the joyous duty of mutual service

Jesus Heals the Blind and Lame by James Tissot via Wikimedia Commons

O God, Father of the forsaken,
    helper of the weak and supplier to the needy,
who distributes gifts to both body and soul,
    so that everyone may perform
    the joyous duty of mutual service.
who teaches us that love towards all others
    is the bond of perfection
    and the imitation of yourself:
Open our eyes and touch our hearts
    that we may see and do the things
    which belong to our peace.

Strengthen us in the work we have undertaken;
give us wisdom, perseverance, faith and zeal;
    and in your own good time
    and according to your good pleasure
    prosper our work;
Pour into us a spirit of humility.
Let all things be done in devout obedience to your will,
    thankfulness for your unlimited mercies
    and love to your only Son Christ Jesus,
who with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, live forever
    one God, world without end.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, Lord Shaftesbury, 1801-1885, English social reformer
2000 Years of Prayer freely modified


For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others
    and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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