Dear God, guard and preserve us that the devil, the world, and our own flesh may not deceive us, nor lead us into error, unbelief, and sin. Teach us to watch and pray always that, abiding faithful even unto death, we may be accounted worthy to escape those things that shall come to pass on the earth and to stand before the Son of man, Jesus our Lord, who shall come to be our Judge. Keep us steadfast in faith and love, that we may in no wise fail to obtain that inheritance which He has promised to all who love Him. In Jesus' name. Amen. (Second Sunday in Advent, Clemens H. Zeidler, Altar Prayers, Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, 1964).