"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

A Prayer before Beginning

Blogger’s note: On Wednesdays I offer gems from the prayer life of the Orthodox Church.  We would be foolish to excuse ourselves from the call to pray as the Church responds to those in material need.  Today’s prayer is the Prayer Before Commencing Any Task, where I have added some emphasis.

Almighty God, our Help and Refuge, Fountain of wisdom and Tower of strength, who knowest that I can do nothing without thy guidance and help; assist me, I pray thee, and direct me to divine wisdom and power, that I may accomplish this task, and whatever I may undertake to do, faithfully and dilligently, according to thy will, so that it may be profitable to myself and others, and to the glory of thy Holy Name. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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