Monday, January 23, 2012

Prayers for the Church from the Anglican tradition . . .


These well-used prayers are very suitable for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. (For more prayers like them, go to the link on my website: TRADITIONAL PRAYERS FOR ANGLICAN CATHOLICS.)


PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH
O gracious Father, we humbly beseech thee for thy holy Catholic Church; that thou wouldest be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, establish it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of him who died and rose again, and ever liveth to make intercession for us, Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

Archbishop William Laud (1573-1645)


THANKSGIVING FOR THE CHURCH
O God, most glorious, most bountiful, accept, we humbly beseech thee, our praises and thanksgivings for thy holy Catholic Church, the mother of us all who bear the name of Christ; for the faith which it hath conveyed in safety to our time, and the mercies by which it hath enlarged and comforted the souls of men; for the virtues which it hath established upon earth, and the holy lives by which it glorifieth both the world and thee; to whom, O blessed Trinity, be ascribed all honour, might, majesty and dominion, now and for ever. Amen.

Bishop Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626)


PRAYER FOR ALL SORTS AND CONDITIONS OF MEN
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men: that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those, who are any ways afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

1 comments:

BrB said...

More of us Traditional Anglican Christians need to see and follow the Traditional Anglican Prayers shown in the above link on a daily basis. As we can still be part of the "Unity"of the universal See of Catholic faith without losing our Traditional Faith.

Bring out the Bishops and Priests that wish this Traditional faith to continue without loss....+++

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