The Good Shepherd, James Tissot, via Wikimedia Commons
We ask you, Lord and Master,
to be our help and rescuer.
Save those who are in tribulation;
have mercy on the lonely;
lift up the fallen;
show yourself to the needy;
heal the ungodly;
convert the wanderers of your people;
feed the hungry;
raise us the weak;
comfort the faint-hearted.
Let all the peoples know that you are God alone,
and Jesus Christ is your Son,
and we are your people and the sheep of your pasture;
for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Clement of Rome, c.30- 99 Bishop, the first Apostolic Father
Ancient Christian Devotional, slightly modified
Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.