Friday, July 6, 2012

Prayers for July 6 From Around the Anglican Communion

In gratitude for our sister churches in the Anglican Communion, Larry Hitt offered four prayers from other provinces around the Anglican Communion which focus on their general synods or provincial gatherings.  He adapted the prayers to refer to General Convention.

From the Church of Ireland Book of Common Prayer (2004)

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 Apostolic and true
Catholic 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

From the Supplement to the Prayer Book of the Church of India (1960)

The Collect
OLORD God, the Father of lights and fountain of all wisdom, who in the days of the Apostles didst send thy Holy Spirit to direct the first Council of thy Church in Jerusalem: Look mercifully upon us, and so bless the Bishop and assessors assembled in Synod, that through their deliberations thy Church may be preserved in the true faith, and in godly discipline; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
GUIDE, we beseech thee, Almighty God, with the light of thy Holy Spirit, our Bishop(s), Clergy, and Laity, in the Diocesan Council (or, General Council), that they may wisely consult together for the good of thy Church and the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the Prayer Book of Church of Anglican Church of Canada (1962)

7. For General, Provincial, or Diocesan Synods.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world: We beseech thee to be present with the General Synod [or the Synod of this Province, or the Synod of this Diocese] now [or about to be] assembled in thy Name. Save its members from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe so to direct, govern, and sanctify them in their deliberations by thy Holy Spirit, that through thy blessing the Gospel of Christ may be faithfully preached and obeyed, the order and discipline of thy Church maintained, and the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour enlarged and extended. Grant this, we beseech thee, through the merits and mediation of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


No comments:

Post a Comment