An editorial from the August 25, 1962 issue of America:
It was with joy and gratitude that we learned the Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States had called for “frequent and regular prayer” to be offered in each Episcopal parish and mission church for the success of the Second Vatican Council, which begins October 11.
In his statement, the Right Rev. Arthur Lichtenberger suggested three prayers from the Book of Common Prayer that would be “particularly appropriate.” The first of them, entitled “For Meetings,” dates from 1799. The word “comfortable,” just beyond the middle of the prayer, meant “comforting” in those days:
Almighty and Everlasting God, who by the Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and has promised, through Thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with Thy Church to the end of the world; we beseech Thee to be with the Council of Thy Church assembled in Thy Name and Presence. Save us from all error, ignorance, pride and prejudice; and of Thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of Thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life; through the merits and death of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Continue reading