Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior,
for us you bore the agony of the cross.
Draw near to your servant _____,
who suffers pain,*
and make all things serve your good purpose,
that by your grace he may know
that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing
with the glory that is to be revealed to us;
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
you live and reign,
one God, now and forever.
Source: Freely modified from William Bright, Bright’s Ancient Collects, p. 237 #3
Also found here: Collects and Prayers for use in Church, United Lutheran Church in America, 1935, #243
*the word pain can be substituted with something more specific: illness, weakness, depression, setbacks in treatment, slow recovery, trouble of mind, etc.
“make all things serve your good purpose” is a reference to Romans 8:28
“the sufferings of this present time…” is a reference to Romans 8:18
“who suffers pain” in the original prayer was “who suffers pain or trouble of mind, (especially N.), hallow all their crosses in this life, and crown them hereafter, where all tears are wiped away where with the Father &c ”
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