Lord, teach us
We beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus, by those sacred words which in Thy last agony Thou didst utter upon the Cross, that Thou wouldst keep our tongues from evil and our lips that they speak no guile, that as Thy holy angels ever sing Thy praises in heaven, so with our tongues we may at all times glorify Thee on earth.
—Littledale and Vaux.
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Father, who hast made us for Thyself, so that only in Thee can we find life's fulfilment and true joy, reveal Thyself to us more and more in the common things of life. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear so that in the beauty of the world around us we may catch authentic glimpses of invisible things, so that amid the clamour of the market place the still small voice may be audible to us. Give us friendly loving hearts so that at all times we may be in touch with Thee who art Love.
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On Thou great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, holy and eternal Jesus, give unto Thy servants the ministers of the mysteries of Christian religion prudence and sanctity, faith and charity, confidence and zeal, diligence and watchfulness that they may declare Thy will unto the people faithfully, and dispense Thy sacraments rightly, and intercede with Thee graciously and acceptably for Thy servants. And grant that by a good life, and true belief, and well-doing They may ever truly glorify Thee, the Great Lover of Souls.
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly; grant us in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what Thou wouldst have us to do, that the Spirit of Wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in Thy light we may see light, and in Thy straight path may not stumble, through Jesus Christ .our Lord. Amen.
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We bring before Thee, O Lord, the troubles and perils of people and nations, the sighing of prisoners and captives, the sorrows of the bereaved, the necessities of strangers, the helplessness of the weak, the despondency of the weary, the failing powers of the aged. O Lord, draw near to each; for the fake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. —St. Anselm, A.D. 1033.
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