmation to confess him as my Saviour and Lord, and not to be ashamed of him.

      Fill me with thy Holy Spirit, that he may strengthen me to overcome temptation, and at all times to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

      Make me thine for ever, and help me to grow steadily in the knowledge of thee, and in the love of thy holy Word.

      Show me how to introduce my friends to thee, that together we may follow thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Houghton

 

After confirmation

950.    Almighty Father, whose grace is sufficient for the needs of all thy children: Hear us as we commend to thee those who in confirmation have been admitted into the full communion of thy Church.  Establish them in thy faith and fear; bind them ever more closely to thee in the fellowship of thy people; and keep them steadfast to the end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

951.    Come, Holy Spirit, and daily increase in these thy servants thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and evermore.

Gelasian Sacramentary

 

MARRIAGE

At the publication of banns

952.    O Eternal God, we humbly beseech thee favourably to behold these thy servants about to be joined in wedlock according to thy holy ordinance; and grant that they, seeking first thy kingdom and thy righteousness, may obtain the manifold blessings of thy grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

953.    Most merciful Father, we beseech thee to send thy blessing upon these thy servants who are to be joined together in holy matrimony; that they may be faithful to the vows they shall make one to the other, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

954.    Almighty Father, who hast hallowed the ordinance of marriage to the blessing of mankind: Give thy grace to these thy servants who are to be joined together as husband and wife, that they may be faithful in love to one another, and live in obedience to thy will; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

955.    O Thou who by thy presence in Cana of Galilee didst sanctify the holy estate of matrimony: Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, that living together in perfect love and peace, they may serve and worship thee all the days of their life; for the glory of thy holy name.

 

956.    O God our Father, bless these thy servants who are to be joined together in holy matrimony; that they obeying thy will, and always being in safety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives’ end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Preparation for marriage

957.    O Lord God, giver of life and love, let thy blessing rest upon those whom thou hast drawn together in love.  Build thou their home, that it may be for all who live in it a likeness of thy kingdom.  Give them of thy wisdom and patience that they may walk together in happiness and peace, be the way rough or smooth . If to them is given the joy of children and their care, grant them grace to bring them up in the knowledge of thee and within the fellowship of thy holy Church; and in all things and at all times be thou their strength and guide; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Diocesan Service Book

 

958.    Almighty and most merciful Father, without whose help we cannot do anything as we ought: We pray that, as thou hast brought these persons together by thy providence, thou wilt enrich them by thy grace, that they may enter into the marriage covenant as in thy sight, and truly keep the vows they are about to make; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church of South India

 

959.    O Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who didst share at Nazareth the life of an earthly home: Reign, we beseech thee, in the home of these thy servants as Lord and King; give them grace that they may minister to others as thou didst minister to men; and grant that by deed and word they may be witnesses of thy saving love to those amongst whom they live; for thy holy name’s sake, who lives and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, World without end.

Church of South India

 

960.    Most blessed Father, from whom all pure love cometh, bless thy children M. and N. who are shortly to be joined together in marriage.  Grant that the hopes and prayers in their hearts may be fulfilled through thy mercy.  Draw them ever closer to one another and to thee; give them grace to bear one another’s burdens and to share one another’s joys; and grant that they may live together in faithful love unto their lives’ end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let Us Pray

 

Dedication of the ring

961.    In thy name, O Lord, we hallow and dedicate this ring; that by thy blessing he who gives it and she who wears it may abide together in thy peace, continue together in thy favour, may live together in thy love, and at the last may dwell together in thy eternal kingdom.

 

962.    Bless, O Lord, this ring which we hallow in thy name; that he who gives it and she who wears it, keeping true faith one with another, may abide in the circle of thy love now and unto their lives’ end; through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

PRAYERS SUITABLE FOR USE AT A MARRIAGE

REUNION SERVICE

963.    O Heavenly Father, we humbly thank thee for all thy blessings to us, unworthy though we be.  We thank thee for all things that have enriched our lives, for all people who have blessed us with their love and friendship.  We thank thee for Christian marriage, for our homes and families and friends.  Give us, O Lord, this further blessing, that as we have freely received, so we may freely give.  Confirm and strengthen our marriages, that our homes may be to us, and to friend and stranger, places of joy and gladness.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Brompton Parish Church

 

964.    O God, our heavenly Father, so strengthen us by thy Holy Spirit that by our example and witness we may uphold the sanctity of marriage, and teach our children to be faithful members of thy holy Church.  And grant that by prayer and worship we may lead our families in holiness and purity of life, and, help others to do the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

965.    O Heavenly Father, who hast consecrated the state of matrimony to such an excellent mystery, that in it is signified and represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church: Give thy grace, we beseech thee, to all who are joined together in holy wedlock, that they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made; for his sake who adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, the marriage in Cana of Galilee, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Based on Book of Common Prayer

 

966.    O Thou who settest the solitary in families and sendest thy peace upon the households of the faithful: Grant thy blessing, we pray thee, to us and to the members of our families; that in lives made strong for thy service, and homes sanctified by thy presence, we may show forth thy glory before the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

967.    Remember, O Lord, thy holy childhood, and look in love upon the children whom thou hast given us to our great comfort.  May thy holy angels be their guardians, thyself their guide; and may they increase in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man, being daily conformed to thy likeness; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest one God for ever.

Mothers’ Union

 

968.    We thank thee, O God, for the children who have grown up in our homes.  Keep them faithful, we pray thee, to thyself, and to us, and to one another.  Let thy love protect those who are absent from us; bless those who are married, and fill their homes with peace; and make us all to be one in the joy and service of thy greater family; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mothers’ Union

 

Dedication

969.    O God our Father, in thy presence we give ourselves afresh to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to thy holy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

See also prayers for family life, 1214–22

 

FOR THE BLESSING OF A CIVIL MARRIAGE

970.    Almighty God, our heavenly Father, source of all life and love: Bestow thy rich and effectual blessing upon these thy servants who have covenanted before thee to dwell together as husband and wife.  Unite their hearts in true sympathy and love, that they may keep their vows, and live together in holy peace; bestow thy blessing upon the home in which they dwell, that it may be a place of true affection, pure religion, and consecrated joy; and bring them at the last to that heavenly home where love and joy are perfect; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order*

 

971.    Father of mercies and giver of all grace: We commend to thee these thy servants who desire thy help and guidance for the new life which they begin together.  Grant them the grace of mutual love and forbearance; bestow upon them thy pure and peaceable wisdom to enlighten them in all perplexities; and strengthen them with the power of thy Holy Spirit, to keep them constant in their trust in thee and in one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Diocese of Southwark*

 

972.    Almighty and most merciful Father, who hast ordained the holy estate of matrimony to guard, to hallow, and to perfect the sacred gift of love: Look mercifully upon these thy servants whom we now commend to thy protection and care.  Forgive them all their sins; keep them ever in thy peace; and grant them grace so to live together in true and enduring affection that the blessing which they have sought this day upon their union may never be withheld; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

CHILDBIRTH

Before childbirth

973.    O God, the creator and giver of life, we thank thee for entrusting this woman to bear a child.  Help her to respond to this gift by preparation of herself in heart, and mind, and body.  Strengthen her for the task and responsibility of motherhood.  Grant her also the gift of faith in thy Son Jesus Christ, that she may have peace and quiet confidence in him.  So may her hope be realized and her joy be full; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Guild of Health*

 

974.    O God, who didst choose Blessed Mary to be the mother of thy Son Jesus Christ: Prepare the heart and mind and body of this woman, that she may be worthy to be the mother of the child thou wilt give her, and that she may rejoice in her motherhood, as Mary did with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Guild of Health

 

After childbirth

975.    O God, our heavenly Father, who hast blessed thy servants with the gift of a child: Grant, we beseech thee, that they may show their love and thankfulness to thee in so ordering their home, that by their example and teaching they may guide their child in the way of righteousness, to thy great glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

South African Prayer Book*

 

976.    O God, our heavenly Father, by whose creative power and love this woman has been granted the gift of a child: Give to her and her husband wisdom and guidance, that they may know how to train their child in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church of South India

 

977.    Almighty God, we give thee hearty thanks for thy loving care during this woman’s pregnancy and delivery, and for the skill and devotion of all who have guarded the health of both mother and child.  Grant that she, remembering thy love for her, may serve thee faithfully in the daily care of her home and family; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Guild of Health

 

978.    O Heavenly Father, we thank thee that thou hast been pleased to deliver this thy servant and to give her a healthy living child.  We pray that thou wouldest keep her safe, and grant her and her husband grace to bring up their child in thy steadfast fear and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

British Hospital for Mothers and Babies

 

979.    O God our heavenly Father, who hast crowned the love of these thy servants with the gift of a child: We humbly beseech thee to give them grace so to order the life of their home that they may ever rejoice in thy presence, and may lead their child in the way of righteousness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

When a baby has died

980.    O God, our heavenly Father, whose ways are hidden and thy works wonderful: Comfort, we pray thee, this woman and her husband whose hearts are heavy with sorrow.  Surround them with thy protection, and grant them grace to face the future with good courage and hope.  Teach them to use this pain in deeper sympathy for all who suffer, so that they may share in thy work of turning sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Guild of Health

 

THE SICK

Visitation of the sick

981.    O Lord Jesu Christ, thou great physician: Look with thy gracious favour upon this thy servant; give wisdom and discretion to those who minister to him in his sickness; bless all the means used for his recovery; stretch forth thy hand, and, if it be thy will, restore him to health and strength, that he may live to praise thee for thy goodness and thy grace; to the glory of thy holy name.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

982.    Sanctify, we beseech thee, O Lord, the sickness of this thy servant, that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith and seriousness to his repentance; and grant that he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

983.    O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to thy servant the help of thy power; that his sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

984.    Almighty, everliving God, maker of all mankind: We beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant in his affliction.  Give him grace to take his sickness with patience and courage; and grant that, if it be thy gracious will, he may recover his bodily health, and serve thee henceforth in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

South African Prayer Book

 

A sick child

985.    O Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of the sheep, who dost gather the lambs with thine arms, and carry them in thy bosom: We commit into thy loving hands this child.  Relieve his pain, guard him from all danger, restore unto him the gifts of gladness and strength, and raise him up to a life of service to thee.  Hear us, we beseech thee, for thy dear name’s sake.

Irish Prayer Book

 

The laying on of hands

986.    O Almighty God, who art the giver of all health, and the aid of them that seek to thee for succour: We call upon thee for thy help and goodness mercifully to be showed upon this thy servant; that being healed of his infirmities he may give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

987.    Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave authority and power to his disciples to lay hands on the sick that they might recover: Have mercy upon you; and by the authority committed unto me in his Church I now lay hands upon you, that you may be made whole, through the power and in the name of Jesus Christ.

A Diocesan Service Book

 

988.    O Almighty God, whose blessed Son did lay his hands upon the sick and heal them: Grant, we beseech thee, to this person, upon whom we now lay our hands in his name, refreshment of spirit, and, if it be thy holy will, perfect restoration to health; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scottish Prayer Book

 

989.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who in the days of thy flesh didst lay thy hands upon the sick who were brought to thee, and didst heal them: Have mercy, we beseech thee, upon this thy servant; that being delivered from sickness and restored to health, he may serve thee with all his strength, and walk before thee humbly and faithfully all his days, to the glory of thy name.

 

990.    In the name of God most High, may release from thy pain be given thee, and thy health be restored according to his will.  In the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of life, may new life quicken thy mortal body.  In the name of the Holy Spirit mayest thou receive inward health, and the peace which passeth all understanding.  And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The anointing of the sick

991.    Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast taught us by thy servant Saint James to pray over the sick, and to anoint them with oil in thy holy name, that they may recover their health: Bless, we beseech thee, thy servant to be anointed with this oil, that he may be delivered from all infirmity of body, mind and spirit, and may be raised up to serve thee in fullness of health; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

992.    N., in the faith of Jesus Christ I anoint thee with this holy oil, in the name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

993.    As with this oil your body is outwardly anointed, so may your whole being [or mind and heart] be sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God.  May the merciful Father give you release from pain and disease, and restore you to health; and may he also give you faith to offer your sufferings in communion with your crucified Lord, as a prayer for others; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Diocesan Service Book

 

994.    O Almighty God, giver of life and health, who hast taught us in thy holy Word to pray over the sick, and to anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord: Grant, we beseech thee, to this person, whom we anoint in thy name, refreshment of spirit, and, if it be thy will, perfect restoration to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scottish Prayer Book

 

Prayers for a service of healing

995.    O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast promised that where two or three are gathered together in thy name, thou art in the midst: Open our ears that we may hear thy gracious voice, and prepare our hearts that we may make intercession according to thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Guild of St. Raphael

 

996.    O Risen Christ, who makest intercession for us and in us, and who art the giver of life and health and healing: Fill us with thy life-giving love and power, that we may worthily intercede for others.  May the Holy Spirit make us one with those for whom we pray, and deepen our understanding of thy great love for them and for us; and grant that we, giving ourselves to thy good purposes, may be delivered from self-concern and made fit to be channels of thy grace.  To thee be all honour and glory and thanksgiving for ever.

Guild of Health

 

997.    O God our Father, who art the source of all life and health, all strength and peace: Teach us to know thee truly; take from us all that hinders the work of thy healing power, all our sins, all our anxieties and fears, all resentment and hardness of heart; and help us to learn to enter into stillness and peace with thee, and to know that thou art our healer and redeemer; through Jesus Christ our Lord.     

Guild of Health

 

998.    Eternal Lord Christ, who art the strength of all that trust in thee: We bring now into thy presence thy servants . . . We know not what is best for them, but thou knowest.  Lay thy healing hand upon them, we beseech thee, giving them all that is needful for health both of body and soul.  Grant them patience and endurance, with a perfect dependence on thy never-failing love; and work out in them the good pleasure of thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

Guild of St. Raphael

 

999.    Lord Jesus, who chose twelve disciples and sent them forth to preach the gospel and to heal the sick: Forgive the faithless disobedience of thy children, and help us to restore the healing ministry to thy Church.  Grant that thy whole Church as thy body may be inspired to teach and to heal; that again signs may follow upon faith in thee, and the world may know that thou art our mighty Saviour; to whom be all praise and glory, now and for evermore.

Guild of Health

 

1000.  O Christ our Lord, our good physician and our salvation: Look upon all thy faithful people who are sick, and who love to call upon thy name; take their souls into thy keeping, and vouchsafe to deliver them from all sickness and infirmity; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Adapted from Mozarabic Sacramentary

 

1001.  O Lord our God, into thy hands we commend all for whom we have prayed.  Thou art infinite Love, infinite Wisdom, infinite Power.  Bless them according to their several necessities out of the abundance of thy grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Guild of St. Raphael

 

A thanksgiving

1002.  We praise thee, O God, for all the blessings given to the sick for whom we have prayed.  We thank thee for those who have been made whole, for those who are better, and for those who have been drawn closer to thee.  We bless thee for the sense of thy presence enabling those who suffer to endure with patience.  And finally we thank thee for bringing good out of evil, joy out of suffering, and above all, for the cross of thy Christ and the certain hope of the redemption of body and soul to everlasting life.

Guild of St. Raphael

See also 1186–90, 1264–81

 

THE DEPARTED

The hope of glory

1003.  God of all grace, who didst send thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to bring life and immortality to light: Most humbly and heartily we give thee thanks that by his death he destroyed the power of death, and by his glorious resurrection opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.  Grant us assuredly to know that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from thy love, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

1004.  Eternal God, our heavenly Father, who lovest us with an everlasting love, and canst turn the shadow of death into the morning: We bow before thee with reverent and submissive hearts; speak to us afresh thy gracious promises; that through patience and the comfort of the Scriptures we may have hope, and be lifted above our darkness and distress into the light and peace of thy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

1005.  Most merciful Father, who hast been pleased to take unto thyself the soul of this thy servant [child]: Grant to us, who are still in our pilgrimage and who walk as yet by faith, that, having served thee with constancy on earth, we may be joined hereafter with thy blessed saints in glory everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

The faithful departed

1006.  Receive, O Lord, in tranquillity and peace, the souls of thy servants who, out of this present life, have departed to be with thee.  Grant them rest, and place them in the habitations of life, the abodes of blessed spirits; and give them the life that knoweth not age, the good things that pass not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Ignatius Loyola

 

1007.  O God, the maker and redeemer of all believers: Grant to the soul of thy servant N. all the unsearchable benefits of thy Son’s passion; that in the day of his appearing he, and all the faithful departed, may be manifested as thy children; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God world without end.

South African Prayer Book

 

1008.  Remember thy servant, O Lord, according to the favour which thou bearest unto thy people; and grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, he may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

1009.  O Heavenly Father, help us to entrust our loved ones to thy care.  When sorrow darkens our lives, teach us to look up to thee, remembering the cloud of witnesses by which we are compassed about.  And grant that we on earth, rejoicing ever in thy presence, may share with them the rest and peace which thy presence gives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

1010.  Grant unto us, O God, to trust thee not for ourselves alone, but for those also whom we love and who are hid from us by the shadow of death; that, as we believe thy power to have raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, so we may trust thy love to give eternal life to all who believe in him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

1011.  Remember, O Lord, thy servants and thy handmaidens who have departed hence in the Lord, especially N., and all others to whom our remembrance is due.  Give them eternal rest and peace in thy heavenly kingdom, and to us such a measure of communion with them as thou knowest to be best for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

E. B. Pusey

 

1012.  O Thou Lord of all worlds, we bless thy name for all those who have entered into their rest, and reached the promised land where thou art seen face to face.  Give us grace to follow in their footsteps, as they followed in the footsteps of thy holy Son.  Keep alive in us the memory of those dear to ourselves whom thou hast called to thyself, and grant that every remembrance which turns our hearts from things seen to things unseen may lead us always upwards to thee, till we too come to the eternal rest which thou hast prepared for thy people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

F. J. A. Hort*

 

1013.  O God, before whose face the generations rise and pass away, the strength of those who labour, and the repose of the holy and blessed dead: We remember all who have faithfully lived and died, especially N.  Lift us into light and love, and give us at last our portion who have trusted in thee and striven to do thy will.  And unto thy name, with the Church on earth and the Church in heaven, we ascribe honour and glory, world without end.

John Hunter

 

1014.  Almighty God, whose love is over all thy works in this and every world: Into thy hands we commit the souls of those whom thou hast taken out of our sight; beseeching thee to grant to them the unutterable joys of thine eternal kingdom, and to those who mourn them grace to abide thy will in fortitude of spirit and in patient faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1015.  Into thy hands, O Lord, we commend the souls of thy servants, as unto a faithful Creator and most loving Redeemer; beseeching thee of thy great mercy to fulfill in them the purpose of thy love, and to bring us with them to the joy of thy heavenly kingdom; through the merits of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Those who mourn

1016.  Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved, the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have the strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of thy great goodness in past years, and in the sure expectation of a joyful reunion in the heavenly places; and this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Irish Prayer Book

 

1017.  O Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ did weep at the grave of Lazarus: Look, we beseech thee, with compassion upon those who are now in sorrow and affliction; comfort them, O Lord, with thy gracious consolations; make them to know that all things work together for good to them that love thee; and grant them evermore sure trust and confidence in thy fatherly care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

1018.  Father of mercies and God of all comfort, look in thy tender love and pity, we beseech thee, on thy sorrowing servants.  Be thou to them their refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble; make them to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge; who by death hath conquered death, and by rising again hath opened the gates of everlasting life, even Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church of South India

 

1019.  Have compassion, O Lord, upon all who are mourning for those dear to them, and upon all who are lonely and desolate.  Be thou their comforter and friend; give them such earthly help and consolation as thou seest to be best for them; and grant them a fuller knowledge and realization of thy love; for thy holy name’s sake.

 

1020.  O Eternal Father, who didst not spare thine only Son, but gave him to be the Redeemer of mankind: Draw near, we beseech thee, to those who mourn the loss of loved ones.  Comfort them in their loneliness; supply all their need; suffer them never to doubt thy love, but draw them through their sorrow into closer fellowship with thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The burial of a child

1021.  Almighty and merciful Father, who dolt grant to children an abundant entrance into thy kingdom: Grant us grace so to conform our lives to their innocency and perfect faith that at length, united with them, we may stand in thy presence in fullness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

1022.  O God, whose most dear Son did take little children into his arms and bless them: Give us grace, we beseech thee, to entrust the soul of this child to thy never-failing care and love; and bring us all to thy heavenly kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

1023.  O most merciful Father, whose face the angels of thy little ones do always behold in heaven: Grant us steadfastly to believe that this thy child hath been taken into the safe keeping of thine eternal love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

See also prayers for a Memorial Service, 849–68

 

PRAYERS WHICH MAY BE USED AT THE BURIAL OF ONE

WHO HAS TAKEN HIS OWN LIFE

1024.  Almighty God, who art ever ready to forgive, and to whom no prayer is made without hope of mercy: Speak to us thy word of consolation as we draw near to thee under the shadow of this great affliction.  Deepen within our hearts the assurance of thy unfailing compassion; deliver us from all bitterness, despair, and doubt of thy love; and grant us to know the peace which passes all understanding, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1025.  Holy and loving Father, who graciously showest mercy to thy children though they rebel against thee: Remember thy servant N. according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy people, and grant unto him forgiveness of all his sins and a place in the kingdom of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Convocation of York

 

1026.  Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who madest nothing in vain, and lovest all that thou hast made: Look in tender pity upon thy bereaved servants, that they may be enabled to find in thee their refuge and their strength, and may be delivered out of their distresses; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

1027.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst weep at the grave of Lazarus thy friend: Have compassion upon thy servants who mourn this untimely death; and hasten the time when sin and sorrow shall be no more, and all shall rejoice in thee, the Resurrection and the Life; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest one God, world without end.

Convocation of York

 

1028.  Eternal God, with whom there is mercy and plenteous redemption: We commend to thy love and keeping the soul of this our brother, and we commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.  And we pray that by the most precious death and passion of thy dear Son, and sharing in the riches of his grace, both this our brother and we may at the last be found acceptable in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our only Saviour and Advocate.

 

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