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A Prayer for All Conditions of Men

O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly ask You for all sorts and conditions of men; that You would be pleased to make Your ways known unto them, your saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Church; that it may be so guided and governed by Your good Spirit that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to Your fatherly goodness all those who are in anyway afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired], that it may please You to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. This we ask for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, A.D. 1662; Bishop Gunning, A.D. 1614.)