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    The Blessed Virgin Mary
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    Almighty and everlasting God,
who stooped to raise fallen humanity
through the child-bearing of blessed Mary:
grant that we, who have seen thy glory
      revealed in our human nature
and thy love made perfect in our weakness,
may daily be renewed in thine image
and conformed to the pattern of thy Son
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God most high,
whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh:
we give thee thanks that in this sacrament of our redemption
thou dost visit us with thy Holy Spirit
and dost overshadow us with thy power;
strengthen us to walk with Mary
in the joyful path of obedience,
that we may bring forth the fruits of holiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
       
    Apostles and Evangelists
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    O almighty God,
who hast built thy Church upon the foundation
      of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the head cornerstone:
grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit
      by their doctrine,
that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    Almighty God,
who on the day of Pentecost
didst send thy Holy Spirit to the apostles
with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,
filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
by the power of the same Spirit
strengthen us to bear witness to thy truth
and to draw everyone to the fire of thy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
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    O Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. 
       
       
    Martyrs
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    Almighty God,
by whose grace and power thy holy martyr N
triumphed over suffering and was faithful unto death:
strengthen us with thy grace,
that we may endure reproach and persecution
and faithfully bear witness to the name
      of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    O eternal God,
who hast given us this holy meal
in which we have celebrated the glory of the cross
and the victory of thy martyr N:
by our communion with Christ
in his saving death and resurrection,
grant us with all thy saints the courage to overcome evil
and so to partake of the fruit of the tree of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
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    O God our redeemer,
whose Church was strengthened by the blood of thy martyr N:
so bind us, in life and in death,to the sacrifice of Christ
that, our lives being broken and offered with his,
we may carry his death
and proclaim his resurrection in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
       
       
                                Teachers of the Faith
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    O God,
who hast enlightened thy Church
      by the teaching of thy servant N:
enrich it evermore, we beseech thee, with thy heavenly grace,
and raise up faithful witnesses,
who by their life and doctrine may set forth to all people
      the truth of thy salvation;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God of truth,
whose Wisdom prepared her table
and invited us to eat the bread and drink the wine
      of the kingdom:
help us to lay aside all folly
and to walk all our days in the way of discernment,
that we may come with N to the eternal heavenly feast;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
     
   
Bishops and other Pastors
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    Almighty and everlasting God,
who didst call thy servant N to proclaim thy glory
      by a life of prayer and the zeal of a true pastor:
keep constant in faith the leaders of thy Church
and so bless thy people through their ministry
that the Church may grow into the full stature
      of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    or, for a Bishop
     
    Almighty God,
the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls,
who didst call thy servant N to be a bishop in the Church,
to feed thy sheep by the word of Christ
and to guide them by his godly example:
give us grace to abide by the faith of the Church
and to follow in the footsteps
      of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God, the shepherd of thy people,
whose servant N showed forth the loving service of Christ
      in his/her ministry as a pastor of thy people:
we pray that, by this sacrament in which we share,
thou wilt awaken within us the love of Christ
and keep us faithful to our calling in his name;
through him who laid down his life for us,
but liveth and reigneth with thee, now and for ever.  
     
     
                                Members of Religious Communities
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    Almighty God,
by whose grace N,
enkindled with the fire of thy love,
became a burning and a shining light in the Church:
inflame us with the same spirit of discipline and love,
that we may ever walk before thee as children of light;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Merciful God,
who gavest such grace to thy servant N
that he/she served thee with singleness of heart
and loved thee above all things:
help us, whose communion with thee
      has been renewed in this sacrament,
to forsake all that hinders us from following Christ
and to grow into his likeness from glory to glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
     
                                Missionaries
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    O everlasting God,
whose servant N carried the gospel of thy Son
      to the people of … :
mercifully grant that we who commemorate his/her service
may know the hope of the gospel in our hearts
and manifest its light in all our ways;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    Holy Father,
who didst gather us around the table of thy Son
that we, with all thy household,
might partake of this holy food:
in that new world
      wherein the fullness of thy peace is revealed,
gather people of every race and tongue
to share with N and all thy saints
in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord. 
       
       
                     Any Saint
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    Almighty Father,
who hast built up thy Church
through the love and devotion of thy saints:
inspire us to follow the example of N
whom we commemorate this day,
that we in our generation may rejoice with him/her
in the vision of thy glory;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    or (for Christian rulers)
     
    Sovereign God,
who didst call N to be a ruler among his/her people
and gavest him/her grace to be their servant:
help us to follow our Saviour Christ
in the path of humble service,
that we may see his kingdom set forward on earth
and enjoy its fullness in heaven;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    or (for those working for the poor and underprivileged)
     
    O merciful God,
who hast compassion on all that thou hast made,
and hast enfolded thy whole creation in thy love:
help us to stand firm for thy truth,
to strive against poverty,
and to share thy love with our neighbour,
that with thy servant N we may be instruments of thy peace;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    or (for men and women of learning)
     
    O God our Father,
who gavest to thy servant N wisdom and discernment
that he/she might fathom the depths of thy love
and understand thy design for the world that thou hast made:
grant us the help of thy Holy Spirit,
that we also may come to a full knowledge of thy purposes
revealed in thy Son Jesus Christ, our Wisdom and our Life;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    or (for those whose holiness was revealed in marriage and family life)
     
    O eternal God,
whose love is revealed in the mystery of the Trinity:
grant that we, like thy servant N,
may find in our human loving a mirror of thy divine love
and discern in all thy children our brothers and sisters in Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
    Post Communion
     
    Faithful God,
who didst call N to thy service
and gavest him/her joy in walking the path of holiness:
we pray that through this holy communion,
in which the vision of thy glory is renewed within us,
we may all be strengthened to follow the way of perfection
until we come to see thee face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
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    O God our redeemer,
who didst inspire N to witness to thy love
and to labour for the coming of thy kingdom:
grant that we, who in this sacrament share the bread of heaven,
may be fired by thy Spirit
      to proclaim the gospel in our daily lives
and never to rest content until thy kingdom come,
on earth as it is in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
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    O God our Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
whose servant N revealed thy goodness
      in a life of tranquillity and service:
grant that we who have gathered in faith around this table
may like him/her know the love of Christ
      that surpasses knowledge
and be filled with all thy fullness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
    (or)
     
    O God,
the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:
grant that we, who have shared at this table
      as strangers and pilgrims here on earth,
may with all thy saints be welcomed
      to the heavenly feast in the day of thy kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
     
     
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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