Saturday, May 06, 2006

May 6

The Hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him.--Ezra 8:22

IN the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen.

We thank Thee, blessed Lord, for the loving care which has guarded us through the watches of the night, bringing us safely to the light of another morning. Fill our hearts with gratitude, which we would express "not only with our lips, but in giving up ourselves to Thy service." May we appreciate all the blessing of this life--our health, reason, and love of those who are about us, and above all, may we be grateful for Thy love.

Send Thy blessing upon our dear ones, wherever they may be; keep them from accident of body, and sin of soul. Be merciful to the sick, the sorrowing, and the dying, and grant to them the "peace which passeth all understanding." We pray Thee, send benedictions upon Thy church; grant that Thy Kingdom may be enlarged, and Thy people inspired to earnest duty.

And now we commend ourselves to Thee; may the angels of God watch over us this day; keep us in our going our and our coming in; preserve us from all evil; sanctify us by Thy Spirit dwelling in us, and save us at last for Jesus Christ's sake.

Amen.

Bishop William Andrew Leonard, D.D.,
Cleveland, Ohio

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