Prayer Before The Sermon

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

In many traditions a brief prayer is said before the sermon. Generally, if the people have been standing for the gospel, the prayer is said with the people standing. After the prayer they are seated. This is sometimes called the "prayer of illumination. "

A Biblical Example of the Prayer Before the Sermon

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord our strength and our redeemer. Amen.


In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit....


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