08 December 2018

Gaudens gaudébo: Introit for the Immaculate Conception

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Anglican Observance of the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Today (8 December) is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception for Roman Catholics, and for most Anglicans it is known by the ancient title the Feast of the Conception of the Virgin Mary (or the Blessed Virgin Mary).

The feast is observed in most parts of the Anglican Communion although it is not to be found in the Books of Common Prayer of Ireland and the United States. However, some in the United States and Ireland will observe the feast because the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is found in the Kalendar of the Church of England and has been observed in the liturgical calendars of the Anglican Communion's official worldwide bodies called "the instruments of communion".

As a black letter day in the Books of Common Prayer of the Church of England, collects and propers were not printed in the BCP but were authorised from time to time by diocesan bishops under the bishops' ius liturgicum. Sometimes a "Common" of the Blessed Virgin Mary was used for this and other feasts which concerned the Mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, Our God and Saviour. Some provinces and national churches of the Anglican Communion have provided collects and sometimes particular propers for this feast.

(1) The following is appointed for the Feast of the Conception of the B.V.M.  in the Scottish Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer, 1929:

O ALMIGHTY God, 
who didst endue with singular grace 
the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord: 
Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, 
to hallow our bodies in purity, 
and our souls in humility and love; 
through the same our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

(2) The following is from The Book of Common Prayer, 1954, Church of the Province of Southern Africa:

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, 
who didst prepare the body and soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
that she should become the mother of thy Son: 
Grant that we may be kept unspotted from the world 
and made a pure temple for his dwelling, 
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, 
now and evermore. Amen. 

 (3) The following are found in private Anglican volumes, liturgical books of Anglican religious communities, and diocesan resources in some parts of the Anglican Communion :

O GOD, Most High, 
Who didst endue with wonderful virtue and grace 
the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord: 
Grant that we, who now call her blessèd, 
may be made very members of the heavenly family of Him 
Who was pleased to be called the first-born among many brethren; 
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, world without end. Amen.

O MERCIFUL God, 
hear the supplication of thy servants: 
that we who are gathered together 
to honour the Conception of the Virgin Mother of God, 
may through her intercession 
be delievered by thee from the perils which beset us. 
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
from The Anglican Breviary, 
a private Anglican version 
of the ancient Benedictine Breviary.

O GOD,
who in the foreknowledge of thy Son’s most precious death
didst consecrate for him a dwelling place
by the spotless Conception of the Blessed Virgin:
mercifully grant that she who was preserved from all defilement;
may evermore pray for us until we attain unto thee in purity of heart.
Through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Found in the privately printed volume 
'The Anglican Missal', 
in books of some religious communities, 
and a few diocesan liturgical resources.

04 December 2018

Geoffrey Burgon: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) including 'Nunc Dimittis'

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Geoffrey Burgon's music for the BBC series "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" in 1979 remains a favourite of many. Burgon's now famous setting of Nunc dimittis begins at "1:20" in the YouTube file below.




01 December 2018

Enid Chadwick: The Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ

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Using the sainted Enid Chadwick's images, let us contemplate the Season of Advent through which we are reminded of the First Coming of Our Lord at Christ-Masse and the Great Advent of Our Lord when He shall return to us in all His Glory and the fulness of His Kingdom:














Uher Hymn: LO, HOW SHE BRINGS LIFE WITH HER

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Our Lady of the Sign, pray for us!

Dear friends in Christ,


It is my sincere desire that this text be shared widely and used freely. Please feel free to post it on your blogs or email it to friends. I give permission for its use provided that my copyright notice is kept intact and that no words are altered.  (Where a shorter hymn is needed, the first verse and the last two verses may be sung as a shortened version of this hymn.)


God bless us one and all,


Vincent Uher







Lo, How She Brings Life with Her



Lo, how she brings Life with her
Concealed beneath her heart,
Eve's daughter, brave and chosen,
God's partner to his art.
Her will knit with divine will
Desires his Word be done.
For God she weaves within her
The body of their Son.

Elisabeth her cousin
A child will bring to birth -
God's answer to her longing,
A prophet for the Earth.
"Peace be with you," said Mary.
Her cousin's babe did dance
The merry steps of best man:
The Bridegroom's here, at last.

Elisabeth cried out then,
"The child within me leapt!
When he heard your sweet greeting,
With joy my baby stepped."
She spoke full of the Spirit,
With insight from the Lord,
"How is it you come to me
The Mother of my Lord?"

The Mother of her Lord, yes,
Great Mary, Anna's child,
A daughter born to Israel,
A virgin undefiled,
She sang out as a woman
Brought up on Hannah's song,
"O praise, my soul, God's greatness.
Rejoice, our Lord is strong."

All ages call her blessèd
Just as she once foretold.
Blest is she amongst women,
Her Child blest from of old.
Blest is she who believes God
Who carries God's true Word.
Her Son both God and human
Fulfils great Gabriel's word.

Our Saviour, God of mercy,
Remembers Abraham's fold.
Praise God who casts down tyrants.
Rejoice! Our God is bold.
So sing we with blest Mary
To magnify the Lord
Who raised up his handmaiden.
Oh, holy is the Lord!




Copyright © 2006 by Vincent William Uher III


A hymn for Visitation, Fourth Advent, and the Nativity of St. John Baptist
This may be sung to the Bohemian Brethren tune Far Off Lands
or to the lovely tune Wie lieblich ist der Maien




Canadian Advent Hymn: THERE'S A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS CRYING

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There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying
The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop



The original Hymn Text by James Lewis Milligin (1876-1961):

There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
A call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway,
A highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted,
The lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places,
Where the Lord our God may go!

O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
Get thee up to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people
The coming of their King.
Like the flowers of the field they perish,
The works of men decay,
The power and pomp of nations
Shall pass like a dream away.

But the word of our God endureth,
The arm of the Lord is strong;
He stands in the midst of nations,
And He will right the wrong.
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd,
And fold the lambs to His breast;
In pastures of peace He’ll lead them,
And give to the weary rest.

There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
A call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway,
A highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted,
The lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places,
Where the Lord our God may go!
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30 November 2018

Non-Jurors 1718: Priest's Prayer before the Canon

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The following prayer is rooted in The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil and comes from a 1718 Liturgy of the Non-Jurors:

Then the Priest shall turn to the Altar, and standing humbly before it, he shall say the Collect following. 


O ALMIGHTY God, who hast created us, and placed us in this ministry by the power of thy Holy Spirit; may it please thee, O Lord, as we are ministers of the New Covenant, and stewards of thy Holy Mysteries, to receive us who are approaching thy Holy Altar, according to the multitude of thy mercies, that we may be worthy to offer unto thee this reasonable and unbloody Sacrifice for our Sins and the Sins of the People. Receive it, O God, as a sweet smelling savour, and send down the grace of thy Holy Spirit upon us. And as thou didst accept this worship and service from thy Holy Apostles: so of thy goodness, O Lord, vouchsafe to receive these Offerings from the hands of us sinners, that being made worthy to minister at thy Holy Altar without blame, we may have the reward of good and faithful servants at that great and terrible day of account and just retribution; through our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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26 November 2018

Uher Hymn: BRIGHT TORCHES IN THE DARKEST NIGHT

Feast of St. Stephen Martyr
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Bright torches in the darkest night,
The saints of God as lights yet shine.
Lord, let our witness rise with theirs,
And through their prayers give grace divine.

A dimly burning wick were we,
But now our faith fills with thy fire
For thou art all consuming love —
Thy perfect will our heart's desire.

Unite thy saints through every age
And cleansed from sin lift us above,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
One God in glory, one in love. Amen.


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Copyright © 2006 by Vincent Uher
This may be sung to the tune Winchester New


The hymn above I wrote originally on the Feast of Stephen the Martyr, but it is useful for all saints' and martyrs' holy days including the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

I wrote the text with the tune 'WINCHESTER NEW' in mind ... using such a familiar tune makes it easy to introduce a newer hymn text to a congregation.  

Composer Noel Jones has written a magnificent new tune for my hymn text entitled 'TYBURN' which I commend to all.  It is an excellent tune which can be seen below or downloaded from the following LINK.

Click on music above for a larger printable image.

17 November 2018

People's Edition Ordinariate Missal (CTS)

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CTS are printing a People's Edition of the Divine Worship Sunday Missal to be available beginning 14 December 2018.


I suppose there is a reluctance to say "Anglican Ordinariates" which is understandable, so the missal is listed as being that of "Ordinariates Established by Anglicanorum Coetibus". This is a very important development for the life of the laity in the Ordinariates and for those interested in studying the approved liturgical mass texts whether or not they are Roman Catholics. 

LINK HERE.


13 November 2018

The Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants and hospital administrators.  Her shrine is in New York City.


04 October 2018

All Creatures Of Our God And King - Robert Shaw Chorale

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Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

29 September 2018

The Church in Crisis ... St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

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Few people I know outside the Roman Catholic Church understand what an incredibly gut-wrenching time this is for those who feel betrayed by the Episcopate of the Church worldwide.


From the article I share the following quotation from my friend the theologian Dawn Eden Goldstein,

" "I realized if every human believed and practiced what the Catholic Church teaches about human dignity," she said in response to Carr's question of why she would join such a wounded church, "I wouldn't have suffered abuse; no one would suffer abuse." "

On this feast day of the Holy Archangels and Angels, I can only offer a prayer we should be saying daily especially at the end of every Holy Mass:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

12 September 2018

The Newly Consecrated Mother Abbess Cecilia

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Let us rejoice in the consecration of Mother Cecilia as the first Benedictine abbess in US American history to be consecrated according to the Ancient Usage (Usus Antiquior) of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.

Since she is now a female prelate of the Church, she is shown in the photograph holding her crozier and wearing her abbatial pectoral cross. She will remain a consecrated Abbess for life.

May God bless her reign as Mother Abbess, and may her household increase to the glory of God.

The Lady Abbess is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, Texas. Her religious community, The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, Priory (now Abbey) of Our Lady of Ephesus is world famous for award-winning recordings of Gregorian chant.



07 September 2018

8 September: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The eighth of September is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In other words it is the Birthday of Our Holy Mother Mary.



Illustrations by Enid Chadwick of blessèd memory
in her book 'The Church's Year'

The following are some of the collects and prayers in use for celebrating this feast day:


O ALMIGHTY God, who didst endue with singular grace the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord: Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to hallow our bodies in purity, and our souls in humility and love; through the same our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
The Book of Common Prayer, 1929, Scotland


Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 
Roman Missal, 3rd ed.


Almighty and everlasting God,
who stooped to raise fallen humanity
through the child-bearing of blessed Mary:
grant that we, who have seen your glory
revealed in our human nature
and your love made perfect in our weakness,
may daily be renewed in your image
and conformed to the pattern of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Common Worship, Church of England

God most high,
whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh:
we thank you that in this sacrament of our redemption
you visit us with your Holy Spirit
and overshadow us by your power;
strengthen us to walk with Mary 
the joyful path of obedience
and so to bring forth the fruits of holiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Common Worship, Church of England

17 August 2018

Assumptiontide: Sing we of the blessed Mother

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Text: George B. Timms (1910 - 1997)
 Tune: Abbot's Leigh
Music: Cyril Taylor (1941-1991)

09 August 2018

St Winefride's Well: the story of a Saint

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Saint Winefride, pray for us.


For a story on the BBC website 
concerning the Shrine of St Winefride in Wales: click here

A Litany for the Spirit of Jesus

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Jesus, unveiling the glory of the Eternal in the workshop of the carpenter,
Renew thy spirit in us.

Jesus, who didst love the common folk, Jesus, ever feeding the multitude with the bread of life that came down from heaven, Jesus, rejoicing with them that did rejoice, and weeping with them that wept,
Renew thy spirit in us.
  
Jesus, who for our sakes didst become poor, Jesus, rejoicing in the Father's will, Jesus, rejoicing in the lilies and the birds and the companionship of men,
Renew thy spirit in us.

Jesus, loving the simple and the childlike, and using the weak things to confound the strong, Jesus, persecuted by the priests, mocked by the scholars, slain by the politicians, Jesus, who lovedst thine own unto the end,
Renew thy spirit in us.

Jesus, agonizing for the lost, Jesus, calling men to forsake all, that, having thee, they might possess all things, Jesus, by thy terrible love on Calvary. Jesus, by thy victorious love at Easter,
Renew thy spirit in us.

Jesus, who didst inspire love's heroism in all great saints and lovers, Jesus, who hast promised men a peace and joy that no one can take from us, Jesus, who hast revealed thy great power in those whom the world has held of no account, 
Renew thy spirit in us.

O Lord, hear our prayer;
And let our cry come unto thee. Amen.



from The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory
An American Edition of The Grey Book
The Episcopal Church of the USA 
1934

No, Bishops Investigating Bishops Won't Do

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I have not wanted to say anything of my own concerning events within the episcopate in the Catholic Church in the USA, but there are 2 items online now that speak far better than I could:

(1) Here is a link to a post on Elizabeth Scalia's blog The Anchoress: LINK

Scalia's article is a bit of a prelude to an article by Professor Dawn Eden Goldstein found at The Catholic Herald UK online:


"Something very important is missing from every statement issued by US bishops thus far in the wake of the allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. It is something needed not only for the restoration of the bishops’ credibility but also, and more importantly, for the healing of the Church.

"Given that the bishops form a college in continuation of the Apostles’ own, they need to take the initiative in summoning themselves, as a body, to public acts of penance for (1) the sins of bishops and all clerics, and (2) those who enabled or failed to act against such wrongdoers."

I highly encourage your reading of Professor Goldstein's article at this L I N K.

Bishop Robert Barron has also written an article here: click link.

06 August 2018

Transfiguration Day

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O God, who on the holy mount didst reveal to chosen witnesses thine Only Begotten Son wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may be permitted to behold the King in his beauty; who with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

A collect for the Feast of the Transfiguration
The Book of Common Prayer 1928
USA

O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Roman Missal of John Paul II, 3rd ed.


O God who before the passion of thine only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us thy servants that in faith beholding the light of his countenance we may be strengthened to bear the cross and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Church of England

Father in heaven,
whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured
before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,
and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:
give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross
that in the world to come we may see him as he is;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Transfiguration of the Lord
Common Worship 
The Church of England


O God,
in the transfiguration of your Son
you confirmed the mysteries of the faith
by the witness of Moses and Elijah;
and in the voice from the cloud
you foreshadowed our adoption as your children.
Make us, with Christ, heirs of your glory,
and bring us to enjoy its fullness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and forever. Amen.
 Transfiguration of the Lord
(observed on the Sunday before Lent)
Book of Common Worship 1993
The Presbyterian Church (USA)
Cumberland Presbyterian Church


O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany
The Sunday before Lent
The Book of Common Prayer, 1979
USA

Miles Yates: Our Bounden Duty

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There were a variety of individual efforts among members and clergy of the Episcopal Church in the USA to provide resources and aids to communicants who desired something more than was found in The Book of Common Prayer.  One such effort was Miles Lowell Yates' Our Bounden Duty: A Manual of Devotion for Communicants.  It was published by Oxford University Press in New York in 1951.  This little book may be regarded as a restrained Anglo-Catholic volume.  It includes quotations from The Imitation of Christ and many short prayers that one could learn by heart.  It is for ordinary lay-folk.

Yates writes that his rationale for the small book had a twofold aim: "(1) to help communicants of the Episcopal Church to interpret the Holy Communion as the solemn Action by which they do their 'bounden duty' in the worship God; and (2) to suggest a method of praying the Liturgy that may help to stress, for each and every Churchman, its inner significance and unifying power."

I do not know if such devotional manuals are even on the radar of the Liturgical Commissions of the Episcopal Church (USA), the Anglican Church in North America, or the Ordinariates in the Roman Catholic Church which make selective use of the Anglican patrimony, but I would like to suggest that there may be some treasure worth considering in these manuals which stretch back to the Prymers, Lancelot Andrewes' Preces Privitae, and many other devotional works and manuals of prayer —some for the learnèd, some for the simple, some for ordinary lay people who desired something more to help them grow in faith and worship beyond what was found in the words of the various editions of The Book of Common Prayer.

In the little book by Yates that I am considering, the text from the Book of Common Prayer is arranged on the left-hand page, and the private devotions are to be found on the right facing page.  On Page 77 there is appended to the Liturgy for Holy Communion a number of prayers that one could pray as one waits to go forward to receive the Lord in the Sacrament:


COMMUNION PRAYERS

While waiting to go to the altar, as there is time,

   We wait for thy loving-kindness, O Lord, in the midst of thy temple.


God himself is with us,
Let us all adore him . . .
Now his own
Who have known
God, in worship lowly,
Yield their spirits wholly.

    LORD, let me not make this Communion amiss,
But reverently and rightly, to my soul's health.

     LORD, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.


COME, LORD JESUS, in thy compassion,
with light for my mind when it is dark,
with warmth for my heart when it is cold,
with strength for my will when it is weak,
and
be thou my Saviour.

COME, LORD JESUS, in thy power,
and bind us together for unselfish service
in the Church which is thy Body
and
in the world where thou hast walked.


77

Gloria in excelsis Deo +

21 July 2018

Prayers from Various Anglican Prayer Books

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There are many prayer books to be found among the Anglicans.  There are official editions of The Book of Common Prayer, there are alternative resources published officially for use with or in place of The Book of Common Prayer, and there are private efforts which are meant to be used with or to augment the provisions of The Book of Common Prayer.  The prayers below show some examples of such prayers at different times although not the present day.  As a matter of faith  all Anglican prayer makes reference to the Sacred Scriptures either by direct quotation or indirect reference albeit an indirect reference that remains recognisable as to its source and inspiration.

Although many Anglicans and other Christians today are content with prayers of a more free-form origin, in its classical form Anglican prayer is never far from the Holy Bible which is of course the Catholic heritage of the Church from its earliest days.  Today many Roman Catholics and Anglicans are unaware that the texts of the Holy Mass reference again and again the Sacred Scriptures of the Church as they are the most certain foundation for all worship of and prayer to God.


IN TIME OF ABUNDANCE.

Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we possess: 
Grant us grace that we may honour thee with our substance, 
and, remembering the account which we must one day give, 
may be faithful stewards of thy bounty, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

The Book of Common Prayer

IN TIME OF AFFLICTION.

O FATHER, Lord of heaven and earth, to Thee do we turn now in this time of affliction. We are unworthy of the least of Thy mercies, but for the Saviour’s sake hear us.

Give us grace with all humility to recognise Thy loving hand at this season, and to glorify Thee by more entire dedication of ourselves, and all we possess, to Thy service.

We know not what the morrow may bring forth, but to Thee, who cares for the very least creatures of Thy hand, we would now commit all our anxieties. Oh, fill our hearts with Thy peace.

We pray also for all who are visited with like afflictions. Look with Fatherly love on them, and may Thy chastisements draw us all nearer to Thee, for the Redeemer’s sake. Amen.

from Daily Litanies for Family Worship
by a Layman
London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer
1867, p. 64.

FOR RAIN.    
[Read in Holy Scripture 1 KINGS VIII. 35.]

ALMIGHTY GOD, who art the ruler of all things, and who doeth what pleaseth Thee in the heaven above and in the earth beneath, we approach Thee with deep humility through the merits of thy Son. Thou has bidden thy people to come boldly unto the throne of thy grace, through that great High Priest who is passed into the heavens ; and we come to Thee pleading thy promise. 

Hast Thou not said, that whatsoever we ask believing, we shall receive ?   Lord, we believe ; help Thou our unbelief ; and at this time do for us exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think.

Thou hast laid thine afflicting hand upon thy servants, O Lord, and hast commanded the clouds that they give no rain. The heaven is shut up ; the skies are as brass over our head, and the earth as iron beneath our feet. The fields yield no meat, and the flock is cut off from the fold. We call upon Thee for mercy. 

Thou makest a fruitful land barren for the wickedness of them that dwell therein ; and again, Thou turned the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into water springs.  We confess that we have grievously sinned against Thee, and have justly provoked thy wrath and indignation against us. But stay thine avenging hand, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and have pity upon us. 

Cover the heaven with clouds, and prepare rain for the earth. Send us the early and the latter rain, and so preserve for us the kindly fruits of the earth, that in due time we may enjoy them. For thy Son’s sake, spare us, O Lord, who confess our sins unto Thee.  Hear us, for thy mercy is great ; and in the multitude of thy mercies look upon us. We humble ourselves beneath thy mighty hands, O Thou most Holy. 

Above all, sanctify our national trouble to the removal of our national sins. Grant us, we beseech Thee, the supply of our need, and all things that Thou sets necessary, both for our souls and for our bodies, for the sake of thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.


FOR FAIR WEATHER 
[and for when there has been too much rainfall]
[Read Genesis IX. 8-17.]

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, who makest the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, let it please Thee of thy great mercy to forgive the iniquity of thy people, and be favourable to this our land. Remember, O God, thy covenant, that while the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease. And so increase our faith that we may trust in Thee, who givest us all things richly to enjoy, and whose tender mercies are over all thy works.

O God, who bindest up the waters in the thick cloud, and the cloud is not rent under them, be pleased to stay the clouds of heaven, that it may not rain, and grant such weather as that the ground may give its increase ; that our fields may yield the precious fruits brought forth by the sun ; and that our barns being filled with plenty, we may eat and bless Thee, the Lord, in whom we live, and move, and have our being ; and whose hand is ever open to supply the wants of every living thing.

We praise Thee, O God ; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord, in whose hand are all things, and who workest all things after the counsel of thine own will. Let it please Thee of thine infinite goodness so to fill our hearts with thy Grace, that we may take no thought for the morrow ; but having food and raiment, may we therewith be content. Mercifully remove our unbelief, and disappoint our fears, that we confiding in the promises of thy Word and the bountifulness of thy providence, may pass our days in peace and quietness, knowing that we have our treasure in heaven and an inheritance that fadeth not away.

We humbly confess, O God, that we are not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which Thou hast showed unto thy servants ; but we plead the merits of thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Hear us at this time, and bless us, O our God and Father, for His sake.  Amen. 

from The Family Prayer Book
or, Morning and evening prayers
for every day in the year,
Edited by The Reverend Edward Garbett, M.A.,
and The Reverend Samuel Martin,
London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, 1864,
p. 388.

THE DANGERS OF ABUNDANCE.

O God, in your love you have given gifts which our forebears neither knew or dreamed of.   Mercifully grant that we may not be so occupied with material things that we forget the things which are spiritual and thus,  even though we have gained the whole world, lose our souls; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Eric Milner-White  (1884-1963)
Daily Prayer
1941



26 May 2018

Prayer for Memorial Day, USA

based upon a prayer by Leslie D. Weatherhead
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We give you thanks, O Lord, for all who have died that we may live, for all who endured pain that we might know joy, for all who made sacrifices that we might have plenty, for all who suffered imprisonment that we might know freedom. Turn our deep feeling now into determination, and our determination into deed, that as men and women died for peace, we may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.