commissioning

Eternal God,
   to whom the hidden is as clearly known as the visible:
before you your people bow their heads,
   to you they submit their hard hearts and unruly bodies.
Send down blessing from your glorious dwelling
   on these men and women,
   lend them a ready ear and answer their prayers.
Set them up firmly with your strong hand
   and protect them against all evil passions.
Preserve their bodies and souls,
   increase their faith and fear and increase ours,
   through your only Son.

Hippolytus of Rome, 170-236,  priest and theologian; exited and martyred

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[Jesus said] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

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