A Prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos, by St John of Damascus
From His Third Sermon on the Dormition
No one stands between Son and Mother. … Accept, then, my good-will, which is greater than my capacity, and give us salvation.
Heal our passions,
Cure our diseases,
Help us out of our difficulties,
Make our lives peaceful,
Send us the illumination of the Spirit.
Inflame us with the desire of thy son.
Render us pleasing to Him, so that we may enjoy happiness with Him, seeing thee resplendent with thy Son’s glory, rejoicing forever, keeping feast in the Church with those who worthily celebrate Him who worked our salvation through thee, Christ the Son of God, and our God.
To Him be glory and majesty, with the uncreated Father and the all-holy and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, through the endless ages of eternity. Amen.
Excerpted from Sermon 3 on the Dormition, by St. John of Damascus
Priest Seraphim Holland 2011 St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
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