1 Timothy 2:1-7a
Preface of a Saint (1)
PRAYER (traditional language)
Almighty God, who gavest thy servant Lancelot Andrewes the gift of thy
holy Spirit and made him a man of prayer and a faithful pastor of thy
people: Perfect in us what is lacking of thy gifts, of faith, to increase
it, of hope, to establish it, of love, to kindle it, that we may live
in the life of thy grace and glory; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit, one God, now
and for ever. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Almighty God, you gave
your servant Lancelot Andrewes the gift of your Holy Spirit and made him
a man of prayer and a faithful pastor of your people: Perfect in us what
is lacking in your gifts, of faith, to increase it, of hope, to establish
it, of love, to kindle it, that we may live in the life of your grace
and glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the same Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collects revised at GC 2009.
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22 Aug. 2009
BISHOP AND SCHOLAR (26 SEPT 1626)
Andrewes (1555-1626), Bishop of Winchester, was on the committee of scholars
that produced the King James Translation of the Bible, and probably contributed
more to that work than any other single person. It is accordingly no surprise
to find him not only a devout writer but a learned and eloquent one, a
master of English prose, and learned in Latin, Greek, Hebrew and eighteen
other languages. His sermons were popular in his own day, but are perhaps
too academic for most modern readers. He prepared for his own use a manuscript
notebook of Private Prayers, which was published after his death. The
material was apparently intended, not to be read aloud, but to serve as
a guide and stimulus to devout meditation. What follows is a brief extract
from the section for Thursday Morning. The reader will note that he commemorates
three events associated with Thursday: (1) the creation of air and water
animals (mostly birds and fish) on the Fifth Day of Creation as described
in Genesis 1; (2) the institution of the Sacrament of the Lord's supper
by Our Lord Jesus Christ on the evening before He was crucified (Matthew
26); and (3) the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven forty days after His
resurrection (Acts 1).
Blessed art Thou, O Lord
who didst bring forth of water
moving creatures that have life,
and winged fowls:
and didst bless them,
so as to increase and multiply.
The things concerning the Ascension:
Set up Thyself, O God, above the heavens
and Thy glory above all the earth.
By thine Ascension
draw us withal unto Thee, O Lord,
so as to set our affections on things above,
and not on things on the earth.
By the awful mystery of Thy Holy Body and Precious
Blood in the evening of this day:
Lord, have mercy.
Coming unto God,
I believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him:
I know that my Redeemer liveth;
that He is the Christ the Son of the Living God;
that He is indeed the Saviour of the world;
that He came into the world to save sinners,
of whom I am chief.
Through the grace of Jesus Christ
we believe that we shall be saved
even as our fathers withal.
I believe verily to see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
O my Lord, my Lord, I thank Thee
for that I am,
that I am alive,
that I am rational:
for Thy gifts of grace,
further calling manifold:
long longsuffering towards me,
for all good offices I have received,
good speed I have gotten:
for any good thing done:
for the use of things present,
and my hope
touching the fruition of the good things to come:
for my parents honest and good,
benefactors always to be had in remembrance,
for all who have stood me in good stead
by their writings,
for these things and all other,
which I wot of, which I wot not of,
open and secret,
things I remember, things I have forgotten withal,
things done to me after my will or yet against my will,
I confess to Thee and bless Thee and give thanks unto Thee,
and I will confess and bless and give thanks to Thee
all the days of my life.
What thanks can I render to God again
for all the benefits that He hath done unto me?
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
Thou are worthy, O Lord and our God, the Holy One,
to receive the glory and the honour and the power:
for Thou hast created all things,
and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.
by James Kiefer