Election Day Prayers
The Episcopal Bishops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have called all of our parishes to “a vigil period of intense prayer” as we elect our next President and representatives (please see announcement on the back of the announcements). In answering this call, St. James will hold a service of Morning Prayer at the Church at 8AM and Evening Prayer at 7PM with hymns on November 8th. There are also many other opportunities to attend services from 11/6-11/8 at our sister parishes. Times and services can be found on the Massachusetts Diocese webpage www.diomass.org. Please pray for all the candidates, our people and our nation as we approach Election Day and come to the polls on November 8th to vote as our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called us all to do.
A Message from our Bishops
As our nation approaches its Election Day on Nov. 8, we have a deep yearning for the Holy Spirit to be present in our national life. Individually, we express this yearning in a variety of ways according to personal conscience. Collectively, we are called to express this yearning through prayer.
We must pray that God be at work in our electoral process. We must pray for a peaceful transition, no matter the outcome of our elections. We must pray that the demonization of one another’s opponents which has characterized this election not be further stoked by its outcome. We must pray that all those elected on that day be moved, strengthened and guided by the Spirit, to lead us through fractious and dangerous times. We must pray in gratitude for those who, with sacrifice of self and noble intent, step up to lead our common life.
We the Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts call for a vigil period of intense prayer from noon on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 6 through noon on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. The particulars of such prayer in our congregations will vary according to local parish traditions and planning. For some it may be as simple as concluding the Sunday prayers with an extended Litany for the Nation, or holding a special form of Morning Prayer on Nov. 8. Others may wish to hold extended vigils, with prayer in shifts offering continuous intercession.
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of this land in the election of officials and representatives, that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [Book of Common Prayer, p. 822]
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop, Diocese of Massachusetts
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Massachusetts
The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, Bishop, Diocese of Western Massachusetts