faithful endurance

God,
I offer up this prayer to ask for your protection and blessing
   to be bestowed upon the saints of this world.
You know who they are and
You know well their tribulations.
Please uplift their spirits
   so that they can continue to bring blessings into the world
   through their selfless acts centered on You.
May the saints of the world
   rise up with new power and glory
   and lead the way to Your kingdom. Amen.

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commissioning

Eternal God,
   to whom the hidden is as clearly known as the visible:
before you your people bow their heads,
   to you they submit their hard hearts and unruly bodies.
Send down blessing from your glorious dwelling
   on these men and women,
   lend them a ready ear and answer their prayers.
Set them up firmly with your strong hand
   and protect them against all evil passions.
Preserve their bodies and souls,
   increase their faith and fear and increase ours,
   through your only Son.

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