Thursday, November 7, 2019

Bishop’s Note – 2019 BCP – A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

Bishop Eric Menees

We approach the conclusion of the Service of Morning Prayer with A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom. The rubrics give us the option of saying the General Thanksgiving, which we examined last week, and/or the Prayer of St. Chrysostom. Personally, I always pray both the General Thanksgiving and the Prayer of St. John Chrysostom. A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom speaks to my soul. It is a reminder of God’s faithfulness in showing up, his faithfulness in responding to our petitions for others, and his faithfulness in answering our pleas for ourselves.

St. John Chrysostom was a Fourth Century Archbishop of Constantinople. A gifted theologian and Doctor of the Church, St. John was known for his preaching, teaching, and his ability to make the profound accessible to the common man and woman of faith. In this prayer St. John does just that, he makes the profound accessible to you and me.

Let us pray…

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

I pray you all a blessed week!

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