An Intercessory Prayer

antiquariat-1829823_640In the source, this is printed as a responsive prayer.

Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation. (Psalm 85:7)

O Lord, bless our rulers!
May they answer us when we call. (Psalm 20:9)

Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness,
and let your saints shout for joy. (Psalm 132:9)

Oh, save your people
and bless your heritage! (Psalm 28:9)

Give us peace in our time,
For there is no one who fights for us but you, O Lord. (from 2 Chronicles 20:15)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.  (Psalm 51:10)

Source: Attributed to the Latin Church, found in Allgemeines evangelisches Gesang- und Gebetbuch zum Kirchen und Hausgebrauch, Hamburg, 1846, p. 437#1. Scripture from the English Standard Version.

Many lines in this responsive prayer are in common with the General Suffrages.

In the psalm sources: “O Lord, bless our rulers! May they…” is “O Lord, save the king! May he…” and “Let your ministers…” is “Let your priests…”

From the German source:

O Herr erzeig Deine Barmherzigkeit über uns:
Und schenk uns Dein Heil.
O Herr segne den König:
Und erhör uns gnädiglich, wenn wir Dich anrufen.
Rüst Deine Diener aus mit Gerechtigkeit:
Und laß Deine Heiligen sich freuen.
O Herr, hilf Deinem Volk:
Und segne Dein Erbtheil.
Schenk uns Frieden in unsrer Zeit:
Denn es ist niemand, der für uns streitet, denn
allein Du, o Gott.
Schaff in uns Gott ein reines Herz:
Und gieb uns einen neuen gewissen Geist.


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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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