Wednesday, June 16, 2010

An Intercessory Prayer

Be merciful, be gracious, spare him, Lord!
Be merciful, be gracious, Lord, deliver him.
From the sins that are past:
From Thy frown and Thine ire,
From the perils of dying,
From any complying
with sin, or denying
his God, or relying
on self at the last.

From the nethermost fire,
from all that is evil,
from the power of the devil,
this loved one deliver
for once and forever.

By Thy birth and by Thy cross
rescue him from endless loss,
By Thy death and burial,
save him from a final fall.

By Thy rising from the tomb,
by Thy mounting up above,
By Thy Spirit's gracious love,
Save him in the day of doom.

-J.H. Newman

My brothers, if any of you should wander away from the truth and another should turn him back on to the right path, then the latter may be sure that in turning a man back from his wandering course he has rescued a soul from death, and in so doing will "cover a multitude of sins". -James 5:19,20

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