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 a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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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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