Wednesday, August 15, 2007

For Archbishop Williams: "the healthful Spirit of thy grace"

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer includes this daily "Prayer for the Clergy and People" (my emphasis added):

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Father in heaven, we ask you to give Rowan your Holy Spirit. Let the Spirit rest on him with every holy gift. Let the fruit of the Spirit flourish upon him.

Jesus, Son of David, the afflicted call on you for healing and deliverance. Pray for Rowan, that he receive the healthful Spirit to drive error and evil from your church.

Holy Spirit, your presence with us is not earned or deserved, but a gift. Surprise Rowan with grace, comforting and strengthening him under the pressures of his ministry.

We ask all this, Father, in the Name of Jesus, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

1 comment:

Laocoon said...

Amen.

It's so easy for me to kvetch and bellyache about our bishops and about the Anglican Communion -- and to feel very spiritual while doing so.

Your postings have been reminding me to do the real, difficult work of faith: praying.

Thanks for the reminder.