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26 February 2012

New Prayers

This evening for Confirmation class, part of the lesson consisted of me moving through a few prayers from the Confirmation liturgy with the students.

I figured it appropriate to use the prayers from the new missal.

And without making an ideological statement here or endorsement of any of the procedures used in a positive or negative fashion in the translation, I loudly profess: they were pretty darn good.  The two options for the collect of Confirmation mass explicated clear and concise theology.  The prayer after communion, though a bit thick, hit just the right notes as well.

Collect


Grant, we prayer, almighty and merciful God, 
that the Holy Spirit, coming near
and dwelling graciously within us, 
may make of us a perfect temple of his glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


or


Fulfill for us your gracious promise, O Lord, we pray
so that by his coming 
the Holy Spirit may make us witnesses  before the world
to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.




Prayer after Communion
Accompany with your blessing
from this day forward, O Lord, 
those who have been anointed with the Holy Spirit
and nourished by the Sacrament of your Son,
so that, with all trials overcome,
they may gladden your Church by their holiness
and, through their works and their charity,
foster her growth in the world.
Through Christ our Lord.

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