19 June 2017

A Prayer to God the Father from the First Letter of Clement


We ask you, Master, 
be our helper and defender.
Rescue those of our number in distress;
raise up the fallen;
assist the needy;
heal the sick; 
turn back those of your people who stray; 
feed the hungry; 
release our captives; 
revive the weak; 
encourage those who lose heart. 
Let all the nations realise 
that you are the only God, 
that Jesus Christ is your Child, 
and that we are your people 
and the sheep of your pasture. 

from The First Letter of St. Clement
(circa A.D. 96)