31 August 2010

Praying for the Church with the Church

The Litany:

To rule and govern Your holy Christian Church; to preserve all pastors and ministers of Your Church in the true knowledge and understanding of Your wholesome Word and to sustain them in holy living; To put an end to all schisms and causes of offense; to bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived; to beat down Satan under our feet; to send faithful laborers into Your harvest; and to accompany Your Word with Your grace and Spirit:  We implore You to hear us, good Lord!

The Bidding Prayer:

Let us pray for the whole Christian Church, that our Lord God would defend her against all the assaults and temptations of the adversary and keep her perpetually on the true foundation, Jesus Christ:  Almighty and everlasting God, since You have revealed Your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ and in the Word of His truth, keep, we ask You, in safety the works of Your mercy so that Your Church, spread throughout all nations, may be defended against the adversary and may serve You in truth faith and persevere in the confession of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

General Prayer I:

We humbly implore You to rule and govern Your Church throughout the world.  Bless all those who proclaim Your truth that we may be preserved in the pure doctrine of Your saving Word, and that faith in You may be strengthened, love toward others increased, and Your kingdom extended.  Send forth laborers into Your harvest, and sustain those whom You have sent that the Word of reconciliation may be proclaimed to all people and the Gospel preached in all the world.

General Prayer II:

We praise You especially for preserving for us Your saving Word and the holy Sacraments.  Grant and preserve to Your holy Church throughout the world purity of doctrine, and provide faithful pastors to preach Your Word with power.  Help all who hear the Word rightly to understand and truly to believe it.  Send laborers into Your harvest, and open the door of faith to those who do not know You.  In mercy, bring repentance to the enemies of Your Church, and grant them amendment of life.  Protect and defend Your Church in all tribulation and danger.  Strengthen us and all fellow Christians to set our hope fully on the grace revealed in Christ, and help us to fight the good fight of faith that in the end we may receive the salvation of our souls.

Prayer of the Church (responsive form):

Save and defend Your whole Church, purchased with the precious blood of Christ.  Strengthen Your faithful people through the Word and the holy Sacraments, making them perfect in love and in all good works, and establishing in them the faith once delivered to the saints.  Lord, in Your mercy:  Hear our prayer.

Prayer of the Church (Ektene form):

For the holy Christian Church throughout the world and for all who confess the name of Christ, that God would guard and defend us from the temptations of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, let us pray to the Lord:  Lord, have mercy.

Litany (Divine Service 4; Service of Prayer and Preaching):

For the holy Christian Church, here and scattered throughout the world, and for the proclamation of the Gospel, and the calling of all to faith, let us pray to the Lord:  Lord, have mercy.


Almighty God, You have knit Your chosen people together into one communion in the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Give to Your whole Church in heaven and on earth Your light and Your peace.  Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.

[from Lutheran Service Book:  Altar Book]

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