Now may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and may Jesus Christ himself also,
the eternal high priest and Son of God,
build you up in faith and truth,
and in gentleness, avoidance of anger,
forbearance, longsuffering, patient endurance and purity;
and may he grant you to inherit a place among his saints;
may he grant this to us also
so that we can be with you,
and to everyone under heaven
who will believe in our Lord Jesus Christ
and in his Father who raised him from the dead.
Polycarp of Smyrna, c. 69-c.115, bishop and martyr
Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace,
which can build you up and give you an inheritance
among all those who are sanctified.