Praying for the Anglican Communion: Excerpts from a Bidding Prayer

Excerpts from A Bidding Prayer (1928 BCP), with responses added.
(full text here, about 2/3rds of the way down the page)

Good Christian People, I bid your prayers for Christ’s holy Catholic Church, the blessed company of all faithful people; that it may please God to confirm and strengthen it in purity of faith, in holiness of life, and in perfectness of love, and to restore to it the witness of visible unity; and more especially for that branch of the same planted by God in [North America], whereof we are members; that in all things it may work according to God’s will, serve him faithfully, and worship him acceptably.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Ye shall also pray for the ministers of God’s Holy Word and Sacraments; for Bishops that they may minister faithfully and wisely the discipline of Christ; likewise for all Priests and Deacons, that they may shine as lights in the world, and in all things may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Finally, ye shall yield unto God most high praise and hearty thanks for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all his saints, who have been the choice vessels of his grace and the lights of the world in their several generations; and pray unto God, that we may have grace to direct our lives after their good examples; that, this life ended, we may be made partakers with them of the glorious resurrection, and the life everlasting.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Direct us [and the Anglican Primates], O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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