Prayer Before Studying Theology: (For the Church and Those to Be Ordained to Its Ministry)
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, Who hast purchased to Thyself an Universal Church by the precious Blood of Thy dear Son, Mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of Thy servants, the Overseers and Pastors of Thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make the choice of fit persons to serve in the sacred Ministry of Thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function give Thy grace and Heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth Thy glory and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
–Book of Common Prayer, first Ember Collect, attributed to John Cosin