February 17, 2014

A Form of Prayer for a Same-Sex Marriage

in keeping with the Pastoral Guidance of the Church of England's House of Bishops.

Almighty God, who orderest the world in families, and in furtherance thereof didst make Mankind in thine Image, male and female: We give thee thanks for the couple here standing in thy Presence, who, notwithstanding the immediately preceding invocation, have chosen to enter the estate of civil marriage with each other, in disregard of the fact that one of them is not different in gender to the other. Pour out upon them a rush of common sense and enlightenment to the error of their ways, and guide their feet to safer pastures in fulfillment of what, we do not doubt, is thine actual Will for them. If however they should persist in this Folly, deal mercifully with them, as the poor deluded wretches that they are. Father, forgive them, for — in spite of all our efforts to the contrary — they know not what they do. Amen.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

8 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Tobias, you're on a roll. Keep going.

Erika Baker said...

Wonderful!

Tobias Haller said...

Thanks, Mimi. As you can tell, I'm quite peeved at this action! And rejoice to be an Episcopalian.

johnieb said...

Mimi is right, Tobias, but for you I probably would have remained blissfully ignorant of what our UK brethren were up to. As my Board Moderator--read Senior Warden--used to say, "What this church needs is a few good funerals."

Snarky Anglican said...

Blessed are the snarky, for they shall be called fools for Christ's sake!

Scot Peterson said...

Outstanding.

Lionel Deimel said...

May your prayer be widely adopted in England. :-)

Tobias Haller said...

Thanks, again, my friends.