Wednesday, January 24, 2007

pray for the primates

My dear friends, the primates of the Anglican Communion will be meeting in Tanzania next month (February 12-19). No one knows quite what will happen, nor apparently even quite what the agenda will be in its particulars. But there is a general consensus 1) that the meeting is incredibly important, and 2) that ECUSA's fate will be, if not determined, at least clarified.

That being the case, I hereby officially urge everyone to pray every day for the primates. Include in your intentions that they would be given wisdom and grace, especially Rowan, who will chair and preside at the meeting. And pray that Katharine would be blessed and converted to the Christian faith, that the only Son of God would reign in her heart and that she would know him.

The keystone of devotional blogs, Lent and Beyond, has tremendously helpful resources for those of you (I hope all of you) who would like to pray for particular intentions and particular primates. Go there. Pray.

Lastly, here is a prayer I have been saying as a part of my Daily Office, adapted from a 1662 prayer (with the addition of a single little phrase):

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels; send down upon our primates, bishops and curates, and all congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. R. Amen.

Now, print out that prayer, cut it into a card sized thing, and put it into your Prayer Book.

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