February 1, 2013

Holy Fathers on the Name of God: St. Joseph of Petrograd

To the exclamation, And the mercies of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ shall be with you all, after the consecration of the Holy Gifts, the choir and all the people reply, And with thy spirit! Treasure this prayerful good will of the multitude of the believers. It has great power. O Lord, attend to the voice of the multitude of Thy believing servants, for whose sake Thou hast been well pleased to select me from among them to mediate for them before Thee through Thy Holy Mysteries, and according to their prayer, O Lord, grant me boldness before Thee, grant me Thy grace and strength to mediate worthily before Thee! May Thy great and innumerable mercies, O Lord, abide upon us. May there abide upon us the grace of Thine admonition, instruction, assistance, consolation, joy, refreshment in sufferings, comfort in afflictions, healing in illnesses, strength in infirmities! May Thy Name abide upon us, wondrous in all manner of mercies, both manifest and hidden.

In the Father’s Embrace: the Diary of a Monk