Collect: February 12, 2012

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Collect of the Week:

Let us pray…

Dear God of all comfort,

Your servant Paul endured a thorn in his flesh that caused him to rely solely on Your sufficient grace, that Your power might be made known in his weakness. Your own Son endured the piercing of thorns from a crown that caused His blood to shed so that Your power might triumph over sin and cover all of our weaknesses. We beseech you to strengthen Your servants who at this time now also suffer from spiritual, emotional, or physical thorns. Humble their hearts to receive these trials with patience, perseverance, and trust. Hear their cries for help and answer them according to your good and gracious will. Though they may not be able to easily bear a child, grant them the opportunity to bear good fruits as a result of the faith instilled in them at their baptism and to be a faithful witness of Your love and faithfulness towards those who suffer;  through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.