Second Breakfast: XVIII

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Almighty and Holy Spirit, the comforter, pure, living, true—illumine, govern, sanctify me, and confirm my heart and mind in the faith, and in all genuine consolation; preserve and rule over me so that, dwelling in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, I may behold the Lord and praise him with a joyful spirit, and in union with all the heavenly church.

Mercifully preserve and rule our churches, our country, our schools. Give the blessings of peace and order. Direct and protect our leaders and those in authority; gather unto yourself and forever keep a Christian Church in this land. Purify and unite us with thy Holy Spirit that we may be one in thee, truly knowing and calling upon you through your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, who tasted death on the cross for us and rose again.

Almighty, eternal Son of God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, you who are the eternal Word and Image of the father, our Mediator and Redeemer, who died for us and rose again, with all my heart I give you thanks, for you took upon yourself the nature of a man and became my Deliverer, did suffer physical pain, did die and arise again. And now you are pleading for me. I beseech you, look graciously upon me and have mercy, for I am alone and in need. Through thy Holy Spirit increase in me the light of faith, help me to overcome my weakness; guide, protect and make me pure. In you do I put my trust, O Lord; let me never be ashamed.

-Philip Melanchthon

Philipp Melanchthon (1497 – 1560 AD) was a German reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, and the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation. He stands next to Luther and Calvin as a reformer, theologian, and molder of Protestantism.

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