Sunday, April 17, 2005

A Prayer for Missions

Got this in a mail-out from the OCMC -- the Orthodox Christian Mission Center -- thought it a good thing to add to our prayer life here at home, seeing as how both A and I come from mission-minded upbringings and hope someday in the future to act on them ourselves, Lord willing:

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, hear our prayer for those who do not know You.

That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world.

Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile.

Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world.

Make us winesses to Your goodness--full of love, full of strength, and full of faith--for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world.

Through the prayers of St. Paul, St. Photini, Ss. Cyril and Methodios, St. Kosmas Aitolos, St. Innocent of Alaska, St. Nicholas of Japan, and all the missionary saints, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

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