A Prayer for the Opening of General Conference 2016

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, our God! You have adorned us with Your image and given us a free will.

Today, and in days to come, our communion gathers in Portland to pray, converse, discern, worship, and consider how to order your holy Church.

We pray You, O most merciful Lord our God, the God of every compassion and consolation:

Do not turn away Your face from them, nor deny them Your truth, for they have set their hope on You.

Grant them peace and serenity, a unity of spirit, concord and fruitful action,
and all those things needful for their temporal and eternal life.

You know our needs, and grant and fulfill our requests even before we make them.

For You are the God powerful in mercy and gracious in strength, and to You are due all glory, honor and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Look down even now, O Maker and Creator, upon this General Conference, and grant them wisdom and understanding that they may learn Your holy will; warm their hearts in love for You and for their neighbors; guide them on the way of truth and righteousness, keeping their hearts from all evil; unite them in one mind and in one heart, and let mutual brotherly love abide in their midst; bless them for the doing of good and useful things.



Adapted from this Orthodox prayer.



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