St. Nicholas Byzantine
Catholic Church in Youngstown

            Portion of a prayer to Saint John Chrysostom (From an Akathist)

O great Hierarch John Chrysostom!

... Thou has sought after love,... and the same love, ... which reconciles the divided, thou hast preached unto all the faithful in expounding the words of the Apostles.

... As for us sinners, each having our own gifts, we lack the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace;

we are vain, provoking one another; therefore our divided gifts come not unto peace and salvation,

but rather unto enmity and to our judgment.

For this cause we fall down before thee, O Hierarch of God, in the grip of dissensions,

and in contrition of heart we ask:

By thy prayers, drive away from our hearts all pride and envy that divide us,

so that in many members there may be one churchly Body,

and so that according to the word of thy Prayer we may love one another and in one accord confess The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Trinity One in Essence and Undivided:

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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