Bishops issue Jan. 6 call to prayer for our nation

Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris issued the following call to prayer for our nation on Jan. 6:

We decry the violence and insurrection currently playing out in our nation’s Capitol.

We pray for a swift end to that violence. We pray for all those serving as peace officers in the de-escalation of those hostilities. We pray for our political leaders, that they have the wisdom and courage to stand for truth and justice. We pray for all those, throughout our nation, committed to the peaceful transition of power.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul will offer prayers for the nation tonight at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join online.  Find link information below.

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry has offered a message here.

We call upon members of our diocese to raise their own prayers this night, offering prayers from our Book of Common Prayer (such as those for the nation, pp. 820-823, and the Supplication, p. 154) and the prayers of your own heart.

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris

Save us, O Sovereign God, from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise. In the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Cathedral Church of St. Paul is repurposing its regular Wednesday evening "Spiritual Hydration" service tonight to be a time of prayer for our nation. All are invited to join by Zoom at 7 p.m. Please use this link prior to 7 p.m. to register for Zoom access. The registration link can also be accessed via 2020 (look for and click on the red "Spiritual Hydration" button).