Prayers for the Bishops

O God of grace and truth :
establish all that stand in grace and truth :
restore all that are sick of heresies and sins.

O Thou wholesome defence of thine anointed:
remember thy congregations
which Thou had purchased and established and
redeemed of old:
o may the heart and sould of them that believe be one.

O Thou that walkest in the midst of the golden candlesticks :
remove not our candlestick out of its place:
set in order the things that are wanting,
strengthen the things that remain, that Thou wast
ready to cast away.

O Thou Lord of the harvest:
send forth the labourers enabled of Thee into thy harvest.

O Thou portion of them that wait at thy temple:
grant to our clergy
rightly to divide the word of truth,
to walk uprightly therein:
grant to the Christloving people
to obey and submit themselves to them.

–From the prayers for Sunday of the Preces Privatae of Lancelot Andrewes, trans. Brightman.

For the Church Catholic,
its confirmation and increase:
eastern,
its deliverance and union:
western,
its readjustment and pacification:
British,
the restoration of the things that are wanting,
the strengthening of the things that remain therein:

for the episcopate, presbyterate, Christloving people.

–From the prayers for Monday of the Preces Privatae of Lancelot Andrewes, trans. Brightman.

Remember thy holy Church
that is from one end of the earth to the other,
and pacify her
which thou hast purchased with thy precious blood,
and stablish her even unto the end of the world.

Remember them that bring forth fruit and do good works in thy holy churches and are mindful of the poor and needy:
recompense them
with thy rich and heavenly gifts:
grant them
for the things earthly, the heavenly,
corruptible, incorruptible,
temporal, eternal.

Moreover vouchsafe to remember, o Lord, our fathers in
holy things, the honourable presbyterate,
and all the clergy rightly dividing the word of Truth,
and walking uprightly therein.

–From the prayers for Wednesday of the Preces Privatae of Lancelot Andrewes, trans. Brightman.

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