A Reformation Day Prayer

O Almighty God, who has built thy Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant that by the operation of the Holy Ghost, all Christians may be so joined together in unity of Spirit, and in the bond of peace, that they may be an holy temple acceptable unto thee.

. . . [G]ive the abundance of thy grace, that with one heart they may desire the prosperity of thy holy universal Church, and with one mouth may profess the faith once delivered to the saints. Defend them from the sins of heresy and schism; let not the foot of pride come night to hurt them, nor the hand of the ungodly to cast them down.

And grant that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness: that so they may walk in the ways of truth and peace, and at last be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting; through thy merits, O blessed Jesus, thou gracious Bishop and Shepherd of our souls, who art, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

“For the Unity, Purity, and Prosperity of the Church Universal,” in The Book of Common Prayer as Amended by the Westminster Divines, A. D. 1661, ed. Charles W. Shields (Philadelphia: James Claxton, 1867), 369–70.