Monday, November 01, 2004

Prayer for the Election and the Nation

On the eve of a potentially divisive and ugly election, I thought it would be appropriate, loath as I am to talk about politics, to offer the following thought from the Book of Common Prayer. Let us pray for the whole state of Christ Church and for the world:

From pg 822 (National Prayers section) of the BCP:
" 24. For an Election
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

And for our country, regardless of whatever happens tomorrow (Pg 820 of the BCP):

"18. For our Country:
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for ourheritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always proveourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, andpure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defendour liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudesbrought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Enduewith the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrustthe authority of government, that there may be justice andpeace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, wemay show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

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