enable your people to be the Church

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Beato angelico by Fra Angelico, c.1425, via Wikimedia Commons

Lord of the Church,
enable your people to be the Church:
   a redeemed people,
   a holy people,
   a united people,
   a missionary people:
and in all things
   a people gladly submissive to the truth
   as it is found in Jesus,
   in whose name we pray.
Amen.

Michael John Saward, 1932-2015, British Anglican priest and hymnodist

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But you are
   a chosen race,
   a royal priesthood,
   a holy nation,
   a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

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