St. Peter in His Throne, Grão Vasco, 1530, Viseu, Portugal
On this feast of the Chair of Peter, let us take a moment to pray for all who renew the church, for Pope Francis, and for the unity of the churches.
Let us pray for all who renew the church.
Almighty God, we praise you for your servants, through whom you have called the church to its tasks and renewed its life. Raise up in our own day teachers and prophets inspired by your Spirit, whose voices will give strength to you church and proclaim the reality of your reign. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 60)
Let us pray for Francis, the Pope.
May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. (Traditional prayer for the successor of Peter.)
Let us pray for the unity of the church.
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord… (1979 Book of Common Prayer, 255)