IV.  INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

1029.  Be mindful, O Lord, of thy people present here before thee, and of those who are absent through age, sickness, or infirmity.  Care for the infants, guide the young, support the aged, encourage the faint-hearted, collect the scattered, and bring the wandering to thy fold.  Travel with the voyagers, defend the widows, shield the orphans, deliver the captives, heal the sick.  Succour all who are in tribulation, necessity, or distress.  Remember for good all those that love us, and those that hate us; and those that have desired us, unworthy as we are, to pray for them.  And those whom we have forgotten, do thou, O Lord, remember.  For thou art the Helper of the helpless, the Saviour of the lost, the Refuge of the wanderer, the Healer of the sick.  Thou, who knowest each man’s need, and hast heard his prayer, grant unto each according to thy merciful loving-kindness and thy eternal love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer of the Eastern Church

 

1030.  O God of infinite mercy, who hast compassion on all men, hear the prayers of thy servants, who are unworthy to ask any petition for themselves, yet are in duty bound to pray for others.

      Let thy mercy descend upon thy Church; preserve her in peace and truth, in unity and service; that her sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving may ever ascend to thy throne.

      In mercy remember the Queen; keep her perpetually in thy fear and favour; and grant that all who bear office under her may serve with a single eye to thy glory.

      Remember our friends, all that have done us good; return all their kindness double unto their own bosom.  Forgive our enemies; and help us to forgive, as we hope to be forgiven.

      Comfort the afflicted; speak peace to troubled consciences; strengthen the weak; confirm the strong; instruct the ignorant; deliver the oppressed; relieve the needy; and bring us all by the waters of comfort and in the ways of righteousness to thy eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

After Jeremy Taylor

 

1031.  Extend, O Lord, thy pity to the whole race of mankind.  Enlighten the Gentiles with thy truth and bring into thy flock thy ancient people the Jews.  Be gracious to thy Church, and grant that she may always preserve that doctrine and discipline which thou hast delivered to her.  Let thy good hand be upon our nation, and guide us in the way of righteousness and peace.  Bless our universities and schools, that they may be centres of true religion and useful learning.  Be merciful to all that are in danger or distress; console all that are in pain or sorrow; and preserve those who travel.  Give to all in error the light of thy truth, and bring sinners to repentance.  O Lord, hear this our prayer through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ; and to thy great name be all praise and glory, now and for evermore.

John Wesley’s Prayers*

 

1032.  Almighty God, who hast taught us to make prayers and intercessions for all men: We pray for ministers of religion, and all who guide the thoughts of the people; for artists, authors, musicians, and journalists; that our common life may be crowned with truth and beauty;

      For all who heal the body, guard the health of the people, and tend the sick; that they may follow in the footsteps of Christ, the great physician;

      For all on whose labour we depend for the necessities of life; for those who carry on the commerce of the world, that they may seek no private gain which would hinder the good of all;

      For parents and children; that purity, love, and honour may dwell in our homes, and duty and affection may be the bond of our family life;

      For all who draw nigh unto death, that they may know thy presence with them through the valley of the shadow, and may wake to behold thy face; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John Hunter

 

A bidding prayer

1033.  Ye shall pray for Christ’s holy catholic Church, that is, for the whole congregation of Christian people dispersed throughout the whole earth, and especially for the Church of England;

      For our sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and all the royal family; for the ministers of God’s holy Word and sacraments; for the High Court of Parliament; and for all the Magistrates of this realm: that all and every one of them, in their several callings, may serve truly to the glory of God, and the edifying and well governing of his people.

      Also ye shall pray for all the people of this realm, that they may live in the true faith and fear of God, and in brotherly charity one to another.

      And, that there may never be wanting a succession of persons duly qualified for the service of God in Church and State, ye shall implore his blessing on all schools, colleges and universities; that therein true religion and sound learning may for ever flourish.

      To these your prayers ye shall add unfeigned praises for mercies already received; for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for the inestimable love of God in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

      Finally, let us praise God for all those who are departed this life in the faith of Christ, and pray unto God that we may have grace to direct our lives after their good example; that this life ended, we may be made partakers with them of the glorious resurrection in the life everlasting.

      All these our prayers and praises let us humbly offer to our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour, saying as he taught us:

      Our Father . . .

After the 55th Canon of 1603

 

THE COMING OF GOD’S KINGDOM

1034.  O Father of men, who hast promised that all the kingdoms of this world are to become the kingdom of thy Son: Purge the nations of error and corruption; overthrow the power of sin, and establish the kingdom of grace in every land.  Incline the hearts of rulers and peoples to open their gates to the King of glory.  May he enter into their cities, churches, and homes, to dwell there, and govern all things by his word and spirit.  So may justice, mercy, and peace prevail among the nations and thy name be glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

George H. Russell

 

1035.  O Thou King eternal, immortal, invisible, thou only wise God our Saviour: Hasten, we beseech thee, the coming of thy kingdom upon earth, and draw the whole world of mankind into willing obedience to thy blessed reign.  Overcome all the enemies of Christ, and bring low every power that is exalted against him; and let thy Holy Spirit rule the hearts of men in righteousness and love; through the victory of Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order*

 

1036.  O God, to whom we pray for the coming of thy kingdom: Let this be no vain repetition on our part.  Give us the zeal that will not rest till it sees thy kingdom on earth.  Make us to hate all evil things that are contrary to thy will and to fight against them in thy name.  May we ever be found working for thee, hastening the time when the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of thy love; for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

School Prayers*

 

1037.  O God, who hast set before us the great hope that thy kingdom shall be established upon earth: So rule our lives by thy Spirit, that all our thoughts, desires, and acts being made obedient unto thee, thy power, thy glory, and the mightiness of thy kingdom may be made known unto men; grant this, O merciful Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake thy Son our Lord.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

 

1038.  O Father of light and God of all truth, purge the whole world from all errors, abuses, corruptions and sins.  Beat down the standard of Satan and set up everywhere the standard of Christ.  Abolish the reign of sin and establish the kingdom of grace in all hearts.  Let humility triumph over pride, charity over hatred, meekness over passion, generosity over covetousness; and let the gospel of Christ in faith and practice prevail throughout the world; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Percy Dearmer*

 

1039.  O Thou, whose kingdom is without territory yet covers all lands, whose realm is without boundaries yet crosses all frontiers: Extend thine empire over human hearts, and break down all adverse barriers which keep mankind asunder.  Grant to the nations of the world the saving knowledge of thy love, so that there may be one kingdom of righteousness and truth in which all peoples may praise thy glorious name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In Watchings Often

 

1040.  O Eternal God, the Father of all mankind, in whom we live and move and have our being: Have mercy on the whole human race. Pity their ignorance, their foolishness, their weakness, their sin.  Set up an ensign for the nations, O Lord; hasten thy kingdom; and bring in everlasting righteousness; for the honour of thy Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

R. Ambrose Reeves

 

1041.  O Lord God Almighty, we pray thee in thy wisdom and mercy to overrule all the events of these days for the advancement of thy kingdom in the hearts of men.  Let the nations hear thy voice, and the people acknowledge thy sovereign claims.  Scatter the darkness of sin and unbelief.  Break down every barrier that hinders the triumph of thy gospel.  And speed the glad day when in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess him Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, dominion and power, for ever and ever.

Frank Colquhoun

 

1042.  O God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast set up on earth a kingdom of holiness, to measure its strength against all others: Make faith to prevail over fear, and righteousness over force, and truth over the lie, and love and concord over all things; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

War Prayers, 1940

 

1043.  O Lord, who hast set before us the great hope that thy kingdom shall come on earth, and hast taught us to pray for its coming: Give us grace to discern the signs of its dawning, and to work for the perfect day when thy will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Percy Dearmer

 

1044.  Enlarge thy kingdom, O God, and deliver the world from the tyranny of Satan.  Hasten the time, which thy Spirit hath foretold, when all nations whom thou hast made shall worship thee and glorify thy name.  Bless the endeavours of those who strive to propagate thy holy gospel, and prepare the hearts of all men to receive it; to the honour and glory of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1045.  Thy kingdom, O God, is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.  Come to thy world and to us thy children by every means that love may choose; come and make all things new.  O thou who art Lord of all and rich in mercy to all who call upon thee, hasten the coming of thy kingdom throughout the world, that among all nations and peoples thy reign of love may be established; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers of the World-wide Church*

 

1046.  Almighty and everlasting God, who hast willed to restore all things in thy well-beloved Son, the King and Lord of all: mercifully grant that all peoples and nations, divided and wounded by sin, may be brought under the gentle yoke of his most loving rule; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end.

 

THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD

The peace of the world

1047.  Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, and no strength known but the strength of love: So guide and inspire, we pray thee, the labours of those who seek to establish righteousness and peace among the nations, that all peoples may find their security, not in force of arms, but in the perfect love that casteth out fear, and in the fellowship revealed to us in thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1048.  O God, who wouldest fold both heaven and earth in a single peace: Let the design of thy great love lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows; and give peace to thy Church, peace among nations, peace in our dwellings, and peace in our hearts; through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

After the Third Collect

 

1049.  O God, who makest men to be of one mind in an house and hast called us into the fellowship of thy dear Son: Draw into closer unity, we beseech thee, the people of all races in this and every land; that in fellowship with thee they may understand and help one another, and that, serving thee, they may find their perfect freedom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Joost de Blank

 

1050.  O God of love, look in thy mercy, we pray thee, upon the nations of the world and unite them in the bonds of peace.  Strengthen the love of righteousness and freedom among all peoples, and bring the whole earth into obedience to thy reign; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1051.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, guide, we beseech thee, the nations of the world into the ways of justice and truth.  Establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness; and grant that in every land thy kingdom may come and thy will be done; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book*

 

1052.  O Almighty God, the Father of all mankind, we pray thee to turn to thyself the hearts of all peoples and their rulers, that by the power of thy Holy Spirit peace may be established among the nations on the foundation of justice, righteousness, and truth; through him who was lifted up on the cross to draw all men unto himself, even thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Temple

 

1053.  Inspire, we beseech thee, O Lord, the hearts of all men everywhere with the spirit of love and justice; and enlighten the leaders of the nations with the wisdom which is from above, that they may seek first the coming of thy kingdom.  Deliver us thy people from faithlessness and fear, save us from the sins and cruelties of war, and guide our feet into thy way of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

1054.  O Thou Prince of Peace, shed abroad thy peace upon the world.  By the might of thy Holy Spirit quench the pride and anger and greediness which cause man to strive against man, and people against people.  Lead all nations in the ways of mutual help and goodwill, and hasten the time when the earth shall confess thee for its Saviour and King; for thy holy name’s sake.

 

In time of international anxiety

1055.  O God, who callest peace-makers thy children and hast declared that thou wilt scatter the nations that delight in war: We beseech thee that as thou didst send thy Son to be the Prince of Peace among men, so thou wilt keep our hearts and minds in his peace, and establish unity and concord among the nations, that all mankind may render to thee the fruits of righteousness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

E. W. Benson

 

1056.  Have mercy, O God, on our distracted and suffering world, on the nations perplexed and divided.  Give to us and to all people a new spirit of repentance and amendment; direct the counsels of all who are working for the removal of the causes of strife and for the promotion of goodwill; and hasten the coming of thy kingdom of peace and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Charles F. d’Arcy

 

1057.  O Almighty God, the refuge of all them that put their trust in thee: We turn to thee in this time of trouble.  Direct the course of this world, we humbly beseech thee, in accordance with thy holy will; take away whatever hinders the nations from unity and concord; and prosper all counsels which make for righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, August 1914

 

1058.  O God, who hast made of one blood all the nations of the earth, and hast set the bounds of their habitation that they might seek after thee and find thee: Mercifully hear our supplications, and remove from us the menace of war.  Guide the rulers with thy counsel and restrain the passions of the people, so that bloodshed may be averted and peace be preserved; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

W. E. Orchard*

 

1059.  Almighty and eternal God, who madest thy light to shine in the darkness by the sending of thy Son Jesus Christ to deliver us from the dominion of evil: Visit us now, we pray thee, in the darkness of these times, and let thy truth and righteousness shine forth among us.  Take from the world the fears which oppress mankind, that we may live in the power of justice and the freedom of thy truth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning*

 

1060.  O God, who hast knit together in one family all the nations of the earth: Remove far from us, we beseech thee, the menace of war; pour out upon the rulers of the peoples thy spirit of peace; restrain the passions of such as plan aggression; and hasten the time when the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Racial cooperation

1061.  Loving Father, who hast made all men in thine own likeness, and lovest all whom thou hast made: Suffer not the world to separate itself from thee by building barriers of race and colour.  As thy Son our Saviour was born of a Hebrew mother yet rejoiced in the faith of a Syrian woman and a Roman soldier, welcomed the Greeks who sought him and suffered an African to carry his cross, so teach us rightly to regard the members of all races as fellow-heirs of thy kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Olive Warner

 

1062.  O God, who hast made of one blood all nations to dwell upon the face of the earth, and who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast broken down the wall of partition between the races of men: Break down, we beseech thee, all that divides us one from another.  Shame our jealousies and lay low our pride; do away all race-prejudice, that the bonds of fellowship and mutual service may unite all peoples, and we may live in peace together, to the glory of thy great name; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

G. C. Binyon*

 

1063.  Lord of the nations, who hast broken down in Christ the wall of partition between Jew and Gentile, bond and free: Unite the Christian people of different races in the bonds of true brotherhood; so that East and West, made one in Christ, may together labour for the bringing in of thy kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Book of Prayers for Students*

 

1064.  O Heavenly Father, whose love embraces all the nations upon earth: Deliver us, we pray thee, from racial prejudice and pride, from the desire to dominate, from injustice to others, and from the denial of their human dignity.  Look with compassion on all who suffer on account of their colour; and by the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ draw together in true fellowship men of all races and languages, that sharing one another’s burdens, and working together in brotherly concord, they may fulfill thy purpose and set forward thy everlasting kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.

Adapted

 

Freedom

1065.  Almighty God, who hast created man in thine own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintaining of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

1066.  Grant, O Lord God, that laying aside the sins that hinder the coming of thy kingdom, the nations of the world may be assured of the right which thou hast given them to live in freedom; freedom from want and fear, freedom of thought and speech, and freedom to worship thee according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

The right use of power

1067.  Almighty and merciful God, without whom all things hasten to destruction and fall into nothingness: Look, we beseech thee, upon thy family of nations and men, to which thou hast committed power in trust for their mutual health and comfort.  Save us and help us, O Lord, lest we abuse thy gift and make it our misery and ruin; draw all men unto thee in thy kingdom of righteousness and truth; and renew our faith in thine unchanging purpose of goodwill and peace on earth; for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

1068.  Almighty God, who hast given to men the capacity to search out and use the wonderful powers of thy universe: Grant to us also the sense of responsibility to use these powers not for destruction but for the benefit of all mankind; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gladys E. Bretherton

 

1069.  Almighty and eternal God, who hast entrusted the minds of men with the science and skill which can greatly bless or wholly destroy: Grant them also a new stature of spirit to match thy trust; that they may use their many inventions to thy glory and the benefit of mankind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Peace Prayers, 1946

 

RULERS AND STATESMEN

Leaders of the nations

1070.  May thy Holy Spirit, O God, rest upon all who bear great responsibilities for government among the nations, and teach them to seek thy will.  When they turn to thee for guidance, let thy way be plain to them; and when they seek thee not, yet overrule their decisions for the good of thy children and the honour of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning*

 

1071.  O God, the Lord of all kings and kingdoms, let thy strong hand control the nations and cause them to long for thy love to rule on the earth.  Strengthen the hands of those who are working for righteousness and peace.  Guide the hearts and minds of all rulers and statesmen, that they may seek first thy kingdom and the establishment of justice and freedom for all peoples, both small and great; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Leslie S. Hunter

 

1072.  O God, by whose power alone men are enabled to live together as brethren: Look upon the broken body of humanity, and grant that wherever men meet in council for the ordering of the world, thy Holy Spirit may bring them into unity and lead them in the way of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning*

 

1073.  Eternal God, wonderful in counsel, excellent in wisdom, we pray for the representatives of the nations who have been called to the difficult task of laying firm foundations for peace.  Inspire their minds, enlarge their vision, direct their councils; that wisely and fearlessly they may stand for righteousness and truth, and set forward thy purposes for the welfare of mankind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

George H. Russell*

 

1074.  Almighty God, who alone givest wisdom and understanding: Inspire, we pray thee, the minds of all to whom thou hast committed the government of the nations of the world.  Give them the vision of truth and justice, that by their counsels all races and classes may work together in true brotherhood, and thy Church throughout the world may serve thee in freedom and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory*

 

An international conference

1075.  O God, who art the lover of justice and concord: Direct, we beseech thee, the minds and wills of those who are called at this time to deliberate for the welfare of the nations of the world; that as faithful stewards of the things which belong unto righteousness, they may have regard to thy laws and the good of mankind, and set forth peace and mutual goodwill among all peoples: through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

United Nations Organization

1076.  Almighty God and most merciful Father, who wouldest have the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of thy Son Jesus Christ: Bestow thy blessing, we beseech thee, upon the Assembly of the United Nations and all who are labouring for peace and righteousness among the peoples; that the day may be hastened when war shall be no more, and thy will only shall govern the nations upon earth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Armistice Day Prayers, 1931*

 

1077.  Eternal God, we beseech thee for all who serve in the United Nations Organization.  Grant thy blessing upon their endeavours to heal the wounds of the world and to minister to human need; and so guide their deliberations in council and assembly that all causes of strife may be removed, and peace and concord be secured among the nations of the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

OUR NATION AND GOVERNMENT

Our country and people

1078.  O Lord, bless this kingdom and commonwealth, that there may be peace and prosperity in all its borders.  In peace, so preserve it that it corrupt not; in trouble, so defend it that it suffer not; and so order it, whether in plenty or in want, that it may faithfully serve thee and patiently seek thy kingdom, the only sure foundation both of men and states; through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer.

After William Laud

 

1079.  O God, who hast graciously preserved our nation through the years and hast led us in wondrous ways: 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

 

1080.  Almighty and everlasting God, we praise thee for all that thou hast done for us as a nation.  Deepen the root of our national life in thy everlasting righteousness, lest thy blessing be withdrawn.  Make us equal to our high trusts, reverent in the use of freedom, just in the exercise of power, and generous in the protection of weakness.  Inspire the men who direct the State, that they may guide it wisely and well; give insight and faithfulness to our legislators and judges; and may our deepest trust ever be in thee, the Lord of nations and the King of kings; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

George H. Russell*

 

1081.  Almighty God, who hast called our nation to a place of trust and responsibility among the nations of the world: We humbly thank thee for all the ways in which thou hast blessed and guided us unto this day.  We confess before thee with shame all that has been evil in our history, and all that makes us unworthy to be called a Christian people.  Take from us all pride and greed and injustice, and grant us the spirit of unselfish service which alone can make us great; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1082.  Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee to bless us with honourable industry, sound learning, and unwavering faith.  Defend our liberties, preserve our unity; endue with wisdom and grace all those to whom is entrusted the authority of government; and ever lead us in the paths of righteousness and peace, to the honour and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1083.  Let thy mercy and blessing, O Lord of lords, rest upon our land and nation; upon all the powers which thou hast ordained over us; our Queen and those in authority under her, the ministers of state, and the great councils of the nation; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  Rule the hearts of our people in thy faith and fear; rebuke the power of unbelief and superstition; and preserve to us thy pure Word in its liberty and glory even to the end of days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Handley C. G. Moule*

 

1084.  Almighty God, King of kings and Lord of lords, hear us as we pray to thee for the nation to which we belong.  Guide with thy eternal wisdom our Queen and her counsellors; make us strong in faith and righteousness and in the love of freedom; and grant that we may still be counted worthy to do our part in leading the nations of the world into the paths of peace; for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1085.  Bless, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, our nation and people.  Give thine abundant grace to our Queen, and to all who bear office throughout the realm, that in all things we may be governed righteously and in thy fear.  Grant us such outward prosperity as may please thee; but above all things grant us such faith and true religion that thy holy name may ever be glorified in our midst; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bellars

 

1086.  O Lord our Governor, we humbly pray thee to look with thy favour upon our country and to visit us with thy salvation.  Graciously bless thy servant our Queen and every member of the royal family.  Give wisdom and courage to our leaders; prosper the work of thy Church in our land; and so turn the hearts of our people to thyself that thy name may be exalted among us as our mighty God and Saviour; for the glory of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1087.  Bless, O Lord, we beseech thee, our Queen and parliament, our judges and magistrates, and all who bear any office or rule in the state.  Save us from the sins that most easily beset us; bless every effort for the well-being of our people; and make us a nation fearing thee and doing righteousness, to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

W. E. Scudamore*

See also 844–5

 

The Queen’s Majesty

1088.  Almighty God, who rulest over all the kingdoms of the world, and dost order them according to thy good pleasure: We give thee hearty thanks for that thou hast set thy servant our sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, upon the throne of this realm.  Let thy wisdom be her guide and thine arm strengthen her; let truth and justice, holiness and righteousness, peace and charity, abound in her days; and direct all her counsels and endeavours to thy glory, and the welfare of her subjects; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From the Accession Service

 

1089.  O God, who providest for thy people by thy power, and rulest over them in love: Vouchsafe so to bless thy servant Elizabeth our Queen, that under her this nation may be wisely governed, and thy Church may serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From the Accession Service

 

1090.  Almighty God our heavenly Father, we pray thee to multiply thy heavenly gifts upon thy servant Elizabeth our Queen.  Establish her throne in righteousness, uphold her continually with thy strength and guidance, and make her a blessing to the peoples over whom thou hast called her to rule; for the honour of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

The Government and those in authority

1091.  Bless, O Lord, those whom thou hast set over us both in Church and State.  Govern their hearts in thy fear, and guide their understanding to do those things which are acceptable to thee; that they may faithfully serve thy people and set forward thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gavin Hamilton*

 

1092.  Guide, we beseech thee, O Lord, all those to whom is committed the government of this nation; and grant to them at this time special gifts of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and strength; that they may consider all questions calmly in their deliberations, and act wisely and promptly, upholding what is right, abhorring what is wrong, and performing that which is just, so that in all things thy will may be done; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1093.  O Lord, thou God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to members of parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of thy Spirit.  May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals, but always love righteousness and truth; so may thy kingdom be advanced and thy name be hallowed; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Prayers for Students

 

1094.  Righteous Lord, that lovest righteousness, may the spirit of wisdom be given to our rulers, to the Queen and all in authority under her.  Grant that they may govern in thy faith and fear, striving to put down all that is evil and to encourage all that is good, to the advancement of the true welfare of thy people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Thomas Arnold

 

1095.  O God, the Lord of men and nations, we remember before thee our Queen and all in authority under her who share the responsibility of government.  Give them wisdom and insight, courage and high resolve, that truth and justice may inspire their counsels and govern their decisions, to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Parliament

1096.  Almighty God, by whom alone kings reign and princes decree justice, and from whom alone cometh counsel and understanding: We humbly beseech thee to grant thy heavenly wisdom to those who have been called to serve in the parliament of this nation.  Grant that, having thy fear always before their eyes, they may lay aside all private interests and partial affections, and take counsel together for the glory of thy name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, and the welfare, peace and unity of the realm; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

An adaptation of the House of Commons Prayer

 

1097.  Most gracious God, we humbly beseech thee for the High Court of Parliament, under our sovereign lady the Queen at this time assembled; that thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, and the safety, honour, and welfare of this realm; to the end that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

 

1098.  O Lord our God, who art the lover of justice and truth: Give thy grace to our parliament and to all who direct the affairs of our nation; and so guide them by thy Holy Spirit, we beseech thee, that by word and deed they may promote the well-being of this people, and set forward peace and goodwill among all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Leaders of the nation

1099.  O God, Almighty Father, King of kings and Lord of all our rulers: Grant that the hearts and minds of all who go out before us, the statesmen, the judges, the men of learning, and the men of wealth, may be so filled with the love of thy laws, and of that which is righteous and life-giving, that they may serve as a wholesome salt unto the earth, and be worthy stewards of thy good and perfect gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer of the Order of the Garter

 

1100.  We remember before thee, O God, those who bear rule among us in Church and State, in industry and commerce; all who speak to men through broadcasting and the press; and all who have power over the lives of others.  Grant them the humility to seek thy guidance, and the courage to do thy will, so that our people may be led to the knowledge of thee and to the service of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

1101.  Raise up, we beseech thee, O Lord, to be leaders of our people, able men and such as fear thee, men of truth and hating covetousness, neither regarding persons nor seeking rewards; and so strengthen them by thy Spirit that in singleness of heart they may always endeavour to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, that the nation may be ordered in equity and righteousness according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1102.  Graciously hear us, O heavenly Father, for those who guard the health of the nation, that they may preserve us from sickness and disease; for those who guide the thought of the nation, that they may inspire us with noble and worthy ideals; for those who mould the character of the nation, that they may fashion us into a people strong in faith and righteousness; to the glory of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Writers, artists, broadcasters

1103.  Almighty God, who hast proclaimed thine eternal truth by the voice of prophets and evangelists: Direct and bless, we beseech thee, those who in this our generation speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of the people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Boys’ Prayer Book

 

1104.  O God, who by thy Spirit in our hearts dost lead men to desire thy perfection, to seek for truth, and to rejoice in beauty: Illuminate and inspire, we beseech thee, all thinkers, writers, artists, and craftsmen; that, in whatsoever is true and pure and lovely, thy name may be hallowed and thy kingdom come on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

 

1105.  O God our Father, who through thy Son Jesus Christ hast commanded us to preach the gospel to every creature: Mercifully grant unto all those who broadcast thy Word the light of thy Holy Spirit, and to those who listen the gift of understanding; so that thy praise may be in all the earth, who livest and reignest one God for evermore.

New Every Morning

 

The armed forces

1106.  O Lord our God, we commend to thy gracious care and keeping the men and women of the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Royal Air Force.  We beseech thee to protect them from all dangers to body and soul; to give them a loyal, courageous, and disciplined spirit; to instill in them the love of justice and liberty; and to grant that they may be called to serve only for the maintenance of order and peace throughout the world; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Book of Public Worship

 

1107.  O Lord of hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the forces of our Queen in every peril of sea and land and air.  Shelter them in the day of battle, and in time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with loyalty and courage; and grant that in all things they may serve as seeing thee who art invisible; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, August 1918

See also prayers in time of war, 1196–1213

 

A general election

1108.  Almighty God, who givest wisdom, and rulest the hearts of men: Guide and direct, we beseech thee, the minds of all those who are called to exercise the responsibility of electing fit persons to serve in the parliament of this nation; grant that the issue of their choice may promote thy glory and the welfare of this people; and to those who shall be elected give the spirit of understanding, courage, and true godliness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1109.  O Lord, we beseech thee to govern the minds of all who are called at this time to choose faithful men into the great council of the nation; that they may exercise their choice as in thy sight, for the welfare of all our people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Charles Gore

 

Before an election, national or local

1110.  O Lord most high, who alone rulest in the kingdoms of men: Guide and direct, we beseech thee, the minds of those who are about to exercise their responsibility in the election of fit persons to serve in the ——; and we pray thee in thy good providence to overrule all things for the promotion of thy glory and the welfare of this nation [or community]; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Administration of justice

1111.  God, mighty and merciful, the Judge of all men: Grant to those who minister justice the spirit of wisdom and discernment; and that they may be strong and patient, upright and compassionate, fill them, we beseech thee, with the spirit of thy holy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. Armitage Robinson

 

1112.  Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice, and the magistrates, in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth, and impartially administer the law in the fear of thee alone; through him who shall come to be our judge, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

American Prayer Book

 

National freedom

1113.  O Eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old: Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

1114.  O Lord God Almighty, who hast made for thy glory all nations over the face of the earth, that they may do thee service in the joy of freedom; give to this people of England the passion of righteousness, and the strength of self-control, that they may exercise their liberty with a serious and single desire to fulfill thy gracious will; through Jesus Christ, our Master, Redeemer, and King.

Henry Scott Holland

 

National unity

1115.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who wast lifted up on the cross to draw all men unto thee: Look in mercy, we beseech thee, upon this nation.  Send out thy light and thy truth that they may lead us into paths of fellowship and peace; break down all barriers of contention and strife; and grant that we may live together in brotherly unity and concord, to thy glory and the welfare of this realm; for thy holy name’s sake.

F. T. Woods

 

Patriotism

1116.  Lord, who hast given us this land for our abiding place: Help us to love it with a passion so strong and true that we may be jealous for its honour and instant in its service; and we pray thee so to work through us that it may become a land where men walk in the freedom of the truth and in the light of the knowledge of thy love, which thou hast manifested in thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

1117.  O God, by whose will we were born to be citizens of this land: Enable us to love our country, not in word only, but in deed and in truth.  Let us never rejoice in any selfish pleasures, nor accept a life of idleness while others toil for our comfort; but rather let us who have received most be ready to give most, in the spirit of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Strangers and immigrants

1118   O God, the Father of all men, who hast bidden thy people to show kindness to the stranger: We pray for those who come from other countries and make their home in this land.  Help them to overcome the difficulties of custom, language, and race; surround them with companions who welcome and befriend them; and bless the societies which foster understanding and goodwill; that in thy great family we may live as members one of another; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1119.  We pray thee, O Lord our God, for Christians from other lands who come to these shores, and especially for those who make their home among us.  May their faith not be shaken by the irreligion of so many in this country, but grant that they may live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, and be loyal members of the Church which is his body; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

In time of national anxiety

1120.  O God, who art the Father of all, and who alone makest men to be of one mind in a house: We beseech thee, at this time of strife and unrest, to grant to us by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit a fuller realization of our brotherhood, man with man.  Allay all anger and bitterness, and deepen in us a sense of truth and equity in our dealings one with another; for the sake of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Randall T. Davidson

 

1121.  O God our Father, who hast led our nation wondrously in ages past: We thank thee for the guidance of thy overruling providence; and we pray thee to give us now and in the days to come sure confidence in thee, that in all perplexities we may see thy light, and in hours of weakness may know thy strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Temple

 

1122.  Almighty God, who hast ordained that men should serve thee in serving one another by their labours: Have regard, we pray thee, to this nation, oppressed at this time by many burdens.  Grant to its citizens grace to work together with honest and faithful hearts, each caring for the good of all; that seeking first thy kingdom and its righteousness, they may have added to them all things needful for their daily sustenance and the common good; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Geoffrey F. Fisher

 

1123.  O God, beyond all time and space, eternal, unchangeable: Have pity upon our ignorance and upon the confusion of our efforts.  Help us to understand the anxieties of others and to know our own limitations.  By thy Holy Spirit raise us above all strife and prejudice, scorn and bitterness, that in the calm light of thy manifold wisdom we may be drawn together in a common will to serve thee and set forward thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Diocese of Rochester

 

1124.  Grant, O God, that in this time of testing our people may know thy presence and obey thy will: that with integrity and courage we may accomplish that which thou givest us to do, and endure that which thou givest us to bear; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

In a time of disaster

1125.  Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, thy help and comfort to all who at this time are visited with tragedy and bereavement; and prosper with thy continual blessing those who labour to devise protection for mankind against disaster; through him who both healed and hallowed suffering, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The spirit of service

1126.  Grant, O Lord, that the men and women of our nation may devote themselves heartily to the common cause, not seeking gain for themselves, but placing the needs of others above their own interests, giving much and taking little; that we may all know the joy of service and the discipline of self-denial, for the sake of him who died for us, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

The peril of prosperity

1127.  O God, who in thy love hast bestowed upon us gifts such as our fathers never knew or dreamed of: Mercifully grant that we be not so occupied with material things that we forget the things which are spiritual; lest, having gained the whole world, we lose our own soul; for thy mercy’s sake.

Daily Prayer

 

Battle of Britain Sunday

1128.  O Lord our God, who art the refuge and strength of all who put their trust in thee: We give thee our humble and hearty thanks for the deliverance granted to our nation in the Battle of Britain, and for those who by their sacrifice won that deliverance for us.  Teach us, we pray thee, as we honour their memory and call to mind thy great mercy, to renew the dedication of our lives to thy service, and always to use our freedom for thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

THE COMMONWEALTH

1129.  O God, who hast made us members of the British commonwealth of nations, and hast bound us together as one family under one Queen: Grant that we may ever live in remembrance of our great responsibilities and set before us that righteousness which exalteth a nation.  Help us to seek to excel in the practice of faith, courage, duty, self-discipline, fair dealing and true sympathy; that as loyal patriots, good citizens, and a God-fearing people, we may glorify thee, the King of kings and Lord of lords; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

The Earl of Meath*

 

1130.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, bless our country and commonwealth, that we may be made a blessing to the world.  Grant us sound government and just laws, good education and a clean press, simplicity and justice in our relations with one another, and, above all, a spirit of service which will abolish pride of place and inequality of opportunity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Prayers for Students*

 

1131.  Almighty God, Father of all mankind, who hast given to our nation a place of responsibility in the earth: Help us ever to remember that we are stewards of thy gifts.  Give to us the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and of the fear of the Lord; make us just and fair in our dealings with other peoples; and keep the nations of our commonwealth united in one bond of faith and fellowship; to the honour of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1132.  Eternal God, who rulest in the kingdoms of men: Grant, we most humbly beseech thee, honour and safety to our sovereign lady the Queen; peace throughout the commonwealth of her peoples; promotion to true religion; encouragement to learning and godly living; a patient service to the concord of the world; and, by all these, glory to thy holy name; for his sake to whom thou hast given all power in heaven and earth, even our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Jeremy Taylor

 

1133.  O Lord God of our fathers, who in thy goodness hast led this people hitherto by wondrous ways, who makest the nations to praise thee, and knittest them together in the bonds of peace: We beseech thee to pour thy blessing on the commonwealth of nations over which thou hast called thy servant Elizabeth to be Queen.  Grant that all, of whatever race or tongue, may, in prosperity and peace, be united in the bond of brotherhood, and in the fellowship of the one Faith, so that we may be found a people acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, August 1918*

 

1134.  O King of kings, help us to become worthy citizens of our country and commonwealth.  Give us such a sense of responsibility that, shunning all false pride and narrow prejudices, we may use the privileges we have inherited as a means of promoting justice and peace, health and happiness, among the nations of the earth, and may work for the unity of all men in the citizenship of thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

E. M. Venables*

 

1135.  Almighty and everlasting God, who art King of kings and Lord of lords: Guide, we pray thee, the destinies of our commonwealth of nations.  Direct the counsels of our Queen and all in authority under her.  Strengthen the resolve of our people; deepen the sense of unity among the members of this great family; and grant us grace that we may strive manfully under thy banner for the establishment of righteousness and peace among the nations of the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

SOCIETY AND INDUSTRY

Social justice

1136.  Almighty God, who hast created man in thine own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

1137.  O Almighty God, who hast entrusted this earth unto the children of men, and through thy Son Jesus Christ hast called us unto a heavenly citizenship: Grant us, we humbly beseech thee, such shame and repentance for the disorder and injustice and cruelty which are among us, that fleeing unto thee for pardon and for grace we may henceforth set ourselves to establish that city which has justice for its foundation and love for its law, whereof thou art the architect and maker; through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Saviour.

William Temple

 

1138.  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.

 

1139.  O Lord, we pray that thou wilt hasten the time when no man shall live in contentment while he knows that his neighbour has need.  Inspire in us and in all men the consciousness that we are not our own but thine and our neighbours’; for his sake who prayed that we might all be one in him, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1140.  O God, who providest for the creaturely needs of men and hast given them in Jesus Christ the food of their souls: Forgive the stupidity and sin whereby men have abused thy providence and squandered thy gifts.  Guide with thy just and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations and direct our industries; and inspire each of us to share more fairly the produce of thy world, and to be generous to feed the hungry and succour those in want; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Diocesan Service Book*

 

1141.  O Jesus, Son of God, carpenter of Nazareth, grant sight to those blinded by luxury, and deliverance to those bound by want; that the rich may joyfully follow the simplicity of thy most holy life, and the poor may obtain their inheritance, and that the hearts of all may be set with one accord to discover the way of salvation; through thy mercy who for our sake didst become poor, our Saviour and our Lord.

 

1142.  O God, our Father, increase in every nation the sense of human brotherhood, true respect for man and for woman, loyalty in service and charity, happiness in work, and justice in reward; that our homes may be kept safe and pure, our cities renewed in beauty and order, and all our world may reflect the radiance of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

Industry and human society

1143.  O Blessed Saviour, who wart pleased thyself to be numbered among the craftsmen: We pray thee to guide and prosper all who labour with mind and hand, that their work may be done for thy honour, and rewarded with thy approval; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

 

1144.  Almighty Father, who art the wise Creator of the land and sea and all that is therein: We beseech thee to take from us the spirit of covetousness and to give us the spirit of brotherhood; that none may suffer want, but each according to his need may share thine abounding gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1145.  O God, who hast given all men their work to do, help them to do it with all their might.  Grant the spirit of wisdom and justice to all leaders of industry.  Bless the men and women who work in offices and factories; strengthen those who labour at the docks or in the fields; take care of the miners and those whose work is dangerous; and help us all to follow in the steps of him who worked as a carpenter, even Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

For a blessing on local industries

1146.  O Almighty Father, who through thy Son Jesus Christ hast consecrated labour to the blessing of mankind: Prosper, we pray thee, the industries of this place; defend those who are engaged therein from all perils, and grant that they may rejoice in the fruits of thy bounty, and bless thee for thy loving-kindness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Irish Prayer Book

 

For industrial peace and goodwill

1147.  Let us pray that all men may learn to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, caring for justice more than for gain, and for fellowship more than for domination.

      Let us pray that all may have the courage and the energy to think for themselves strongly and clearly, and to seek for the truth and follow it whatever the cost.

      Let us pray for deliverance from prejudice and for a desire to appreciate what is just and true in the opinions of those who differ from us.

      Let us pray that all may have the faith to believe that whatever is right is always possible, and that what is according to the mind of Christ is upheld by the limitless resources of omnipotence.

      Let us pray that in ourselves and in others suspicion may give place to trust, and bitterness to goodwill; and that we may all become trustworthy, whether we work with hand or brain.

      Let us pray that God will grant peace in our time, and give us abundantly of his Holy Spirit, whose fruits are love and joy and peace.

William Temple

 

1148.  O God, the King of righteousness, lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due service; that each may live for all, and all may care for each, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Temple

 

1149.  O God, who hast taught us that we are members one of another: Remove, we beseech thee, from among us all distrust and bitterness in industrial disputes; and grant that, seeking what is just and equal, and caring for the needs of others, we may live and work together in unity and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Acts of Devotion

 

For leaders of commerce

1150.  O God, our heavenly Father, guide with thy Holy Spirit those who direct the commercial life of the nation.  Grant them to look on their life’s work as an opportunity of service rather than of gain; fill them with jealous care of their employees; and so bless them that the whole nation may be better for their labours; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Peter Green

 

Earning and spending

1151.  O God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ earned his bread at Nazareth by the labours of his hands, and taught us that our possessions are a trust from thee: Help us to be faithful stewards of what thou givest; that in earning we may be just and honest, and in spending we may seek not our own but thy glory, and the good of others; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The unemployed

1152.  O Lord, our Heavenly Father, we commend to thy care and compassion the men and women of our land now suffering distress through lack of work; support and strengthen them, we beseech thee; and so prosper the counsels of those who are engaged in the ordering of our industrial life, that thy people may be set free from want and fear, and be enabled to labour in security and peace, for the relief of their necessities and for the well-being of this realm; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Local government

1153.  O God, who dost gather thy children together, that they may prepare a city for habitation and dwell together in unity: We pray for all who bear authority in our cities, our towns, and our parishes; for local government officers, and all who give their time and energy in caring for the common good.  Grant them to plan and work for thy glory, and the delight of man.  And continue to raise up, we beseech thee, men and women who offer service to the community as a vocation from thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

H. F. Leatherland

 

Housing

1154.  O God, who wouldest not that any should live without comfort and hope: Have compassion on the multitudes in our day who have no homes, or who are overcrowded in wretched dwellings.  Bless and inspire those who are labouring for their good.  Stir the conscience of the whole nation, O Lord, and both break the bonds of covetousness and make plain the way of deliverance; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Village life

1155.  O God, whose Son was content to share the life of his village at Nazareth: Bless, we beseech thee, the life of this village with thy continual presence.  Grant that in every family thy name may be hallowed, and thy will be done; that our children may learn to love the faith of Jesus Christ, and that men and women may be good neighbours and live godly lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Country Services*

 

1156.  O God, the Creator of all things, who hast made man in thine own image, so that he must ever seek his joy in creative work: Have mercy, we beseech thee, on all who are unemployed, or whose work is dull; and help us so to order our common life that every man may have work to do and find joy in doing it, to the good of this nation and to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

Agriculture

1157.  Give, O Lord, to all who till the ground the wisdom to understand thy laws, and to cooperate with thy wise ordering of the world.  Give to farmers and labourers the desire to work together in the spirit of justice and goodwill.  And grant that the fruits of thy bountiful earth may not be hoarded by selfish men or squandered by foolish men, but that all who work may share abundantly in the harvest of thy soil, according to thy will, revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Harold Anson

 

Fisheries

1158.  O Almighty God, who hast made the seas, and all that moveth therein: Bestow thy blessing on the harvest of the waters, that it may be abundant in its season, and on our sailors and fishermen, that they may be safe in every peril of the deep; so that all with thankful heart may acknowledge thee, who art the Lord of the sea and of the dry ground; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

Those who work in mines

1159.  Almighty God, who art present in the highest heaven and in the deep places of the earth: Let thy protecting care be over all who work in the mines of our land, that they may be preserved in safety and in health; and grant that, knowing the dangers that beset them, they may ever take thought one for another, and be sustained by a sure trust in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

Those who work by night

1160.  Bless, O Lord, all those who, in the night, watch over our lives and homes, and guard all who through the hours of darkness carry on the unresting commerce of men by land and sea and air.  Grant them rest and refreshment, and make us thankful for their service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

EDUCATION AND YOUTH

For a school

1161.  Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being: Make this school as a field which the Lord has blessed; that whatsoever things are true and pure, lovely and of good report, may here abound and flourish.  Preserve in it an unblemished name, enlarge it to a wider usefulness, and exalt it in the love of all its members as an instrument of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Henry Hayman

 

1162.  O God, by whose providence the duties of man are variously ordered: Grant to us all in this school such a spirit that we may labour heartily to do our work in our several stations.  Teach us to put to good account whatever talents thou hast lent us, that as good and faithful servants we may enter into the joy of our Lord, even thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

B. F. Westcott

 

1163.  O God, our heavenly Father, by whose Spirit man is taught knowledge, who givest wisdom to all that ask thee: Grant thy blessing, we beseech thee, upon this school, and help us in the work that thou hast given us to do.  Enable us all to labour diligently, not with eye-service, but in singleness of heart, remembering that without thee we can do nothing, and that in thy fear is the beginning of wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

F. D. Maurice

 

The beginning of term

1164.  Heavenly Father, we praise thee for the holidays which are now over and for all the happiness we have enjoyed.  At the beginning of this new term we present ourselves to thee for thy blessing.  Give us courage and cheerfulness in facing the tasks before us; make us loyal and unselfish in our dealings with one another; and help us both in our work and in our games always to give of our best; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

The end of term

1165.  We give thee thanks, O God, for thy guidance, help and care during the term that is past.  We commend to thee all that has been attempted and accomplished, and ask thee to forgive what has been unworthy or left undone.  And grant, O heavenly Father, that in the holidays before us we may enjoy rest and renewal, health and happiness, and never forget thee, the giver of all good things; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

Those leaving school

1166.  We commend to thy fatherly care, O Lord, those who are about to leave this school.  May thy goodness and mercy follow them throughout their life.  Guard them in danger and keep them from evil; guide them continually in the right way; and assist them in every good work, for the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Teachers

1167.  O Lord and Master, who thyself didst come into the world to bear witness to the truth, and didst say that the good and faithful teacher should be greatly accounted of in thy kingdom: Send, we beseech thee, thy blessing upon all who are engaged in the work of education.  Give them clearness of vision and freshness of thought, and enable them so to train the hearts and minds of the children that they may take their appointed places in the work of this life, and may be ready for the service of the life to come.  We ask it for thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Arthur W. Robinson

 

1168.  Let thy Spirit, O God, rest upon all who teach in our schools.  Enable them both by word and by example to lead their scholars to reverence truth, to desire goodness, and to delight in beauty; that, following after these things, both those who learn and those who teach may come to know and worship thee, the giver of all that is good; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

Teacher training colleges

1169.  O Lord and heavenly Father, the only wise God our Saviour, we commend to thy grace those who in the training colleges are preparing for their work as teachers in our schools.  Foster within them a sense of their vocation and a true dedication to thy service; and so deepen their trust in thee that, in time to come, they may be enabled not only to implant knowledge but to kindle the flame of faith in the lives of those committed to their care; for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

Students

1170.  Grant, O Lord, to all students, to love that which is worth loving, to know that which is worth knowing, to praise that which pleaseth thee most, to esteem that which is most precious unto thee, and to dislike whatsoever is evil in thine eyes.  Grant that with true judgment they may distinguish things that differ, and, above all, may search out and do what is well-pleasing unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thomas à Kempis

 

Overseas students in Britain

1171.  O God the Father of all mankind, we would remember before thee the men and women who come from many lands to study in our universities.  Guide them and protect them in the difficulties and temptations which beset them in their new surroundings.  Keep alive in their hearts the love of all that is good in their home life, and give them also insight to appreciate and share that which is good in ours.  Pardon the faults of temper and manners by which we so often offend them; and grant us true humility, love and patience that we may welcome them in the spirit of the Master whom we desire to serve.

Student Christian Movement

 

Those sitting for examinations

1172.  O God, who knowest the secrets of the heart: Be with those now preparing [sitting] for examinations.  Help them to face their task with calmness, confidence, and courage; with wisdom, faithfulness, and honesty; that they may do justice both to themselves and to their teachers, and set forth thy glory, who thyself art wisdom and truth, and the giver of knowledge, and of every virtue and good gift in Jesus Christ our Lord.

S. P. T. Prideaux

 

The use of knowledge

1173.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy cross and resurrection hast overcome the powers of darkness: Guide all men who in seeking knowledge acquire power which can be used for good or evil purposes.  Help them to recognize their stewardship and to fulfill their responsibility as in thy sight; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Student Prayer*

 

1174.  Deliver us, O God, from following the fashions of the day in our thinking.  Save us from the worship of power, whether power over nature or power over men.  Save us from the worship of science, and grant that, giving thee thanks for the skill of the scientist, we may be preserved from the abuse of his discoveries.  Help us never to confuse any creature with the Creator, or man with God.  May we acknowledge man’s reason as thy gift, and, being freed from all false hopes and misplaced trust, find in thee our hope and our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Student Prayer

 

1175.  Heavenly Father, with whom are hid the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and who hast permitted men of our day to learn things kept secret from the foundation of the world: In mercy save thy children from misusing these thy gifts for selfish and destructive ends; and grant them grace to use them only for thy glory and the good of mankind.

Book of Common Order

See also prayers for Education Sunday, 702–20

 

A youth club

1176.  Almighty Father, we pray thy blessing on all members of this club.  Grant that we together may so work and play, and think and pray, that we may be more fitted to serve thee.  Help us to look wide; fill us with high ideals; inspire us with love and good will to all men; that we may lead others in the paths of chivalry and honour, ourselves following in the steps of him who died in the service of men, thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Toc H Prayers

 

1177.  Almighty Father, we pray that thy blessing may rest upon us in this club.  Grant that all its members may follow Christ and be bound together in loyalty and love.  Remove all selfishness and jealousy and rivalry which may prevent unity and fellowship.  Make us kind and thoughtful for one another.  Keep thou the door of our lips, that we may not sin against one another, nor against thee whose servants we desire to be; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Adapted

 

A youth club

1178.  O God, our heavenly Father, we pray for all who are joined together in this fellowship of youth.  Help us so to think and work and play together, that we may become one in purpose to seek thy will for our lives, and to serve thee faithfully in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Scouts

1179.  O God, our Father, we thank thee for the brotherhood of Scouts throughout the world.  Bless the troop in this parish and all its members.  Give them grace to keep the threefold promise they have made; and make them strong to follow thee all along life’s way, in the faith of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Guides

1180.  Almighty Father, we pray thee to send thy blessing on those whom thou hast joined together in the fellowship of Guiding in this parish.  Strengthen them to be loyal to their vows and to fulfill faithfully the daily calls of duty; fill them with high ideals; and inspire them with love and goodwill to all mankind, that they may follow in the footsteps of him who died in the service of men, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Adapted from A Book of Guide Prayers

 

Any youth organization

1181.  Help us, O Lord, who are united in the fellowship of Scouts [or Guides, the Boys’ Brigade, etc.] throughout the world, to be worthy of our high calling.  Give us grace to keep our vows and to fight manfully under thy banner, that in the end we may be found true citizens of thy heavenly kingdom; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Young people

1182.  Lord Jesus Christ, who didst behold with love the young ruler who came to thee and didst call him to follow thee: We pray that young people everywhere may hear and obey thy call; and grant them such a vision of thy loving purpose for the world that they may surrender themselves gladly and unreservedly to thyself for the service of thy kingdom.  We ask this for the honour of thy holy name.

Frank Colquhoun

See also prayers for a Youth Festival, 782–92

 

HEALTH SERVICES AND HOSPITALS

Doctors and nurses

1183.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who alone hast power over life and death, over health and sickness: Give skill, wisdom and gentleness to doctors and nurses and all who minister to the sick; that always bearing about thy presence with them, they may not only heal but bless, and shine as lamps of hope in the darkest hours of distress and fear; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest ever one God, world without end.

 

1184.  O Heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast taught us the glory of self-sacrifice and service: Bless all those who are called to care for the sick in mind and body; may they always remember that they are fellow-workers with thee; and give them such patience, skill and love that they may bring healing and comfort to those whom they serve; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1185.  Almighty God, who didst send thy blessed Son to be the great physician of the souls and bodies of men: Look, we beseech thee, upon those who have dedicated their lives to the ministry of healing.  Bless and strengthen them in thy service; use their skill and all such means as they shall employ for the relief of suffering and the restoration of health; and help them ever to remember that in ministering to others they minister to thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

The ministry of healing

1186.  Almighty and everlasting God, who didst send thy Son Jesus Christ to be the Saviour and Healer of men: We pray thee to bless the work of all hospitals and medical schools.  Grant that all who are called to the ministry of healing may ever have present to their minds the example of our Lord, and his tenderness and sympathy for all human suffering.  Give them grace and patience faithfully to fulfill their holy calling, and crown their work with good success; for the love of the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from a prayer at the London Hospital

 

1187.  O God our Father, as we praise thee for thy goodness and mercy through the past years, so we beseech thee to continue thy work of healing among us.  Grant to physicians, surgeons, nurses, and all who cooperate with them, wisdom and skill, patience, strength and tenderness, that by their endeavour many may be made whole in body and mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Diocesan Service Book

 

1188.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who in thy life on earth didst heal both the bodies and souls of men: Guide, we pray thee, all who now minister to body or to soul; and grant that those who serve things spiritual may not despise the body, nor those who treat the body set at nought the soul; but that, patiently seeking to understand the unity of our human nature, they may work together for the cure of all sickness and disease, and for the recovery of that true health which is thy gift to those who wait upon thee.  We ask it for thy name’s sake.

 

1189.  O Lord and Master Jesus Christ, Word of the everlasting Father, who hast borne our griefs and carried the burden of our infirmities: Renew by thy Holy Spirit in thy Church, we beseech thee, thy gifts of healing, and send forth thy disciples again to preach the gospel of thy kingdom, and to cure the sick and relieve thy suffering children, to the praise and glory of thy holy name.

Liturgy of St. Mark

See also 981–1002

 

Thanksgiving for health

1190.  Lord of all power and might, we praise thee for thy good gifts of health and strength; for the sight of our eyes, the hearing of our ears, the strength of our limbs, the powers of our mind, and the energy which forges them into a fit instrument for thy service.  Praise be to thee, O God of our health, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

With all our Strength

 

Hospitals

1191.  Most merciful Father, who hast taught us to love thee with all our strength and to glorify thee in our bodies: We commend to thee for thy continual blessing the hospitals of our land and those who serve in them.  Prosper all that is being done for the healing of the sick, the conquest of disease, and the training of doctors and nurses; that thy will may be done in the relief of suffering and the making of lives whole; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

British Red Cross Society

1192.  O Merciful God, giver of life and health, whose will is made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord: Send thy blessing, we beseech thee, upon all who are engaged in the ministry of healing.  More especially we pray at this time for the British Red Cross Society and those who serve therein.  Inspire all who wear the Red Cross with the spirit of Christian charity and self-sacrifice, that they may be compassionate in their care for the sick and afflicted, fearless in their efforts to promote the health and well-being of the people in this and other lands; for the sake of him whose cross is the pledge of victory over all the powers of evil, even thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Medical students

1193.  O Lord, the Healer of all our diseases, who knowest how the sick have need of a physician: Bless all whom thou hast called to be sharers in thine own work of healing with health alike of body and soul; that they may learn their art in dependence upon thee, and exercise it always under thy sanction and to thy glory; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Sursum Corda

 

1194.  O Merciful Father, who hast made man’s body to be a temple of thy Holy Spirit: Sanctify, we pray thee, all those whom thou hast called to study and practise the art of healing and the prevention of disease; strengthen them in body and soul, and bless their work, that they may themselves live as members and servants of Christ, and give comfort to those whom he lived and died to save; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Medical research

1195.  Almighty God, who art the Father of truth and understanding: Shed forth, we beseech thee, upon those engaged in medical and surgical research the light of thy heavenly guidance; grant to them the spirit of patient discernment, that they may be skilled to discover the way of health and healing; and strengthen them with the assurance that they are fellow-workers together with thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

IN TIME OF WAR

Under threat of war

1196.  O God, who hast made of one blood all the nations of the earth, and hast set the bounds of their habitation that they might seek after thee and find thee: Mercifully hear our supplications, and remove from us the menace of war.  Guide the rulers with thy counsel and restrain the passions of the people.  Quicken the sense of our common brotherhood, bind the nations into a new bond of fellowship, and hasten the time when the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of thy Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

W. E. Orchard*

 

In time of war

1197.  Lord God Almighty, who hast brought thy judgments upon all the earth, that the inhabitants of the world may learn righteousness: We entreat thy divine Majesty so to turn the hearts of the people of this land, that sorrowing for our sins with true repentance, and trusting in the hope of thy salvation, we may be renewed to do thee service and show forth thy praise from one generation to another; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

National Mission, 1916

 

1198.  O God, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict the children of men: Grant that in the present time of warfare and distress of nations our people may know thy presence and obey thy will.  Remove from us arrogance and feebleness; give us courage and loyalty, tranquility and self-control, that we may accomplish that which thou givest us to do, and endure that which thou givest us to bear; for his sake who was lifted up on the cross to draw all men unto him, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, August 1914

 

1199.  God of our fathers, on whom our confidence is set, who hast delivered us from of old, and wilt still deliver: Support with thy whole might this people in the day of their proving; that they fear not the threatenings and strokes of the enemy, but stand to maintain thy cause, in the faith of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

A Form of Prayer, March 1941

 

1200.  O Lord God, who in the day of danger knowest how many and stern are the tasks to which we are set: Help us to honour thee by a strenuous devotion to duty and work, and to the high cause which demands them; and strengthen and shield thy people in body and soul, by day and by night; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, May 1940

 

1201.  Look with thy compassion, O Lord, upon the earth that is full of darkness and cruelty.  Break the power of the oppressor, and deliver his victims; and unite them together in a common submission to thy most holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1202.  Heavenly Father, God both of righteousness and peace: Have mercy upon the nations now engaged in bitter war.  Cleanse both us and our enemies of hatred and covetousness; and make us so worthy of our cause, so steadfast in thy strength, that no weakness may delay the victory of our arms, and no selfishness mar the righteousness of our peace; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

William Temple

 

1203.  O Lord God Almighty, who from thy throne dost behold all the dwellers upon earth: Look down with pity upon those on whom have fallen the miseries of war.  Have compassion on the wounded and dying; comfort the broken-hearted; assuage the madness of the nations; guide our rulers; make war to cease; give peace in our time, O Lord.  We ask it in the name of him who is the Prince of Peace, even thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Leaflet of the Collegium, 1914

 

On active service

1204.  O Almighty Lord God, the Father and Protector of all that trust in thee: We commend to thy fatherly goodness the men and women who through perils of war are serving this nation by land or sea or in the air; beseeching thee to take into thine own hand both them and the cause they serve.  Be thou their strength when they are set in the midst of so many and great dangers.  Make all bold through death or life to put their trust in thee, who art the only giver of victory and canst save by many or by few; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, October 1939

 

1205.  Look in thy mercy, we beseech thee, O Lord, on those who are called to tasks of special peril in the air, or beneath the sea.  Even there also shall thy hand lead them, and thy right hand shall hold them.  Help them to do their duty with prudence and with fearlessness, confident that in life or in death the eternal God is their refuge, and underneath them are the everlasting arms; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. Armitage Robinson

 

1206.  O Lord God, our Father, our Saviour, our might: We commend to thy keeping all those who are venturing their lives on our behalf; that, whether by life or by death, they may win for the whole world the fruits of their sacrifice, and a righteous and abiding peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Chaplains

1207.  Remember, O Lord, all whom thou hast called to minister to the souls of those engaged in warfare.  Give them grace to enlighten the ignorant, to strengthen the weak-hearted, to comfort those who suffer, and to speak peace to the dying.  So grant that in all their ministrations, in all their life and conversation, they may shepherd the men and women committed to their care, and advance the honour of our Saviour and his kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. Taylor Smith*

 

Those who minister to the wounded

1208.  O Merciful God, whose blessed Son went about doing good: Uphold with thy strength and grace those who do service to the wounded and the sick.  Grant to the ministers of thy gospel faithfulness and love; to doctors and nurses, skill, sympathy and patience; and to those who labour in the place of danger, thy protection; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, May 1940

 

War victims

1209.  O God, who hast promised that they that wait upon thee shall renew their strength: We commend to thee all who suffer in this time of war; the wounded, the sick, and the prisoners; the homeless, the hungry, and the oppressed; the anxious, the frightened, and the bereaved.  Strengthen them, O Lord, with thy Holy Spirit, and give them friends to help them; we ask it in his name, who bore for us the agony of the cross, thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

1210.  O Merciful Father, look with thy tender compassion upon all prisoners of war.  Supply all their needs, and hasten the time of their release; let thy love protect them and thy presence cheer them, that day by day in weariness and hardship they may have strength to endure patiently, and may find peace in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Form of Prayer, August 1918

 

1211.  O Lord God, whose compassions fail not: Support, we entreat thee, the peoples on whom the terrors of invasion have fallen; and if their liberty be lost to the oppressor, let not their spirit and hope be broken, but stayed upon thy strength till the day of deliverance; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For our enemies

1212.  Lord Jesus Christ, before whose judgment seat we all shall stand, we pray as thou hast taught us for our enemies; so turn their hearts to thee that they may truly repent; and grant that they and we and all the peoples of the earth, being cleansed from sin, may know and do thy will, who wast lifted up upon the cross to draw all men to thyself, our Saviour, our Lord and our God.

Form of National Prayer, 1942

 

For a righteous peace

1213.  O Almighty God, who canst bring good out of evil, and makest even the wrath of man turn to thy praise: We beseech thee so to order and dispose the issue of this war that we may be brought through strife to lasting peace; and that the nations of the world may be united in a new fellowship for the promotion of thy glory and the good of all mankind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Form of National Prayer, May 1940

 

HOME AND FRIENDS

Family life

1214.  Almighty God and heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ was subject to Mary and Joseph at Nazareth, and shared there the life of an earthly home: Send down thy blessing, we beseech thee, upon all Christian families.  Grant to parents the spirit of understanding and wisdom, and to children the spirit of obedience and true reverence; and so bind each to each in thy love 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.

E. C. Ratcliff*

 

1215.  Almighty Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named: We entreat thy mercy for the families of this and every land, for man and wife and child, and for all who have the care of children; that by thy hallowing our homes may be blessed and our children may grow up in the knowledge of thee and of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

1216.  Almighty God, in whose house are many mansions, we pray thee to surround our dwellings with the unseen wall of thy protection; that we may be devoted to thy service and may serve one another in love; until we come at last to that home which thou hast prepared for them that love thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Salisbury Book of Occasional Offices*

 

1217.  O Holy Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named: We commend to thy gracious keeping the homes and children of our people; beseeching thee so to dwell in our hearts that we may know in daily life, and show forth to all men, the power and depth of thy grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

1218.  Almighty Father, who art ever present with us in all the duties of our daily life: Be thyself, we beseech thee, the defender of our households and our constant guide; and as thy Son, Jesus Christ, abode on earth in his home at Nazareth, so let him now abide with us and we with him; that continuing ever in his love we may love one another in him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1219.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, whose blessed Son did share at Nazareth the life of an earthly home: We beseech thee to bless our homes, and our families, and to keep us in our going out and in our coming in.  Grant us day by day thy strength and protection; watch over us in times of danger and necessity; and unite us with each other in thy steadfast fear and love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1220.  Sanctify, O Lord, the homes of our people, that they may be places of prayer and purity and true religion.  Knit together in constant love those whom thou hast made one in holy wedlock.  Bestow upon children the dew of thy blessing, that they may grow up in the faith of thy name and in the spirit of love and service; for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1221.  O God our Father, in whom all the families of the earth are blessed: We pray thee to regard with thy loving-kindness the homes of our country; that marriage may be held in due honour by the Church, by the State, and by society; and that husbands and wives may live faithfully together, in honour preferring one another.  We pray that the members of every family may be rich in mutual understanding and forbearance, in courtesy and kindness, bearing one another’s burdens, and so fulfilling the law of Christ, thy Son, our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

1222.  Almighty and eternal God, who didst send thy Holy Spirit from above to renew thine image in our souls: Inspire the heart of every husband and father and of every wife and mother in the land to love and serve thee.  Awaken us all to a full sense of our responsibilities, and take possession of ourselves and of our homes; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mothers’ Union

See also 673–6, 717, 776–8

 

Children

1223.  Grant to our children, O God, this gift above all, that as they grow in knowledge they may grow also in grace, and enter into their heritage of faith in thee.  So may they walk in thy world as children of their Father, giving thee thanks for all things; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

1224.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst take little children in thine arms and bless them: Bless, we beseech thee, all children dear to us.  Take them into the arms of thy everlasting mercy, keep them from all evil, and bring them into the company of those who ever behold the face of thy Father in heaven; to the glory of thy holy name.

Priest’s Prayer Book

 

1225.  O God our Father, we pray thee to bless all children, and to give to those who have the care of them wisdom, patience, and love; so that the home in which they grow up may be to them an image of thy kingdom, and the care of their parents a likeness of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

See also 715–16, 766–72

 

Marriage

1226.  Almighty God, who hast ordained that a man and a woman should leave their parents, cleave to one another and become one flesh; and hast taught us that what God has joined together no man should put asunder: Deliver our nation at this time from all corrupting influences.  May marriage be held in honour among us all, and the gift of sex be acknowledged as a sacred trust from thee.  Grant to both young and old the grace of self-control.  Beautify our homes with thy presence, that husband and wife, parents and children, may love one another as thou hast loved us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. R. W. Stott

See also 952–69

 

Those we love

1227.  Almighty God, whose goodness loved us into life and whose mercies never fail: We commend to thee those who are joined to us by the ties of kindred, friendship and love; all children dear to us; all who help us to be faithful and whose goodness turns duties into love.  Keep them both outwardly in their bodies and inwardly in their souls, and pour upon them the dew of thy blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John Hunter

 

1228.  We call to mind, O God, before thy throne of grace all those whom thou hast given to be near and dear to us, and all for whom we are specially bound to pray, beseeching thee to remember them all for good, and to fulfill as may be expedient for them all their desires and wants.  We commend to thee any who may have wronged us, whether by word or deed, beseeching thee to forgive them and us all our sins, and to bring us to thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gavin Hamilton

 

1229.  O God, who by the grace of thy Holy Spirit hast shed thy love abroad in the hearts of thy faithful people: Mercifully grant to those whom we love health of body and soul; that they may serve thee with all their strength and gladly fulfill all thy good pleasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gregorian Sacramentary

 

1230.  O God our heavenly Father, who hast made pleasant and lovely the bonds of friendship: We thank thee for the many friends with whom thou hast enriched our lives; strengthen the bonds of love which unite us in thee, and in death divide us not; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1231.  O Loving Father, we commend to thy gracious keeping all who are near and dear to us.  Have mercy upon those who are sick, and comfort all who are in pain, anxiety, or sorrow.  Awaken all who are careless about eternal things.  Bless those who are young and in health, that they may give the days of their strength unto thee.  Comfort the aged and infirm, that thy peace may rest upon them.  Hallow the ties of kindred, that we may help, and not hinder, one another in all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

1232.  O God, our heavenly Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named: We entrust to thy loving care the members of our families, both near and far.  Supply their needs; guide their footsteps; keep them in safety of body and soul; and may thy peace rest upon our homes and upon our dear ones everywhere; for Jesus Christ our Saviour’s sake.

Frank Colquhoun

 

Absent friends

1233.  O Lord our God, who art in every place and from whom no space or distance can ever separate us: We thank thee that those who are absent from each other are present with thee.  We therefore pray thee to have in thy holy keeping those dear ones from whom we are now separated; and grant that both they and we, by drawing nearer to thee, may be drawn nearer to each other, and be bound together in thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Martin*

 

1234.  O Lord of love, who art not far from any of thy children: Watch with thy care those who are absent from us.  Be thou about their path; be thou within their hearts; be thou their defence upon their right hand; give them unfailing trust in thee; grant them power against temptation; qualify them for whatever task thou givest them, and make it their joy to do thy will; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

W. Boyd Carpenter*

 

1235.  O God, whose fatherly care reacheth to the uttermost parts of the earth: We humbly beseech thee graciously to behold and bless those whom we love, now absent from us.  Defend them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both they and we, drawing nearer to thee, may be bound together by thy love in the communion of thy Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

1236.  O God, who art present in thy power in every place, mercifully hear our prayers for those we love who are now parted from us.  Watch over them, we beseech thee, and protect them in all anxiety, danger and temptation; and teach us and them to feel and know that thou art always near, and that we are one in thee for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1237.  O Heavenly Father, who hast bestowed upon us the comfort of earthly friends: Look in love upon those dear to us from whom we are separated.  Protect them and keep them from all harm; prosper and bless them in all good things; suffer them never to be desolate or afraid, and let no shadow come between them and us to divide our hearts; but in thine own good time may we renew the fellowship of sight and hand; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

TRAVEL

Travellers

1238.  O God, our heavenly Father, who art present in thy power in every place: Preserve, we beseech thee, all who travel by land, water, or air [especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; surround them with thy loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

Before a journey

1239.  O God of infinite mercy and might, whom no distance of place nor length of time can part from those who serve thee: Receive into thy protection those whom we now commend to thy care; and through all the way in which they are to go, be pleased to be their guide and companion; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Gelasian Sacramentary

 

Seafarers

1240.  O Almighty God, whose way is in the sea and whose paths are in the great waters: Be present, we beseech thee, with our brethren in the manifold dangers of the deep; protect them from all perils, prosper them in their course, and bring them in safety to the haven where they would be, with a grateful sense of thy mercies; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scottish Prayer Book

 

1241.  Merciful God, who holdest the waters in the hollow of thy hand: Prosper, we pray thee, the voyages of our sailors and merchantmen as they go down to the sea in ships and do business in great waters; and as they see thy works in the deep, give them grace to acknowledge and trust in thee, who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth and of those that are far off upon the sea; for thy name’s sake.

W. Charter Piggott

 

Travellers on the roads

1242.  Almighty God, giver of life and health: Guide, we pray thee, with thy wisdom all who are striving to save from injury and death the travellers on our roads.  Grant to those who drive along the highways consideration for others, and to those who walk on them or play beside them thoughtful caution and care; that so without fear or disaster we may all come safely to our journey’s end, by thy mercy who carest for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Douglas Crick

 

1243.  Almighty God, who dost sanctify with thy Spirit the common ways of life: Give to us and to all who use the roads the spirit of courtesy and goodwill, of carefulness and self-control; that by our thought for others we may all be preserved from needless danger and sudden death, and may live to glorify thee in our going out and our coming in; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Those on holiday

1244.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who didst rest from the work of creation on the seventh day: Grant us thy blessing not only in our labour but when we lay aside our toil; that so, returning to our duties with body rested, mind renewed and spirit refreshed, we may in all things seek thy glory and do thy will; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Saviour.

J. W. R. Stott

 

1245.  O Heavenly Father, we commend to thee those who at this time are seeking rest and change.  Grant them refreshment of spirit and renewal of strength, that they may return to the duties of their daily life better fitted for thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1246.  Heavenly Father, who art the source of all refreshment: Be with us and all who are seeking rest and holiday at this time.  Make us grateful for all thy good gifts which we enjoy; help us to see thee in the beauty and majesty of nature; and grant us on our return renewed strength of mind and body for the duties of our daily life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1247.  Almighty God, from whom all good things do come, protect and bless, we beseech thee, all who, released for a season from their daily tasks, are enjoying the rest and refreshment of their annual holidays; and grant that, renewed in body and spirit, they may return home better able to serve thee and their fellow men; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Peter Green

 

Valedictory prayer

1248.  O God, who art the refuge and strength of those who trust in thee: We commend to thy merciful care thy servants now departing from us.  Prosper them, we pray thee, in all their undertakings; guide and protect them in the way that they go; and of thy great goodness bring them again to their homes and friends in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Life’s journey

1249.  Be thou, O Lord, our shield and defence as we travel along the perplexing path of life, with its many difficulties and dangers.  So guide and protect us here on earth, that we may find eternal rest when our journey is finished and our work is done; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

THE SUFFERING

Those in need

1250.  O Lord God, our heavenly Father, regard, we beseech thee, with thy divine pity the pains of all thy children; and grant that the passion of our Lord and his infinite love may make fruitful for good the tribulations of the innocent, the sufferings of the sick, and the sufferings of the bereaved; through him who suffered in our flesh and died for our sake, the same thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

1251.  O Thou who art love, and who seest all the suffering, injustice and misery which reign in this world: Have pity, we implore thee, on the work of thy hands.  Look mercifully upon the poor, the oppressed, the destitute and all who are heavy laden.  Fill our hearts with deep compassion for those who suffer, and hasten the coming of thy kingdom of justice and truth; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eugene Bersier*

 

1252.  Almighty and most merciful Father, who hast taught us not to think of ourselves only, but also for the wants of others; we remember before thee all who are burdened and oppressed, those who are afflicted by poverty, or worn down by disease and illness, the weary and the heavy-laden, those also who are in darkness or despair, or who are suffering for righteousness’ sake.  Help them all to rest in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Knight

 

1253.  O God of love, whose compassions fail not: We bring before thee the sufferings of all mankind; the necessities of the homeless; the sighing of prisoners; the pains of the sick and injured; the sorrows of the bereaved; the helplessness of the aged and weak.  Comfort and relieve them, O Father, according to their several needs, and thy great mercy; for the sake of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

After St. Anselm

 

1254.  Blessed Lord, who thyself hast borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: Hear thou our prayer for all that are in trouble and distress.  Draw them, we pray thee, to thyself, that they may find the comfort and strength which thou alone canst give; and grant to all of us the loving heart and ready hand to help, that serving the needs of others we may show forth our love and gratitude to thee, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

1255.  Hear us, O Lord, as we remember before thee those who have special need of thee at this time; those who are handicapped in the race of life through no fault of their own; those who have lost the health and strength that once were theirs; all who lie in pain; the blind, the deaf, the dumb; the hungry and the homeless; all refugees and displaced persons; those who are in doubt or anguish of soul, and all who have wandered away from thee.  Succour them, O Lord, and raise up helpers for them in their need, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

1256.  O God, Almighty and merciful, who healest those that are broken in heart, and turnest the sadness of the sorrowful to joy: Remember in pity such as are this day destitute, homeless, or forgotten of their fellow men. Uplift those that are cast down; cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people; and by thy heavenly grace preserve from falling those who are tempted to sin.  Grant this, O Lord, for the love of him who for our sakes became poor, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

American Prayer Book*

 

1257.  O God, remember in thy mercy the poor and needy, the widow and the fatherless, the stranger and the friendless, the sick and the dying.  Relieve their needs, sanctify their sufferings, uphold their faith, and in due time bring them out of all their trouble; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1258.  Lord Jesus, we beseech thee, by the loneliness of thy suffering on the cross, be near to all who are desolate, and in pain or sorrow, this day; and let thy presence transform their sorrow into comfort, and their loneliness into fellowship with thee; for thy tender mercy’s sake.

Sursum Corda

 

1259.  Almighty and most merciful God, let thy compassion be shown to all who suffer, and to all who are stricken with sorrow.  Use us to comfort them as we are able, and what we cannot do for them, be pleased thyself to do; that in the mystery of thy love they may find peace and healing and faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

1260.  We commend to thy merciful care, O Lord, all who are passing through suffering and distress; beseeching thee to grant them, according to their need, peace of heart, strength of body, and healing of the mind; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

1261.  O Heavenly Father, look in thy compassion on those in need, especially on those for whom our prayers are desired.  Grant them the comfort of thy presence; let thy peace rule in their hearts; and fulfill in them thy perfect will, for the glory of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

1262.  Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad, the strength of them that suffer: Let the prayers of thy children who cry out of any tribulation come unto thee; and unto every soul that is distressed grant thou mercy, grant relief, grant refreshment; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

After Gelasian Sacramentary

 

1263.  We humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity; that by thy blessing upon them, and those who try to help them, they may find encouragement and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The sick in body

1264.  O Lord, we beseech thee graciously to visit and relieve thy servants for whom our prayers are desired.  Look upon them with the eyes of thy mercy, give them comfort and sure confidence in thee, and keep them in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

 

1265.  O Lord of all compassion, whose hand is ever stretched out in blessing and healing upon the sick: We pray for these thy servants whom we have named before thee; that they may be set free from the sickness which afflicts them, and healed by thy power, for the honour and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Guild of Health*

 

1266.  O God, whose compassions fail not, whose faithfulness is new every morning: Draw near, we pray thee, to those who are stricken with sickness and pain.  Ease their discomfort, allay their fears strengthen their faith, be thou their salvation and their peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. R. W. Stott

 

1267.  Almighty Father, we commend to thy loving care all who suffer, especially the sick in body and mind.  Grant them patience in their suffering; cheer and uphold them with the knowledge of thy love; and if it be thy will restore them to health and strength; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1268.  O Almighty God, who art the giver of life and health and the aid of all who seek thy succour: Mercifully grant that thy help and goodness may be shown to the suffering and the sick; that being healed of their infirmities they may give thanks to thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1269.  O Lord Jesus Christ, unto whom the sick were brought that they might be healed, and thou didst send none of them away without thy blessing: Look in pity upon all who come to thee for healing of body or mind, and grant them the blessing of thy saving health, both now and evermore.

Adapted

 

1270.  Grant, O Lord, to all those who are bearing pain, thy healing grace and power; thy spirit of peace and hope, of courage and endurance.  Cast out from them the spirit of anxiety and fear; and grant them perfect confidence and trust in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1271.  O God, who knowest the needs of all thy children, look With compassion upon him for whom our prayers are offered; give him courage and confidence; bless those who minister to him of thy healing gifts, and, if it be thy gracious will, restore him to that perfect health which is thine alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Robert N. Rodenmeyer

 

The sick in mind

1272.  O Holy Spirit, who dost search out all things, even the deep things of God and of man: We pray thee so to penetrate into the springs of personality of all who are sick in mind as to bring them peace and unity and healing.  Dispel all anxiety and cast out all fear, that they may be restored to health and glorify thee in lives made whole and free; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Adapted from George Appleton

 

1273.  O Heavenly Father, who in thy love and wisdom knowest the anxieties and fears of thy children: Grant that this thy servant may be enabled to cast all his care upon thee, for thou carest for him.  Give him quietness of mind and unshaken trust in thee, and guide his feet into the way of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Irish Prayer Book*

 

1274.  O Thou who art the Mind of all creation, we remember to our comfort that thou hast in thy special care all broken, outworn and imperfect minds.  Give to those who live with them the understanding and loving Spirit of Christ.  Enlighten those who are tempted to laugh at such infirmity, or regard it with shame.  To all who are separated in this life by barriers of mental infirmity, grant the comfort of thy Holy Spirit, who with thee and thy Christ ever liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end.

 

The handicapped

1275.  O Loving Father, we pray for all who are handicapped in the race of life: the blind, the defective, the delicate, those worn with sickness, and all who are permanently injured.  May they learn the mystery of the road of suffering which Christ has trodden and saints have followed, and bring thee this gift which angels cannot bring, a heart that trusts thee even in the dark; and this we ask in the name of him who himself took our infirmities upon him, even the same Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

A. S. T. Fisher

 

Children in need

1276.  O God whose heart is as the heart of a child: Hear our prayer for children who are suffering through the sin, hatred, and stupidity of men and women.  In thy mercy restore to them what has been taken from them.  Raise up fathers to the fatherless, mothers to the motherless, friends to the friendless.  Wipe out from their souls the stain of misery and fear; and give back to them the trustfulness and untroubled joy which should be theirs.  To those who look after them and teach them, grant faith that thou art able to do this, and patient wisdom to cooperate with thee, for the sake of Jesus Christ, who, taking the children in his arms, blessed them, saying, Of such is the kingdom of heaven.

 

1277.  O God, our Father, we remember before thee all orphaned, homeless and unwanted children, the children of loveless homes, and those who suffer from bodily defect and disease.  Make our hearts burn within us for the children of our dark places, and teach us how to turn to good account the laws that protect them and the efforts of those who strive to succour them; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mothers’ Union

 

1278.  We would remember before thee, O God, all those whose powers are hampered by affliction of mind or body, and especially children burdened by suffering and physical limitations.  Give patience and hope to all who tend them, and amidst all the mysteries of life grant us such a vision and assurance of thy love that we may never doubt thee, though thy way is hidden from us; this we ask for Jesus’ sake.

 

1279.  O Heavenly Father, watch with us, we pray thee, over the sick child for whom our prayers are offered, and grant that he may be restored to that perfect health which is thine alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

American Prayer Book

 

One facing an operation

1280.  Father of compassion and mercy, who never failest to help and comfort those who cry to thee for succour: Give strength and courage to this thy son in his hour of need.  Hold thou him up and he shall be safe; enable him to feel that thou art near, and to know that underneath are the everlasting arms; and grant that, resting on thy protection, he may fear no evil, since thou art with him; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Irish Prayer Book

 

Incurables

1281.  O Heavenly Father, we pray thee for those suffering from diseases for which at present there is no cure.  Give them the victory of trust and hope, that they may never lose their faith in thy loving purpose.  Grant thy wisdom to all who are working to discover the causes of disease, and the realization that through thee all things are possible.  We ask this in the name of him who went about doing good and healing all manner of disease, even thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

George Appleton

 

The dying

1282.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who in thy last agony didst commend thy spirit into the hands of thy heavenly Father: Have mercy upon all sick and dying persons; may death be unto them the gate of everlasting life; and give them the assurance of thy presence even in the dark valley; for thy name’s sake who art the resurrection and the life, and to whom be glory for ever and ever.

Adapted from Sarum Primer

 

1283.  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 that rest that remaineth for thy people; through him who died and rose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bright

 

The hungry

1284.  O Merciful and loving Father, look in thy mercy, we pray thee, on the many millions who are hungry in the world of today and are at the mercy of disease.  Grant that we who have lived so comfortably and gently all our lives may have true sympathy with them and do all in our power, as individuals and as a nation, to help them to that abundant life which is thy will for them; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

George Appleton

 

1285.  O Christ, whose heart was moved with compassion for the hunger of the multitude, and didst use thy disciples to minister to their needs: Fill us with thine own love and concern for the hungry peoples of the world of our day and make us the instruments of thy purpose to relieve their sufferings; for thy tender mercy’s sake.

 

1286.  O Heavenly Father, who by thy blessed Son hast taught us to ask of thee our daily bread: Have compassion on those who have been brought to poverty and hunger.  Relieve their distress; make plain the way of help; and grant thy grace unto us all, that we may bear each other’s burdens according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

George Appleton

 

The homeless           

1287.  Have mercy, O Lord our God, on those whom war or oppression or famine has robbed of homes and friends, and prosper all who seek to help them.  We commend also to thy care those whose homes are broken by conflict and lack of love; grant that where the love of man has failed, the divine compassion may heal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning*

 

Refugees

1288.  We remember before thee, O God, the multitudes of refugees throughout the world, and all who are without homes and without hope.  Show thyself to them in thy great compassion; save them from despair and bitterness of spirit; and graciously bless all that is being done for their present relief and their future security; for the sake of him who had not where to lay his head, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1289.  O God, who art the Father of all mankind, we ask thy mercy for the refugees of many nations who bear the mark of pain and suffering.  We pray for the sick, the homeless, and the lonely, and for those separated from their families and friends; and we beseech thee to direct the minds of statesmen and the charity of all men to the relief of their sufferings and the healing of their sorrows; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

Alcoholics

1290.  Most gracious God, the strength of all who put their trust in thee: We pray for those who are enslaved by intoxicants or by some other evil habit; give them the desire and the will to be free, and the grace to continue in the right way; and show us how we may serve and help them in their need; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The aged and infirm

1291.  Remember, O Lord, the aged and infirm, those who feel their life’s work is done and can no longer lend a helping hand where once they did; all who are passing through the valley of the shadows, that they may find that the risen Christ is with them, and that there is light at evening time; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

When Two or Three

 

The anxious and bereaved

1292.  Almighty God, who art afflicted in the afflictions of thy people: Regard with thy tender compassion the anxious and bereaved.  Bear their sorrows and cares; give them comfort and peace in thee; and grant them evermore sure trust and confidence in thy fatherly care: through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

A Thanksgiving

1293.  We thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for all who hallow pain by triumphing over it; for sufferers whose thought is always for others; for those whose faith brings light to the dark places of life; for those whose patience inspires others to endure.  And grant, we beseech thee, O loving Father, to all who are bound together in the mysterious fellowship of suffering, the sense of comradeship with each other and with their crucified Saviour; granting them in this life the peace that passeth all understanding, which the world cannot give nor take away, and in the world to come life everlasting.

Adapted

See also prayers for Ministry to the Sick (981–1002) and for Health Services (1183–95)

 

THOSE IN SPIRITUAL NEED

The unconverted

1294.  Almighty God, we beseech thee to hear our prayers for such as sin against thee or neglect to serve thee; that thou wouldest vouchsafe to bestow upon them true repentance and an earnest longing for thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Office of Sext

 

1295.  Have compassion, O Lord, upon all who are careless about eternal things and are living without thee and without hope.  Send to them the light of thy Holy Spirit to teach them their great need, and in thy tender mercy bring them to the knowledge of thy love, through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

The worldly minded

1296.  O God, have mercy on all who live without faith, on all who forget thee amid their worldly business, and on all who are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin, and convert them to thy service, for the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bright

 

Those who have erred

1297.  Almighty God our heavenly Father, whose property is always to have mercy: We most humbly beseech thee to enlighten by thy Holy Spirit all who have gone astray from the truth of thy holy Word, and to bring them to a due sense of their error, that they may with hearty faith receive and hold fast thine unchangeable truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lutheran Church

 

1298.  Almighty and everliving God, who hast given us the Catholic Faith of Christ for a light to our feet amid the darkness of this world: Have pity on all who, by doubting or denying it, are gone astray from the path of safety; bring home the truth to their hearts, and grant them to receive it as little children; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bright

 

1299.  O most blessed Saviour, who art the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Bring back to the fold of thy Church all those who are in error, and subdue the pride of man to the obedience of thy holy laws; and grant that thy truth may be so publicly maintained, constantly taught, humbly believed, and zealously practised by all men in their several stations, that we may dwell together in faith and charity, to the glory of thy holy name, now and for evermore.

Adapted from Jeremy Taylor

 

The tempted

1300.  Almighty God, who gayest thine only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of the whole world: Have mercy on all who are in temptation and upon all who through weakness or willfulness fall into sin; make known to them thy gracious love, and so teach them the evil of hatred and malice, of envy and contempt, of lust and greed, that, turning to thee for help, they may be led into fellowship with thee and obedience to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Temple

 

1301.  Most merciful and faithful High Priest, who didst deign for us to be tempted of the devil: Make speed to aid thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

 

The despondent

1302.  Comfort, we beseech thee, most gracious God, all who are cast down and faint of heart amidst the sorrows and difficulties of the world: and grant that by the quickening power of thy Holy Spirit they may be lifted up to thee with hope and courage, and be enabled to go upon their way rejoicing in thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

R. M. Benson

 

The doubting and perplexed

1303.  O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty, everlasting God, who givest light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death: Lift up, we beseech thee, the light of thy countenance upon those who are wandering uncertain and doubtful in the night of this world.  Make known to them the way of truth and peace, and open the eyes of their understanding to acknowledge thee, the living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.

South African Prayer Book*

 

1304.  O Lord our God, whose blessed Son has promised that those who follow him shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life: Have pity upon all who are afflicted by doubt or perplexity, and grant that they may see thy light in Jesus, and learn, amid the mysteries of life, to walk humbly by faith in him.  We ask it for his name’s sake.

 

THE CHURCH OF GOD

1305.  Remember, O Lord, thy Church, to deliver it from all evil and to make it perfect in thy love.  Enlarge its borders through the preaching of the everlasting gospel, and gather the faithful from all the ends of the earth into the kingdom which thou hast prepared.  For thine is the power and the glory for ever and ever.

Adapted from Didache

 

1306.  O God of unchangeable power and eternal light, look favourably upon thy whole Church and make it the instrument of thy saving purpose for the world; that the life of mankind, redeemed in Christ, may everywhere be renewed, and all things may return into unity through him from whom they took their origin, even the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

An adaptation of the Gelasian prayer

 

1307.  Almighty and everlasting God, who hast revealed thy glory in Christ to all nations: Protect, we beseech thee, what thy compassion has created, that thy Church which is spread abroad throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of thy name; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gelasian Sacramentary

 

1308.  O God, Redeemer and Governor of mankind: We beseech thee to grant that thy Church may continually be enlarged by the gathering in of new children to thee, and perfected by the increasing devotion of those who have been regenerated; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gelasian Sacramentary

 

1309.  We beseech thee, O Lord, to guide thy Church with thy perpetual governance; that it may walk warily in times of quiet, and boldly in times of trouble; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Franciscan Breviary

 

1310.  We pray thee, Lord, to guide and uphold thy Church with thy unfailing goodness; that in prosperity it lose not zeal, and in adversity have faith and patient endurance; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1311.  Remember, O Lord, according to the multitude of thy mercies, thy whole Church, all who join with us in prayer, and all our brethren, wherever they may be in thy vast kingdom, who stand in need of thy grace and succour.  Pour down upon us all the riches of thy mercy, so that, preserved in soul and body, and steadfast in our faith, we may ever praise thy wonderful and holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From a prayer of the Eastern Church

 

1312.  Most gracious Father, we most humbly beseech thee for thy holy catholic Church.  Fill it with all truth; in all truth with all peace.  Where it is corrupt, purge it; where it is in error, direct it; where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen and confirm it; where it is in want, furnish it; where it is divided, heal it, and unite it in thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Laud*

 

1313.  Preserve, O God, the catholic Church in holiness and truth, in unity and peace, free from persecution, or glorious under it; that she may advance the honour of her Lord Jesus, for ever represent his sacrifice, and glorify his person, and advance his religion, and be accepted of thee in her blessed Lord, that being filled with his Spirit she may partake of his glory.

Jeremy Taylor

 

1314.  O God, let thy mercy descend upon thy whole Church; preserve her in truth and peace, in unity and safety, in all storms and against all enemies; that she, offering to thy glory the never-ceasing sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving, may advance the honour of her Lord, and be filled with his Spirit, and partake of his glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jeremy Taylor

 

1315.  O Lord God, we pray for thy whole Church throughout the world.  May her witness be faithful and her worship sincere; may her divisions be healed and her life renewed; and may all her members be bound together in loving service to one another and in true devotion to thee; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1316.  O Lord, we beseech thee to maintain thy Church in truth and patience; that her pastors may be faithful, her watchmen vigilant, her flock loyal, her camp united, her war spiritual, her weapons heavenly, her lamp burning and shining; and as thy Son Jesus Christ hath given so great a price for us, let us not count it a hard thing to give up all for him, and to spend and be spent for the souls he hath redeemed; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for evermore.

Percy Dearmer

 

1317.  Remember in thy mercy, O Lord our God, thy holy Church throughout the world.  Heal its divisions; restore its unity; quicken its life; empower its witness; that so it may become the instrument of thy purpose for the reconciliation of mankind and the healing of the nations; through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Frank Colquhoun

 

1318.  O Most Holy Spirit of God, from whom alone floweth the fullness of wisdom and life: Come in thine everlasting power and glory, we beseech thee, upon thy Church, and into the hearts of all men, to bring to the world a new birth of righteousness, new understanding of truth, and new unity in love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Every Morning

 

The revival of the Church

1319.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ came to cast fire upon the earth: Grant that by the prayers of thy faithful people a fire of burning zeal may be kindled, and pass from heart to heart, till all our hardness is melted in the warmth of thy love; through him who loved us and gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

G. C. Binyon

 

1320.  Almighty and most merciful God, remember, we beseech thee, thy holy Church throughout the world.  Send down upon thy ministers, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the quickening spirit of thy grace; unite all true followers of Christ in the bond of a holy faith as one body; and so fill us all with the power of thy Holy Spirit, that we may bring forth abundantly the fruits of truth and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1321.  O Lord Jesus Christ, we beseech thee to quicken and purify thy holy Church, against which thou hast promised that the powers of death shall never prevail; revive the ancient fires of devotion and zeal, and kindle in the hearts of all thy people a new spirit of prayer and adventure; for the glory of thy name, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever one God, world without end.

 

1322.  O God, who from time to time dost send a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, refreshing it when it is weary: Hearken now, we beseech thee, to the supplications of thy people, who confess their need of thy quickening grace.  Revive us by the Holy Ghost, the giver of life; that all men may see and know that thou art in the midst of us, who are called by thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1323.  God, our Shepherd, give to the Church a new vision and a new charity, new wisdom and fresh understanding, the revival of her brightness and the renewal of her unity; that the eternal message of thy Son, undefiled by the traditions of men, may be hailed as the good news of the new age; through him who maketh all things new, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Percy Dearmer

 

1324.  Eternal and gracious God, who art slow to anger and of great kindness: Have mercy upon thy faithless and backsliding Church.  We mourn, and confess to thee, our sins, the poverty of our devotion and the weakness of our testimony.  Pardon, cleanse and restore us, we humbly beseech thee.  Fill us with the power of thy Holy Spirit, that we thy people may be humbled and sanctified, and that the multitudes who are lost to thee may be convicted of their sins and converted to their Saviour; for the glory of his saving name.

J. R. W. Stott

 

1325.  Almighty and everlasting God, who didst form thy Church to be of one heart and one soul in the power of the resurrection and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit: Renew her evermore in her first love; and grant to thy people such a measure of thy grace that their life may be hallowed, their way directed, and their work made fruitful to the good of thy Church and the glory of thy holy name; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Community of the Resurrection

 

1326.  O Heavenly Father, who saveth not by might, nor by power, but by thy Spirit: We humbly beseech thee to pour out thy Holy Spirit from on high and to revive thy work in the midst of the years.  Grant to thy Church Universal a new vision of thy glory, a new experience of thy power, a new fidelity to thy Word, a new consecration to thy service; that through the witness of a renewed and dedicated people thy holy name may be glorified and thy blessed kingdom advanced in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

The unity of the Church

1327.  Almighty God, who art one Lord, and hast called us to glorify thee as one body in Christ: We earnestly pray for the restoration of the visible unity of the catholic Church; that all who confess thy holy name may be reunited, as at the beginning, in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.  Remove from us and from others all suspicions and prejudices and whatever may hinder thy purpose; and endue us with such love towards thee and towards one another that we may be one in thee; to whom be all praise and glory, now and for evermore.

Adapted

 

1328.  We commend to thee, Almighty God, the whole Christian Church throughout the world.  Bless all in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  May the grace and power of the Holy Spirit fill every member, so that all the company of thy faithful people may bear witness for thee on the earth.  If it be good in thy sight, heal the outward divisions of thy people, disposing the wills of all to a true union of order in the truth, for the work of the one Lord.  And above all we pray for the unity of the Spirit, through whom alone we are guided into all truth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Handley C. G. Moule*

 

1329.  O God, the physician of men and of nations, the restorer of the years that have been destroyed: Look upon the distractions of the world and the divisions of thy Church, and be pleased to stretch forth thy healing hand.  Draw all men unto thee and one to another by the bands of thy love; make thy Church one, and fill it with thy Holy Spirit, that by thy power it may unite the world in a sacred brotherhood of nations, wherein justice and mercy, truth and freedom, may flourish and thou mayest be for ever glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Temple

 

1330.  O God our Father, in whom is all quietness and concord: Teach us to overcome all dissensions within thy Church which divide us from one another and from thee; and by thy grace make us all one in thee by the uniting power of true faith and fervent charity, so that thy Church may patiently serve and glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lambeth Conference, 1958

 

1331.  Almighty and everlasting God, who by thy holy apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications for all men: We humbly beseech thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all they that do confess thy holy name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

 

1332.  O God, who art the Father of all, and who alone makest men to be of one mind in a house; We beseech thee to grant to us, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, a fuller realization of our brotherhood in thee.  Enlarge our sympathies; remove all prejudice and bitterness; and deepen our understanding one of another; for the sake of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1333.  O God of peace, good beyond all that is good, in whom is calmness and concord: Do thou make up the dissensions which divide us from one another, and bring us into unity of love in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Liturgy of St. Dionysius

 

1334.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who on the night before thy passion didst pray for the unity of thy people: Touch the hearts of all who believe in thee, that we may love one another, as thou didst command, and may realize our oneness in thee.  Illuminate by thy Spirit the minds of those who seek to overcome the differences which divide us, so that we, growing in knowledge of thy truth and thy purpose, may indeed be knit together in one communion and fellowship within thy holy Church; who livest and reignest with the Father and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

See also Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 656–67

 

The Church in persecution

1335.  O God, our refuge and strength, who art a very present help in trouble: Have mercy upon thy Church in the midst of oppression and persecution.  Deliver thy people by thy mighty aid from tyranny and wrong; keep them faithful in the hour of trial; and restore to them the blessings of freedom and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1336.  Blessed Lord, who thyself didst undergo the pain and suffering of the cross: Uphold, we beseech thee, with thy promised gift of strength all those of our brethren who are suffering for their faith in thee; that from their steadfastness thy Church may grow in grace, and we ourselves increase in perseverance, to the honour of thy holy name; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit art ever one God, world without end.

 

1337.  Be merciful, O Father of all mercies, to thy Church universal dispersed throughout the whole world, that all thy faithful people may have grace to confess thy holy name; and especially be merciful to such as are under persecution for their testimony, and their profession of the gospel; that as they stand fast for thy holy Word, so they may be upheld by it; through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

After Prayers of 1585

 

1338.  O God, we remember especially before thee those who are facing hardship, danger and persecution for thy name’s sake.  Uphold them in their need; give them strength to endure; and may their example inspire us to more courageous service, that we together with them may strive for the advancement of thy kingdom throughout the world; for Jesus Christ our Saviour’s sake.

Adapted

 

1339.  Look with mercy, O God, upon our brethren who are witnesses for thee amidst the conflicts of faiths and peoples, and upon all who suffer for thy name and gospel.  Give them patience, constancy and steadfast hope.  Make them mediators in time of strife, turning the hearts of those at enmity, that thy kingdom may be advanced and thy Church strengthened by adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Church leaders

1340.  O God, who of old didst give thy Holy Spirit to the elders of thy people: Grant, we beseech thee, wisdom and courage to the bishops and pastors of thy flock, that they may have a right judgment in all things, and be enabled to discern and to use what thy divine providence has ordained at this time for the good of thy people, and the extension of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1341.  O Almighty God, who fast given to thy Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Grant that all those whom thou dost call to this thy service may labour faithfully and effectually in the same; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; to whom be praise and glory, now and for evermore.

Based on Ephesians 4:11–13

 

1342.  Spirit of the living God, source of light and life, who in the days of old didst speak to men by prophets and guided them through apostles into the way of righteousness and truth: We beseech thee to raise up in these days an increasing number of wise and faithful men, filled with prophetic fire and apostolic zeal, by whose ministry the Church may be quickened and thy kingdom greatly advanced; for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Book of Prayers for Students

 

THE CHURCH OVERSEAS

The world-wide commission

1343.  O God, who didst choose for thyself a nation to be thy agent in the world and when it failed thee didst recreate it in the Church of thy Son: Grant that thy Church may be truly the body of Christ, giving itself for the world as thou didst give thy Son and as he did give his life.  Let thy Church be a light to the nations, the messenger of thy gospel, the agent of thy salvation.  And to us who are members of thy body, give faithfulness, obedience, zeal and love, that thy wise and loving purpose may be accomplished and all men may know thee as their God and Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

George Appleton

 

1344.  O Saviour Christ, we pray thee for the millions who have never heard thy name or known thy love.  Make thyself known to them in whatever state they be.  Help us to proclaim thy gospel in urgency and love, that men may not be left to live without thee or die without thee, but may know with us the joy of sins forgiven, of overflowing grace, of peace in life and death, and of good things prepared for them that love thee.  O Saviour of the world, fetch them home that they may be saved for ever.

George Appleton

 

1345.  Remember for good, we beseech thee, O Lord, the missionary work of thy Church throughout the world.  Protect and provide for thy servants in the mission fields, and bestow upon them all things needful for their work.  And give to the churches abroad and to us at home such an increased spirit of faith, sacrifice and service, that the work of the gospel may not be hindered, but that in every land thy kingdom may be advanced; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C. C. B. Bardsley*

 

1346.  Make thyself known, O Christ, throughout the world which thou didst die to save.  Reveal thyself among all nations, amid all people, and across all barriers.  Renew thy Church with love and power, that the kingdoms of this world may become thine own; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest one God, for ever and ever.

 

1347.  O God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst command thine apostles to preach the gospel to every creature: Prosper, we pray thee all missions of thy Church.  Send forth labourers into thy harvest, and grant such success to their labours that thy kingdom may be extended among the nations, till the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of thy love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1348.  O God, our heavenly Father, as we thank thee for thy love to us and above all for the gift of thy dear Son to die for us, we pray thee for all who do not know thy love and have never heard of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Bless all who work in other lands as messengers of thy truth; and help us here at home by our prayers and offerings to hasten the coming of the kingdom of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1349.  O Christ, our Lord, whose resurrection did turn thy timid disciples into men of courage and daring: Let thy risen power come upon thy Church that she may be bold to proclaim thy saving truth to the world.  Grant her such a love of the souls of men that she may draw all men into thy family and so into union with thee, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit art our God for ever and ever.

George Appleton

 

Missionaries

1350.  Bestow, O Lord, thy heavenly grace upon all who are called to be fellow-workers with thee, that by them Christ may be lifted up in every land and all men be drawn to him.  In times of loneliness and weariness cheer them with thy presence; in disappointment give them patience; in failure give them strength to persevere; and at all times deepen in them the sense of dependence upon thee, and give them peace in thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1351.  O Blessed Lord, who hast commanded thy Church to bear witness to thee among all nations: We beseech thee to give the assurance of thy presence to those who have gone forth as thy ambassadors in distant lands.  Sanctify them, we beseech thee, with the Holy Spirit; teach them to endure hardship; gird them with thy truth; make their hearts burn with thy love; and use them in thy service for the furtherance of the gospel, and for the honour and glory of thy holy name.

 

1352.  Almighty God, who hast called the Church out of the world that she might bring the world to thee: Make her faithful, we beseech thee, in the work thou hast entrusted to her hands.  Bless and uphold thy servants who are gone forth in her name to preach the gospel in distant lands; be with them in weariness and painfulness, in discouragement and persecution; endue them with power from on high; and so prosper their labours by thy Holy Spirit that the time may be hastened when all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Order

 

Our part

1353.  O Most merciful Father, we confess that we have done little to forward thy kingdom in the world and to advance thy glory.  Pardon, we pray thee, our shortcomings; give us greater zeal for thy glory; and make us more ready and diligent by our prayers, our gifts and our example to spread abroad the knowledge of thy truth and to enlarge the boundaries of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

W. Waltham How*

 

1354.  Lord of all power and might, who hast commanded thy Church to preach the Word and make disciples of all nations: Inflame us with the fire of thy love, that we may give ourselves, our time and our money, as faithful stewards of the gospel, to the honour and glory of thy holy name; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

 

1355.  O Saviour of the world, who by thy cross didst finish thy great work for the redemption of mankind: Bless the witness of thy Church, and help us to finish the work which thou hast given us to do in making thy love known in all the world; for thy name’s sake.

 

1356.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who didst send thine only Son to redeem the world: Vouchsafe to thy Church at this time we beseech thee, a new responsiveness to thy call to proclaim to all men the everlasting gospel of thy grace.  Forgive us for our past negligence in thy service, our lack of zeal, our little faith; and help us so to dedicate ourselves to thee that thy work may prosper in our hands, and thy name be hallowed in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1357.  O Lord Christ, to whom all authority has been given in heaven and on earth, and who hast charged thy Church to make disciples of all nations: Kindle within us, we pray thee, such a spirit of devotion and zeal that we may ever obey thy Word, and serve thy purpose, and advance thy kingdom in the world; for the glory of thy name.

Frank Colquhoun

 

1358.  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, that we fail thee not in this day of opportunity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Missionary recruits

1359.  Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give commandment to the apostles that they should go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature: Raise up, we beseech thee, true and faithful men to continue that work in this our day, that they may seek and find thy sheep dispersed and lost, and bring them home to thy flock; and grant us grace to labour with them by our prayers and offerings for the furtherance of thy kingdom among men; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

1360.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who callest to thee whom thou wiliest and sendest them whither thou dost choose: We give thanks to thee for those who were first sent to preach thy gospel in our own land; and we humbly pray thee to raise up among us those who shall be heralds and evangelists of thy kingdom in our own day, and shall build up thy Church in every land; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God world without end.

 

1361.  O Christ, Teacher and Saviour of men, who didst train thy disciples to do thy work in thy way: Call into the service of thy Church, we pray thee, men and women of thine own heart and choice.  And that they may truly serve thee, pour upon them thy Holy Spirit that they may be humble and wise, understanding and kind; for the true serving of thy will and the showing forth of thy way among men, to thy honour and glory.

 

The sending forth of missionaries

1362.  Blessed be thou, O Lord our God, because thou dost call thy servants to be witnesses to thy Son in every land, even unto the uttermost parts of the earth, that through them he may establish and strengthen his kingdom, for the salvation of the world.  Graciously behold those who now set forth in thy name, to whom thou hast given this great honour; that they, holding fast to thee, may faithfully accomplish the work which thou wouldest have done; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Praying for the Church Overseas

 

Returning missionaries

1363.  We commend to thy mercy, O Lord our God, thy servants who are about to return to the work to which thou hast called them.  As they go forth again in obedience to thy call, so may they go in thy strength and under thy care.  Guard and guide them in all their work for thee; keep them in health of body and peace of mind; and use them abundantly for the furtherance of the gospel and the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

A missionary diocese

1364.  O God our Father, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send thy blessing, we pray thee, upon the diocese of ——, upon thy servant N., its bishop, his clergy, and all his fellow workers; that by their teaching and example they may strengthen their brethren, promote the unity of the Church, and commend the gospel to all who have not known thy redeeming love; through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1365.  O Lord God, who wiliest that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of thy Son, our Saviour: Give thy Holy Spirit to all in thy Church in the diocese of ——; that by the setting forth of Christ as Saviour many may find new life, and thy Church be extended and united in her true work of bringing men to thee; in the name and power of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Diocese of Uganda

 

Those young in the faith

1366.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who art the Way, the Truth and the Life: Bless and build up in the fellowship of thy Church all who are young in the faith.  Deliver them from idolatry, superstition and fear; instruct them in the truth of thy holy gospel; endue them with constancy, and establish them in holiness and righteousness; for the honour and glory of thy name.

 

Our countrymen abroad

1367.  O God, who art in every place: We pray for our fellow countrymen abroad, that as they move among men, busy with affairs of government and commerce, they may uphold the honour of Christ’s kingdom and bear witness to his name; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The Jews

1368.  O God, who didst choose Israel to be thine inheritance: Look, we beseech thee, upon thy chosen people; take away the blindness which is fallen upon them; grant that they may see and confess the Lord Jesus to be thy Son and their true Messiah, and that, believing, they may have life through his name; through the merits of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

1369.  O God, of all the nations of the earth, remember thine own people the Jews, who though the heirs of thine everlasting covenant are ignorant of thy saving love in Christ.  Take away their blindness and open their eyes to the fullness of thy truth.  Write thy law upon their hearts and make them wise unto salvation, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church’s Ministry among the Jews

 

The Moslem world

1370.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, have mercy upon the Muslims and all others who are strangers to thy redeeming love; and grant that thy Church may so powerfully exhibit to them the saving truth of the gospel that they may be brought to confess thy Son Jesus Christ as their Prophet, Priest and King, and to share with us the fellowship of the Spirit, to the glory of thy name; through the merits of the death and passion of the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Followers of the religions of the East

1371.  O God, who wiliest that all men should come to the knowledge of the truth, and hast not left thyself without witness anywhere in the world: We pray for Hindus, Buddhists and all others who are seeking after thee through the good that is known to them.  We beseech thee to illuminate their hearts and minds with the knowledge of thy glory in the face of Jesus Christ, that henceforth they may walk in thy light and in thy love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Christian literature

1372.  O Almighty God, who hast hallowed words to be an instrument of thy Word: We beseech thee to direct and use the labours of all Christian writers and translators, and of those who distribute Christian literature, to the advancement of the knowledge of thy love among the nations of the world, and the building up of thy Church in every land; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from a prayer of S.P.C.K.

 

1373.  Almighty and everlasting God, whose Word alone is truth: Hear us as we pray now for those millions who have lately learned to read, or who will shortly become literate.  Protect them, we beseech thee, from the poison of evil literature, and grant thy help to those who strive to provide them with Christian books; that thy saving truth may be made available to all mankind, and thy light may shine in earth’s darkest places; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1374.  Almighty God, who hast taught us that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of thy mouth: We remember before thee the spiritual hunger of the world.  Give grace to those who are teaching the multitudes to read.  Raise up gifted authors to expound thy truth with clarity and power.  Prosper the work of all who are engaged in the production and distribution of Christian literature; and grant that everywhere the entrance of thy words may give light and understanding; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. R. W. Stott

 

1375.  O God, our Father, grant to the seeking millions of mankind the experience of thy redeeming love in Jesus Christ.  Give guidance to all who attempt to widen the outreach of the gospel through the use of Christian literature.  Where no man may enter, nor human voice be heard, may the written word call to penitence, faith and discipleship, by the power of thy Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

United Society for Christian Literature

 

Bible translators

1376.  Almighty God, who dost reveal thyself to us through the written Word: We thank thee for all who have worked so that we may know that Word in our own tongue.  We pray thee to inspire with thy Holy Spirit all who are now translating the Scriptures into other languages, that by thy blessing upon their work the Word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

The Bible in the world

1377.  O God, who hast given thy Word to be a lamp unto our feet and a light upon our path: Prosper, we beseech thee, the work of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and increase the support it receives from all who love thy Word.  Guide with thy wisdom those who translate the Scriptures; remember in thy goodness those who distribute them; and grant success to all who teach others to read.  May the witness of thy Church and the inward testimony of thy Spirit bring all who study the Bible to the knowledge and love of Christ, our Lord and only Saviour.

James M. Todd

 

Medical missions

1378.  O Lord Jesus Christ, physician of men and nations, who didst show thy love by healing all manner of sickness and disease: Bless, we beseech thee, all doctors and nurses who are serving in missionary hospitals and dispensaries, and all who are preparing for this service.  Give to them the joy of dedicated lives which reveal thy power and thy love; for thy name’s sake.

 

1379.  Almighty God, who in thy great love towards mankind didst send thy Son to be the physician both of the body and of the soul: Bless, we pray thee, the ministry of thy servants now working in mission hospitals and dispensaries of countries overseas; and so prosper them that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

A parish missionary campaign

1380.  Almighty and most merciful Father, who didst give thine only Son for the sins of the whole world, and didst send thy Holy Spirit that the Church should be his witness in all the earth: Pour out thy blessing upon those taking part in this campaign, and open the hearts of the hearers to receive thy message delivered by them; so that a deeper interest in missionary work may be aroused at home, and thy kingdom be advanced overseas; for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Book of Prayers for Students*

 

A missionary sale

1381.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, bless, we pray thee, our work which we now present and dedicate to thee for the extension of thy kingdom in the world; and make us so thankful for the precious gift to us of thy beloved Son, that we may pray fervently, labour diligently, and give liberally to make him known to all nations as their Saviour and King; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Francis J. Moore*

See also prayers for a Missionary Festival, 753–65

 

THE CHURCH AT HOME

Church and nation

1382.  Almighty and merciful God, who in days of old didst give to this land the benediction of thy holy Church: Withdraw not, we pray thee, thy favour from us, but so correct what is amiss, and supply what is lacking, that we may more and more bring forth fruit to thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Irish Prayer Book

 

1383.  Almighty God, who dost from age to age revive and inspire thy Church: Look graciously upon that branch of it which thou hast planted in this land; and grant that we and all thy people, being mindful of thy great goodness, may be worthy of the rich heritage which thou hast given to us, and with zeal and courage, faithfulness and love, may show forth our gratitude in service of our nation and the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1384.  We give thee thanks, Almighty Father, for thy gifts to this nation in times past through thy Church; and we pray thee so to quicken the life of the Church in this our day that, bearing faithful witness to the gospel of thy love, it may draw the people of our land to thyself and unite them in a sacred brotherhood wherein justice and mercy, truth and freedom, may flourish and abound, to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

1385.  O Lord, we beseech thee to visit with thy grace and heavenly benediction thy Church in this land.  Give to our bishops and pastors wisdom and holiness and unwearied zeal for souls; bestow upon thy people the increase of faith, and hope, and love; and grant us to be of one heart and mind, that we may diligently do thy will and show forth thy glory before the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

W. Bellars*

 

1386.  Bestow thy blessing, we beseech thee, O Lord, upon thy Church and thy ministers everywhere.  May increasing multitudes hear thy Word, receive it, and live by it.  May its power be seen more and more in the lives of them that believe.  So work thy great work Almighty God, in this our country, and in this our generation, that the doubter may be convinced, the wavering established, the sinful converted and the gainsayer silenced; and grant that at the last, according to thy blessed Word of prophecy, the Lord may be king over all the earth, one Lord and his name one; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C. J. Vaughan

 

1387.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst charge thine apostles to preach the gospel to every creature: Prosper, we pray thee, the work of thy Church in this land.  Give vision and courage to our bishops and all who exercise spiritual leadership; and so inflame the hearts of thy people with burning love that they may be moved to share with others the blessings of thy redeeming love; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

1388.  Almighty God, whose mercy reaches unto the heavens and thy faithfulness unto the clouds: We bless thee for thy gracious providence towards our nation in the creation, preservation and reformation of thy Church within its borders; and we beseech thee to stretch forth thy mighty hand in this our day to purge us from sin, to establish us in truth, to unite us in love, and to inspire us with zeal for the extension of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

J. R. W. Stott

 

1389.  Continue, O Lord, thy most holy Word and gospel in this realm of England, and grant that we may truly and thankfully embrace it.  Give peace to thy Church from external troubles and persecutions, and from domestic discord and dissension; that all who profess thy Word and gospel may have the same as well in heart as in mouth; for thy name’s sake and for thy Christ’s sake.

From an ancient prayer

 

A diocese

1390.  O Merciful Father, who wouldest not that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance: Strengthen, we humbly beseech thee, the hands of those who are labouring for the extension of thy kingdom in this diocese.  Endow the bishops and all the clergy with the needful grace, wisdom and health for their work; give to them, and to all who work in our parishes, courage and faithfulness to persevere amidst all difficulties.  Stir up the zeal and love of many, that they may offer themselves for some work in thy service; and grant that all, both clergy and laity, may labour with a single eye to thy glory, and in the spirit of love and self-sacrifice; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Southwark Diocese

 

1391.  O Lord God, our ruler and guide, who from generation to generation dost grant to thy people the direction of thy wise and loving Spirit: Be present, we pray thee, with us to whom thou hast given in trust the welfare of this diocese.  Unite us ever more closely in the fellowship of faith and devotion; and so lead us in all our works and ways that thy people may faithfully serve thee, to the glory of thy name, the extension of thy Church, and the coming of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from a prayer of A. E. Daldy

 

1392.  O God, who hast called us to be members together of thy Church, which is the body of thy Son: Pour out, we beseech thee, thy Spirit on this diocese.  Endue with strength and love and wisdom all who bear authority therein.  Accept our gifts, our labours, and our love, and use them for the advancement of thy kingdom and the glory of thy name.  Lead us in all our work for thee, and unite us in the joyful service of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

C. M. Blagden

 

1393.  O God, who hast graciously united us in a goodly fellowship: We pray for thy Church in this diocese and for thy people in our parishes, that comeliness of worship, preaching of the faith, and holiness of living may always abound and everywhere be spread abroad among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

After A. J. Mason

 

The bishops

1394.  Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock: Give thy grace, we beseech thee, to all bishops, the pastors of thy Church, that they may diligently preach thy Word, and duly administer the godly discipline thereof; and grant to the people that they may obediently follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Book of Common Prayer

 

A diocesan bishop

1395.  O God, the Pastor and Ruler of thy Church, look down in mercy on thy servant N., our bishop, to whom thou hast given charge over this diocese; and so direct and defend him by thy grace that he may, by word and good example, lead the flock committed to him into the ways of truth and love, holiness and peace; through him who is the good Shepherd, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

A cathedral

1396.  O God, the King of glory, who art ever adored by thy holy angels, yet delightest in the praises of the sons of men: Prosper with thy blessing, we beseech thee, the work of our cathedral church; that they who minister or worship therein may offer unto thee true and laudable service, for thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The parishes of our land

1397.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst go, as thy custom was, into the synagogue on the sabbath day: Quicken with thy abiding presence the life of thy Church in the parishes; and grant that every parish church in our land may be as a city set on a hill, a witness to thy claims upon our worship and service, a power-house of prayer, and a joy and comfort to thy servants.  Hear us from thy throne in heaven, where with the Father and the Holy Ghost thou livest and reignest, one God, world without end.

Peter Green

 

Convocation or Church Assembly

1398.  Eternal Father, who wouldest make the Church of thy dear Son a city great and fair, the joy of the whole earth: We beseech thee, by the sending of thy Holy Spirit, to direct its counsels in all manner of wisdom, love, and might.  Remove perplexity, establish concord, kindle flame; and gather a people single and strong of faith, to the praise of him who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end.

Lambeth Conference, 1930

 

1399.  O Lord God, our heavenly Father, we humbly beseech thee to look with thy favour upon the bishops, clergy and laity who take counsel together at this time in the Church Assembly.  Mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may rest upon them, to enlighten and guide them; that all their consultations may be prospered to the advancement of thy glory and the welfare of thy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The Anglican Communion

1400.  O Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast called us to be members of the Anglican Communion and to a partnership of churches in all parts of the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we may understand the mission which thou hast entrusted to us, and our duty to those who are separated from us; that penitently recognizing our failings in the past, we may go forward in unity and love to the fulfillment of our common work; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Based on a prayer of the Pan-Anglican Congress, 1908

 

1401.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in thy providence hast made us members of a great family of churches: We pray thee to pour out thy blessing upon the Anglican Communion throughout the world.  Grant that we and all its members may be faithful to the trust which thou hast committed to us, and advance thy honour in the cause of Christian unity and mission; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Religious communities

1402.  O Lord, who for our sakes didst become poor, that we through thy poverty might be made rich: Strengthen and sanctify, we pray thee, all religious communities, that they may enrich thy Church by their gifts of prayer and service; and grant that all their members, living before thee with a single eye to thy glory, may accomplish the work of their vocation; who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

South African Prayer Book

 

1403.  We beseech thee, O Lord, to bless all those who, at thy call, have left possessions, parents, hope of house and children, and their own wills also, that they might take up the cross and follow thee in holy poverty, obedience, and chastity.  Give them plentifully of thy grace, that, through the consecration of their lives and the power of their prayers, they may strengthen the Church and draw many to love and worship thee; through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

EVANGELISM

Home missions

1404.  O Lord Jesus Christ, thou good Shepherd of the sheep, we beseech thee to be present in thy power with the missions of thy Church in this our land.  Show forth thy compassion to all who are out of the way, and bring them home in safety to thy fold; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Adapted from Irish Prayer Book

 

1405.  O Lord Jesus Christ, great Shepherd of the sheep, who seekest those that are gone astray, bindest up those that are broken, and healest those that are sick: Bless, we beseech thee, all efforts that are made to convert souls unto thee.  Open the deaf ears of the wandering, that they may hear the words which belong unto their peace; and grant that those whom thou dost raise to newness of life may through thy grace persevere unto the end, of thy mercy, blessed Lord, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

R. M. Benson

 

1406.  Merciful and gracious Father, who wouldest have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth: Stir in the hearts of the clergy a desire to do the work of an evangelist and to make full proof of their ministry; that so those who are as yet unconverted may hear thy summons to choose whom they will serve and may own thee Lord of all; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Peter Green

 

1407.  Lord Jesus, our Master, who at thy first coming didst send out messengers into every village and town before thee, to announce the good news of thy coming and to call to repentance of sin: We pray thee to go forth with those whom thou sendest now in England, as then in Galilee; that all may hear thy voice and obey thy call, and may make themselves ready for the coming of thy kingdom; to the glory of thy name, who ever livest and reignest, Jesus Christ our Lord.

National Mission, 1916

 

1408.  Almighty God, to forget whom is to stumble and fall, to remember whom is to rise again: We pray thee to draw the people of this country to thyself; prosper all efforts to make known to them the truth of thy gospel; that many may learn their need of thee and thy love for them, and that so thy Church and kingdom may be established to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

A parish mission

1409.  O God, send thy blessing upon the mission to be held in this place; and grant that Jesus Christ may be so presented in the power of the Holy Spirit that many may come to put their trust in thee through him, to accept him as their Saviour and serve him as their King in the fellowship of his Church; for the honour of thy holy name.

 

1410.  O God, our heavenly Father, we pray thee to bless the mission to this parish.  Prepare the hearts of the people for thy message, and fill the missioners and those taking part with thy Holy Spirit, that many souls may be won for him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church Army

 

1411.  O God, our heavenly Father, we humbly pray thee to bless abundantly the efforts that are now being made (or, about to be made) to turn the people of this parish to thyself in sincere repentance and living faith.  Prepare all hearts to receive the seed of thy Word, and grant that it may take deep root and bring forth fruit to thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted from Irish Prayer Book

 

1412.  O God, our heavenly Father, we humbly pray thee to pour out thy Holy Spirit upon the mission in this parish.  Give power to the preaching of the gospel, that it may be good news indeed to those who hear it.  Arouse the careless, convict the sinful, humble the self-righteous, restore the backsliding.  Get glory to thy holy name, and visit us with thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

1413.  Almighty Father, whose blessed Son came to seek and to save that which was lost: We pray thee to use for thine own glory the mission to be held in this parish.  Prepare and empower thy servant the missioner; revive and sanctify thy people; and bring many souls to a knowledge of thyself; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1414.  O Heavenly Father, prosper with thy blessing, we pray thee, the mission to be held in this parish, and use it for the winning of many souls to Christ and his Church.  Prepare the hearts of all to hear thy Word; give thy grace to the missioner and to those who work with him; and show us each one what thou wouldest have us to do; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Frank Colquhoun

See also 1437–8

 

Commissioning of missioners

1415.  God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve and keep you.  The love of God the Father encompass you.  The presence of God the Son uphold you.  The power of God the Spirit rest upon you.  Go forth in the name of God, as ambassadors of Christ and servants of his holy Church.  And may the Lord bless your labours abundantly, for the glory of the same our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

After a mission

1416.  Heavenly Father, we commend to thee and to the word of thy grace those who in the mission have found new life in Christ.  Deepen within them, we pray thee, the good work which thou hast begun; strengthen them in their daily life and witness; and keep them ever faithful to thee in the fellowship of thy Church; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

Our Christian witness

1417.  Show us, O Lord and Master, in this new day in which we are called to witness for thee, how we may effectively present thy claims to those who are outside thy Church.  May thy Holy Spirit fill us with love for them and deepen our understanding of their needs; and grant that our lives as well as our lips may so commend thee to them that they may come to find in thee the Way to the Father, the Truth that sets them free, and the Life that is life indeed; for the glory of thy name.

Frank Colquhoun

 

1418.  O Lord our God, who through the preaching of the gospel didst call our fathers into the fellowship of thy true religion, and dost summon us their children to return to thee: Give us grace to hear and obey thy call.  Release us from the bondage of ignorance and fear; restore unto us the joy of thy salvation; and so inspire and strengthen us by thy Holy Spirit that by word and good example we may devote ourselves wholly to thy service, for the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

1419.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast called those who believe on thee to be evangelists of thy kingdom and to carry thy gospel to the souls of men: Renew in us the spirit of faith and service; enlighten our minds to understand thy message; and inflame our hearts with such love toward thee that thy word upon our lips may be mighty to overthrow the powers of darkness, and to turn the feet of many into thy way of light and peace; to the glory of thy name.

Frederick B. Macnutt

 

1420.  Lord Jesus, who didst stretch out thine arms of love on the hard wood of the cross, that all men might come within the reach of thy saving embrace: Clothe us in thy Spirit, that we, stretching forth our hands in loving labour for others, may bring those who know thee not to the knowledge and love of thee; who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest one God for ever and ever.

Charles H. Brent

 

1421.  O Lord, who hast called us to be thy witnesses to all the nations: Have mercy upon us, who have known thy will but have failed to do it.  Cleanse us from sloth and unbelief, and fill us with zeal and love, that we may do thy work with hope and courage, and set forth thy glory; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit art one God, world without end.

Adapted

 

1424.  Most gracious God, who hast called the Church out of the world to bring the world unto thee: We pray for thy Church in this parish and for all who serve thee therein.  Confirm us in the faith once delivered to the saints; preserve us in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free; and enable us with courage and assurance to bear our witness before men; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Book of Public Worship

 

THE PARISH

1422.  Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear our prayers and grant to this parish all things needful for its spiritual welfare.  Give grace to those who minister thy holy Word and sacraments; strengthen and increase the faithful; protect and guide the children; comfort and relieve the sick; arouse the careless, recover the fallen, restore the penitent.  Remove all hindrances to the advancement of thy truth, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind in the fellowship of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

W. J. Butler*

 

1423.  Most merciful Father, we beseech thee to send down thy heavenly blessing upon thy Church in this parish, that all its members may dwell together in unity and brotherly love.  Endue thy ministers with righteousness, and enable them faithfully to dispense thy holy Word and sacraments, and to seek the lost.  And grant to us so to receive their ministrations, and to use thy means of grace, that in all our words and deeds we may set forward thy glory and the advancement of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book*

 

1425.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst build thy Church upon the rock, that even the gates of hell might not prevail against it: Have mercy on the churches of this land, and especially upon our own church of ——.  Make the worship of thy people acceptable in thy sight; sweeten our fellowship with brotherly love; and unite us in a continuous, bold and effective witness to our parish, for the spread of thy kingdom and the glory of thy name.

J. R. W. Stott

 

1426.  Most merciful Father, who hast called us to thy service in the fellowship of the gospel: We beseech thee to bless and prosper thy work in this parish.  Unite us one with another in brotherly love; teach us to worship thee in spirit and in truth; be pleased to use our endeavours to extend thy kingdom in the hearts and homes of our people, and so visit us with thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

1427.  Almighty Father, who in thy redeeming love hast drawn us together as members of thy Church in this parish: Deepen our love for thee, we pray thee, and strengthen our fellowship one with another; and grant that by the witness of our corporate life others within this place may be brought to the knowledge of thee, and thy blessed kingdom may be enlarged; for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

A parish church

1428.  O Holy Spirit of the living God, proceeding from the Father and the Son, Spirit of truth and love, the Lord and Giver of life: Sanctify with thy presence this place of prayer.

      Here may the people be drawn into thy fellowship and conquered by thy love; here may the ignorant learn the way of truth, the sinful find pardon, and the weary rest; here may the members of thy holy Church be strengthened in the bond of peace and righteousness of life, manfully to confess the faith of Christ crucified.

      Fulfill the prayers of those who worship here, hallow their praises and enrich their lives; unite them in the service of the kingdom which hath no end, that in all things and by all men thy name may be adored; who with the Father and the Son livest and reignest, one God, world without end.

A Diocesan Service Book

 

An incumbent

1429.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who makest us both to will and to do of thy good pleasure: Give thy grace, we pray thee, to thy servant N. whom thou hast called to have the oversight of the Church in this parish.  Grant that he may be a faithful dispenser of thy holy Word and sacraments, and a godly example to the people committed to his charge; so that, this life ended, they with him may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Adapted

 

Clergy of the parish

1430.  Bless, we beseech thee, O Lord, the clergy of this parish, and strengthen them with thy heavenly grace.  May they be diligent in prayer and in the study of thy holy Word, that by wise counsel and good example they may guide thy people committed to their charge, and labour with unwearied zeal for the extension of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

During an interregnum

1431.  Almighty God, our heavenly Father, giver of every good gift: Be pleased to hear the prayers of thy people, and send to us as the vicar of this parish a man after thine own heart who shall faithfully and wisely exercise the cure of souls, to the good of thy Church and the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1432.  O God, who knowest the needs of thy Church in every place: Look graciously at this time upon the people of this parish, and give to them a faithful pastor who may serve before thee in all diligence and lowliness of heart, and, by thy blessing, bring many souls to the joys of thine eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Canadian Prayer Book

 

For church workers

1433.  Almighty God, we beseech thee to bless all who are working for the Church in this parish.  Give them courage, strength and vision. May they set thy holy will ever before them, and seek to do that which is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1434.  O most Holy Trinity of perfect love, come in thy power upon thy whole Church, and especially upon those who serve thee in this parish; that in all their life and labour for thy kingdom they may always be guided, strengthened and upheld by thy peace and thy presence; who livest and reignest one God, world without end.

 

1435.  O Lord, without whom our labour is but lost, and with whom thy little ones go forth as the mighty: Be present to all works in thy Church which are undertaken according to thy will; and grant to thy labourers a pure intention, patient faith, sufficient success upon earth, and the bliss of serving thee in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

William Bright

 

1436.  O thou true Light that lightest every man, coming into the world: Do thou in thy mercy touch the hearts and enlighten the understanding of all whom thou dost call to the service of thy Church; that they may cheerfully acknowledge and readily obey thy claims upon their lives, to the benefit of thy people and the glory of thy holy name, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, world without end.

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

 

Parochial evangelism

1437.  O Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost: Have compassion, we beseech thee, on the multitudes scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd, especially here in this parish; and enable us so to minister to their needs that they may be brought to thyself and become one flock under one Shepherd, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1438.  Almighty God, who in thy great love for the world didst send thy Son to die for us men and for our salvation: Grant that in the work of this parish the claims of thy love may be so fully and faithfully presented to young and old in the power of the Holy Spirit that the company of Christ’s faithful people may continually be increased, and his kingdom extended in the hearts and lives of men; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Worship and witness

1439.  Heavenly Father, who hast called thy Church to worship thee and to bear witness for thee in the world: Make us faithful to our calling; that offering to thee the spiritual sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving, we may preach the faith of Christ crucified, in the power of the Holy Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son, our Saviour.

J. R. W. Stott

 

Open air services

1440.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy example hast taught us that the Father’s love can be proclaimed under the vault of heaven no less than in temples made with hands, and hast bidden us in our love for Souls to go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in: Prosper and bless every effort to carry the message of the gospel to those that are without; that as of old the common people may hear thee gladly, O blessed Lord and Saviour, who now livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Peter Green

See also prayers for a Dedication Festival, 739–52

 

VARIOUS

Sunday observance

1441.  Almighty God, who by thy Spirit hast taught thy Church to sanctify the first day of the week as a perpetual memorial to the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Teach us to use this gift for the worship of thy holy name, and the refreshment of our souls and bodies; and prosper, we pray thee, every endeavour to preserve the sanctity of thy day in our national life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1442.  O Lord Jesu Christ, who as on this day didst rise from the dead; Teach us to reverence this thy holy day, and give us grace so to use it that we may rise to newness of life; to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God world without end.

Irish Prayer Book

 

1443.  O Lord Jesus Christ, who on the first day of the week didst rise again: Raise up our souls to serve the living God; and as thou didst also on this day send down on thy apostles thy most Holy Spirit, so take not the same Spirit from us, but grant that we may be daily renewed and plentifully enriched by his power; for thine own mercy’s sake, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

Lancelot Andrewes

 

Moral welfare workers

1444.  O Lord, our heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be ministered unto but to minister: We beseech thee to bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of their fellow men; that being inspired by thy love, they may worthily minister in thy name to the fallen, the friendless, and the needy; for the sake of the same thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

American Prayer Book*

 

Social workers

1445.  O God, our heavenly Father, who knowest our needs and dost care for us all: We pray for those who give counsel and help to their fellow men; for probation officers and all other social workers; for all who by their skill and training ease the burden of the aged, the lonely, and the perplexed, and guide those who have missed the right way; that they may have both wisdom and sympathy, and see men through the eyes of Christ, who beheld the multitudes distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd; grant this for his sake, our Lord and Saviour.

H. F. Leatherland

 

Temperance work

1446.  O God, who didst give thy blessed Son for the redemption of the whole life of man: Prosper, we beseech thee, the efforts of all who labour to free the land from the curse of intemperance, and to establish our people in holiness and self-control.  Put it into the hearts of many to give themselves to this service, and grant them abundantly the spirit of wisdom and love, of zeal and patience; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1447.  Almighty God, who dost require of all men that they should be faithful stewards of thy gifts: Deliver us, we beseech thee, from the selfishness that seeks gain without labour, or excitement without care for its cost to others.  Set free those who are possessed by the gambling spirit, and break the power of those who exploit their weakness; and lead all men to seek in thee their true joy and to find in thy service the fullness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Animals

1448.  We beseech thee, O Lord, to hear our supplications on behalf of the dumb creation, who after their kind bless, praise and magnify thee.  Grant that all cruelty to animals may cease in our land; and deepen our thankfulness to thee for the faithful companionship of those whom we delight to call our friends; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

 

1449.  O God, who hast made all the earth and every creature that dwells therein: Help us, we pray thee, to treat with compassion the living creatures entrusted to our care, that they may not suffer from our neglect nor become the victims of any cruelty; and grant that in caring for them we may find a deeper understanding of thy love for all creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For rain or favourable weather

1450.  O Lord our heavenly Father, who by thy blessed Son hast taught us not to be anxious for our daily life: Mercifully hear our prayers and send rain upon the earth [or, send us favourable weather]; that our land may yield its increase and our hearts may rejoice in thee, who art the giver of all good things; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Frank Colquhoun

 

1451.  O Almighty Lord God, our heavenly Father: Look, we beseech thee, in thy loving-kindness upon us thine unworthy servants, and grant us such weather as may relieve our present distress, to our comfort and to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate.

Irish Prayer Book

 

Previous Section    Home    Next Section