Monday, January 01, 2007

A Catechist's Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, to Thee I cry: hear me Thine unworthy servant! Enlighten my mind; grant that I may truly and clearly describe Thy way into the Kingdom of Glory which Thou in Thy mercy has granted us!

Grant that those who read and listen to my words may be filled with Thy love, enlightened by Thy knowledge and made strong by Thy power. Warm our hearts with Thy Spirit and we shall joyfully and fervently go the way which Thou hast shown us.

- A prayer of St. Innocent of Alaska, missionary to North America

This prayer appears in The Way, The Truth, and The Life Teacher's Manual, published by the Orthodox Christian Education Commission, 2003.