A Prayer for Sunday (Lancelot Andrewes)

[Lancelot Andrewes, one of the most influential and learned clergymen during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, died on or around this date in 1626. Known as a man of prayer, here is the beginning of a prayer that he wrote for when you enter a church.]

As for me, I will come into Thy house, even upon the multitude of Thy mercy;

And in Thy fear will I worship towards Thy holy Temple.

O Lord, hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto Thee;

when I hold up my hands toward the mercy-seat of Thy holy Temple.

We wait for Thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of Thy Temple.

Be mindful of the brethren who are present, and join together in prayer with us now:

Remember their devotion and their zeal.

Be mindful of them also who upon good cause are absent:

And have mercy upon them and us, according to the multitude of Thy mercies, O Lord.

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