The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 24, 2023)
LORD, we pray thee, that thy grace may always go before and follow after us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen” (Service Book and Hymnal, 101).
The Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
O ALMIGHTY god, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist: Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen (SBH, 112).
For the Church
Most gracious Father, we humbly beseech thee for thy holy catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen and confirm it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is divided and rent asunder, heal the breaches thereof, O thou Holy One of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (SBH, 218-219).