Prayers written by Martyrs of the Reformation
For the universal church by Archbishop Land 1573
Gracious Father, we humbly beseech Thee for the universal church. Fill it with all truth; in all truth with peace. Where it is corrupt, purge it; where it is in error direct it; where it is superstitious, rectify it, where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it and confirm it; where it is in want, furnish it; where it is divided and rent asunder, make up the beseeches thereof oh Thou Holy One of Israel; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Amen.
A prayer for the Monarchy also by Archbishop Land (words changed to appropriate gender)
Oh Lord grant the Queen a long life, that her years many be rich with Thy blessing. Furnish her with wise and safe councils and give her a heart of courage and constancy to pursue them. Prepare Thy loving mercy and faithfulness for her that they may preserve her so we will always sing praises unto Thy name, through Jesus Christ. Amen
A prayer for the nations of the world by Bishop Andrews
We pray for the kingdoms of this world, for their stability and peace. For our own nation and kingdom that they may abide in prosperity and happiness and be delivered from all peril and disaster. Amen
A prayer for all who are distressed by Dr Blough 1671
Oh Lord, who dost not willingly afflict the children of men, behold from Thy holy habitation of Heaven the multitude of miserable souls and lives amongst us and have mercy on us. Have mercy on all ignorant souls, and instruct them, on al deluded minds, and enlighten them. Have mercy on all broken hearts, and real them; all struggling with temptation and rescue them; all that all fallen from tree, and raise them; all that stand with Thee and confirm them. Oh blessed Jesus, that didst shed Thy blood for our souls to save them, shed Thy holy spirit on all and heal them; for Thy pity’s sake Amen
We commend into Thine eternal care all who have died and we give Thee thanks for they immeasurable enrichment given to Thy church by the great Christians and Martyrs.
A prayer from the Gothic Missal 1680
Almighty and everlasting God, who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints, grant to our minds the same faith and power of love; that as we rejoice in their triumphs, we may profit by their examples; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (originally attributed to Archbishop Cranmer)