A Prayer for Sunday (Lancelot Andrewes)
[Lancelot Andrewes, one of the most influential and learned clergymen during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, died on or around this date in 1626. Known as a man of prayer, here is the beginning of a prayer that he wrote for when you enter a church.]
As for me, I will come into Thy house, even upon the multitude of Thy mercy;
And in Thy fear will I worship towards Thy holy Temple.
O Lord, hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto Thee;
when I hold up my hands toward the mercy-seat of Thy holy Temple.
We wait for Thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of Thy Temple.
Be mindful of the brethren who are present, and join together in prayer with us now:
Remember their devotion and their zeal.
Be mindful of them also who upon good cause are absent:
And have mercy upon them and us, according to the multitude of Thy mercies, O Lord.