Prayers

Prayer for peace

Lord, the creator of peace and harmony and giver of eternal life, whom to serve is perfect freedom, defend us your humble servants against all our enemies, that we, confident in your protection, may have no fear, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for peace

Almighty God from whom come all holy desires, all good intentions and all right deeds; give to your servants that peace which the world cannot give; strengthen us to obey your commands and free us from the fear of our enemies that we may live our days in trust and quietness through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.

Prayer for help

Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, we bless you for bringing us safely to the beginning of this day; guard us in it by your mighty power from sin and danger; and may all that we do be in accordance with your holy will, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for help

Lighten our darkness Lord we pray, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and danger of this night, for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Prayer for those in authority

Almighty God, who rules over the nations of the world, we commend to your merciful care the people of this land, that being guided by your providence we may dwell secure in your peace.  Grant to the State President and to all in authority, wisdom and strength  to know and to do your will.  Fill them with the love of truth, justice and righteousness, that they may serve your people faithfully to your honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

For Parliament

Most gracious God, we humbly pray for the members of Parliament now assembled.  Be pleased to direct and prosper all their meetings; to the glory of Your Name, the upholding of Your laws, and the safety and welfare of our country.  Grant, that by their efforts, righteousness and freedom, truth and justice, may be confirmed and safeguarded for us.

This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Prayer for clergy and people

Almighty and everlasting God send down your gracious Holy Spirit on our bishops and other ministers and all congregations of our church.  And, that they may truly please you, refresh and bless them continually, to the honour of our advocate and mediator Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for our land

Almighty, everlasting God, bless our land, its rulers and people.  Grant that all of us may live in obedience to Your Word and follow after truth, righteousness and justice.  Lord, give peace in our time, to the glory of Your holy Name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for our church

Heavenly Father, you have called us to be living members of Christ’s holy church.  Bless the fellowship of the Church of England in Southern Africa, its bishops, other ministers and those in responsible positions.  Grant to all who belong to it sure faith in Your holy word and lives obedient to it.  May we always serve You and each other in prayer and love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for all in need

Almighty, merciful Father, You have told us not to think of ourselves only, but to remember the needs of others.  We pray for all in want or need, for the sick in body or mind, for the poor and lonely, for those in distress and despair and for all who have strayed from Your way.

Merciful Lord, deliver them, strengthen and restore their faith, bless and help them through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for our church

Heavenly Father, you have called us to be living members of Christ’s holy church.  Bless the fellowship of the Church of England in Southern Africa, its bishops, other ministers and those in responsible positions.  Grant to all who belong to it sure faith in Your holy word and lives obedient to it.  May we always serve You and each other in prayer and love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for the Church

Almighty God, the great shepherd of Your people, bless those who are called to the ministry of Your Word and the congregations to whom they minister.  Fill them with Your truth and clothe them with holiness.  Give grace to our bishops and all other ministers that their lives and teaching will witness to Your true and living Word through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

For the extension of Christ’s Kingdom

God of all the nations of the earth, we pray to You to remember the multitude of men and women who, though created in Your image are ignorant of Your love.  Grant that by the witness of those who serve our Lord Jesus Christ wherever they minister Your Word, perishing souls may be saved, the whole church revived, and the Name of our Saviour magnified.  In Christ’s Name we ask it.  Amen.

For ourselves

Go before us Lord, in all our doings with Your most gracious favour, and grant us Your constant help, that in all our works, begun, continued and ended in You we may glorify Your Holy Name, and by Your mercy receive everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

At the end of the day

Be present, merciful God and protect us through the hours of this night, that we, who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest on Your eternal changelessness, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

In time of disaster

Heavenly Father; we thank You for the reminder that power belongs to God and not to man.  Look in mercy on Your people, forgive our sins and give relief to all those suffering from the disaster of …  Grant also healing and restoration to Your wonderful creation to the praise of Your great Name.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A general intercession (said by all)

God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we humbly implore You for all people everywhere, that You would be pleased to make Your ways known to them, Your saving power to all nations.

Especially we pray for Christ’s holy church, that it may be so guided and governed by Your Spirit, that all who 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 Your fatherly goodness all those who are in any way afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body or circumstances, especially those known to us, or for whom our prayers are asked, that it may please You to comfort and deliver them, according to their different needs, giving them patience in their sufferings, and a blessed end to all their troubles.  All this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

A general thanksgiving (said by all)

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Your unworthy servants give You most humble and hearty thanks, for all Your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all men.  We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life.  But above all for Your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.  Give us, we pray, such a deep sense of all Your mercies, that we may be truly thankful and praise You not only with our lips, but with our lives, by giving up ourselves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

Prayer of St. Chrysostom (said together)

Almighty God, who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and has promised that when two or three are gathered together in your name you will grant their requests :

fulfil now Lord the desires and petitions of your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come, life everlasting.  Amen.

The grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all ever more.  Amen.

The grace (said together)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.  Amen.