11/1 The Feasts of All Saints and All Souls: Eternal Prayer, Eternal Life

Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Ps. 141.2

Today as we revere and give thanks for the saints who have gone before us, we pray for the grace to follow them in the narrow way which leads to the narrow gate of eternal life where we will be reunited with them and all who have gone before us.  And as we joined together in prayer in this life, so too may our prayers be joined and continue in eternity.

Dear Father, You have given the saints in Heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of Your glory. Because of their holy love for You, they also care about us and our families, our friends, our church, and our neighbors. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. We ask all the saints and every saint who has become especially dear to us to intercede for us. We ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to Heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with You. Amen.

Merciful Father, hear our prayer and console us. As we renew our faith in Your Son, whom You raised from the dead, strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters will share in His resurrection, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

For the Election

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges:  Guide the people of the United States in this election; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.