Prayers for the Church

7. For the Church

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.


Prayers originally composed in traditional idiom have not been modernized; but, except in certain classical prayers which do not lend themselves to modernization, pronouns and verbs have been put in italics to assist in rendering them into contemporary speech.

from the Book of Common Prayer, September 1979