"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
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Vespers - 10 March 2019
(This responsive prayer is encased by the 8th Century Latin hymn, Jesu, Nostra Redemptio. It can be found in the Trinity Hymnal, rev. ed. number 161 "O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire.")
Christ, our hope, our heart's desire, redemption's only spring! Creator of the
world art thou, its Savior and its King.” Our mighty
Savior and sovereign lover; who alone can bring order and goodness to the
unruly hearts and lives of people, we pray for these… Take hold of their lives,
health, hopes and longings and bring about their wellbeing. Hear their cry, and
ours for them, and draw them up out of the pit, out of the miry bog, and set
their feet on a rock making their steps secure (Psalm 40.1-2). O Lord, hear our prayer.
“How vast the mercy and
the love which laid our sins on thee, and led thee to a cruel death, to set thy
people free.” Our Passover who has been sacrificed for us to liberate your people
from their Egyptian bondage, the house of slavery; we pray for you to rescue
and redeem and regenerate and reclaim those who either are not Christians or
once claimed to be and have since walked away… We beg you to watch over these
others whom we are concerned may be falling into traps and dead-ends… And we
implore you to give liberating, loving aid to those who find themselves in dark
places crawling with doubt and deviant thoughts about you… O Lord, hear our prayer.
“But now the bands of
death are burst, the ransom has been paid; and thou art on thy Father's throne,
in glorious robes arrayed.” Jesus, the true Lord and Master, look on our nation, and shepherd our
leaders and the led toward more wholesome ways morally, ethically,
economically, politically, judicially, and legislatively. Bring us back around
to where we will work with one another for the common good of our communities
and neighborhoods. Restore to us the important virtue of being good neighbors.
Recall your church out of any idolatry, immorality, injustice, ignorance, or idiocy;
and help us to be the embassies of your kingdom and emissaries of your saving
rule. O Lord, hear our prayer.
“O Christ, be thou our
lasting joy, our ever great reward! Our only glory may it be to glory in the
For us in our homes, vocations, hobbies, learning, and together as your church,
may these words be our hearts desire in all we think, speak and do – together and
individually. O Christ, be thou our lasting joy, our ever great reward! Our
only glory may it be to glory in the Lord. O Lord, hear our prayer.
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