A prayer for true conversion

Just a little prayer I commend to you:

Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, we humbly beseech You that all the sheep of your fold may, by the power of the Holy Spirit they have received in the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, be truly converted to You, and that they may always work for the good of your Flock and for the gathering in of every lost sheep; who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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4 Responses to A prayer for true conversion

  1. Joshua says:

    (It should end “live and reign” – for it is addressed to Christ: “You live and reign”, not “You lives and reigns”.)

    • Schütz says:

      Corrected. Thank you. I actually didn’t write it from scratch but used an earlier prayer. The error stemmed from the earlier form which I hadn’t checked properly.

  2. Joshua says:

    No worries! It’s an easy mistake to make, since “who” is more often used with the third person than the second.

    It reminds me of often hearing prayers made up on the spot that begin “Dear Lord Jesus” and end, a long time later, with “Through Christ our Lord”: now that’s a real mistake!

    • Schütz says:

      I’ve done that myself on occasion – usually at family prayers late at night.

      The worst clangor I ever saw was the first draft of a prayer for the Feast of the Holy Trinity back when I was on the LCA department of liturgics. It began “O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit” and ended “through Jesus Christ our Lord”!

      Best rule: Address your prayer to the Father, through the Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

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