Tonight our Diocese gathers for a vespers service at St. Pius X, Loudonville and will pray for our Bishop-Elect Edward Scharfenberger. We invite you to join in prayer this day for the shepherd who will guide us in the years ahead:
Prayer for Bishop – Elect Edward Scharfenberger
Most generous God,
we thank you and praise you for your many gifts.
You have always blessed your Church of Albany
with dedicated and prayerful pastors
who have provided us with solid direction.
We are especially grateful to you
for the many years of faithful, loving service
we have received from Bishop Howard Hubbard
who has been our stalwart shepherd,
in times of trouble and times of joy.
Now we are preparing to receive our new bishop,
In your goodness,
we ask your blessing upon Bishop-elect Scharfenberger.
May his prayerfulness
inspire us to seek a deeper relationship with you.
Conscious of your justice,
may his teaching
guide us to loving concern for all people.
Through his leadership,
may our parishes, schools and institutions
be a home for all who seek you
so that your Church may thrive and grow
in this young century and for ages to come.
We ask this is the name of Jesus, the Lord,
in the grace of your Holy Spirit.