Friday, December 19, 2008

Prayer for the Appointment of a new Bishop

As Christmas draws near it doesn`t look as if we will be getting an new bishop this year. This prayer has emerged from St Cuthbert`s, Kenton. I think we may start using it here in the bidding prayers.

Father, send forth your Holy Spirit and raise up for us a Shepherd of your own choosing; a Bishop to lead and guide us, a Shepherd of wisdom and strength, compassion and grace, holiness and learning with vision and the commitment to build up your Church and unite your faithful people in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ your Son, who is Lord, for ever and forever. Amen!
I hope we get one of these rather than one of these.


PeterHWright said...

I hope Father's prayer is answered, and that the diocese gets one of the former rather than one of the latter.

Augustine said...

Hear hear! And let's hope that we don't have too long to wait!