I was recently clearing out part of the attic, and came across a tattered prayer-book. It contains a prayer for happy friendships, something which I’ve not seen elsewhere. Here it is:
THRICE-BLESSÈD almighty Lord and God, Who hast made this world for man and rulest it still only for his good;
Who hast established man in paradise and callest him ever into perfect amity with Thee;
Thou who hast taught man through the holy Scriptures that the faithful friend is a sturdy shelter and a treasure beyond price, and who hast promised the boon of true friendships to such as feareth Thee;
Thou also who didst knit together the heart of Jonathan with that of good David Thy servant, that he might love him as his own soul;
and hast provided at the incarnation of the everlasting Word, our Lord Jesus, friends to Him that should solace and delight His earthly hours, Lazarus, whom He returned from the temporary tomb, and John, who laid his head upon our Saviour’s breast;
grant to us, we beseech Thee, the gift of happy friendships; and teach us so amiably to foster, loyally to preserve and nobly to rejoice in them, that we may deserve to drink the new wine of Thy Kingdom with the old wine of trusted friends, in the presence of our only Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.