Tomorrow, March 18th, the Diocese of Tennessee will hold its convention for the election of a new Bishop. Pray that God’s Will be done and a faithful and able pastor of the flock will be elected to the episcopate at this crucial time.
For the election of a Bishop:
Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Grant, we beseech thee, of Thy loving-kindness, to this Thy flock a Bishop (or Pastor) who shall by holiness of life, wisdom in ruling and faithfulness in teaching, be well-pleasing unto Thee, and by watchfulness and zeal promote Thy glory and the salvation of souls; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Purification of the Church from Error:
O Eternal God and merciful Father, we humbly pray for Thy holy Church throughout the world, that it being purged from false philosophy and vain deceit, we may live and act as befits the members of the mystical Body of Thy Son, and in the end be found acceptable unto Thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Both of these prayers were taken from the Book of Offices, 1914 the predecessor to todays Book of Occasional Services.