be our help

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.


One thought on “be our help

  1. This reminds me of that passage in Isa 40 where it reads that he will shepherd his people. He will gather the lambs and carry them in his arms close to his heart. And he will gently lead those who have young.


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