“O Holy Spirit, through the course of this day grace me with your fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
“Glory to you, O Christ, our Master and King, the pride of the apostles, the crown of the martyrs, the joy of the righteous, the firm foundation of the churches, the forgiveness of sins!”
“You, O God, have given us your word for a light to shine upon our path. Grant us to meditate on that word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the Light that shines more and more until that perfect day, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“Lord, forgive our trespasses. Lord, visit the sick among your people and heal them to the glory of your holy name. Grant rest to all our family and friends who have departed this life before us. Help us and accept our prayers, O one and only sinless Lord.”
“O God, you are well disposed to us; give us the strength of your support. Give us encouragement, give the light that goes with it. Make us live by the dogmas of the faith preached by your holy apostles and the high teaching of the Gospels of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
I used this icon of Jesus with St. Menas in a post yesterday, quoting the Desert Fathers. It is very old and quite unique because it’s the only known (ancient) icon depicting Jesus with his arm around someone’s shoulders. Jesus is called “philanthropos,” literally “friend” of all people and this image conveys that belief most wonderfully.
“Now that the day has run its course, I praise you, Holy One, and I ask that the evening with the night may be undisturbed by temptation; grant this to me, O Savior, and save me.”
There’s never been a time when the world hasn’t needed good people. And there’s always something we can do to make the world a better place.
“Without warning the Judge will come the deeds of all people will be laid bare. Therefore, early in the day let us call out with fear: Holy, holy, holy are you, O God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.”