God, you have chosen, called, prepared,
your servants for this hour;
pour out your Spirit on their lives
with wisdom, love and power.

Give to them knowledge, virtue, strength,
that, humble and assured,
they may embody Jesus' peace
and stand serene, matured.

May they the risen Christ obey
and fearlessly proclaim
forgiveness for the sins of all
who trust his saving name.

As they give thanks for bread and wine
and at the font preside;
so let your grace be known to all
who in that grace confide.

Lay your good hand upon them now,
ordain them at this feast;
the royal priesthood may they serve
of Christ, our great high priest.


Michael Saward (b.1932)
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