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Prayers of the Church, All Saints Day – November 1, 2020

Let us approach the Throne of Grace, there to pray for the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence is kept.

 

Thank you, dear Father, for all your saints. Thank you for the ones who shaped our faith and molded our lives. Thank you for the great heroes and martyrs, the scholars and confessors, who have kept your Church, by your Spirit, “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” Thank you for the nameless and forgotten faithful, known only to you, whose humble lives perfume the very airs of heaven. Thank you for joining us to Jesus, and thereby, to all your saints, past, present, and future.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Grant that the Church may forever proclaim your living and holy Word to the world, so that many more sinners are made your saints, your Church, and your beloved children.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Bless, as you have promised, those who are persecuted for Jesus’ sake. Crown their faithful endurance with his triumphant victory over sin and death; and adorn them with the robes of his righteousness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Touch with your beauty and goodness the hearts of everyone in this congregation. Make our words gracious and our deeds lovely. Let the light of Jesus so shine in all our words and deeds that, when anyone sees or hears us, they get a glimpse of his great love for them.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

With reverence and affection, we remember before you those who have shaped our faith and influenced our lives in godly ways. We entrust to your tender care our beloved dead who are now at rest in you. {Here the names of the faithful departed may be read, with tolling of the bell}. Thank you for their witness, love, and encouragement. Grant that we may likewise help others – especially the young and those who do not know you – to seek your face and rejoice in your goodness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

As many of us approach a national election, we pray for your Spirit to guide us. Give us minds able to discern the outlines of your will; hearts to seek the good of our whole country, not just our partisan desires; and spirits that are teachable, humble, repentant, and righteous. Strengthen those responsible for overseeing and tallying votes. Bring a spirit of concord and a willingness to work together, no matter who is elected, to your glory and for the good of our communities, states, and country.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Inform the minds, soften the hearts, and strengthen the wills of all who take counsel for the nations, especially our own. Teach them to use wisely and well the authority and power entrusted to them, so that all people may prosper and live peaceably with one another.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Ransom the lives of your servants who are bound by cords of suffering, sorrow, confusion, shame, doubt, or despair. Especially we pray for: {List}. Grant that they may look upon you and be radiant; that they may taste and see your gracious favor; and that they may be strengthened in body, mind, heart, and faith, to praise your saving deeds and rejoice in your great goodness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Most holy and gracious Father, receive into your Kingdom our beloved dead. Keep us faithful and true, holy, and steadfast, as we walk the narrow Way established by your dear Son. Give us joy along that way, and help us to encourage and help one another along it. Bring us safely into that Kingdom of light, life, and love which you have vouchsafed to all whom you redeem by the sufferings of Christ. And there let us see you face to face, and experience the unspeakable joy of abiding in your love forever.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Hear our prayer; and graciously grant all that glorifies you and benefits our poor broken world, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.