|The Book of Common Prayer|
PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS,
to be used, as occasion may serve, in Morning or Evening Prayer or in the Litany, before the Prayer of St. Chrysostom; and in the Communion Office after the Collect of the Day.
Before any of these Prayers may be said, Let us pray for——, or other like words.
O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union and concord: that, as there is but one Body, and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may henceforth be all of one heart, and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD Jesus Christ, who didst say to thine Apostles,
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; Regard not our sins,
but the faith of thy Church, and grant it that peace and unity which is
agreeable to thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the
Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Nations of the world.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who rulest in the kingdoms of men; Let thy strong hand control the nations, and order their doings unto the fulfilment of thy purposes upon the earth. Uphold with thy power those who are striving after true brotherhood and working for righteousness and peace. Guide the hearts and minds of rulers and statesmen, that they may before all things seek the furtherance of thy kingdom, and the establishment of justice and freedom for all peoples; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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. Amen.
|This prayer added since 1936.|
A Prayer for Queen ELIZABETH the Second.
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to behold thy servant, Queen ELIZABETH. Endue her with thy Holy Spirit; enrich her with thy heavenly grace; prosper her with all happiness; and bring her to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the British Commonwealth of Nations.
O LORD God most high, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Look graciously on the divers peoples joined together in the Commonwealth of which thy servant Queen ELIZABETH the Second is head; and grant that they may walk before thee in righteousness, truth, and peace, to the fulfilment of thy holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Christian Citizenship.
LOOK, we beseech thee, O Lord, upon the people of this land who are called after thy holy Name; and grant that they may ever walk worthy of their Christian profession. Grant unto us all that, laying aside our divisions, we may be united in heart and mind to bear the burdens which are laid upon us. Help us to respond to the call of our country according to our several powers put far from us selfish indifference to the needs of others; and give us grace to fulfil our daily duties with sober diligence. Keep us from all uncharitableness in word or deed; and enable us by patient continuance in well-doing to glorify thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Industrial Peace.
O GOD, the Father of all mankind, we beseech thee to inspire us with such love, truth, and equity, that in all our dealings one with another we may shew forth our brotherhood in thee; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, who in thy providence hast appointed to every man his work; Remove, we humbly beseech thee, from those who are now at variance, all spirit of strife and all occasion of bitterness, that, seeking only what is just and equal, they may live and work together in brotherly union and concord, to their own well-being, and the prosperity of their country; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For use at the time of a Parliamentary or Civic Election.
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, guide, we beseech thee, the minds of all those who are called at this time to exercise the duty of electing fit persons to serve in Parliament [or, in the Council of this County or City or Town]. Grant that the issue of their choice may promote thy glory and the welfare of this people; and to all those who shall be elected, give the spirit of wisdom, courage, and true godliness. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the time of War and Tumults.
O ALMIGHTY God King of all kings, and Governor of all things, ‘whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent; Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; abate their pride, assuage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory; through the merits of thy only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the time of Dearth and Famine.
O GOD, heavenly Father, whose gift it is, that the rain doth fall, the earth is fruitful, beasts increase, and fishes do multiply; Behold, we beseech thee, the afflictions of thy people; and grant that the scarcity and dearth, which we do now most justly suffer for our iniquity, may through thy goodness be mercifully turned into cheapness and plenty' for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
O GOD, merciful Father, who by thy blessed Son hast taught us to ask our daily bread of thee Send us, we beseech thee, a seasonable relief in this our necessity. Increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction; and grant that we, receiving with thankfulness thy gracious gifts, may use the same to thy glory, the relief of those that are needy, and our own comfort ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the time of any Common Plague or Sickness.
O ALMIGHTY God the Lord of life anti death, of health and sickness; Have pity upon us miserable sinners, now visited with great sickness [and mortality]. Withdraw from us this grievous affliction. Sanctify to us, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction. Enlarge our charity to relieve those who need our help. Bless the remedies applied to assist them. Give us prudence to see, and vigour to use, those means which thy providence affords, for preventing and alleviating such calamities. And, above all, teach us to know how frail and uncertain our condition is, and so to number our days, that we may seriously apply our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom, whilst we live here, which may in the end bring us to life everlasting; through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thine only Son our Lord. Amen.
For Hospitals and Infirmaries.
ALMIGHTY God, whose blessed Son went about doing good, and healing all manner of sickness; Continue, we beseech thee, this his gracious work among us, especially in the hospitals and infirmaries of our land; cheer, heal, and sanctify the sick; grant to the physicians, surgeons, and nurses wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience; and send down thy blessing on all who labour to relieve suffering and to forward thy purposes of love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a Sick Person.
O LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve thy servant, for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; restore him, if it be thy good pleasure, to his former health; sanctify this thy fatherly correction to him; give him comfort and sure confidence in thee; defend him from the assaults and fear of the enemy, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Bereaved.
GRANT, O Lord, to all who are bereaved, the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with stedfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of thy great goodness in past years, and in the sure expectation of a joyful reunion in the heavenly places; and this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Absent Friends.
O GOD, who art present in every place; Mercifully
hear our prayers for those whom we love, now absent from us; watch over
them, we beseech thee and protect them in all anxiety, danger, and temptation;
teach us and them to know that thou art always near, and that we are one
in thee for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer and the one following added since 1936.
O GOD, who leadest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron; Grant, we beseech thee, to those who travel a prosperous journey, that they may safely arrive at the place whither they go, and at length come to the haven of everlasting salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for use by those at Sea.
O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea, who hast compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end; Be pleased to receive into thy almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us thy servants, and the ship in which we sail. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, [and from the violence of the enemy,] that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labours, and with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For those at Sea;
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. Amen.
O THOU that slumberest not nor sleepest; Protect, we pray thee, our sailors from the perils of the sea; in the hours of watching, strengthen and sustain them; and grant that in dangers often, in weariness often, they may serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised so all them that seek thy kingdom, and the righteousness thereof, all things necessary to their bodily sustenance; Send us, we beseech thee, in this our necessity, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth to our comfort, and to thy honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Fair Weather.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who art the author and giver of all good things, and who art merciful to us sinners beyond our deservings; Look upon us, we beseech thee, in thy loving-kindness, and grant to us at this time such fair weather that we may receive the fruits of the earth in their season, and learn by thy mercy to amend our lives to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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. Amen.
On the Rogation Days, and the preceding Sunday,
ALMIGHTY God, Lord of heaven and earth, in whom we live, and move, and have our being; who dost cause thy sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendest rain both upon the just and the unjust; We beseech thee at this time favourably to behold thy people who call upon thee, and send thy blessing down from heaven to give us a fruitful season; that, our hearts being continually filled with thy goodness, we may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a Blessing on Local Industries.
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. Amen.
For a Blessing on Fisheries.
O ALMIGHTY God, who hast made the sea and all that moveth therein; Bestow thy blessing on the harvest of the waters, that it may be abundant in its seasons and on our fishermen and mariners, that they may be kept safe in every peril of the deep; so that we all with thankful hearts may acknowledge thee, who art the Lord of the sea and of the dry land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the Ember Weeks, to be said every day, for those
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Or this, which may also be used on the day
ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy Divine Providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Increase of the Ministry.
O ALMIGHTY God, look mercifully upon the world, redeemed by the blood of thy dear Son, and send forth many more to do the work of the ministry, that perishing souls may be rescued, and thy glorious triumph may be hastened by the perfecting of chine elect through the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
During the Vacancy of a See.
O ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Holy Spirit dost move the hearts of thy people; May it please thee so to direct the counsels of those who are appointed to choose a Bishop for this Church and Diocese that we may be given a Pastor who in faithfulness and wisdom shall lead thy flock in the way of holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
During the Vacancy of a Parish.
ALMIGHTY God, the giver of every good gift, look graciously, we beseech thee, on thy Church, and so guide with thy heavenly wisdom the minds of those to whom is committed the choice of a minister for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who shall feed thy flock according to thy will, and make ready a people acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ, thine only Son our Lord. Amen.
For Christian Missions Abroad.
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; Grant to us, whom thou bait called into thy Church, a ready will to obey thy Word, and fill us with a hearty desire to make thy way known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Look with compassion upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the multitudes that are scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. o heavenly Father, Lord of the harvest, have respect, we beseech thee, to our prayers, and send forth labourers into thine harvest. Fit and prepare them by thy grace for the work of their ministry; give them the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind; strengthen them to endure hardness; and grant that thy Holy Spirit may prosper their work, and that by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, our heavenly Father, who didst manifest
thy love by sending thine only-begotten Son into the world, that all might
live through him; Pour thy Spirit upon thy Church, that it may fulfil
his command to preach the Gospel to every creature; send forth, we beseech
thee, labourers into thine harvest; defend them in all dangers and temptations;
and hasten the time when the fulness of the Gentiles shall be gathered
in, and all Israel shall be saved through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Mission Districts of the Home Church.
O LORD Jesus Christ, thou good Shepherd of the sheep, who didst come to seek and to save that which was lost; We beseech thee to be present in thy power with the Missions of thy Church in this our land. Shew forth thy compassion to the helpless, enlighten the ignorant, succour those in peril, and bring home the wanderers in safety to thy fold; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
For a Parochial Mission.
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 thy people in this parish [and diocese] to more sincere repentance and more living faith. Prepare all hearts to receive the seed of thy Word. Grant that it may take deep root, and bring forth fruit to thy glory. Arouse the careless amongst us, humble the self-righteous, soften the hardened, encourage the fearful, relieve the doubting, bring many souls in loving faith and self-surrender to thyself, and visit us with thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Parish.
ALMIGHTY God, we beseech thee to bless this our parish. Forgive us our many and grievous sins. Draw us nearer to thyself, and cause true religion to increase and abound amongst us. Prosper the reading and preaching of thy Word, and bless all the ministrations of thy Church. Give patience to the sick and afflicted, and make their sufferings a blessing to them. Visit with thy favour the schools and all who teach or learn therein; and make us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of thee and of thy dear Son, whom to know is life eternal. Hear us for the sake of him who died for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Candidates for Confirmation.
O GOD, who through the teaching of thy Son Jesus Christ didst prepare the disciples for the coming of the Comforter; Make ready, we beseech thee, the hearts and minds of thy servants who at this time are seeking the gifts of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands, that, drawing near with penitent and faithful hearts, they may be filled with the power of his divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For use in Colleges and Schools.
O LORD Jesu Christ who art the Eternal Wisdom of the Father; We beseech thee to assist us with thy heavenly grace, that we may be blessed in our studies this day; and above all things may attain the knowledge of thee, whom to know is life eternal; and that, according to the example of thy most holy childhood, as we grow in years we may grow in wisdom, and in favour with God and man. Amen.
O LORD Jesu Christ, who as a child didst learn, and didst grow in wisdom; Grant us so to learn thy holy Word, that we may walk in thy ways and daily grow more like unto thee, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
O LORD Jesu, thou great Shepherd of the sheep; Look on these thy children; embrace them with the arms of thy mercy, pour on them the riches of thy blessing, and so fill them with thy manifold gifts of grace, that they may continue thine for ever, to the honour and glory of thy Name. Amen.
ALMIGHTY Father, who didst send thine only Son that through him all men might be saved; Enable those who teach so to consecrate their lives that, being themselves led of thee, they may lead thy children in the paths of everlasting life; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
For a right use of the Lord's Day.
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. Amen.
A Prayer for the General Synod of the Church of Ireland,
to be used in all Churches and Chapels in Ireland on the Sunday preceding the meeting of the General Synod, and during the session of the Synod.
O LORD God, the Father of lights and the Fountain of all wisdom, who hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy universal Church to the end of the world; We humbly beseech thee with thy favour to behold the Bishops, Clergy, and People, who are about to assemble and take counsel together [or, who are now assembled and taking counsel together] in thy Name, for this Church. Mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may rest upon them, enlighten, and guide them; and that all their consultations may be prospered to the advancement of thy honour and glory and the welfare of thy church. Lead them and us into all truth; that so this Church may evermore hold fast and abide in the Apostolick and true Catholick faith, and serve thee Without fear in pureness of Worship and life, according to thy holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
On New Year's Day.
O ALMIGHTY God, who alone art without variableness or shadow of turning, and hast safely brought us, through the changes of time to the beginning of another year; We beseech thee to pardon the sins we have committed in the year which is past, and give us grace that we may spend the remainder of our days to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ On New Year's Day, and on such other occasions as are approved by the Ordinary, one or more of the Prayers in the Form of the Consecration of a Church, beginning Grant, O Lord, may be said in the course of Divine Service.
For Recollection of the Presence of God.
O HEAVENLY Father in whom we live and move and have our being; We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life we may never forget thee, but remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
REMEMBER, O Lord, that which thou hast wrought in us, and not what we deserve; and as thou hast called us to thy service, make us worth of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Pardon.
O GOD, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive; Receive our humble petitions; and, though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
A Prayer of the Eastern Church.
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 back 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. Amen.
Before any of these Thanksgivings the Minister may say, Let us give thanks for—, or other like words.
A General Thanksgiving,
which may be said of the whole Congregation, after the Minister.Upon any occasion of special thanksgiving the Minister may say, Let us devoutly give thanks to God for his goodness.
ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, We thine
unworthy servants Do give thee most humble and hearty thanks For all thy
goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men;
[*particularly to those who desire now to offer up their praises and
thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them;] We bless
thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life:
But above all, for thine inestimable love In the redemption of the world
by our Lord Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, and for the hope of
For Seasonable Weather.
O LORD God, who hart in thy mercy relieved and comforted our souls by this seasonable and blessed change of weather; We yield thee hearty thanks for this thy goodness towards us, beseeching thee to give us grace to use this and all thy mercies to the honour and glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O MOST merciful Father, who of thy gracious goodness hast heard the devout prayers of thy Church, and turned our dearth and scarcity into cheapness and plenty; We give thee humble thanks for this thy special bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness unto us, that our land may yield us her fruits of increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Peace and Deliverance from our Enemies.
O ALMIGHTY God, who art a strong tower of defence unto thy servants against the face of their enemies; We yield thee praise and thanksgiving for our deliverance from those great and imminent dangers wherewith we were compassed, and for thy gracious gift of peace: We confess that it is of thy goodness alone that we have been preserved; and we beseech thee still to continue thy mercies towards us that we may always acknowledge thee as our Saviour and mighty Deliverer; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Restoring Publick Peace at Home.
ETERNAL God, our heavenly Father, who alone makest men to be of one mind in an house; We bless thy holy Name, that it hath pleased thee to appease the seditious tumults which have been lately raised up amongst us; most humbly beseeching thee to grant to all of us grace that we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandments; and, leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, may continually offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for these thy mercies towards us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Deliverance from the Plague,
O LORD God, who hart wounded us for our sins, and consumed us for our transgressions by thy late heavy and dreadful visitation; and now, in the midst of judgement remembering mercy, hast redeemed our souls from the jaws of death; We offer unto thy fatherly goodness ourselves, our souls and bodies, which thou heat delivered, to be a living sacrifice unto thee, always praising and magnifying thy mercies in the midst of thy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
WE humbly acknowledge before thee O most merciful
Father, that all the punishments which are threatened in thy law might
justly have fallen upon us, by reason of our manifold transgressions and
hardness of heart; Yet seeing it hath pleased thee of thy tender mercy,
upon our weak and unworthy humiliation, to assuage the contagious sickness
wherewith we lately have been sore afflicted, and to restore the voice
For Recovery from Sickness.
O ALMIGHTY and merciful God, the author and giver of life and health, and all good things; We most humbly bless thee that thou- hast been pleased to deliver from his bodily sickness thy servant, who now desireth to return thanks unto thee, in the presence of all thy people, for thy great mercies vouchsafed to him. Impress his heart with a sense of thy goodness; and grant him grace to devote the residue of his life to thy service, walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all his days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Foreign Missions.
O GOD, the Father of all mankind, we thank thee for thy servants who have gone forth to preach the Gospel throughout the world. We praise thee for the witness they have borne in their lives, or by their deaths. We thank thee for those who have been led from heathen bondage to the glorious liberty of thy kingdomS for the churches planted in many lands; for their clergy and teachers. We pray that we may shew our thankfulness by greater zeal for the spread of the Gospel, and more fervent love for all those for whom Christ died. These our thanksgivings and prayers we offer in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Church.
ALMIGHTY God, whose mercy is over all thy works; We praise thee for the blessings which have been brought to mankind by thy holy Church throughout all the world. We bless thee for the grace of thy Sacraments; for our fellowship in Christ with thee, and with one another; for the teaching of the Scriptures and for the preaching of thy Word. We thank thee for the holy example of thy saints in all ages; for thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, and for the memory and example of all that has been true and good in their lives. And we humbly beseech thee that we may be numbered with them in the great company of the redeemed in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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