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Prayers for the Diocese
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishops Robert, John and David, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for the Persecuted Church
These prayers prayers for the persecuted Church were used at Diocesan Convention Nov. 4-5.
During the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 140th Convention November 4-5, 2005, the Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand suggested the following prayers for the persecuted church:
At the conclusion of the Intercessions:
Almighty and everlasting God, hear the cries of your people as we call to you for your suffering church throughout the world. As you heard the cries of your ancient people in bondage in Egypt and came down to deliver them, so now hearken to the suffering of the persecuted church in our time. Give bread to those who are hungry, comfort to the imprisoned, strength to the tortured and all for the sake of Jesus who lived and died for us, who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
After Communion and before the Post-Communion Prayer:
Heavenly Father, look with compassion on all who will suffer loss or persecution or martyrdom for your name this day. Give them courage to face the oppression that is before them and sustain them by your Holy Spirit, that having overcome by the blood of the Lamb they may receive the crown of life. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit ever reigns, one God, now and forever.