An Intercessory Prayer

antiquariat-1829823_640In the source, this is printed as a responsive prayer.

Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and give us your salvation.
 (Psalm 85:7)

Lord, save our rulers!
Answer us in the day we call! (Psalm 20:9)

May your servants be clothed with righteousness.
May your favored ones shout for joy.
 (Psalm 132:9)

Save your people, and bless the people that belong to you.
Shepherd them, and carry them forever. (Psalm 28:9)

Give us peace in our time,
For there is no one who fights for us but you, O Lord. (from 2 Chronicles 20:15)

Create in me a pure heart, O God.
Renew an unwavering spirit within me..  
(Psalm 51:10)

Source: Attributed to the Latin Church, found in Allgemeines evangelisches Gesang- und Gebetbuch zum Kirchen und Hausgebrauch, Hamburg, 1846, p. 437#1. Scripture adapted from the Evangelical Heritage Version,

Many lines in this responsive prayer are in common with the General Suffrages.

In the psalm sources: “Lord, save our rulers!…   is “Lord, save the king! and “May your servants …” is “May your priests…”

From the German source:

O Herr erzeig Deine Barmherzigkeit über uns:
Und schenk uns Dein Heil.
O Herr segne den König:
Und erhör uns gnädiglich, wenn wir Dich anrufen.
Rüst Deine Diener aus mit Gerechtigkeit:
Und laß Deine Heiligen sich freuen.
O Herr, hilf Deinem Volk:
Und segne Dein Erbtheil.
Schenk uns Frieden in unsrer Zeit:
Denn es ist niemand, der für uns streitet, denn
allein Du, o Gott.
Schaff in uns Gott ein reines Herz:
Und gieb uns einen neuen gewissen Geist.

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