Monday, February 11, 2008

A Prayer for our friend Rowan

A Prayer for Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Primate of all England [composed in modern English but according to the classic structure of the English Collect and similar prayers]

Heavenly Father, you who, in your providence, appointed Rowan as the Incumbent of the ancient See of Canterbury, and also thereby both made him the Primate of all England and also gave him primacy of honor in the Anglican Communion: hear our fervent prayer for his personal well-being and his good public influence.

Create in him deep commitment to the glorious Gospel of your Son, Jesus our Lord, and to the reform and renewal of his Church in England and throughout the world; Enable him to recognize errors, heresies, immorality and wickedness and banish them from the Church at home and abroad; Help him to bring together into closer fellowship those who love the Lord but are of different backgrounds, cultures and theologies; Bestow upon him, not only the godly wisdom rightly to judge what is good and right for the building up of the Churches, but also the practical ability to commend this; Assist him in bringing practical comfort and support to Anglicans devastated by war, famine and other disasters; Guide him in his understanding of, and outreach to, Muslims in Britain and Europe; and, finally, we pray, Grant to him the qualities of leadership needed to make the Lambeth Conference of July 2008 into a means of grace for the renewal of all the Bishops of the global Anglican Churches: through Jesus Christ our Lord, our only Mediator and Savior. Amen.

The Rev’d Dr Peter Toon, Lent 1, 2008

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