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Martyr Vitale and Christ as the Judge (detail) / 521-547 (Click the picture for more information)
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • God of new beginnings,
    you wipe away our tears
    and call us to care for one another.
    Give us eyes to see your gifts,
    hearts to embrace all creation,
    and hands to serve you every day of our lives.
    We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • At the beginning of this new year,
    we implore God's blessing upon our work
    and pray for the needs of this new year of grace.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Throughout all time you have blessed your people, O God,
    and dwelt among them.
    On the eve [first day] of this new year,
    inspire and guide us,
    that all we do may find in you its beginning and fulfillment. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • How majestic your name in all the earth, O Lord our Sovereign!
    The heavens reflect your glory
    and the earth proclaims the wonder of your loving care.
    In the fullness of time you crowned creation
    with the birth of your Son.
    Continue your work of salvation among us
    and form us into a new creation
    that, as we behold the vision of a new heaven and a new earth,
    we may sing your glory. Amen.
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