O Lord, Thou dost love Thy creature;
and who can fathom Thy love, or delight in it,
if he be not taught of Thee Thyself
by Thy Holy Spirit?
I pray Thee, O Lord, send down on Thy peoples
the grace of the Holy Spirit, that they may know Thy love.
Warm their sorrowing hearts, that
forgetful of the afflictions of this earth
they may glorify Thee in joy.
O gracious Comforter, weeping I beseech Thee,
Comfort the afflicted hearts of Thy peoples.
Let the nations hear the sweet sound of Thy voice
Saying unto them, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Yea, O Lord, it is in Thy power to perform miracles,
and there is no greater miracle.
than to love the sinner in his fall.
A saint is easy to love: he is worthy of love.
Yea, Lord, hearken to our prayer.
All the peoples of the world suffer in distress.
All are cast down by sin.
All are bereft of Thy grace, and live in darkness.
(Archimandrite Sophrony, St. Silouan the Athonite, p. 345-346)