O God our Father,
to those who suffer more weakness,
distress or isolation
as each year passes.
Provide homes for them
that treat them with dignity
and give them peace.
Give them understanding helpers,
and the willingness to accept help.
As physical strength diminishes,
strengthen their faith
and assure them of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source: Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Original from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, U. S., 1979, p. 830, #49)
Blessed Lord Jesus,
you have taught us
that we must become
like little children
to enter your kingdom,
and you loved children
and blessed them.
Draw our children to you
by your Holy Spirit
and keep them in your service,
so that they may follow you,
declare your praise,
and be one with us
in the confession of your holy name.
Source: Common Service Book, #47
Original in traditional English:
Blessed Lord Jesus, Who hast taught us that we must be as the little children in order to come to Thy Kingdom, and Who didst love and bless them most tenderly: Grant that our children may be drawn unto Thee by Thy good Spirit and ever kept in Thy service, so that walking in Thy way, they may ever show forth Thy praise and be one with us in the confession of Thy holy Name; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen. (Common Service Book, # 47)