Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)
Almighty and eternal God, from whom all blessings flow, accept our prayers and thanksgivings for your servant Matthew.
Give us, we pray, grateful hearts for the courageous willingness of our neighbors to enter into danger on our behalf. In your mercy, bind up the injured, and replenish the spirits of those wounded in body or soul. Help us to honor and serve those who have served in our name.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Sources: The Book of Common
Prayer, 1979. Public domain.
Enriching Our Worship 2, Ministry with the Sick or Dying; Burial of a Child,
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