Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Prayer 1796- On the Feast of St. John the Evangelist
who sent your Word among us
that we may know You and love You more fully,
accept these our prayers and praises
offered to You in faith and thankfulness.
For our hardness of heart,
our indifference to suffering and want,
our everyday cruelties and exploitation
of each other and this good creation,
forgive, dear Lord, forgive.
Strengthen us to turn again, O God,
to the path of wisdom, compassion, and justice
that leads to everlasting peace and contentment
that You have taught us to walk in.
Direct us to fully live into your commandment
to love each other as You love us, Lord Jesus,
and help us build each other up in holiness and charity.
Spirit of Truth,
kindle anew the flame of love in our hearts,
that by our actions
the power and blessing of God is revealed to all.
Holy One, you press upon us behind and before:
envelop those who call upon You in your unfailing mercy, as we pray.