19 February 2017

Prayers for ForeLent / Pre-Lent / 'Gesimas


O everlasting God, 
let the light of Thine eternity 
now fall upon my passing days. 
O holy God,
let the light of thy perfect righteousness
fall upon my sinful ways. 
O most merciful God,
let the light of Thy love
pierce to the most secret corners of my heart
and overcome the darkness of sin within me. 

John Baillie
of blessed memory

I have deferred repentance,
and Thou hast prolonged patience,
O Thou that art mercy,
Thou that art a fountain inexhaustible.

Lancelot Andrewes

in Thy loving kindness 
Thou didst create and restore us when we were lost:
indwell within us and inspire us with Thy Truth,
that we may love Thee with our whole minds
and run to you with open hearts,
through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

adapted from Alcuin of York, alt.
The Mass of Wisdom

LORD, who hast died for us, 
beside whose awful mercy we confess
that he who is not burned with love
needeth to be purged with tears: 
Grant us such penitence
as may be no reproach to us
before Thine Angels,
and such love as shall carry us
into their Choirs; 
which praise Thee
with the Father
and the Holy Ghost,
God most glorious, for ever. Amen.

 Eric Milner-White 
A Cambridge Bede Book

2 Recent Anglican Prayers of Confession in Simple Language 

         Merciful God, 
           we have sinned 
             in what we have thought and said, 
             in the wrong we have done
             and in the good we have not done.

           We have sinned in ignorance:
           we have sinned in weakness:
           we have sinned 
                through our own deliberate fault.
           We are truly sorry.
           We repent and turn to you.

         Forgive us, for our Saviour Christ's sake,
           and renew our lives 
           to the glory of your name.
A New Zealand Prayer Book 

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.

We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.

We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.

Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.

Enriching Our Worship 1 
The Episcopal Church USA, 1997

Christ, The Book of Kells

grant us so to perfect our repentance
that our sins may be buried in Thy Grave;
and our hearts be prepared to greet Thee with loving joy
on the morning of Thy resurrection,
Who didst die and wast buried and didst rise again for us,
our only Lord and Saviour. Amen
 Author unknown

God of unchangeable power, when you fashioned the world the Morning Stars sang together and the Host of heaven shouted for joy;
open our eyes to the wonders of creation and teach us to use all things for good, to the honour of your glorious Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A New Zealand Prayer Book, page 569 


A Litany of Our Lady of Sorrows (Eric Milner-White)

An Anglo-Catholic litany

Be merciful, O Lord, to us sinners, and at the pleading of thy mother, sorrowing in thine agony and sharing in thy bitter cup, O Jesus mercy.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Be merciful O Lord, to us sinners and at the pleading of thy mother, suffering in thy sufferings and bruised with thy stripes, O Jesus mercy.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Be merciful, O Lord, to us sinners, and at the pleading of thy mother, who saw thee crowned with thorns and robed with shame, O Jesus mercy.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Be merciful, O Lord, to us sinners, and at the pleading of thy mother, whose love unvanquished trod thy way of sorrows, O Jesus mercy;
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Be merciful, O Lord, to us sinners, and at the pleading of thy mother, whose soul was pierced beneath thy Cross, O Jesus mercy.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Eric Milner-White

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady

"Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, have mercy on me."
Saint Margaret Clitherow
Catholic Martyr of the Reformation Era


17 February 2017

Austin Farrer: Thoughts on Heaven [Anglican Patrimony]


The following is an excerpt from Austin Farrer's classic Saving Belief :

1. To hope for heaven has nothing particularly selfish about it.  No one ever thought he could keep heaven to himself.

2. Heaven is not a cash payment for walking with God; it's where the road goes.

3. Heaven isn't an optional extra; our belief is nonsense without it.

4. Our reason for believing it isn't that nature point to it, but that it leads us to itself.

I should like to develop the last point a bit.  Heaven is nothing that created nature produces; it is a new creation.  Two consequences follow from this.  The first is, that we have no interest in trying to isolate a piece of us called 'soul', which tends to outlive the body's collapse.  

Our immortality is the new gift of God, not the survival of our old nature, whether in whole or in part.  It was pagan Greeks who talked about immortal soul; and with reason; for (to put it shortly) they thought the human spirit was a piece of godhead, able to guarantee immortal being to itself.  The religion of the Bible teaches no such doctrine.  

God alone can give us a future.  It is better, then, to talk about the resurrection of man than about the immortality of 'soul'. 

Belief in resurrection is belief not in ourselves, but in God who raises us.  It is in fact the acid test, whether we believe in God or not.  A God who raises the dead is a real power; he is not just a fanciful name for the order of nature, whether physical or moral.  A God so identified with the natural order that he adds nothing to it is difficult to distinguish from the world he rules, or from the laws which govern it.

Old Indian thought evaded the issue by making the cycle of the soul's rebirths a part of nature, like the seasons and the tides.  And as the lazy mind need not distinguish the God of the tides from the tides, neither need it distinguish the cycles of rebirth from the God of the cycles.  But when we realise that man's person, the living image of God, is bound to be sucked down in the whirlpool of decay, unless God rescues it; then faith in God begins to mean something.  It alters the whole picture.

Revd Austin Farrer

The Reverend Austin Farrer
Saving Belief
pp. 120-121
Library of Anglican Spirituality
Susan Howatch, ed.

“Born in 1904, the son of a Baptist minister, Austin Farrer was ordained an Anglican priest and served in Oxford as chaplain and fellow of both St Edmund’s Hall and Trinity College before becoming Warden of Keble College, a post he held until his death in 1968. Austin Farrer was a renowned preacher, philosopher and biblical scholar as well as being regarded for his humour, originality, eloquence and deep spirituality. His life was rooted in prayer. He wrote, ‘Prayer and dogma are inseparable. They alone can explain each other’.” — from The Diocese of Oxford, Church of England.

16 February 2017

Ronald Knox on Miracles


"And a miracle-a miracle is a very simple thing by comparison. It happens when, once and again in these long aeons of the world's existence, God expresses His will more directly, by suspending for a moment, at one tiny pin-point of space, the operation of those laws which could have no force and no validity but from Him.

"Just in the millionth instance God does, without the aid of secondary causes, what He is continually doing by means of secondary causes. Just in the millionth instance He multiplies bread instead of multiplying the wheat. Just in the millionth instance He will have the dew form not everywhere but just here. Is that so much of a privilege to claim for the Omnipotent? Is that impossible with God, with such a God?"

Monsignor. Ronald Knox

12 February 2017

This is Thy Feast (E. Milner-White)



prepared by thy longing, 
spread at thy command,
 attended at thine invitation,
blessed by thine own Word, 
distributed by thine own hand; 
the undying memorial of thy sacrifice upon the Cross,
the full gift of thine everlasting love, 
and its perpetuation till time shall end.

Lord, this is the Bread of Heaven, the Bread of Life 
that whosoever eateth never shall hunger more. 
And this the Cup of pardon, healing, gladness, strength, 
that whosoever drinketh thirsteth not again.
So may we come Lord, to thy table. 
Lord Jesus, come to us. Amen.

Eric Milner-White

O Lord, save the World.

1 Corinthians 2:6-10


The following is from a new translation of the official Greek Orthodox Text of the Septuagint (LXX) which is an edition of the original text of the Christian Old Testament. I have altered some spellings and added capitalisation where I believe it is warranted in order to convey something divine rather than mundane:

1 Corinthians 2:6-10

When I came to you, brethren, I did not come with excellence of speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. Indeed, I resolved not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of Power, so that your faith would not stand by human wisdom but in the Power of God.

(6) However, we [do] speak Wisdom among those who are full grown; yet it is a wisdom 'not of this world,' nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing. Instead, we speak God's Wisdom in a mystery, the Wisdom that was hidden, which God had foreordained before the ages for our glory, [Wisdom] which none of the rulers of this world recognised. For if they had recognised this Wisdom, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory!  But as it is written: Things which an eye did not see, and an ear did not hear, Which did not enter into the heart of man, These God has prepared for those who love him.  

(10) Yet, God has revealed these things to us through his Spirit, because the Spirit searches all things, yes [even] the deep things of God.

EOB: The Eastern/Greek Orthodox
New Testament
(Septuagint in the Patriarchal Text Edition
of the Greek Orthodox Churches)

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.

10 February 2017

Our Lady of Lourdes


Our Lady of Lourdes, intercede for us.
St. Bernadette, pray for us to the Lord.

My maternal grandmother had a profound devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. She had two chalk statues of a kind no longer available of the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of Lourdes and the other of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus. The two statues were given to me, and I have carried them with me. When I left my cottage because of Hurricane Ike -- having no conscious thought that my home could be destroyed -- these two statues were among the few things I took with me. So each Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, I thank God for my grandmother and the way she so profoundly and simply shaped my faith. And I pray for the Lord's blessings upon her soul that she may go from strength to strength in His perfect service always beholding the Holy Face of Jesus.

Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.

For those of you, dear Readers, who are new to the story of St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes and wonder what sort of meaning this should have for you, I encourage you to read the text of the sermon by the past Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams during his pilgrimage to the Shrine at Lourdes -- the first such visit by an Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury -- and I pray his appreciation of the event of Lourdes will be a helpful first step in making Our Lady's message and miracles your own.

Here then is the conclusion of Dr. Williams' homily at Lourdes:

True mission is ready to be surprised by God ­ 'surprised by joy', in the lovely phrase of C. S. Lewis. Elizabeth knew the whole history of Israel and how it was preparing the way for God to come and visit his people ­ but she was still surprised into newness of life and understanding when the child leapt in her womb. Bernadette's neighbours and teachers and parish clergy knew all they thought they needed to know about the Mother of God ­ and they needed to be surprised by this inarticulate, powerless, marginal teenager who had leapt up in the joy of recognition to meet Mary as her mother, her sister, bearer of her Lord and Redeemer. Our prayer here must be that, renewed and surprised in this holy place, we may be given the overshadowing strength of the Spirit to carry Jesus wherever we go, in the hope that joy will leap from heart to heart in all our human encounters; and that we may also be given courage to look and listen for that joy in our own depths when the clarity of the good news seems far away and the sky is cloudy.

But here today, with Elizabeth and Bernadette, we say, in thankful amazement, 'Why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?' And we recognise that our heart's desire is met and the very depth of our being stirred into new life.

It strikes me that we all need to remember how Our Lord Jesus prayed before His crucifixion that we may be one. So let there be joy all around that through His Blessed Mother many find their way to Christ and His Holy Church. Likewise, let us rejoice that others in denominations once hostile to the Church of Rome find themselves drawn ever more closely to the Roman Catholic Church through the humility of St. Bernadette and the tender mercies of Christ made known through His beautiful Mother, Our Lady of Lourdes, at that Shrine where physical miracles and miracles of faith discovered and rediscovered join together as flowers for the Mother of God.

+Laus Deo.

08 February 2017

Jeremiah 17:5-18 (Sir Lancelot Brenton's Septuagint)


The Sin and Punishment of Judah
1 Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and will lean his arm of flesh upon him, while his heart departs from the Lord. 6 And he shall be as the wild tamarisk in the desert: he shall not see when good comes; but he shall dwell in barren places, and in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord shall be. 8 And he shall be as a thriving tree by the waters, and he shall cast forth his root toward a moist place: he shall not fear when heat comes, and there shall be upon him shady branches: he shall not fear in a year of drought, and he shall not fail to bear fruit. 9 The heart is deep beyond all things, and it is the man, and who can know him? 10 I the Lord try the hearts, and prove the reins, to give to every one according to his ways, and according to the fruits of his devices. 11 The partridge utters her voice, she gathers eggs which she did not lay; so is a man gaining his wealth unjustly; in the midst of his days his riches shall leave him, and at his latter end he will be a fool.

 Jeremiah's Prayer for Deliverance
12 An exalted throne of glory is our sanctuary. 13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, let all that have left thee be ashamed, let them that have revolted be written on the earth, because they have forsaken the fountain of life, the Lord. 14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for thou art my boast. 15 Behold, they say to me, Where is the word of the Lord? let it come. 16 But I have not been weary of following thee, nor have I desired the day of man; thou knowest; the words that proceed out of my lips are before thy face. 17 Be not to me a stranger, but spare me in the evil day. 18 Let them that persecute me be ashamed, but let me not be ashamed: let them be alarmed, but let me not be alarmed: bring upon them the evil day, crush them with double destruction.

 Brenton's Septuaginta translation

O Lord, save the World.

Our Lady of the Atonement: Novena and Litany

Do not sit in anger: fast and pray.

Medal of the Rosary League of Our Lady of the Atonement

Father Paul Wattson,
pray for us.
The Devotion to Our Lady of the Atonement began in the Episcopal Church with Father Paul Wattson, the visionary Franciscan of Graymoor who conceived of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity and also promoted devotion to Our Lady of the Red Mantle that is, Our Lady of the Atonement.   

   Mother Lurana of Graymoor,
pray for us.
When Father Paul and his company of Franciscan faithful left the Episcopal Church and entered the Catholic Church, they brought this devotion with them.  It was embraced and honoured by the Holy Father and the Octave for Christian Unity gave rise to the worldwide week of prayer for Christian unity.  The Franciscans of the Atonement in the Catholic Church are the order founded by Fr. Paul Wattson.


On each day, if possible, assist at Holy Mass, and go to Confession and Communion at least once during the Novena. The following prayers are recommended to be said daily:

In the Name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

(One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, one Glory be.)

MEMORARE OF ST. BERNARD (said by all, together)

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

THE THREE-FOLD SALUTATION (said by all, together)

We salute thee, Holy Mary, Daughter of God the Father, and entreat thee to obtain for us a devotion like thine own to the most sweet Will of God.

We salute thee, Virgin Mother of God the Son, and entreat thee to obtain for us such union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that our own hearts may burn with love for God and an ardent zeal for the salvation of souls.

We salute thee, Immaculate Spouse of God the Holy Ghost, and entreat thee to obtain for us such yielding of ourselves to the Blessed Spirit, that He may, in all things, direct and rule our hearts, and that we may never grieve Him in thought, word, or deed.


Lord have mercy upon us.
Christ have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy upon us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy upon us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy upon us.

Our Lady of the Atonement, Daughter of God the Father, pray for us. 

Our Lady of the Atonement, Mother of God the Son, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, Spouse of God the Holy Ghost, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, standing by the Cross, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, given to us as a Mother, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, our Mediatrix, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, firm Hope, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, sure Refuge, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Mother of Divine Love, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Shepherdess of the wandering sheep, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, pillar of Unity, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, Mother of Conversions, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Mother of the outcast, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Star of the pagans, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Mother of missionaries, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Mother most sorrowful, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, Lily of Israel, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Model of resignation, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Haven of peace, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Comfort of the afflicted, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Guide of the doubtful, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, Welcomer of the pilgrims, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, Handmaid of the Father, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Mirror of the Son, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Queen of the Precious Blood, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, true Model, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, strong Protectress, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, hailed by the Archangel Gabriel, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Splendour of Heaven, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Delight of the Saints, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Strength of the weak, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, Comfort of the dying, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Atonement, triumphant with Jesus, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, Queen of the Universe, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Atonement, Queen of the Children of the Atonement, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
Spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
Have mercy upon us.

Pray for us, O Blessed Mother; 

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray. O God, who didst deign that we, thy children, should invoke our Mother Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Atonement; grant that through her powerful intercession we may obtain the fullness of thy blessings; through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end.  Amen.

Ora pro nobis.

07 February 2017

Anglican Heritage: Three Elements of Repentance


I have posted this before and find it a good aid.   It is also very helpful for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the great Lenten Season.


The part of the person approaching this sacrament is repentance. True repentance has three elements:

1. CONTRITION or sorrow for sin. This can be obtained only at the foot of the Cross. We may not have an emotion of sorrow, but when we see what our sins have done to Jesus, we shall be sorry.

2. CONFESSION of all known sin. This involves a careful examination of our conscience. We cannot confess our sins until we see exactly how we look to the all-seeing eye of God.

3. SATISFACTION & AMENDMENT OF LIFE. We must intend to lead a new or better life. This intention is shown by our acceptance and performance of the penance imposed by the Priest in confession.


¶ Before self-examination, say this prayer:

O HOLY SPIRIT, Source of all light, Spirit of wisdom, of understanding, and of knowledge, come to my assistance and enable me to make a good confession. Enlighten me, and help me now to know my sins as one day I shall be forced to recognize them before thy judgment seat. Bring to my mind the evil which I have done and the good which I have neglected. Permit me not to be blinded by self-love. Grant me, moreover, heartfelt sorrow for my transgressions, knowing how deeply they have wounded the living Heart of my Heavenly Father; and help me to make a good confession that all stain of guilt may be washed away in the Precious Blood of my Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

        Think of yourself as God's child, and of the wickedness of following Satan rather than your loving Father. Do not be in a hurry, and do not vex yourself because you cannot remember everything. Be honest with God and with yourself; this is all God asks of you.

        Write down briefly what you remember of your sins. Don't try to depend on your memory. If there is any question you do not understand, let it alone, and go on, to the next one.

        Do not fret about your sins. Remember, you are trying to recall them in order that you may be forgiven, not that you may be condemned, "A broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise."


from St. Augustine's Prayer Book
16th edition. 1964

Order of the Holy Cross
The Episcopal Church


06 February 2017

St. Olaf Choir: "Even When He Is Silent" (Nidaros Cathedral)


"Even When He Is Silent" by Kim André Arnesen
The St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, Conductor
Recorded in concert at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway on June 16, 2013

05 February 2017

Lost Prayer: USA 1928 Book of Common Prayer


The collect below was for many an essential element of the Eucharist in The Book of Common Prayer 1928 (USA).  

It may seem a very small point, but I think the loss of this collect coupled with the lost language of offering up to God "our souls and bodies" one of the great mistakes in the Episcopalian and Anglican liturgical twiggling that accompanied genuine liturgical renewal in the 20th century.

Immediately prior to the following collect the Choir and People would have sung Kyrie Eleison (usually in English as "Lord, have mercy upon us." etc.)

O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

O Lord, save the World.

Canada: Intercession for Missions (Anglican Patrimony)


Bishop Adam de Pencier
The following prayers come from a special form of Service for Intercession for Missions authorised by His Grace Bishop Adam de Pencier, Third Bishop of New Westminster, Canada. A noteworthy feature is that His Grace saw the Advent "O" Antiphons as a declaration of the missionary calling of the Church of Jesus Christ for the evangelisation of all peoples. 

The volume of services was published in 1911 with a quotation from the Lambeth Council of 1897: “We think it our duty to affirm the right of every Bishop within the jurisdiction assigned to him by the Church, to set forth or sanction additional services and prayers when he believes that God’s work may be thereby furthered, or the spiritual needs of the worshippers more fully met: and to adapt the prayers already in the Book to the special requirements of his people.”

        O WISDOM, that camest out of the mouth of the Most High, mightily and sweetly ordering all things come to deliver us. Amen.

        O Leader of the house of Israel, Who didst appear to Moses in the burning bush, and gavest the law on Sinai; come to deliver us with outstretched arm. Amen.

        O Root of Jesse. Who standest for an ensign to the people; whom nations shall entreat; come to deliver us; tarry not. Amen.

        O Key of David and Sceptre of Israel, Who openest and no man shutteth; Who shuttest and no man openeth; come to deliver the prisoners out of the prison house, who lie in darkness and the shadow of death. Amen.

        O Day-spring from on high, Splendour of Eternal Light, and Son of Righteousness; come to enlighten us. Amen.

        O King of Gentiles Whom they long for, and Corner Stone, Who makest both one, send forth Thy servants to the work whereto Thou hast called them. Amen.

        O Emmanuel, our King and Saviour: come to deliver us, O Lord our God. Amen.

        Open, Lord, Thy heavens; from thence let Thy gifts come down; and may our hearts return to Thee. Behold and visit the vine Thy hand hath planted. Remember not our old sins. Strengthen the weak, relieve the contrite, confirm the strong. Lord Jesus, Who didst lay down Thy life for the sheep, incline the hearts of many to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to seek for the lost, to bring the wanderers to Thy fold, to bind up that which is broken. Put forth Thy hand from heaven, and touch our hearts from above. Provide Thy Church with faithful and true pastors, who shall feed Thy flock with knowledge and understanding; and may we see the fruit of their labours in the repentance and conversion of ourselves, and all to whom Thy word shall come.
        Grant this, O Blessed Jesus, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, world without end. Amen.

+ + +

        Almighty God, Who by Thy Son Jesus Christ didst give commandment to Thy holy Apostles that they should go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature; grant to us, Whom Thou hast called into Thy Church, a hearty desire to make Thy way known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Look with compassion on the heathen who have not known Thee, who are scattered abroad as sheep that have no shepherd. Have respect, O Lord, unto the united intercessions of Thy Church, and send forth more labourers into Thy harvest. Prepare them by Thy grace for the work of the Ministry; give them the spirit of power, and love, and of a sound mind; strengthen them to endure hardness; and by their life and doctrine may they set forth Thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

O Lord, save the World.